Thursday, August 27, 2015

Northwest Community College Initiative welcomes 19 students at Edmonds CC

2015-2016 Community College Initiative Participants
The Northwest Community College Initiative (NWCCI) welcomed 19 students at Edmonds Community College on August 12.

Edmonds CC is one of 17 campuses across 11 states, to host the 2015-2016 Community College Initiative (CCI) Program.

“This is the seventh year that Edmonds CC has been awarded a Community College Initiative award from the U.S. State Department,” said Amanda Fletcher NWCCI Associate Director in International Student Services at Edmonds CC.

“I have been consistently impressed with how these high-caliber young leaders take what they learn in the United States to their home countries and use it to improve their communities.”

The CCI Program is a U.S. State Department program that provides participants with quality educational study at U.S. community colleges, and is designed to build technical skills, enhance leadership capabilities, and strengthen English language proficiency.

Participants pursue educational study focused on one-year certificate programs in workforce development fields. The CCI program also provides opportunities for professional internships, service learning, and community engagement activities.  

After completing the program, participants return home with a deeper understanding of U.S. culture and new skills to help them contribute to the economic growth and development of their countries.
CCI participants also contribute to their U.S. host communities by helping U.S. community colleges to internationalize their campuses.  

CCI participants will study in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Since 2007, the CCI Program has hosted more than 2,350 participants from 20 countries. This year, CCI participants are from Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Pakistan, South Africa, Turkey and Yemen. 

The CCI Program recruits participants from underserved and underrepresented communities, particularly women. 

For further information, please contact the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at

Friday, August 21, 2015

Edmonds CC to host Technology Exposition Aug. 29

Edmonds Community College will be hosting a Technology Exposition with workshops on August 29. The event is free and open to the public.

What do seeing how hackers crack passwords and learning how hard drives are repaired in a clean room have in common?

All of these topics and more will be covered at the Aug. 29 Technology Exposition and Workshops event that is being held at Edmonds CC.  

The event will commence with a morning session featuring lectures that highlight the college’s Technology Syndicate – a group of technology experts and instructors. The afternoon session will feature hands-on labs that cover developing Web applications, computer forensics, capturing network traffic, designing computer networks, using virtual machines, diagnosing hard drive problems, and upgrading RAM on a personal computer.

“The world of high technology is all around us and there are many technological advances we hear about on a daily basis, but never have the opportunity to see in action or learn about,” said Steve Hailey, Edmonds CC Information Security and Digital Forensics Instructor.  “At this event, we are giving the public an opportunity to learn about many different areas of technology, and even try their hand with some of them. There is definitely going to be something for everyone at this event, from the computer novice to the information technology professional.”

To learn more about the event and to get tickets to attend, go to:

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Edmonds CC hires new Vice President of Workforce Development and Training

Terry Cox
Edmonds Community College has hired Dr. Terry Cox as the new Vice President of Workforce Development and Training.

In her new role, Cox will be:
  • interfacing with the community to make sure that the college is serving the needs of local community employers and businesses,
  • working with faculty and staff to ensure students have the pathways to the jobs/careers they are interested in,
  • looking for new workforce development/workforce program and training opportunities, and,
  • overseeing workforce funds and related grants.

“The South Snohomish district is a vibrant area with a huge number of small businesses,” said Cox. “Edmonds CC has always been strong as a community college that is known for innovation, and held a great reputation.”

Prior to Edmonds CC, Cox was at North Seattle College where she served as the Dean for Business, Engineering, and IT since 2010. Before that she worked at Whatcom Community College for five years as the Workforce Education Director and adjunct business faculty. Prior to Whatcom she spent five years at Centralia College serving as the Division Secretary and adjunct faculty.

Cox believes in community colleges because of the students that we serve and because it is a place for second chances. “You walk onto a community college campus and feel that anything is possible,” said Cox.

Cox earned her EdD in Educational Leadership from University of Washington and has a Masters in Business Administration from Washington State University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Economics from St. Martin’s College, and a transfer degree from Centralia College.

She spent some of her school years working in the restaurant industry, where she witnessed several single mothers struggle to make ends meet as servers. This is part of what inspired her to get into the field of education.

“You provide someone an education and nobody can ever take that away from them — it is powerful,” said Cox.

Cox began her new role at Edmonds CC on August 1.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Edmonds CC President Jean Hernandez receives Patriot Award

Edmonds Community College President Jean Hernandez received the Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) on August 7.  

The Patriot Award goes out to an individual employer (rather than an entire organization), for their outstanding support of Reserve and National Guard employees.

"My father is a WWII veteran, and we grew up feeling proud to be Americans,” said President Hernandez.  “Receiving the Patriot Award from the ESGR is one of the highlights of my career, and I am so proud of Edmonds CC for being Vet Strong."

The nomination came from Lieutenant Melanie Asplund, an Edmonds CC alumna who was also present for the award ceremony.

“President Jean Hernandez actively supports the Veterans Resource Center (VRC) ensuring that appropriate facilities and equipment are available,” said Asplund. “Fellow veteran classmates and I appreciate the consistently enthusiastic support from President Hernandez that directly affects the work and school environment.”

The VRC staff acts as an effective interface to the school and community to ensure reservists, active duty, and veterans are supported, represented and understood.

“Jean has been a huge supporter of all service members and veterans on our campus, and we’re very excited to see her get this award,” said Chris Szarek, Edmonds CC Director of the Veterans Resource Center.  

President Hernandez accepted the award from retired U.S. Navy Captain Michael Kidd from the ESGR. Also present at the award ceremony were Szarek, and several other Edmonds CC staff members.

The ESGR, a Department of Defense office, was established to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Edmonds CC hires new Dean of Student Enrollment and Financial Aid Services

Sy Ear
Edmonds Community College hired Saovra “Sy” Ear as the new Dean of Student Enrollment and Financial Aid Services.

In his new role Ear will:

  • provide leadership and vision for Student Enrollment and Financial Aid Services,
  • develop and lead the creation of a Welcome Center, in which entry processes are available at one location and meet the dynamically changing needs of a diverse student body and community,
  • work with directors to ensure compliance with federal and state rules and regulations in all processes,
  • oversee and allocate resources for: Financial Aid Services, Admissions, Enrollment Services, Records and Reporting, Veterans’ Resource Center, Testing Center, and Running Start,
  • utilize data and outcomes to enhance and innovate programs that support student entry  and increase persistence and completion.

“I would like to improve the student experience by looking at new and innovative ways to streamline our processes and remove barriers to success for underrepresented and underserved students,” said Ear.

Prior to Edmonds CC, Ear was the Director of Career and Advising at Green River Community College, where he provided leadership for first-quarter advising, mandatory orientation, early alerts, English Language Learner (ELL), entry coding, and academic standards.

Ear has over 15 years of administrative experience working in advising, new student orientation, and financial aid at three community colleges in Washington State.

He has held positions in new student orientation, advising, student conduct and ELL transition services at South Seattle College, and as a financial aid coordinator at South and North Seattle Colleges.  

Ear is passionate about the field of education because, “I believe in the mission and vision of community colleges to provide opportunities to populations that may or would not have otherwise had the chance,” said Ear.

He is dedicated to supporting student success through policy implementation, advocacy, and innovation.  

Ear earned his Masters in Education with an emphasis on student development and administration. Ear holds his Bachelor of Arts from University of Washington in sociology and ethnic studies.

He is pursuing his educational doctorate with an emphasis in educational leadership from University of Washington-Tacoma and plans to be done in Spring 2016.

Ear’s first day at Edmonds CC was June 8.

What motivates him? “Serving the students and seeing them succeed. One of the most rewarding days we have is watching students walk across the stage at commencement and watching them reach their intended goals, whether that is transferring to a four-year school or gaining employment.”

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Edmonds CC employee is the oldest full-time employee in the state of Washington

Paul Poppe, Edmonds Community College’s Contract/Risk Management Specialist, is 85 years old, which makes him the oldest full-time employee in the state of Washington.

Poppe has been employed at Edmonds CC for 23 years. He currently works in the Purchasing department to support the college’s contracting activities and making sure that the college is in compliance with state regulations.

Poppe has worked at Edmonds for so long because, “I enjoy the work and the people. It is a very nice climate to work in with first class co-workers,” said Poppe.

“He is reliable and a very valuable employee,” said Marian Paananen, Edmonds CC Director of Finance. “He is an asset to the college and we are glad he is here.”

Why does he work at the age of 85? “Everyone is my family has worked — you contribute until you can’t contribute anymore,” said Poppe. “I feel healthy and I need to continue to work to support my own needs.”

Poppe has been in the Purchasing department since 1997. Prior to Edmonds CC, he held employment at the Applied Technology Training Center, Ardex Group, Hach Company, and Bourns, Inc.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Education from Bowling Green University in 1952.

He went on to serve in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954, as a forward observer in the Korean War for the artillery division.  

Poppe went back to school in 1957 to earn his Bachelor of Science in general science from Iowa State University.

“It started out as a joke between myself and my co-workers that I was probably the oldest so we decided to request the records,” said Poppe. Initially when the joke began he was not the oldest, but in time, he finally took that title.

“I always told my family I would retire when I became the oldest, but I’m still not ready.”

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Edmonds CC hosts “Food Matters” event to tackle issues surrounding food

Edmonds Community College hosted its first ever Food Matters event on June 2, for community members to share their stories and thoughts surrounding food with the organizations that serve them.

The event is the first of its kind in our community and the discussion focused on the issues that the community faces with eating well, and how the community can work together on the solutions. A graphic recorder wrote down all of the important ideas that were shared and facilitators helped move the conversation along.

The event was born from low-income community members not getting enough information regarding accessing food.

“We wanted to find out how hunger showed up in our community,” said Chris Hudyma, Edmonds CC Director of Organizational Development and Community Events. “Most importantly, we wanted our local community members who face hunger to have a voice in finding solutions.”

Many people showed up and consisted of: three community leaders, 14 community members, and 15 representatives from local food banks, Within Reach, Neighbors in Need, Whole Foods, Edmonds School District, YMCA, Mercy Housing, City of Lynnwood, and Verdant Health Commission.

The next step is to assemble all of the data into a report that will then be shared back with the community members and organizations who are working to serve them.

“It is our responsibility to make sure that we can alleviate hunger by giving a hand up — not a handout,” said Heidy Valles, Edmonds CC Growing Communities Coordinator.