Thursday, July 2, 2015

Edmonds CC partners with VOICE to provide work experience to student with developmental issues

From left: Lori Tiede, Brianna Horne, and Debs Gerton
Edmonds Community College partnered with the VOICE (Vocational Opportunities In Community Engagement) program of the Edmonds School District in 2015 for the first time, to give one of their students, Brianna Horne, an internship and a chance to see what it would be like to work at the college.

“Briana’s experience here was developed to simulate working independently in a job on a college campus,” said Lori Tiede, Edmonds CC Technology Training and Communications Project Manager.

Horne worked in the Technology Resource Center (TRC) at Edmonds CC from December 2014 until May 2015. Some of her duties included: proofing webpages, inventory control, creating a data list, computer lab cleaning, inventory of web pages, research and gathering data, and scanning and filing documents.

“It was our goal to help Brianna get more prepared for employment when she graduates from the VOICE program,” said Debs Gerton, Administrative Assistant for Instructional Technology Support at Edmonds CC.

VOICE is the Edmonds School District’s transition program for 18-21 year old students with disabilities.

“Programs like VOICE serve such a vital role in our community, and it only makes sense for a community college to partner with and support such programs when we can,” said Kevin McKay, Edmonds CC Vice President for Finance and Operations.   

“It has been a joy working with the VOICE team and making our campus available as an informal socializing opportunity,” said McKay. “It allows our students and staff an opportunity to learn a bit more about a slice of our community we often don't see.”

The partnership also made Edmonds CC the pick up and drop off bus location for VOICE students who are learning to function independently. Being able to be on a college campus, even if only for a few minutes each day, helps them.

“Our students and staff partner with employers in the local area to provide real world vocational experiences that lead to lifelong employment,” said Darren Spencer, Manager for Secondary Lifeskills, VOICE, and Health Services.

“Our student’s success at Edmonds CC this year is due to her own hard work, as well as the dedicated staff of both the district and the college. We look forward to continued opportunities to partner together to change the lives of the young adults in our community.”

Edmonds CC 2015 graduate Denica McMillan leaves her mark

Denica McMillan
Denica McMillan, Edmonds Community College 2015 graduate, leaves a legacy of hard work and campus involvement through her association with domestic violence awareness, Tunnel of Intersections, and Feminism 101. She was also a Community Read scholarship recipient as well as a student speaker at the Foundation’s auction earlier this year.

McMillan started at Edmonds CC in spring 2013. McMillan went to Cascade High School in Everett. She faced the adversity of being a teen mom, but has not let that get in the way of pursuing her academic dreams and achieving greatness.

McMillan’s first job at Edmonds CC was in the Advising Resource Center as a Center Technician, where she gave campus tours to students and answered phone calls.

“Advising is the customer service of the school – it’s the first place people go,” said McMillan.

Her next role was in the Health and Wellness Center as a Wellness Peer Advocate. McMillan helped plan Domestic Violence Awareness month. She emailed campus for donations for the YWCA women’s shelter, facts about domestic violence, made purple ribbons for people to wear, and helped to put on the domestic violence resource fair with informational booths.

McMillan’s was also involved with the Tunnel of Intersections, which consisted of several different interactive exhibits designed to express the oppression of marginalized groups.
She was involved with the creation of three rooms: domestic violence awareness, breastfeeding, and gendercide.

Her final contribution was a Feminism 101 week-long event to educate the community on the misconceptions of feminism.

“For me I see feminism as equality for all genders, while putting an emphasis on the rights of women,” said McMillan. “I wanted to incorporate an event where people would learn from and enjoy.”

The event consisted of a resource fair with vendors to show the organizations dedicated to helping women and families along with leaders in the community; a documentary and a panel discussion that focused on gendercide; a poster display on women’s history, which showcased women and events in history; and an interactive story sharing event, where students were able to share their own stories relating to the Edmonds CC Community Read book, “You’ve Got it All Wrong.”

As part of the Edmonds CC Community Read, McMillan received a $1,300 scholarship covering tuition for spring quarter for her 60 inch by 40 inch self-portrait painting titled, “Chameleon,” which depicts different sides of herself: a women's right advocate, a school girl, a worker, and a mother with a daughter.

“Different vignettes were centered around labels. All of us are a chameleon in the different places that we live and work — we blend in with our surroundings,” said McMillan.

McMillan got the opportunity to speak about her scholarship at this year’s foundation auction.

McMillan received her Associate in Arts degree and would like to pursue a double major in women's studies and communication at the University of Washington.

After school, McMillan would like to work in a global development program to help developing countries. “I would like to work with a non-profit or create my own business to help countries like India and China that are dealing with gendercide,” said McMillan.

When asked what her favorite memory was from her time at Edmonds CC, McMillan replied, “Commencement. I remember thinking, ‘I did it.’ I am happy to be graduating but also sad as I have been here for two years — I always called this place my second home.”

Edmonds CC wins 2015 Maury Ray Athletic Director’s Cup

The Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) recently named Edmonds Community College as one of the winners of the 2015 Athletic Director’s Cup (the Dr. Maury Ray Cup), at the annual Hall of Fame banquet and awards dinner on June 4.

“We are very pleased to have won this award,” said Jorge de la Torre, Edmonds CC Athletic Director.

Edmonds CC was awarded a cup in the Dick McClain division. Cups are awarded to winners of two divisions — Frank Bosone division for large schools offering eight to fifteen sports, and the Dick McClain division for small schools with seven or fewer sports.

The Athletic Director’s Cup is given by the NWAC, to the school that performs the best in each of the conference’s 15 men’s and women’s championships. Points are awarded in order of finish equal to the number of teams that participate in each sport, and are averaged between a team’s regular season finish and it NWAC championship finish.

Edmonds CC won three North Region titles in 2014-2015, with four of its seven sports advancing to the postseason. Men’s basketball placed second at the NWAC tournament, while men’s soccer and baseball both took third.

“Its gratifying to see all of the hard work put in by coaches and student-athletes pay off. I think this is just the start and I hope to see the Cup reside at Edmonds for a long time.”

Edmonds CC offers men’s baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s softball, and women’s volleyball.

Edmonds CC leaders attend White House Summit on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Dr. Jean Hernandez
Dr. Jean Hernandez, Edmonds Community College President and Emily Yim, Edmonds CC Board of Trustee Chair attended a White House Summit on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) at George Washington University in Washington D.C. on May 12.

The summit was held during AAPI Heritage Month and was an unprecedented and historic all-day congregation of senior federal officials and community leaders. The day included conversations with federal officials and AAPI leaders, performances by distinguished AAPI artists, and interactive sessions on diverse issues including economic growth, education, health care, civil rights, and immigration.

"I was so impressed with the quality of speakers and the many Secretaries who took the time to serve on panels and give us their perspectives on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders educational and career advancement and opportunities, as well as  positions of leadership,” said President Hernandez.
“It was exciting to be part of a conference with more than 1,500 attendees, celebrating the achievements of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in our nation."

Emily Yim
The Summit also celebrated President Obama’s leadership, featured administration policies and programs that have supported the AAPI community over the past six years, and laid out priorities for the next two years and decades to come.

Break out sessions held covered: education equity, health equity and innovation, human and civil rights, immigrant integration and reform, and social entrepreneurship.

"The summit continued to push people to think about our country's fastest growing demographic and the challenges facing the AAPI community. As Trustees, Presidents, and leaders in our community, it is imperative that we stay informed, and at the forefront of how we think about college access, completion and ways to remove the unique barriers that face our AAPI students,” said Yim. “It was an honor to attend and be a part of the conversation on our nation’s changing demographics and our future."

Edmonds CC Foundation hosts second annual Fanfare event to recognize significant contributors in the community

The Edmonds Community College Foundation hosted Fanfare — an annual event to celebrate achievements and distinctive contributions to the college on May 21 on campus.

“The college makes it a priority to recognize businesses, organizations, and alumni that contribute to and support our community,” said Edmonds CC President Jean Hernandez.

The college’s highest awards — Mission, Vision, Cornerstone, Distinguished Alumni, and Excellence in Education were presented to foundation donors, a distinguished alumna, and a college employee.

From left: Ken Chandler, Chester Curtis, David Breed, Fred Langer, Lisa Bauer, Meg Rankin, Vaughn Sherman, and Edmonds CC President, Jean Hernandez.
The Mission Award — aimed at recognizing a business or organization that has dedicated financial, volunteer, and other support to the college — was given to J. Rankin Jewelers of Edmonds. Owners Meg and John Rankin live in Edmonds and are very involved in making Edmonds a better place to live and work. They are generous with their time and gifts. Meg has served on the Foundation Board for seven years and on the Auction committee for eight years. Meg has also been the Chairperson for the auction four different years. Most recently, she accepted the position of Secretary for the Edmonds CC Foundation Board.

Verdant Health Commission was honored with the Vision Award. Fred Langer, the Commissioner and President of the Board of Verdant Health Commission was present to accept the award. Verdant Health Commission was a lead contributor to the Edmonds CC Boots to Books and Beyond Veterans Campaign and their funds are providing a Mental Health Counselor in support of our college’s 240 veterans and their families at the college’s new Veteran Resource Center. Verdant Health Commission also was instrumental in establishing the college's Health and Wellness Center.

The Cornerstone Award honors individuals and organizations that have dedicated significant time, expertise, and financial support to ensure the success of the college. This award was given to Vaughn Sherman for his continuous contributions to the college. Sherman served on the College's Board of Trustees from 1981 to 1996 and as a chair of the Foundation Board from 1999 to 2003. Additionally, Sherman has served as the Chair of the Legislative Committee and has been a member of the Finance, Annual Giving and Planned Giving Committees. Sherman chaired the Trustee Board, the State Trustee Association and the National Trustee Association. Lastly, Sherman donated the funds to create the Echelbarger- Sherman Faculty awards. Sherman is the author of three books, including a book about how to be an effective Community College trustee. In 2012, Sherman and his wife started their own publishing company, Patos Island Press.

Lisa Bauer, owner of Chartreuse Landscape Design and Edmonds CC Horticulture alumna, was recognized with the Distinguished Alumni Award. Bauer’s knowledge of plants expanded during her time at Edmonds CC, where she initially did not intend to obtain her degree.
Bauer signed up for a drafting class with the horticulture department and was immediately hooked. She then took a plant identification course.

“I fell in love with big trees and plants after those classes,” said Bauer. “Education opened up a new world for me.”

Bauer earned her Associate of Technical Arts degree in Landscape Design and a certificate in Ornamental Horticulture from Edmonds CC. Bauer was one of three designers to win the Founders Cup (best in show) and a gold medal for their display garden at the Northwest Flower and Garden (NWFG) show this year.

David Breed,High School Completion instructor, was presented with the Excellence in Education Award — a prestigious recognition awarded annually by the college's Board of Trustees to an outstanding college employee. Breed, an instructor for more than 15 years at the college, works with underage and at-risk population of students, has authored and co-authored at least three textbooks and an e-book for the Pre-College environmental science class, created math videos that help students review major concepts, has spent countless hours holding extra tutoring sessions, and is constantly working to improve processes and curriculum.

The college also recognized Chester Curtis for receiving the Transforming Lives Award given by the Trustees Association of Community and Technical Colleges.

National Resource Center for Materials Technology Education at Edmonds CC receives $800,000 grant

Mel Cossette
The National Resource Center for Materials Technology Education (MatEdU) has received an $800,000 grant from the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (NSF ATE) division.

The Technician Education in Additive Manufacturing and Materials (TEAMM) Collaborative Network (NSF ATE #1501251) grant will address a critical gap in supporting a new direction of technician education, including the identification and adaptation of skills standards/core competencies and materials that keeps pace with advances in research and development.

Mel Cossette, Executive Director and Principal Investigator for the National Resource Center for Materials Technology Education, has received funding from the NSF since 2004 and is the Principal Investigator for this project.

“Additive manufacturing is growing and expanding,” said Cossette. “We are at the right place at the right time to start an Additive Manufacturing (AM) Collaboration Network.”

As new materials develop, Cossette said it is imperative that technicians understand the properties of the materials they are handling, both individually and as they are combined during the AM process.

“Materials are everywhere. The selection of materials to be used in any product is of critical consideration,” said Cossette. “The more people are aware and conscious of that, the better.”

The Collaboration Network is a new category within ATE. Although there were other network proposals submitted in this highly competitive process, the TEAMM Collaboration Network was the only one awarded a grant in this new category.

MatEdU is housed at Edmonds CC and is the only NSF ATE funded center focused on materials science. This is the eleventh grant related to materials, composites and science, technology, engineering, and math that MatEdU and Edmonds CC has received from NSF in eleven years.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A Student Profile: Marjorie Thibodaux

Marjorie Thibodaux is in the worker retraining program at Edmonds Community College in the Visual Communications department. Thibodaux was working at Starbucks when her contract was up in November 2014. She decided to enroll at Edmonds CC winter quarter of 2015.

“There is inherent value in taking coursework to make you better at what you do,” said Thibodaux.

Thibodaux selected Edmonds CC because they were the only community college with a well developed visual arts program integrated with technology and because of the great people. “Edmonds CC is the most positive environment with such a diverse group of people, so I wasn’t apprehensive about attending,” said Thibodaux.

Some of the classes she has been taking are: Photography, Visual Basic, Intro. to Web Development & Design, Digital Interfacing with Minh Carrico.

“The classes I am taking helps me keep my skills fresh,” said Thibodaux.  “I am taking coursework that supports my short term and long term career goals.”

Shortly after enrolling at Edmonds CC, Thibodaux got a job at Loft Nine consulting firm as a Program Manager. She feels that she got the job so quickly due to the resources that were made available to her in the worker retraining department. These resources included: a lecture on interviewing, resume critique, readily available computers and a support system to keep her confident and positive.

“All of this made me stronger and more confident when going into interviews,” said Thibodaux.

Thibodaux used to teach a few business classes (e-Commerce and Microsoft Project) part-time at Edmonds CC in 2002.

Thibodaux has her Master of Science in Management Technology from Carlow University in Pittsburgh and her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.