Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Explore composites and aerospace manufacturing at an Engineering Technology open house Sept. 4

Edmonds Community College invites those who like to develop, build, and design. Delve into the world of composites and aerospace manufacturing at an open house on Sept. 4, 6-8 p.m. in Monroe Hall on campus, 20000 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood. It is free and open to the public.

Roll up your sleeves. You’ll get a taste of the Engineering Technology program while you make something out of carbon fiber. And, you get to take your creation home, too!

There will be tours of the materials lab. Current students and instructors will be on hand to talk about the program. Staff will explain how to apply and enroll, as well as answer any financial aid questions.

Free pizza and refreshments will be provided.

The Engineering Technology program combines training in composites manufacturing, robotics, and electronics. Classes introduce students to materials science, composite materials, engineering design, and robotics and electronics technology.

For more information, contact Ross Monroe at 425.640.1944 or ross.monroe@edcc.edu or go to www.edcc.edu/composites. For directions to campus, visit www.edcc.edu/campus.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Watch the latest edition of "Civic Engagement" on the National Resource Center for Materials Technology Education

In the latest edition of "Civic Engagement," Board of Trustees member Dick Van Hollebeke moderates a panel exploring the National Resource Center for Materials Technology Education.

The panel includes Mel Cossette, Executive Director and Principle Investigator for the National Resource Center for Materials Technology Education, Kevin Murphy, Marketing Project Manager for STEM Guitar Project, and Cathy Webb, Technology Integration Coach with Edmonds Heights K-12 school.

Watch it on Vimeo or iTunesU. Or, watch it on cable television:


Cable schedule: Aug. 5-19
Channels: Frontier 38 and Comcast 21/26 (South Snohomish County)
  • Sundays: 12 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Mondays: 2:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 7 p.m., and 11 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: 6 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m., and 9:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 12:30 a.m., 8 a.m., and 1:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 3:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4:30 p.m., and 9:30 p.m.
  • Fridays: 12 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 10 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 7:30 a.m., 3 p.m., and 9:30 p.m.

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As part of the ongoing "Engaging Our Communities" initiative at Edmonds CC, the college hosts a cable television program titled "Civic Engagement." In its sixth year of production, the show is an opportunity for community leaders to offer a firsthand, unfiltered account of the direction they are leading the county and region.

It also breaks down the misconception of distant, unconnected leaders. The program seeks to show the human side of elected officials and local leaders.

The views and opinions expressed in this series do not necessarily represent the opinions of Edmonds Community College, its employees or students.

The college's Visual Media Services produces the program.

Celebrate the Americas at the Latino EXPO Aug. 9

Edmonds Community College is partnering with the Latino Education Training Institute (LETI) to host the Latino EXPO in celebration of the Americas. The event — free and open to the public — is Aug. 9 from noon-5 p.m. in the parking lot near Snohomish Hall, 20000 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood.

The event will feature live performances, free giveaways, raffles, arts and crafts, free health check ups, Latin American cuisine, local vendors, and fun activities for the whole family.

"This is an exciting bicultural event," said Rosario Reyes, founder and executive director of LETI. "It is an opportunity for the community to network with local businesses and take advantage of many resources, such as free health screenings, as well as enjoy Latin American cuisine, music, dance contests, and much more."

LETI — an organization dedicated to facilitating the success of Spanish-speaking and bilingual people in Washington state — develops programs in leadership, high school completion, personal financial literacy, and civic participation.

In addition to the college's partnership on the Latino EXPO, Edmonds CC has also worked with LETI on several academic programs such as the GED, English as a Second Language, and PACE-IT.

For more information about the EXPO, contact Rosario Reyes at 425.672.4255 or rosario@lasamericasplaza.com. Learn more about LETI. Get directions to campus.

College president selected to attend White House summit on strengthening college remediation

Edmonds Community College President Dr. Jean Hernandez will be attending an event on Aug. 12 hosted at the White House designed to highlight new and existing commitments to strengthen college remediation.

In January, a number of community college presidents joined President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to commit to dramatically improving success rates in remedial education.

Next week, Dr. Hernandez will be among leading practitioners, researchers, and other higher education leaders exploring effective strategies to improve success for students in need of remediation.

This event will provide an opportunity for higher education leaders to discuss their progress and the challenges they face. Such challenges include reducing the need for remediation through curricular alignment, redesigning assessment and placement, and improving developmental education design and delivery.

Dr. Hernandez will be discussing the college's current plans to expand training for faculty so that they have additional tools for engaging students, increasing resilience, and providing them with needed resources.

"We will be expanding our offering of competency based education certificates in other disciplines beyond information technology," said Dr. Hernandez.

The college also plans to expand its Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) program, where English as a Second Language and precollege courses are integrated with specific professional technical programs such as nursing assistant and composites. In I-BEST courses, students' understanding increases with contextualized course-level learning objectives and shortened pathways to completion.

"At Edmonds CC, we are continually working to improve the experience of our precollege students and provide them with the tools they need to be successful at the college level," said Dr. Hernandez. "I look forward to discussing these strategies and others to improve precollege student success on a national scope."

This will be Dr. Hernandez's second visit to the White House. In April 2012, she served on a White House Panel discussing Girls in STEM. Other panel members included a NASA Astronaut and Facebook's Director of Engineering, among others.

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Read Inside Higher Ed's coverage of the event: White House Hosts Community Colleges

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

FORE! College Foundation invites you to play golf in support of education!

Last year, more than $60,000 was raised at the Edmonds Community College Foundation Golf Tournament. This money provided vital support to the college and the students.

Reserve your foursome today for the 24th Annual Golf Classic 1 p.m., Sept. 8 at the scenic links of Bear Creek Country Club, 13707 202nd Ave. NE, Woodinville.

A day of golfing can make a difference in the lives of the students and employees at Edmonds Community College. The goal is to make higher education widely available in our community by providing students, especially those with the greatest barriers to overcome, with the support they need to succeed.

Students who have received Edmonds CC Foundation scholarships will be available at the event to talk about how their lives have changed with the opportunity to attend college.

The golfing will be followed by a Pacific Northwest buffet dinner, with extras including trivia contests and food tastings from local restaurants. There will be $50 game packages, which include entry to putting contests; a knowledge bowl; longest drive, hole-in-one, closest to the pin, and straightest drive contests; and one mulligan. Up to two hole-in-one contests will provide opportunities to win a new car from Carter Subaru and more.

For more information or to sponsor the event, call Susie Beresford at 425.640.1982.

Join community members, alumni, parents, board members, corporations and other friends of the college as they tee it up for 18 holes of great golf, an incredible dinner, and camaraderie – all for a cause!

Entry Fee: $300 per person or  $1,500 for VIP foursome which includes recognition package and additional drink tickets.

Game Package Fee: $50 (includes entrance to all course games).

Register by Aug. 22: www.edcc.edu/foundation or call 425.640.1274

Sponsorship spots available! All questions can be answered by Susie Beresford, call 425.640.1982 or email susie.beresford@edcc.edu.

Edmonds CC is highlighted nationally for its efforts to reduce the student default rate

Edmonds Community College is highlighted for its strategies to combat student loan defaults in a national study released on July 22.

The study focuses on nine community colleges representing different geographic locations, student-body sizes, and academic offerings. It examines predictors of loan default and strategies colleges use to prevent it.

The report, “Protecting Colleges and Students: Community College Strategies to Prevent Default,” was a collaborative effort between the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) and the Institute for College Access and Success.

According to the study, key findings show that completion matters and that the default rate for completers was 9 percent, but it was 27 percent for non completers.

“Student default loans are an important issue for us,” said Emily Yim, Vice Chair of the Edmonds CC Board of Trustees and ACCT board member. “We’re proud that our college is taking a lead in finding ways to reduce student default rates, continually improving the process for students, and breaking down barriers that exist.”

“We want to make sure our students are successful beyond graduation,” said Yim.

The report identifies Edmonds CC’s strategies to prevent students from defaulting. These include focusing on college completion and student retention and success.

“We embed financial literacy into our gatekeeper courses, which are defined as those with high enrollments and low completions,” said Edmonds CC President Jean Hernandez. “Those courses are targeted for interventions to give students the help they need to be successful.”

Edmonds CC’s process to require students to manually submit a request for student loans is another strategy. This process keeps the number of students who borrow to a minimum and  allows students to be more conscious about the amount they truly need to borrow.

The college is also increasing outreach efforts to students who left the college with significant numbers of credits to encourage them to return to campus and complete.

“We have a good understanding of the link between completion and loan repayment,” said Hernandez. “We hope to further drive down student default and delinquency through these efforts.”

“The Edmonds CC Board of Trustees are proud of the college and pleased there is an effort to reach out to students who have not completed their studies,” said Diana Clay, Chair of the Edmonds CC Board of Trustees. “We have the desire for all of our students to succeed.”

To download and read the report, go to either www.acct.org or www.ticas.org.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Coming August 11: WATERY GRAVES: PHANTOMS OF THE DEEP


On August 11th, from 7:00 to 8:30PM, uLearn/ArtsNow is bringing real-life parapsychology consultant, Neil McNeill, to the Edmonds Conference Center to uncover nautical tales of terror and folklore that will chill your bones!

Are legendary ghost ships like the Flying Dutchman and Disney's Black Pearl based in fact? Were premonitions of disaster for the "unsinkable" Titanic really true? What haunts the lower decks of the famous Queen Mary? From spectral shipwrecks to haunted lighthouses, this class charts the murky maritime world of paranormal investigation on the high seas! 

It's SeaFair weekend, so, on August 11th at 7PM, set sail for paranormal investigation on the high seas! 

Admission is $25 per person. Tickets may be purchased by visiting our website, www.edcc.edu/ulearn or following this link: http://goo.gl/ZoPhom. For more information, call 425-640-1243 or email ulearn@email.edcc.edu. 

 The Edmonds Conference Center is located on 201 N 4th Ave N, Edmonds, WA.