Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Edmonds Community College celebrates 50 years with new logo, look

Edmonds Community College is proud to announce the launch of its new logo and look as it celebrates its 50th anniversary.

A fresh, updated logo, featuring the Edmonds CC trident, will replace the classic “E” logo, which has been used for almost 30 years.

"Our new logo and look captures the values and mission of the college in a distinctive and memorable way," said Dr. Jean Hernandez, Edmonds CC President. "I am excited for our new brand to carry the mission and work of the college forward as we celebrate 50 years of student success."

Designers of the logo from Red Rokk, Inc. of Bellingham, Wash. said “The Trident” logo consists of welcoming arms, a strong foundation, and a sharp pinnacle to guide all students, faculty, employees, and community members to success. Red Rokk, Inc. facilitated the college’s rebranding process using campus and community input through surveys and focus groups.

The logo earned an “Oooooohhhhh snap!” from Edmonds CC Assistant Director of the Center for Student Engagement and Leadership Dennis Denman when it was unveiled on June 30 on the college’s Facebook page.

It will be used on all college materials, including diplomas, stationery, flash drives, T-shirts, EdPasses, and more. It also will be featured on key campus signage and all digital and print media.

The Triton Mascot also has a new look in hues of blue. It features Triton, the mythological Greek sea god, inside of a powerful shield and proudly wearing the trident on his crown. He is modern, fierce and looks his competitors in the eyes.

The Edmonds CC Tritons Athletics logo will incorporate a variation of “The Trident” with a custom typeface, called “Tritones,” that was created exclusively for Edmonds CC Athletics. An athletic “E” logo also was created for the college’s baseball and softball teams.

The college is in the midst of a soft launch of the new brand this summer and will be rolling it out this fall and throughout the commemorative school year.

Join us for the Edmonds CC 50th Anniversary Kickoff event at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, on Triton Field and see if you can spot the new logo around campus. Come enjoy live music from local bands and food truck fare with a no host beer and wine garden.

For more information about the kickoff event, visit edcc.edu/50 or contact Elaine Hall at elaine.hall@edcc.edu.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Edmonds CC Foundation awards over $300,000 in scholarships, grants

Edmonds CC student, scholarship recipient Flavia Olivares Medici 
The Edmonds Community College Foundation awarded over $300,000 in scholarships and grants for the 2016-17 academic year.

“Our scholarships transform the lives of those students who need financial assistance,” said Brad Thomas, executive director of the Edmonds CC Foundation.

The Foundation awarded about $270,000 in scholarships to 192 students and provided $34,992 toward 15 innovation and program grants. Scholarships typically range from about $1,000 to $4,500. Grants are for a maximum of $3,000.

Five 2016 summer quarter students also received a total of $5,000 as recipients of the Foundation’s Complete the Dream scholarship, which helps students who have experienced a recent financial hardship complete his or her last quarter.

Edmonds CC student Flavia Olivares Medici received a $1,000 Complete the Dream scholarship to complete her final quarter toward a degree in Computer Information Systems.

Medici, who is from Brazil, said studying as an international student here in the U.S. can be financially difficult. The scholarship will help her and her parents, who are her sponsors.

“The economy in Brazil is very unstable,” she said, “and the monetary currency has been changing a lot compared to [the U.S.] dollar. It's very expensive to send money compared to three years ago when I first started my classes.”

Medici applied for the scholarship due to extra expenses she incurred from taking concurrent classes during the spring and summer quarters.

“I could never have imagined I would be awarded,” Medici said. “I am very happy for this opportunity. Every day I wake up feeling thankful for being able to receive a degree from Edmonds CC.

“A chance like this doesn't happen for a lot of people, and I want to make sure to express my gratitude.”

Upon completing her degree, Medici hopes to stay in the U.S. and begin an internship. She plans to return to Brazil eventually, and said adding an international education and work experience to her resume would be valuable.  

Thomas said scholarships are made possible by contributions from individual donors, employee giving, local and regional foundations, and local companies, like Boeing. Fundraisers, like the annual Foundation Gala and Auction and the annual Scholarship Dinner, and endowed funds also contribute to scholarship funding.

“Donating to the Foundation allows more of our students access to outstanding educational programs that will help them secure living wage jobs and careers to build a strong community,” Thomas said.

“We are creating our region’s future leaders today, so please join us for a campus tour here in the weeks ahead, and you’ll see students of all ages who have been inspired to reach for and achieve their potential.”

If you’re interested in making a donation and would like a campus tour, contact Brad Thomas of the Edmonds CC Foundation at 425.640.1884 or brad.thomas@edcc.edu. For more information on ways to donate, visit edcc.edu/foundation.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Edmonds CC dean earns doctorate to better serve underrepresented students

For Edmonds Community College Dean Sy Ear, earning his doctorate brings him one step closer to his goal – removing barriers to higher education for marginalized or underrepresented students.

Sy Ear, Dean for Student Success

Ear was one of the first to receive the new Doctor of Educational Leadership degree from the University of Washington Tacoma at its June 10 commencement.

Ear’s journey toward higher education began in Cambodia, where his family endured the Khmer-Rouge era. His dad, who was a college professor, was imprisoned and tortured for four years.
When he was released, the family escaped to a refugee camp in Thailand. Two years later, they emigrated to the U.S.

“Once we arrived, my dad worked as a janitor and completed his GED and eventually his college degree,” Ear said. “This instilled into me that anything is possible.”

As a first-generation college student, Ear said, at times, he felt helpless and frustrated when navigating the American college system.

Although it was difficult, Ear endured and earned an undergraduate degree from UW Seattle and a master’s degree from Seattle University.

Ear has worked in higher education for 16 years, and previously worked at South Seattle College and Green River College. He has been at Edmonds CC for a year and serves as the Dean for Student Success.

Student success is always first and foremost for Ear, who will use his new knowledge to evaluate the impact of college policies on Edmonds CC student access and success.

Ear said he would be reviewing the college’s processes, especially entry processes, and looking at them from a student’s perspective and asking, “‘How is this impacting a student’s experience?’ ‘Is it difficult?’ ‘Is it easy?’ ‘Is it difficult to navigate?’”

Those questions will help Ear and his team breakdown and evaluate college processes and identify unintended barriers.

One barrier Ear has already identified is within the admissions process.

“Right now, we have many different programs, and we have many different applications,” he said. “This is one of the barriers, and hopefully, we can have one common application.”

Ear said the $35 admissions application fee and the $40 program completion or graduation fee also present challenges for some students.

“The admissions application fee will impact some students ability to enter our college,” Ear said. “To us working people, $35 is probably not a lot of money, but to some students that’s gas or money for groceries for a whole week.”

Ear is working on removing the fees and replacing them with a matriculation fee, a one-time fee charged to all newly admitted, degree seeking students to cover the costs associated with admissions, student orientation, transcripts, web, and other services associated with enrollment.

“That can tie into improving access for students and removing unneeded barriers,” he said.
Ear is a champion of community colleges and of Edmonds CC’s mission to strengthen its diverse community by helping students access educational and career opportunities in a supportive environment that encourages success, innovation, service, and lifelong learning.

For Ear, equity and inclusion and social justice rank high on his list of priorities for his career and his daily life.

“I believe if you work at a community college, you, by default, are addressing social justice issues, because you’re looking to improve the lives of students,” he said, “from students who are improving their English and basic skills to those who are coming here to complete a degree/certificate or those that are here to take one or two classes."

“My values and beliefs are why I’m here, because I want to make society a little bit better.”

Edmonds Community College Summer Highlights 2016

Check out what's been happening at the college this summer with Edmonds CC President Dr. Jean Hernandez!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

ESL volunteer teaches ‘world’s nicest students’ at Edmonds Community College

Alan Biné
When boredom set in six months into retirement, Alan Biné began to search for a meaningful way to fill his days. A poster at a local library asking for English as a Second Language volunteer teachers sparked his interest, and after five years of volunteering at Edmonds Community College, Biné has written an essay about what he’s learned from his students.

“My life was never as interesting as it has been the last five years since I’ve been helping students from all over the world learn to speak English,” Biné wrote in his essay titled “My Turn: An ESL volunteer’s story.”

You can read his essay published on June 22 on MyEdmondsNews.com here.

Biné has been “hugely impressed” by the motivation of students who have immigrated to the U.S. and their commitment to learning English.

“They are willing to do whatever it takes to succeed,” he said. “They know that improving their English is a key to a better life here.”

Although Biné has been the teacher, he has learned just as much from his students who have immigrated to the U.S. from more than 50 different countries, including South Korea, Ethiopia, India, Belarus, Colombia, Cambodia, and more.

Biné was surprised to learn from an Ethiopian student that while it is 2016 throughout most of the world, it is 2009 in Ethiopia.

After a bit of disbelief and a Google search, Biné confirmed that his student was right. Read more about it in his essay.

From trivia facts to stories of students’ home life, he said he has “gotten to know some folks really well.”

“There’s the eager young man from Belarus who now bakes cheddar cheese biscuits at Red Lobster, and the bright new mom-to-be from El Salvador,” Biné said. “I remember the articulate children’s doctor from Pakistan, along with the gentleman from Mexico who keeps winking at everyone.”

Biné plans to continue volunteering, and said if he doesn’t get to travel abroad again, he will be happy with the life he’s “been blessed to have.”

“Just as long as I can keep meeting the world’s nicest students at their busy campus near my home,” Biné said. “Some people believe Disneyland is the happiest place on Earth.

“To me, that place is Edmonds Community College.”

The Edmonds CC Adult Basic Education ESL class provides ESL classes to non-native-English-speaking immigrants, refugees and citizens. For more information on the program or volunteering, visit edcc.edu/abeesl.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Edmonds Community to Celebrate the Life and Work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Throughout the month of January, Edmonds Community College will recognize the life, the work, and the dream of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Starting on Tuesday, Jan. 12, Edmonds CC will host several campus programs that create a space for dialouge around the work of Dr. King. 

The following events are sponsored by various campus departments, offices, and CWU Lynnwood: 

"Can You Hear Me Now" Book Discussion
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 12-2 p.m. (Brier Lobby/Fireplace)
In preparation for the Brown Bag Lecture with Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, join us for an open discussion on civil rights & identity using excerpts from his book "Can You Hear Me Now"? 

MLK Jr. Birthday Party
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 12-2 p.m. (Brier Lobby) 
Join us for birthday cake and more as we celebrate Dr. King's birthday a few days early.  

MLK Jr. Celebration Featuring Dr. Michael Eric Dyson
Thursday, Jan. 14, 7 p.m. (Black Box Theater)
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson - who is an American Book Award recipient and two-time NAACP Image Award winner - is one of the nation's most influential and renowned public intellectuals. He has been named one of the 150  most powerful African Americans by Ebony  magazine. The Philadelphia Weekly contends that Dr. Dyson "is reshaping what it means to be a public intellectual by becoming the most visible black academic of his time." Tickets are sold out for this event. 

MLK Jr. National Day of Service
Monday, Jan. 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Gold Park 6421 200th St. SW, Lynnwood.) Join the Center for Service-Learning for a day of Coast Salish storytelling, invasive species removal, native planting, and other activities as we celebrate with service on MLK Jr. Day. 
Light lunch and refreshments provided. Click here to sign up to volunteer. 

Friday, October 30, 2015

SAgE student farm receives a $13,000 grant and begins farm-to-campus program

Students working at the Sammamish Valley Student Farm
The Sustainable Agriculture (SAgE) Sammamish Valley student farm is blazing the trail by launching an innovative farm-to-campus program that will be utilizing a HUB system for delivery, in collaboration with Edmonds Community College’s Horticulture department. The off-campus, four-acre farm supports the SAgE curriculum at Edmonds Community College.

The funds from the grant recently received aim to:

  • establish an on-campus weekly farmer’s market starting this October,
  • establish a wholesale relationship between Edmonds CC Food Service and Culinary Arts with the new peri-urban SAgE student farm in Woodinville,
  • create a system for using the Puget Sound Hub for aggregation and distribution to reduce the carbon footprint of food production, and  
  • hire two Edmonds CC students for positions as Project Assistant and Project Manager.

The farm-to-campus project will provide several learning opportunities to students such as: organic farming practices, farm-to-market procedures, farmland conservation and preservation, environmental conservancy, sustainable transportation, food safety, and food security, access, equity, and ethics.

“The hands-on experience that this program will offer to SAgE students that are interested in growing food to sell to restaurants or at farmers markets is invaluable and will set them on a path to greater success,” said Marni Swart, SAgE Program Assistant and Edmonds CC Urban Agriculture alumna.

“It will also act as an advocacy and educational tool by increasing the visibility and knowledge of sustainable food production versus our current industrialized food system to the general student and staff population at colleges.”

Lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, squash, onions, beets, leeks, herbs and lamb are just some examples of the delectable and local organic foods that are being grown and raised at the farm.

In addition to produce sold, approximately 40 percent of the vegetables grown at the farm and unsold produce from the farmer’s market will be donated to local food banks and community kitchens.

“Often produce that may not be picture perfect is still nutritious,” said Perry Acworth, SAgE Farm Manager. “It is entirely edible and well worth donating to those in need.” Targeted community kitchens and local outlets are the Lynnwood Food Bank, Concern for Neighbors Food Bank in Mountlake Terrace, and Food Life Line in Shoreline.  

Edmonds CC food services and culinary arts will be reducing its carbon footprint by purchasing local produce through the Puget Sound Food Hub, which uses an environmentally friendly business model. The Puget Sound Food Hub is an aggregation and distribution organization that serves Puget Sound farmers, bringing their products to wholesale accounts using re-chargeable electric, refrigeration vehicles.

“I don’t know of any community college that is using a farm to grow, deliver, and use a hub distribution system for their agriculture education,” said Perry Acworth, SAgE Sammamish Valley Farm Manager and Educator.

2015 marks the first season that students have grown and raised food at the SAgE Sammamish Valley Student Farm.

On-farm experience will be available to all students enrolled in the Urban Agriculture program and several classes will take place at the farm including Urban Farming and Business Planning I, Postharvest to Local Market Operations, and Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture.

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