Thursday, September 15, 2016

Edmonds CC kite team set world record in 1980

In 1980, members of the Edmonds Community College Kite Team became the world record holders for the largest kite ever flown to date.

The team successfully flew the world’s largest kite, measuring 52 by 70 feet and weighing about 400 pounds, on Oct. 3, 1980, at Magnuson Park in Seattle.

The kite flew to an altitude of 300 feet for two minutes and 47 seconds in 15 mile per hour winds, beating the previous record holder – Shirone Kite Association of Japan – by 78 feet.

That flight landed the team a spot in the 1980 Guinness Book of World Records.

The parafoil kite was made by Edmonds Community College faculty and students in the college’s Needle Trades Department who volunteered to work on the project.

Team director and department coordinator Harry Osborne collaborated with Domina Jalbert, the world-renowned inventor of parafoil, on the design and construction of the kite.

In the late ‘70s, early ‘80s, apparel production technologies were rapidly advancing, and the college added a Needle Trades Technology Program to its Occupational Education Department, offering commercial power sewing, commercial power sewing machine mechanics, and apparel management.

Students from the program worked for months to stitch together over 2,000 yards of nylon to form the kite and attached 80 lines to the fins of the kite.

News of the Edmonds CC Kite Team and its historic flight made it into the June 1982 issue of the Smithsonian in a story titled, “For some jobs, go fly a kite.”

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Sustainable agriculture student brings produce from farm to campus market

A tomato from the grocery store might look just like one that was homegrown and picked fresh from the vine, but when it comes to taste, one Edmonds Community College student said there’s no comparison.

David Prisbrey, Edmonds CC SAgE student
“If you have them straight off the vine and they’re home grown, it’s like an entirely different thing than you’ve ever had,” said David Prisbrey, an Edmonds CC Sustainable Agriculture student.

“They’re just so much better.”

Prisbrey, 32, stood next to a table piled high with colorful produce in the Edmonds CC courtyard.

A variety of heirloom tomatoes were nestled next to bunches of dark green kale and kohlrabi, purple Islander bell peppers, Crookneck and Patty Pan squash, and fresh-cut flowers.

The names of some of the produce sound exotic, but the produce did not come from a faraway land. It was grown and harvested at a local farm.

Prisbrey said he and other students from the college’s Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAgE) program harvest all of the fresh, organic produce from a student-run farm in Woodinville on Wednesdays for market the following day.

Wednesdays are known as “big harvest day,” and the students work from early morning to late evening – digging, picking, washing, and packing the produce.

“It’s eye opening to know exactly what it takes to go from a harvest day to a market day like this,” Prisbrey said, “like how much harvesting and time it takes to get enough goods to have a well-filled out stand.

“It takes a lot of work to fill up a stand like this. Carrots alone, we had 150 pounds of them.”
Edmonds CC Farmers Market is open on Thursdays.

Harvest days begin around 7 a.m. and end around 9 p.m. Prisbrey works alongside other Edmonds CC students in the college’s Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAgE) program to harvest hundreds of pounds of produce at the four-acre SAgE Sammamish Valley Student Farm in Woodinville.

“The SAgE program is a unique program,” Prisbrey said.There’s no other program in the area, in the state really, that is like this.”

The program is a collaboration between three colleges – Edmonds CC, Seattle Central College, and Skagit Valley College – and 21 Acres and Viva Farms, two local nonprofits.

A college grant allows for Prisbrey to be employed part-time as the farm’s production manager and for two other part-time student employees. Through a farm-to-campus initiative and the SAgE program, students participate in hands-on farming and agricultural practices, coursework in sustainable practices, and internships.

For Prisbrey, the program offers a glimpse into what a career in urban farming could be like.

“Edmonds Community College, in particular, has the classes set up in a way that is much more hands on, and there’s a lot more direct classroom interaction time,” he said. “Fruit and vegetable classes run consecutive quarters – fall, winter, spring – and you follow what you’re planting through the seasons.

“You start seeds, and they progressively lead you through planting and harvest and garden planning, and how to rotate things and why that’s important.”

Prisbrey hopes to put all he’s learned into his own farm-to-market business on south Whidbey Island after completing a certificate in Urban Agriculture Systems.

The SAgE Farmers Market is open from noon to 4 p.m. on Thursdays from June through November in the courtyard of Lynnwood Hall. The last market day this season is Nov. 3.

Pre-purchased farm share boxes are now available. Boxes are packed with seasonal, fresh produce and can be picked up during the Thursday market. For more information, visit

Edmonds Community College is at 20000 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood, WA 98036. For directions to campus, visit

Monday, August 29, 2016

Edmonds CC student trustee known as an ‘agent of change’

The Edmonds Community College Board of Trustees selected its fourth student trustee, who many on campus see as an agent of change.

Edmonds CC student Lia Andrews, 23, was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee to serve from July through June 2017.

Center for Student Engagement and Leadership Director Wayne Anthony said Andrews is a “change agent with a vision of improving the student experience.”

Anthony mentors student government officers and provides leadership coaching. He said Andrews has impressed him with her ability to see “the big picture” and build relationships with those she works with, and the way she uses those skills to create change.

Andrews’ position on the board will have a direct impact on students, as the student trustee is one of six voting members of the board.

Andrews said the board members are the policy makers for the college, and “implementing a student position reflects a progressive outlook on their part.”

“Having a student on the board can offer much-needed insight into what students are actually thinking and what students are actually wanting and needing from the college,” she said.

For Andrews, the position carries a lot of weight, but ultimately, she said it is a position of service.

“I’ve always approached this kind of work, whether it’s student government or student trustee, with that mindset,” Andrews said.
She comes to the board with previous experience on the college’s student executive board and as an outreach coordinator for the campus environmental sustainability team.

As a student government officer, Andrews became familiar with the board’s work and had a growing interest in the role Edmonds CC plays in the community and the region.

“I have had many opportunities to interact with state and federal government officials and promote civic engagement,” Andrews said.

In early 2016, she attended the 2016 Legislative Academy in Olympia, Wash. as an advocate for student issues, including the cost of tuition and textbooks, and funding for a proposed Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics building at Edmonds CC.

Andrews has also done undergraduate research as a student, and later as a volunteer, through the college’s Center for Service Learning.

While working on a plant and wildlife monitoring project, she discovered a passion for environmental science.

Andrews has devoted many hours to the project, which is a collaboration between the Snoqualmie Tribe of Indians and the college’s Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field School.

The tribe would like to build a cultural center on land that was set aside by the city of Snoqualmie. The site is adjacent to a wildlife corridor, and Andrews and her team monitored and recorded the types of plants and wildlife there so the tribe could adhere to its desire to develop the land conscientiously.

Andrews presented her findings in 2015 at a national conference for community college undergraduate research.

She said her approach to finding a major has been to take classes that look interesting to her.

“I started out with myriad interests and narrowed to one based on what I liked the most,” Andrews said.

She also emphasized the importance of being involved in the campus community and student activities.

“It is important, not only as a student, but also to becoming a more well-rounded human being, to get involved, not just in your academics, but also in your college community,” Andrews said. “I’ve found that coming to college and embracing the opportunities that have been presented to me, and also being able to recognize when you have a resource that you can take advantage of has really helped me grow exponentially, like on a logarithmic scale.”

Andrews will complete her Associate in Arts degree in winter 2017. She would like to transfer to the University of Washington and pursue a bachelor’s in Environmental Science and Resource Management.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Pokémon Go fans come to campus, build community

Edmonds Community College student Lia Andrews’ face lit up with a smile as she caught a rare Pokémon on July 27 outside of the campus library.
Edmonds CC students Choi Jae and Scott Tan

Andrews wasn’t alone. Richelle Thompson caught a wild Butterfree, too, and held out her phone to show a group of students in the courtyard.

Since the launch of Nintendo’s augmented reality game Pokémon Go on July 6, Edmonds CC students and employees, and community members have been spotted using the free cellphone app to explore the campus and catch virtual creatures, called Pokémon.

“It’s really fun to go out and see people playing the same thing,” Andrews said. “It creates instant solidarity.”

Center for Student Engagement and Leadership Summer Events Coordinator Andrew Prom organized a campus meetup on July 27.

“A lot of people are playing it – college students, young people, old people – everyone is playing it,” Prom said.

“Pokemon is like a game mostly nerds play, but I know friends with social anxiety who would never go out in public to talk to people, but as soon as this game came out, they’ve been all over the place, catching Pokémon, traveling, and talking to people.

“It was really an eye opener, because you’d never think this could get people out and talking.”

Thompson agreed and said the game brings people together and builds a sense of community.

The game uses GPS and cellphone cameras to lead players, or Pokémon trainers, to places where Pokémon could be caught.

Prom said players are lead to spots, or PokéStops, on campus that they might not have been to or noticed before. There are about 10 stops on campus and many nearby. The Lynnwood Ice Center and the Elks Lodge are both stops.

Notable stops on campus include: the Veterans Boots to Books and Beyond Memorial, artist Lorna Jordan’s Reach sculpture, and even shrubs on campus that attract certain Pokémon.

The campus courtyard serves as a PokéGym, where trainers go to battle their Pokémon against others for control of the site.

Scott Tan gathered in the courtyard with other trainers on July 27. He is taking summer classes online and said the game and the meetup drew him onto campus.

“It’s nice for online students, because it gets you out,” Tan said.

The game has been known to drain cellphone batteries, rendering the phones useless for catching Pokémon, but Tan has a solution.

He started carrying a spare charger and even purchased an extra battery so he could continue to play.

Tan said the game blew up fast, and he would continue to play if Nintendo keeps it interesting by adding new features.

Playing alongside Tan on Wednesday was his friend Choi Jae. Jae lives in on-campus housing and was quickly heading back to his apartment to recharge his phone when it ran out of battery.

While his phone was temporarily dead, Jae said the Pokémon hype “won’t ever die off.”

Want to catch your own Butterfree Pokémon at Edmonds CC? Head to campus at 20000 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood, WA.

After you catch’em all, remember to refuel with a stop at Triton Espresso in Mukilteo Hall or Mountlake Terrace Hall for Pokémon-themed drinks like a Zapados, Articuno Mocha, Electabuzz Latte, or a Pikachu Italian soda.

Edmonds CC to launch The Facility, a makerspace for the community

Edmonds CC will launch the Rapid Proto Lab on Aug. 15.
Edmonds Community College embraces the maker and Do It Yourself movements with its official launch of The Facility, a DIY space for the community.

The Facility will host a free launch event from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, to debut the Rapid Proto Lab, which offers DIY access to laser cutters, 3D printers, 3D scanners, and a CNC router.

“There’s a lot of money invested in this building, and it’s a really great set of equipment,” said David Voetmann, designer of The Facility.

The event will include a tour of the 11,000-square-foot space that houses over $1 million in state-of-the-art high-end technical equipment used in the production of composites, aerospace, and consumer products.

There will be equipment demos, hors d’oeuvres, and the chance to connect with other makers –  artists, inventors, entrepreneurs, students, educators, hobbyists, side-giggers, tinkerers, and world changers.

“The college’s mandate is two-fold,” Voetmann said, “We’re custodians of public resources, so our job is to promote those resources and the utilization of those resources as efficiently as we possibly can, which means making them available to more people.”

The Facility is housed in Monroe Hall, Edmonds CC’s on campus training center for students in the college’s Engineering Technology programs. The building will continue to serve, first and foremost, as a learning environment for students, and second, as a makerspace.

“Edmonds CC really introduced me to the idea that this could be a gym for people who make things,” Voetmann said. “The reason I go to the gym is because I don’t want 10 ellipticals in my garage, right?

“The reason I come here is because I don’t want $1 million of equipment in my garage, so it’s very much the same concept.”

As a maker himself, Voetmann said The Facility offers access to equipment that is not affordable for most individuals to own.

The goal of The Facility is to be a place where individuals, or makers, can turn thoughts into things. Makers will learn how to convert pen and paper ideas into 3D concepts using modeling software, and complete two-hour introductory classes on how to safely operate the equipment.

Voetmann said it’s a place for entrepreneurs to take the next step and rapidly prototype and refine a concept.

If you don’t have an idea yet, Voetmann said that’s even better. Come in with a problem and work to create a solution. Become a maker.

“The future belongs to makers,” Voetmann said.

If you’d like to attend The Facility launch, RSVP by Aug. 8 to The Facility is at Edmonds Community College, Monroe Hall, 6606 196th St. SW, Lynnwood, WA.

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 or contact Elaine Hall at

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 For more information on ways to donate, visit