Friday, March 30, 2012

Student story: Northwest Community College Initiative scholar

“Edmonds CC is a center of diversity and I’m glad to be here.”
— Benjamin Kanligi, Business Information Technology
Northwest Community College Initiative (NWCCI) program
Benjamin Kanligi of Ghana is one of the students studying at at Edmonds Community College as part of the NWCCI, a U.S. Department of State funded program. This is the college’s third year of hosting the Northwest Community College Initiative, which, to date, has hosted 90 students. During the 2011-12 academic year, 40 students from Brazil, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Ghana, Kenya, Pakistan, Panama, South Africa, and Turkey will study in Washington state at Edmonds CC, Whatcom Community College, and Pierce College through this partnership.

The program’s goals are to foster mutual understanding between the participating countries and the United States, and to provide young professionals from underprivileged backgrounds access to professional training.

Read more about Benjamin and read his winning essay about studying in the United States for the NWCCI contest.

Why Edmonds CC? It is the right place to be as student. Its friendly atmosphere nurtures any kind of student to mature.
Before Edmonds CC:
I was in my second year of college education in Ghana pursuing a diploma in Financial Accounting.
Why Northwest Community College Initiative (NWCCI) program: My advisers are particularly helpful and care for my daily stay. I could not do much without their benevolence.
Best college experience: Getting to know colleague students from around the globe. It makes it possible to see how close the world is. Edmonds CC is a center of diversity, and I’m glad to be here as a student.
Favorite classes: Accounting 201 and 216 — The instructors were welcoming which made the classes lovely.
Book: Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson — It talks about dealing with change in every aspect of life.
Interests: soccer — watching or playing for fun.
Advice for students: Talk to your teachers when feeling challenged in classes.
Dream job: professional accountant

My experience in the United States for the past months

Today the 24th of January 2012, marks my seventh month here in the United States. I was actually overwhelmed with what I saw on my first day here. Though frustration set in upon getting used to a new cultural set, I believed that the value of change and possibly transforming my life to a better person would be a welcoming veneration to my folks back in Ghana.

My first experience was a situation I encountered with my academic learning. This was an unhappy situation to me, but I am glad it did happen because of the lesson I learned from it. I unheeded to instructions pertaining to time management. As usual, I was playing tricks with time, but this went very short after I started to lose valuable marks for presenting overdue assignments. I quickly readjusted myself in order to contain the ever piling work from my college classes. I knew I was not going to make any head way with that attitude of mind toward time management. The “African time” syndrome, where people are intentionally late for everything, was not the best for me in a culture that values time very significant. I learned a lesson out of this incident; I should be very sensitive to time, and I am glad did. As a result, I am able to complete my exercises with extra time for further learning.

Also I conceded that, because I continue to participate in groups’ activities, my confidence has been spectacular. I attend clubs meeting, volunteering services, and of course, activities organized by the advisers of the NWCCI/EDCC program. I was barely involved in similar activities back home, so I never had the chance to realize myself. Getting involved in these programs has given me the opportunity to think differently. I used to find it very difficult to approach a person for a talk because I never had a reason to do so, but now, I am versatile in talking to people of all walks of life. I now believe much in everything I do, therefore I do not fear to take responsibilities among my peers. I always get inspired by myself that I can do it, and this has been a hidden strength I did not realize for long. My mind is unhindered now because I know myself, so I tackle issues with zeal and make sure that, I pursue my interest with relentless effort to ascertain happiness I deem necessary.

In summary of the above, I will state that this is just the beginning of prosperity and a brighter future ahead of me here in the United States and also in Ghana. I have learned a lot from the mistakes I made. Though I was new to the system, negligence was associated with my downfalls; such as the way I procrastinated against time. Now, I understand why time is a very special resource among the other resources here in America, and I shall surely replicate this in Ghana. As I said also, I have been assertive comparably. I had not before been an active member of any of the groups I found myself, but now I take active part in many union activities. Justifiably, I have volunteered to be the president of the Multi-Cultural Club here in Edmonds Community College. Hopefully, this is to pave the way for my self-creation.

Student video: A Day in Edmonds Community College

Check out this day in the life of campus video by Steve Ton, Nhox Jonbj, Tien Nguyen, and their Edmonds Group.

For another view of campus, check out another student video, Peter Khaouly's An Average Day at Edmonds Community College.

What do you think? Does this look like your typical day at Edmonds Community College?

Friday, March 23, 2012

Advice for community college students considering study abroad: Do it!

Did you know you can study abroad as a community college and earn college credit? Edmonds Community College partners with the Washington Community College Consortium for Study Abroad and offers opportunities to study in Costa Rica and France this summer or England or Japan this fall.

Here's what some of our students say about study abroad:
"Don’t be cautious of asking for more financial aid if you can’t afford it. Other than that, believe me when I say that studying abroad will change your life for the better. Also, buy your own groceries! But also try the authentic restaurants." — Tony Stockl, 10 Weeks in Florence, Italy
"Do it! It is the best kind of education any student can hope to receive to learn about life firsthand and not just through a book."  — Kiersten Snel, 10 Weeks in Florence, Italy
"Go. Follow your own path, even if the place you choose seems cliché, there is nothing like living and experiencing a new country."  — Sarah Landsberg, 10 Weeks in London, England
Find out more at an information session, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Fri., April 6 in Brier Hall. Learn about upcoming opportunities. Get your questions answered. Free refreshments! For more information, email or call 425.640.1399.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Office of Diversity Affairs: Mark Your Calendar

Edmonds Community College's Office of Diversity Affairs notes the following upcoming events in our community:
  • Community Buildings — Dialogue in Nigeria, a new film about African courage and communication excellence documenting the 2010 International Conference on Youth & Interfaith Communication held in Jos, Nigeria. Showing 7 p.m., Tues., March 27 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St. SW, Lynnwood, 98036. Call for information at 425.218.3682.
  • The Source of Loving, interfaith symposium, 1:30 p.m., Sat., April 28, Ahmadiyya Muslim Center, 19212 Highway 99, Lynnwood, 98036. Following speakers, small group discussion will be held.  Dinner begins at 4 p.m., no charge.  Register online at or call Aisha at 206.218.6607.
  • North Puget Sound Conference on Race — Partnering for Social Justice, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sat., April 28, Edmonds Community College, Woodway Hall. Call 425.258.8828 for more information.

Spring events at Edmonds Community College

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This spring at Edmonds Community College check out our arts and culture events including art gallery exhibits, our lecture series, and performances in the Black Box Theatre.

It's also time to apply for summer and fall study abroad opportunities in Costa Rica, France, England, and Japan.

In May, plan to attend a new community event in Lynnwood, the Celebration of Food Festival, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun., May 20 at the Lynnwood Convention Center. This event brings together people who are passionate about delicious, local, wholesome food. Farmers, ranchers, culinary professionals, youth, students, and business owners will offer activities for your delight and inspiration.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

6 Weeks to a Healthier You coming to Lynnwood April 17

Is your goal to improve your eating and cooking habits, reduce stress, lose weight or exercise smarter? Register online for 6 Weeks to a Healthier You and nationally acclaimed speaker, health expert and best-selling author Joe Piscatella will be there to guide you toward achieving these goals.

This program begins April 17 at the Lynnwood Convention Center and runs six consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8 p.m., ending on May 22. Biometric health screenings will help participants better gauge their overall health at the beginning of the program and again at the end. The program fee is $49 per person, however, the value of the biometric screenings alone is $100. Scholarships are available, and groups of 10 or more can receive a discounted rate.

To register or learn more about the program, visit

6 Weeks to a Healthier You is brought to you by Verdant Health Commission with support by:

Arts Walk!

On Thursday, March 15, the ArtsNow Gallery, inside the Edmonds Conference Center hosted an artists' reception for the Edmonds Arts Walk.

Kelsey Dunlap, a talented harpist, was there to provide the gentle strumming to backdrop the occasion. Refreshments, wine, and conversations abounded to herald the arrivial of the exhibit: "Who We Are", acrylic and mixed media pieces by Lynn Scott and Tracy Felix Fraker. Both artists were present to meet the public and discuss their inspiration and technique.
Kelsey Dunlap, Harpist
Lynn Scott's work is displayed along the staircase and the second floor. Most of Scott work deals with a primary color palette. I enjoyed "Rebuild - Part 1" (of 2).  My eye was first drawn to a form at the bottom of the piece. There was a rectangular mass with writing on it, which was surrounded by warm angular brush stokes of yellow and red (with a little bit of metalic gold and copper strokes). This form suggested a doorway; to me, it was an entrance. Hanging over this "doorway", an angel pendant was attached to the piece. A hinge affixed to the upper right of the form further enhanced the illusion of the doorway. This small area was domestic and safe feeling.
Lynn Scott (in red) greets visitors
Moving away from the warmth, my eye is drawn to a dark, greyish black, conical mass which is enveloping the warm form. The shape and brush strokes suggests a witch's hat leaning to the right or an upside down tornado funnel. This mass is worked into a backdrop of blue and black organic masses. This whole area feels savage and cold, compared to the warm area. The brush strokes change directions and seems bursting at times. There are also areas where the paint was thinned and the drippings gives the feeling of rain.

Looking at the piece in its entirety, I think of the houses in the midwest that get hit by tornadoes. In this piece, I feel that this small warmth was reduced by the savageness of the wet darkness around it, but not defeated. It could be rebuilt.

For the most part, Fraker, whose pieces are displayed along the downstairs hallway, works on larger canvasses and her piece, "Femina" (pictured below) felt introspective, despite the size.
Fraker, Tracy; Femina
When I look at this piece, the first thing I see is the teardrop shaped face, painted in warm tones. The expression is innocent, yet, to me, she appears to be wearing make-up that is too old for her. The eyes and lips have a glossy finish that adds life and a "made-up"ness to her otherwise youthful face. At the base of her next is a silver bar, which, to me, looks like a handle on a drawer: as if someone wants you to be able to easily pull her.

Framing her face, like a veil is a lavendar mass: flowing and heavily textured with organic shapes like bubbles and honeycomb. Fraker works more gold and a little blue into the mass. On the bottom left of the canvass, is a "Ctrl" key, taken from a keyboard. Counterbalancing the key, on the upper right is the definition of female repeated as if it was ripped from a dictionary. Directly below this are spindly mettalic pieces that have the tiny words "handsome" and "valuable" stamped on them. All of this information made me ask myself: Is this her hair? Are these her thoughts? Are these superficial patterns and labels that someone put on her to bear?
ArtsWalk Guests
 In addition to Fraker and Scott, Robin Westbrook has her collection, titled "nOt Junes Jewelry", which features hand beaded, one-of-a-kind pieces. The color repetition in her beadwork and whimsical clasps gives a 1920's flair combined with some of feather pieces and noodle shaped beads to give it a tribal element as well.

All of the pieces in the gallery are available for purchase. This exhibit will be in the gallery until mid-April.

The next Arts Walk will be on April 19, and will feature work by our upcoming EDGE graduates. Don't miss it!

The ArtsNow Gallery is located at the Edmonds Conference Center, on the corner of 4th and Bell in dowtown Edmonds. For more information on ArtsNow call 425-640-1243 or visit

For more information on the artists, visit

Friday, March 16, 2012

An Average Day at Edmonds Community College

Classes all day. Studying all night. That is a lot of the college experience especially at Edmonds Community College where students are intent on preparing to transfer to a four-year school or getting the skills they need so they can get a career. It's about getting ready to go places and making a great start. Serious stuff.

At the same time, the college does offer student clubs, activities, and events. So, it's nice to see some students hanging out in the community room in the college dorm and enjoying a little college life in this student made video.


Peter Khaouly made this video to thank his friends for a great quarter. Nice work, Peter! His next step is the University of Washington. So maybe we'll see "An Average Day at UW" on his channel some day!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Congratulations, Foundation supporter Ron Clyborne!

 My Edmonds News reports that Ron Clyborne was honored by the Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary Club for his years of service to the community including his support of the Edmonds Community College Foundation and Edmonds Community College's Veterans Program.

Ron received the Paul Harris Fellowship award and was named the Daybreakers’ 2012 Professional of the Year. He and his wife and business partner, Michelle, are Windermere Real Estate brokers and strong supporters of our college and community.

Congratulations, Ron! Well-deserved! And, thank you, Ron and Michelle!

Scholarship recipient helps raise funds for other students

Edmonds Community College Foundation scholarship recipient Paige Tarver spoke at the Foundation's "A Vintage Evening 2012 Gala Dinner and Auction" and shared how a scholarship and access to education changed her life.

"I'm becoming the woman I always thought I could be....this is where it all begins for me." — Paige Tarver

The annual auction is the Foundation's largest fundraiser on behalf of the college and student scholarships. Paige helped the Foundation raise $193,000 this year.

Watch the video of her story.

Meet student: Alex Pearson, Associate of Science

“This is a good time for college.” — Alex Pearson, Running Start, Associate of Science
Why Edmonds CC? It was the closest college that offered Running Start and I had friends in Running Start at Edmonds. Also, my mom went back to college and earned a degree here recently.
Why now? I thought that this was a good time for college because I was already earning college credits through A.P. tests in the high school. I thought that Running Start was a good idea to start earning college credits (for very cheap) that will transfer to a four-year university when I graduate from high school.
High school: Kamiak
Best college experience: My schedule this quarter — I only have classes online and on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This gives me a lot of free time and allows me to really focus on my work and be independent.
Best advice: Plan ahead. Know what you want to do and it will make choosing classes easier, and you will be motivated to move forward to your goal.
On my iPod: Electronica
Interests: soccer, skiing, longboarding
Video game: Skate
College goal: master’s degree
What’s next? I have a passion for finding out how stuff works. I chose mechanical engineering because I have always been good at fixing and upgrading electronics and contraptions. I think it would be interesting and fulfilling to one day work in an energy field.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Improv Comedy Happy Hours provide fun for the whole family!

While residents of the Pacific Northwest are never guaranteed a sunny spring, wouldn’t a break from this sideways rain be nice? Are you looking for something—anything—to get you out of this weather and lighten your mood?

Well, even though the forecast continues to look dreary (sorry!), cheer up because the Black Box Theatre at Edmonds Community College has a lineup of laughs guaranteed to put a smile on your face, and a spring (if nothing else) in your step.

Join us at 8:30 p.m., every Friday and Saturday, as Unexpected Productions North presents Improv Comedy Happy Hour. Tickets are $10—that’s cheaper than a movie ticket!

Unexpected Productions, known for the wildly popular Seattle Theatresports, is the most professional improv show the Northwest has to offer. Theatersports is comedy, improv, theater, and sports all rolled into one!  Teams of improvisers create scenes based entirely on audience suggestions and are scored by a panel of judges. It's the most professional improv show the Northwest has to offer.
So get out of this weather, c’mon over to the Black Box Theatre and laugh with us because you know what they say? Laughter really is the best medicine…especially for the rainy day blues!

More information and tickets: Click here!

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Friday, March 2, 2012

Art exhibit shows in the ArtsNow gallery at Edmonds Conference Center

Femina 24x24 Acrylic, metal and latex paint on canvas 2011
by Tracy Felix Fraker of Fraker/Scott Gallery in Seattle
“Who We Are,” an art exhibit featuring paintings by Lynn Scott and Tracy Felix Fraker of Fraker/Scott Gallery in Seattle ( and artisan jewelry by Robin Westbrook shows March 15 through April 13 in the ArtsNow gallery at Edmonds Conference Center, 201 4th Avenue North, Edmonds.

A reception with the artists will be held 5-8 p.m., Thurs., March 15 at the Edmonds Conference Center during the City of Edmonds’ Third Thursday Art Walk. Live music and refreshments will be provided. Free for the public.

 Fraker uses various techniques in acrylic on canvas. "My paintings are built in layers,” she said. “Literally there are layers of color, texture, images and mixed media when it supports my concept. But also layers to the imagery. They can be viewed literally or symbolic of larger ideas.”

 Scott paints still lifes without boundaries in encaustic or acrylic mixed media. "I use objects to represent people and symbolize ideas. I always paint with the idea: Art makes you feel,” she said.

Westbrook creates one of a kind, hand beaded, contemporary jewelry using mixed media and Swarovski crystals.

Yum! Did you know we offer a Baking Degree and Certificate?

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Edmonds Community College's Culinary Arts program offers Culinary Arts and Baking Degrees and Certificates. The training prepares students for positions as cooks, kitchen managers, caterers, bakers and pastry chefs, as well as servers and hosts in the food service industry and gives them the skills needed to enter management training positions in fine dining, fast food, and institutional food service.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Music Instructor Performs Borderlands March 8 On Campus

Edmonds Community College Faculty, Dr. Nick Sibicky, blends technology with acoustic instruments to create a new musical experience for the public to enjoy

Lynnwood, Wash. — Edmonds Community College presents Borderlands: Where Live Music and Computers Meet, 7:30 p.m., Thurs., March 8 on campus at the Black Box Theatre in Mukilteo Hall, 20000 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood. This event is free and open to the public with a suggested donation to support the Music Department’s scholarship fund.

This lecture-performance demonstrates how technology can be used to extend any acoustic instrument beyond its normal capabilities and create new musical experiences for the audience. Strings, woodwinds, and piano will be digitally altered to create lush soundscapes, large gongs, and catchy rhythms. Woven into this live music will be additional environmental samples, exotic instruments, and virtuosic instrumental performance. Borderlands was initially conceived as part of Edmonds Community College faculty Dr. Nick Sibicky's doctoral dissertation, which he was awarded from the University of Texas last year.

Dr. Nick Sibicky has taught music composition, audio engineering, digital music production, popular music, and piano at Edmonds Community College since 2008. His experimental music has been dubbed as being "Crazy, delightful....splendid" by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Adams. Sibicky has recently been working with Tritonal, a Texas-based electronic dance music group who just catapulted their way into DJ Mag's Top #100 Artists for 2012. Sibicky studied composition at both the Hartt School of Music as well as University of Texas under prominent composers including Ingram Marshall, Joseph Turrin, Donald Grantham, and the four-time Emmy award-winning Jim Chapdelaine.

Black Box Theatre |
The Black Box Theatre seeks to be a beacon for enlightenment, engagement, education, and entertainment in our community. It seeks to stay relevant and progressive as a workshop of exploration for the students of Edmonds Community College and for the community that surrounds it. The 200-seat theater, located on campus, offers full service support and state of the art technologies for all types of events including musicals, plays, opera, dance, music events and concerts.