Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Edmonds Community College Service Learning: New Video

"Service learning is a way of teaching that connects students to real needs in the community." — Thomas Murphy, Ph.D, instructor-anthropology

Photos from the White House panel on women in STEM

Edmonds Community College President Dr. Hernandez at the White House on a panel on women in science, technology, engineering, and math with NASA Astronaut, Dr. Cady Coleman, Facebook’s Director-Engineering, Jocelyn Goldfein; and the President of Howard University’s student Chapter of Engineers Without Borders, Bianca Bailey.

Watch the video of the event.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

College president in White House Panel on Girls in STEM

If you missed seeing Edmonds Community College President Dr. Jean Hernandez on the White Housepanel on Girls in STEM streaming live this morning you can watch the video here

Dr. Hernandez was on the panel with: NASA Astronaut, Dr. Cady Coleman, Facebook’s Director-Engineering, Jocelyn Goldfein; and the President of Howard University’s student Chapter of Engineers Without Borders, Bianca Bailey

Highlights from the panel, Dr. Hernandez:

• mentions our: Washington Aerospace Training and Research Center and the Cool Girls in Aerospace program; upcoming Expanding YourHorizons workshop, and aerospace, materials science, robotics, and pre-nursing programs. 

• in a discussion on the importance of mentoring, gives a shout out to our instructors: Mary Obrien, Chemistry; Rachel Wade, Physics; and Kay Latimer, Robotics. 

• encourages women to persist in math and science studies, “No one can take your dreams away from you. You have the right to have those dreams.” 

• advises girls to take as much math, chemistry, physics, and biology in high school as they can and points out that for women who didn’t it’s not too late — your community college can help. 

 • gives girls watching some homework — Ask family members if there are two or three relatives in STEM fields you can interview/job shadow.

 • suggests students look for colleges (like Edmonds Community College) that have good support and resources for women in STEM

Did you know? Edmonds Community College has received more than $3.5 million in grants from the National Science Foundation. 

 See more of the highlights and discussion on Twitter #GirlsinSTEM. 

At the event the White House showed its new video "Girls in STEM: A New Generation of Women in Science" featuring inventors at the White House Science Fair.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Freedom of Expression Showcases Regional Talent

The Black Student Union of Edmonds Woodway High School features talented performers and great prizes at "Freedom of Expression", April 27.

Lynnwood, Wash. — The Black Student Union of Edmonds Woodway High School presents "Freedom of Expression", an evening of diverse performances, 6:30 p.m., Friday, April 27, at the Black Box Theatre on the Edmonds Community College campus, 20000 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood.
Freedom of Expression is a night of pure entertainment and creativity that showcases students and community members from Snohomish County. Performances vary from song and dance to poetry and live music. Unlike a talent show, this event is an opportunity for participants to express themselves without judgment, producing a variety show unlike any other.

Closing out the night is Unexpected Productions, Seattle’s longest running improv group, who will present a short skit that encourages audience participation. 

Tickets are $10 and include light appetizers, children 12 and under get in free. Arrive early to purchase raffle tickets for prizes, including gift cards and an iPod touch.

A portion of the nights proceeds benefit the Black Student Union of Edmonds Woodway High School. This event is sponsored by the Snohomish County NAACP, Snohomish County YMCA and Edmonds Community College
For more information, call 425.640.1139 or go to

Purchase tickets HERE.


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.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Meet our student: Bridget Begay, Associate of Arts in Biology

Bridget Begay has been coming to campus since she was a young child participating in the Edmonds Community College Powwow with her family. Now she's treasurer of the college's Native American Student Association (NASA) Club and helping to organize the college's 27th Annual Powwow, "Echoes of Our Ancestors," May 4-6 in Seaview Gym.

She's earning her Associate of Arts in Biology with plans to become a marine biologist. She's tapped into the college's resources for science, technology, engineering, and math students. She's in the college's MESA program and earned an EdSTEM$ scholarship.

Read more about Bridget's experience at the college:

Why Edmonds CC? It’s local, has a great learning environment, and also the abundance of green plants and blossoming trees around the campus during fall and springtime.  
Why now? This is the right time in my life for college because I want to encourage all Native American students to attend college and achieve a degree in a science, technology, engineering and/or math-related career. I chose Marine Biology because the ocean makes me curious and I look forward to doing research on marine mammals. I don't see many Native American students especially on the reservations pursuing those kind of careers and attending college. I would like to seem more of a rise of underrepresented minorities going into those fields to create a diverse environment.
Why MESA? In the MESA program, I got to know students who are on their way to reach their educational goals especially in STEM-related careers. I have met wonderful students who have common classes and we are able to form a study groups. Also, the program provides scholarship information, field trips to universities, and the annual Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) conference, which I attended this year.  
High school: Mariner  
Best college experience: making new friends in most of my classes and working together on assignments and meeting new faculty members who know student services that will benefit you — like the MESA program and the Native American Student Association (NASA) Club.
Biggest challenge: attending college as a female Dine' (Navajo) student and pursuing a career in science related career. I don't see many female Native American students attending college and that just gives me more passion to achieve my educational goals. I think that once they see many Native American students getting degrees and that they can take that education and improve their communities on the reservation. The MESA program has added to my passion — students supporting one another is just a positive environment for everyone.
Favorite memory: attending Edmonds Community College’s annual spring powwow. My family and I have been attending their powwows ever since I was young child. I wouldn't have known that I would be a member of the club that organizes the powwow. It's a great experience seeing the local community connecting with the Native tribes with great music and food.  
Advice for new students: Communicate with your new classmates/instructors and know your resources on campus like the MESA program. One you get to know classmates, you can start a study group for science and math classes.  
Interests: Spending time with my family and friends, playing my guitar, and walking around Seattle. College goal: a Ph.D. in Marine Biology  
Dream job: Marine Biologist — just being out in the ocean environment and doing research on the ocean's health and marine life. Plus, if I had an opportunity to swim with a whale shark that would be amazing.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Happy National Poetry Month! Check out these Saturday readings!

Celebrate National Poetry Month! Find Edmonds Community College poets out in the community at events over the next couple of Saturdays including:

April 21 — English instructor Amanda Laughtland and student Catherine Nichols read with library staff member Charline Bozek at "Poetry in the Library" 2-3 p.m., at the Brier Library, 23303 Brier Road.

April 21 — Students Catherine Nichols and Chris Moses will read at a poetry cabaret 7:30 p.m., at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle. The event features many local poets, including students from 826 Seattle, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center. Copies of the Edmonds Community College literary/arts magazine, Between the Lines, will be for sale at the event for $10.

April 28 — English instructor Amanda Laughtland will participate in a multi-genre arts event, the  ISIS: International Women Arts Festival, at the Enlighten Cafe, 5424 Ballard Avenue, Seattle. Enjoy a visual arts exhibit and music starting at 7 p.m. The readings and performances begin at 8 p.m.

Happy Birthday Edmonds Community College President Jean Hernandez!

A quick office gathering to honor Edmonds Community College President Jean Hernandez' birthday was bolstered by a very fancy cake with mango Bavarian creme filling and vanilla butter cream frosting and decor. Culinary Arts students have been practicing making wedding cakes. This one was for sale yesterday and purchased for the event.

Edmonds Community College Trustee
Dick Van Hollebeke (far right) added to the celebration by bringing her a box of chocolates from Nama's Candy Store before they went into a meeting.

Accounting student earns national TACTYC scholarship

Congratulations to Edmonds Community College Accounting student Siyu Lu one of seven nationwide recipients of a $1,000 scholarship from the Teachers of Accounting at Two-Year Colleges, and the first from Washington State.

TACTYC scholarships are based on grade point average, recommendations, and the applicant's commitment to a career in accounting. Each year, TACTYC receives numerous applications from around the nation and it's an honor to be selected.
Siyu Lu at the All Washington Academic Team Ceremony
with Edmonds Community College President Jean Hernandez (left)
and Washington State governor Chris Gregoire (right).
"One of the most remarkable things about Siyu is the clear vision she already has regarding her academic path and future career plans. Additionally, she has also recognized the importance of service and volunteer work and plans to create her own non-profit organization in the future to assist others in whatever capacity she can." — accounting instructor Matt Lothyan

In March, Lu also earned the All-Washington Academic Team honor, which recognizes the state’s top community and technical college students for scholarship,leadership, and community service.

Siyu plans to study accounting and finance at the University of Washington. Due to family issues, she was recognized as a homeless student in high school and survived by working part time and using food stamps. She’s a full-time student taking Honors classes, helping to organize the college’s Lecture Series, and volunteering as a tutor for at-risk youth. She also works part-time to pay for school and living expenses.

She will pursue a Master of Professional Accounting degree and become a Certified Public Accountant. She would like to work as a financial analyst with a taxation specialty and her dream is to establish a non-profit that promotes family financial literacy and educate the public about personal finance management.

Student receives scholarship from safety engineers

Congratulations to Edmonds Community College Occupational Safety and Health student Dawn Burgett who received a scholarship from the American Society of Safety Engineers! Read more about Dawn's experience at the college.

“Edmonds CC has been one of the greatest times of my life.”
— Dawn Burgett
Occupational Safety and Health Technician
Construction Management

Why Edmonds CC? It had the programs that were most applicable to my needs.
Why now? Without the right education it was becoming pretty difficult to move any farther up the ladder to where I could make a difference in the industry.
Before Edmonds CC: I worked for 20 years in the marine industry as an insulator.
Best college experience: My involvement in the Construction Management Student Association was a very satisfying and wonderful experience.
Favorite classes: I especially liked Civil Construction, CONST 185, and Materials and Methods, CONST 160, because these two classes opened up worlds of new knowledge for me.
Most helpful resources: the tutoring center and the Career Action Center — one to get me through, and the other to help me transition out.
Scholarship: The Puget Sound Chapter Martin Brown Memorial Scholarship from the American Society of Safety Engineers
Advice for new students: Take one of the Job Development classes in your first quarter! This is the greatest way to get to know the campus and learn skills to help you achieve your new goals.
Interests: I like to garden and can the results. I also tinker around with lapidary and beading projects.
College goal: The bachelor degree in Safety and Health Management at CWU
Dream job: My dream job involves returning to the construction industry as a safety engineer and becoming a part of the process that is changing the way safety is looked upon in the industry. With my experience and the knowledge I have gained here I sincerely feel that I can be a big part of changing that little section of the world!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Music student Calvin Hanson wins Jack Stone Award for composition

Congratulations to music student Calvin Hanson! He'll soon be on his way to Texas to hear his composition performed at the Jack Stone Music Concert April 24 at Northwest Vista College.

Calvin is the winner of the Jack Stone Award in Northwest Vista College's third annual musical-score contest for community college students and his composition was one of three chosen from across the United States to be performed at the concert.

The concert will feature professional performers Eileen Mack on the clarinet, Eleonore Oppenheim on the double bass, and William Smith on the piano.

 The second place winner is Kenji Oh from Los Angeles City College in California and the third place winner is Connor Helms from Rock Valley College in Illinois.

All three students receive recognition and cash prizes, but Calvin brings home the Jack Stone Award! Congrats, Calvin! Go Tritons!

ESL instructor publishes memoir, "Lessons from the Monk I Married"

Edmonds Community College ABE/ESL instructor Katherine Jenkins is headed off on a book tour for her recently published memoir, Lessons from the Monk I Married (2012, Seal Press). She will be at Elliott Bay Bookstore, 7 p.m., Sat., April 28. Read about the book in Publishers Weekly.

Katherine has been working in Edmonds Community College's International Education Division since Fall of 2006. She teaches Intensive English as a Second Language, Adult Basic Education, and English for Academic Purposes.

"Before coming to EdCC, I lived with my husband in South Korea. I was an ESL teacher at several universities/colleges in South Korea for eight years and for two years in Japan. I've also taught ESL in Mexico. My husband owned and operated two yoga schools in Korea and I also taught yoga there," she said.

Booklist describes the the memoir, “Based on lessons learned from her own experiences, Jenkins, a blogger who spent more than eight years in South Korea, encourages readers to think for themselves, even as she acknowledges the significance of being inspired by others. In 10 concisely written chapters, she recommends lessons from letting go of expectations and trusting your inner voice to learning how to be happy alone…This gentle book is full of surprises…Part memoir, part spiritual journey, this (book) is written in an accessible and conversational style that should appeal to a wide range of readers…”

Congratulations, Katherine!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Congratulations, All Washington Academic Team member Siyu Lu!

"There are so many options and possibilities out there, but who you are has determined your decisions. Figure out who you are and what you want, then take charge of your life." — Siyu Lu Associate of Arts, Associate of Technical Arts, Accounting

Siyu Lu was recognized for her scholarship, leadership, and community service as a member of the 2012 All Washington Academic Team at a ceremony in March at in Olympia. She is pictured with Edmonds Community College President Jean Hernandez and Governor Chris Gregoire.

Congratulations, academic team member Abdoukarim Drammeh!

"You have to be an embodiment of the “can do” roll up your sleeve spirit that made this country great. Go after what you want, never get discouraged, and leave “quit” out of your vocabulary. You will definitely achieve your academic and career goals because Edmonds CC is a great learning institution."
— Abdoukarim Drammeh, Associate of Arts in Business

Abdoukarim Drammeh was recognized for his scholarship, leadership, and community service as a member of the 2012 All Washington Academic Team at a ceremony in March at in Olympia. He is pictured with Edmonds Community College President Jean Hernandez and Governor Chris Gregoire.