Friday, July 27, 2012

College's writers offer critique workshops at Write on the Sound

Edmonds Community College English instructors Marcia Woodard, Dan Hurley, and Holly Hughes will offer writing critique workshops Oct. 5 for the City of Edmonds Arts Commission Write on the Sound Pre-Conference.

Woodard offers nonfiction critique. She is the author of Collected Kona: Brief Takes on a Basenji and My Life at the Gym. She teaches Intro to College Writing and Composition classes at the college this fall.

Hurley presents the fiction critique. He is a short story and novel writer who earned a master's in creative writing at Boston University. He also teaches sections of Intro to College Writing and Composition.

Hughes critiques poetry. Her publications include The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World, Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease, and a chapbook Boxing the Compass. Her fall classes are Writing Poetry.

Fall classes at Edmonds Community College start Sept. 24. Registration is underway. For more information, call 425.640.1459, email, or go to

The Write on the Sound Writers' Conference will be Oct. 6-7 featuring two New York Times bestselling authors as guest speakers: Carla Neggers, author of more than 60 books, most recently Saint's Gate and the forthcoming novel Heron's Cove; and Robert Dugoni, whose most recent books are Murder One and The Conviction.

Read more about the upcoming conference in Edmonds Patch, "Carla Neggers and Robert Dugoni at 2012 Write on the Sound," or in the Edmonds Beacon, "Write on the Sound to feature Carla Neggers."

For more information about the conference, call 425.771.0228 or email

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Free Latino Fair July 28 at Edmonds Community College

The Latino Fair will be 1-6 p.m., Sat., July 28 in the college courtyard. Free, family entertainment, open to the public. The event features folk dances, zumba, Vive Bailando (Dance for Life), games, and delicious Latin food.

It also includes free blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol exams, mammograms and free TDAP (whooping cough) inoculations sponsored by Molina Healthcare and Snohomish Health District.

The event is sponsored by: Las Americas Business Center, Latino Education & Training Institute, Edmonds Community College's Office of Diversity Affairs and Latin American Students Association, and the Economic Development Association of Skagit County.

Novena FERIA LATINA 2012

Sábado 28 de Julio de 2012, de 1:00 p.m. a 6:00 p.m., Edmonds Community College (Woodway Hall’s Courtyard)
204th & 68th Ave W, Lynnwood, WA 98036

El evento latino más grande de los condados de Snohomish y Skagit con entretenimiento sano y
económico para toda la familia

Entrada libre para el público
Los primeros 400 asistentes disfrutarán de un almuerzo personal GRATIS
Los primeros 100 niños recibirán un regalo GRATIS
Música en vivo.
Presentaciones de bailes folclóricos.
Taller de Zumba.
Clases gratuitas de baile.

Lanzamiento del programa VIVE BAILANDO,
Exámenes de presión arterial, diabetes y colesterol gratuitos. También vacunas de TDAP
(que protege contra la difteria, el tétanos y la tos ferina) gratuitas, cortesía de MOLINA
HEALTHCARE y el Distrito de Salud del condado Snohomish

Entretenimiento para niños todo el día tales como: casa saltarina, carritos para montar e
inflables para los mas pequeños.

Organizado por:
LAS AMERICAS BUSINESS CENTER (LABC), institución del condado Snohomish,
reconocida como una de las pioneras en asistencia técnica al pequeño empresario.

lucro orientada a promover educación y desarrollo económico de la sociedad en general.

Las oficinas de Diversity Affairs y Latin American Students Association (LASA) del

(EDASC), una organización que apoya la retención y expansión de negocios latinos.

Para mayor información sírvase contactar a Rosario Reyes (LETI) al (206) 228-2236 Oficina:
(424) 672-4255 Fax: (425) 778-8213 o Betty Koteles al (206) 423-8034.

Todos los fondos recaudados serán utilizados para becas de estudiantes latinos

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Alumni spotting: Visit 35th Street Kitchen + Bar in Fremont

Edmonds Community College Culinary Arts alumnus Tyler Chamberlin is the chef de cuisine at 35th Street Kitchen + Bar in Fremont. The restaurant, owned by Michelle Citarello, was recently featured in The Seattle Times, At 35th Street Kitchen + Bar, new bar menu complements fine bistro fare, along with a great picture of Tyler holding some yummy-looking sliders.

Tyler came to the college out of Meadowdale High and began working in a local restaurant as he completed his Associate of Technical Arts in Culinary Arts. He said he could see himself going far in the industry — and he is!

Stop by 35th Street Kitchen + Bar and give your compliments to the chef! Congrats, Tyler!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

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

Last year, more than $56,000 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 22nd Annual Golf Classic 1 p.m., Sept. 10 at the exclusive links of Seattle Golf Club, 210 NW 45th Street, Seattle, 98177.
A day of golfing can make a difference in the lives of the students, faculty, staff, and community at Edmonds Community College. Last year, more than 150 students received Foundation scholarships. This year, the Foundation hopes to provide more. 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.

At each hole, you’ll find a new adventure or wonderful surprise which range from trivia contests to scotch tasting. Students who have received scholarships will be on hand to talk about how the money raised changed their lives. Game packages will be available and include entry to the following games: putting contest, knowledge bowl, longest drive, hole-in-one, closest to the pin, use the pro drive, straightest drive, and one mulligan.

The two hole in one contests are your opportunities to win a new car from Carter Subaru and Lynnwood Honda.

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 $1,600 for VIP Foursome which includes recognition package and additional drink tickets.

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

Register by Aug. 20: or call 425.640.1512 (By August 20)

Sponsorship spots available — Call Kathy Coffey at 425.640.1512 or email

All other golf tournament questions can be answered by Susie Beresford, call 425.640.1274 or email

Watch this to see more about the Seattle Golf Club:

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Alumnus Jason Kaufman featured in My Edmonds News

My Edmonds News wrote a feature story on Edmonds Community College alum,
"Spotlight on EdCC: alum Jason Kaufman, founder of IRREV0."

Jason earned his Associate of Arts Degree at Edmonds Community College and went on to Washington State University for his Communications degree before starting his own business. He credits the college for his start.

“EdCC provided a great transition for me after high school. I was able to balance my work and class schedule in such a way that I was able to achieve my degree on time and pay for it without any assistance. My classes at EdCC showed me how big the world was, what my impact is, and how to navigate to find answers to any question," he told My Edmonds News.

Alumni, My Edmonds News says it plans more feature stories about Edmonds Community College success stories. If you have a story to share, call 425.772.3056 or email It's a good way to get your business, art project, or career success in the news!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Sharon Driscroll Photography on Exhibit at Lynnwood Library Gallery

Moonlight Clematis by Sharon Driscoll
A new exhibit of artist and photographer, Sharon Driscoll, is featured at the Lynnwood Library Gallery through August 9.

Sharon's photography reveals vivid views of the world around us. Her photography is featured along with a selection of her watercolors.

For more information about the arts in Lynnwood, email or visit the city website.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Center for Families' NAEYC accredited childcare enrolling for fall

Did you know? Edmonds Community College’s Center for Families Childcare and Head Start programs are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children — the mark of quality for early childhood education.

Childcare available! The Center for Families is enrolling children ages 3 months to 5 years for Edmonds CC and Central Washington University-Lynnwood students and community families when room is available. Apply now.

Snohomish County Photography Contest: Submit photos by Sept. 10

The Snohomish County Arts Commission seeks Washington State artists to submit original photo-based artwork for the 2012 Snohomish County Photography Contest. The photo entries that best respond to the theme of PLAY will be selected for a group exhibit. A purchase prize of $1,000 dollars will be awarded to one photographer. There is a $25 fee to submit up to three images.

"PLAY. It is an activity which proceeds within certain limits of time and space, in a visible order, according to rules freely accepted, and outside the sphere of necessity or material utility. The play-mood is one of rapture and enthusiasm, and is sacred or festive in accordance with the occasion. A feeling of exaltation and tension accompanies the action." —Johan Huizinga, Homo Ludens

... Play was derived from plega in Anglo-Saxon, which means to sing, dance, clap, quick movements and gestures. A creative process in which we learn, challenge, and develop, play reveals our relationship to the world and to those in it. Possibilities abound.

The deadline for submission is September 10. A group exhibit is scheduled from October 1 to November 1, at the Snohomish County Campus in downtown Everett, 3000 Rockefeller Ave. with an artist reception to be held October 5. 

For more information, please contact Wendy Becker at 425.388.3186 or

  • Artwork must be original photography, photo based or mixed media with photography as the main element. 
  • Artwork must be created within the last two (2) years. 
  • Photographs must be framed or gallery wrapped and created to archival standards. The maximum size: 20” x 30” x 2” / minimum 8” x 10” x 1/4” – matted, framed and ready to hang. 
  • Photo Submissions must not contain obscenity, explicit sexual material, nudity, profanity, graphic violence, calls or incitement to violence, commercial solicitation or commercial promotion. Submissions must not contain content or images that could be considered abusive, inflammatory, denigrating, or disrespectful. The selection committee will have the final authority to determine appropriateness of selected works. 
  • Photographs must be signed and numbered. 
  • Photo captions must accompany all submissions, and should include the subject of the image, the location the image was taken, and the name of the photographer(s). 
  • For a photo in which a person is recognizable, you must secure a model release from the subject or, in the case of a minor, the subject’s parent or guardian and provide it to Snohomish County upon request. Photos that violate or infringe upon another person’s rights, including but not limited to copyright, are not eligible. 

Selection Process: 
The competition is open to artists residing in the state of Washington. Artists will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:
  • Artistic quality and strength of work. 
  • Interpretation of the theme, Play. 
  • Innovation in approach 
  • Camera Technique 
  • Technical proficiency 

Up to 50 photographs will be chosen for a group exhibit. Judging of the 2012 Photography Contest will be conducted by the members of the Snohomish County Arts Commission. Decisions of the judges will be final.

Materials to Submit: 
  • Current resume; 
  • A maximum of three (3) photographs 
  • An annotated, typewritten list identifying images by number and listing media, size (HxWxD), title, date, and a brief description; 
  • A money order for $25 for up-to 3 submissions – Paid to the Snohomish County Arts Commission

Every effort will be made to insure the safe handling of submitted materials. However, Snohomish County will not be responsible for any loss or damage.

Mail or deliver entries to:
Snohomish County Arts Commission
Attn: Wendy Becker
3000 Rockefeller Ave. MS #411
 Everett, WA 98201

Lynnwood Rotary Rummage Sale this Sat., July 14: donate and shop!

Bring donations between 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Thurs. and Fri., July 12-13 to Meadowdale High School, 6002 168th Street Southwest, Lynnwood, for the Lynnwood Rotary Rummage Sale.

Clean out that garage and donate your older, but usable, furniture (no mattresses, child car seats or gym equipment), kitchen items, clothing, garden tools, pet houses, toys, books, etc.

The mother of all rummage sales will be 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat., July 14 at Meadowdale High School with proceeds benefiting Rotary Club of Lynnwood projects including college scholarships for local students and contributions to the Lynnwood Food Bank.

Support your community by refreshing your living space and donating those items that can be used by someone else to the rummage sale.

This year, Lynnwood Rotary gave $27,000 in scholarships to support Edmonds Community College students and awarded $5,800 to the Center for Families for teacher training and parent education.

Thank you, Rotary Club of Lynnwood! 

Service-learning students thank Snohomish County Public Works

Edmonds Community College's Center for Service-Learning honored Snohomish County Public Works as its Government Partner of the Year. College students and employees recognized nonprofits, businesses, and government agencies for their dedication and support of service-learning activities in June at an annual awards celebration.

Terri Wentworth-Davis accepted the award on behalf of Public Works.

Students in the college's Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field School have assisted Public Works since 2010 with wildlife monitoring at sites including the Granite Falls Alternate Route wildlife crossing culvert.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Congratulations, class of 2012! Student-produced graduation videos

 Check out this student-produced video featuring Commencement 2012!

And this one of Commencement student speaker Matvey Sineev:

Congrats, to our graduates from South Africa and others in NWCCI

Check out this video made by our graduates from South Africa. These students studied Project Management, Accounting, Information Technology and other career-training fields as part of the U.S. Department of State sponsored Northwest Community College Initiative (NWCCI).

Edmonds Community College administers NWCCI to provide professional training and degrees to students from South Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Near East. Edmonds CC, as the lead college, has partnered with Whatcom Community College and Pierce College to provide the educational programs stipulated by the grant.

This was Edmonds Community College’s third year of hosting NWCCI 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 studied in Washington state through this partnership.

Look for her on campus: Exchange Club scholar Lauren Nein

Lauren Nein is the Exchange Club of Edmonds ACE Student of the Year and her achievement was featured in the Edmonds Beacon.

Lauren was honored for her excellent work at Scriber Lake High School.

She worked with 13 of her classmates to write a book, We Are Absolutely Not Okay: Fourteen Stories By Teenagers Who Are Picking Up the Pieces, which is available for sale at Scriber,, or Edmonds Bookshop.

Students will read from the book, 6 p.m., Thurs., July 26 at Edmonds Bookshop.

Look for Lauren on campus this fall.

Friday, July 6, 2012

U.S. Senator Patty Murray visits Edmonds Community College

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray visited Edmonds Community College on July 6.

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray with Kaileah Pond
in the materials science lab.
She met with I-BEST students at the college's materials science lab. Senator Murray is working to reinstate a provision in the federal government's Higher Education Act which allows students without GEDs or high school diplomas the "Ability to Benefit" and qualify for financial aid.

This provision affects I-BEST students who may be working on GEDs and diplomas while they also take career-training courses at the college.

Senator Murray got hands on experience in the college's materials science lab working with material used in the manufacture of Boeing's 787 jets. Materials science students Daniel Bernier, Richard Harrison, Kaileah Pond, and Steve Roesli worked with the senator and shared their experiences in the college's I-BEST and materials science programs.

The students are all working toward degrees and certificates in materials science with plans to work in the manufacturing industry. Each relied on the I-BEST program and financial aid to help them get started on their college career. Respectively, their challenges include: a recent operation for a brain tumor, an injury which required a career change, single motherhood, and studying as a deaf student.

"I-BEST was a big help. It was an opportunity to jump right into materials science at the level of education I was at," said Bernier, who plans to earn an AAS-T Degree in Materials Science Technology, continue on for his bachelor's degree, and who would like to work for Boeing.

Senator Murray also spoke with college instructors including Paul Hynds and Ross Monroe and with Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges Executive Director Charlie Earl and Edmonds Community College President Jean Hernandez.

Senator Murray introduced an amendment in the Senate’s FY13 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Bill to reinstate Ability to Benefit for students who are concurrently enrolled in adult and postsecondary education programs (such as I-BEST) as part of a career pathways program.

 “This amendment will make sure students in high quality career pathway programs won’t be cut off from the federal financial aid they need to continue their education and train for a career. It doesn’t make sense to punish students we know would benefit from postsecondary education and training, and this amendment will make sure we don’t. This amendment is good for students working hard to upgrade their skills and get better jobs, and it’s good for businesses looking for skilled workers," she said.

Find more photos like this on Edmonds Community College

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Former college trustee publishes guide to nonprofit governance

Congratulations to Edmonds Community College's former Trustee and Foundation Board Member Emeritus Vaughn Sherman on the publication of his new book, Walking the Board Walk: Secrets of an Enjoyable Non-Profit Experience, (2012 Patos Island Press), a handbook on governance for nonprofit directors and CEO’s.

Another of his books, Sea Travels – Memoirs of a 20th Century Master Mariner, will be published by Patos Island Press this fall. A novel based on his CIA experience, Sasha Plotkin’s Deceit, will be published this summer.