Commencement

A Quick Look at Edmonds Community College


2010-11 Graduating Class — By the Numbers

  • 2,022 degrees, certificates, diplomas, and GEDs (1,617 without GEDs)
  • 32 percent earned college transfer degrees (650 degrees)
  • 42 percent earned career degrees or certificates (845 degrees and certificates)
  • 26 percent completed GED or high school diplomas (405 GEDs, plus 122 diplomas for a total of 527)
  • 32, average age of graduates
  • 55 percent female
  • 45 percent male
  • 19 percent international students
  • 73 age of oldest graduate, Certificate: Advanced Paralegal
  • 16 age of youngest graduate, Associate of Arts degree


Information is based on May 2011 data.

2010-11 College Highlights

  • Hiring college president Jean Hernandez who has close to 30 years of experience in higher education, and is our college's first woman president after completing a national search.
  • Establishing a $300,000 endowment for the Jack and Elaine Oharah Scholarship, to provide 8-10 scholarships per year for students with the greatest financial need, in honor of retired college president Jack Oharah's 15 years of service.
  • Signifying a strong commitment to student success and completion by joining Achieving the Dream, a national nonprofit that helps more community college students succeed, particularly students of color and low-income students, and beginning work to identify strategies for improving student success.
  • Baking the cakes (Culinary Arts/Baking students) for Snohomish County's 150th anniversary celebration.
  • Serving 3,411 students in our college library on Library Snapshot Day, a statewide effort to gather library data, in April.
  • Earning accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) a mark of quality in early childhood education for the Center for Families Childcare and Head Start programs.
  • Exploring our connections to modern Africa by offering classes, a community read, and study abroad opportunities, and by bringing guest lecturers to campus including Max Lyonga, an internationally recognized painter from Cameroon.
  • Publishing the college catalog online for the first time and thereby saving 13 million printed pages over the next decade.
  • Going mobile our catalog and online classrooms can be viewed on smartphones.
  • Improving energy efficiency on campus using State Jobs Act funding: retrofitting boilers, installing energy efficient lighting, replacing HVAC systems, and installing advanced energy metering systems across campus.
  • Providing professional training to students from South Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Near East as part of the U.S. Department of State funded Northwest Community College Initiative.
  • Completing an ethnobotanical garden (Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field School students) at Gold Park in Lynnwood.
  • Training workers for critical, local health care jobs with a federal health and human services grant and starting an innovative new Access to Careers in Healthcare (CATCH) program to train low-income adults in Snohomish County.
  • Establishing a Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) student center, where low-income, educationally disadvantaged students can receive help to pursue science studies and complete bachelor's degrees.
  • Renewing a federal TRiO grant to provide additional support services to disadvantaged students at our college.
  • Contributing $227 million annually to the Snohomish County economy and providing a 22.5% return on investment for students due to higher lifetime earnings, according to a 2011 EMSI socioeconomic impact study.