2012 Commencement

2011-12 College Highlights

  • Opening Triton Field, new turf for intramural activities, intercollegiate sports teams -- baseball, softball, and soccer -- and academic physical education classes. Go Tritons!
  • Training workers for critical, local health care jobs with a federal grant and an innovative new Creating Access to Career in Health Care (CATCH) program to train low-income adults in Snohomish County. Student Luz Torres spoke in Washington D.C. about her experience in CATCH.
  • Walking the talk in sustainability: with our first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building, renovated Meadowdale Hall; a new Green Team of student advocates for sustainability; a new solar installation on campus thanks to Snohomish County PUD; and by saving 17 percent (more than $100,000 annually) on our energy bills due to energy efficiency upgrades made with State Jobs Act funding. Yes!
  • Opening a clean room for our Information Technology and Digital Forensics students and offering an Advanced Data Recovery and Clean Room Operations class.
  • Sponsoring Verdant Health Commission’s “6 Weeks to a Healthier You” program.
  • Helping high school teachers increase interest in science, technology, engineering, and math in their classrooms by offering guitar-building workshops via the Materials Education National Resource Center at local schools, on campus, and at the EMP Museum.
  • Sponsoring the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration with the City of Lynnwood, Edmonds School District, and Central Washington University which brought musician Derrick N. Ashong to town. Student Perseus McDaniel shared his study abroad experience as a deaf student in Italy.
  • Holding our 25th annual “A Vintage Evening” Foundation auction. Student Paige Tarver spoke about how a scholarship changed her life. Guest chef Ethan Stowell worked with our Culinary Arts students and faculty. And our *fabulous* community raised more than $193,000 for the college. Thank you!
  • Offering archaeology classes with a dig at Japanese Gulch in partnership with Everett Community College and the City of Mukilteo.
  • Organizing the Celebration of Food Festival at Lynnwood Convention Center -- 1,500 participants, 75 volunteers, and 50 vendors -- showcasing real food. Thank you all for supporting this new event!
  • Providing more opportunities for students in science, technology, engineering, and math with a total of 20 National Science Foundation grants. Our three latest grants of more than $1.5 million over five years mean more support services and scholarships for students in STEM fields including new MESA, EdSTEM$, and RISE programs.
  • Training skilled aviation workers for the state and the nation at our Washington Aerospace Training and Research Center and expanding its capacity this year.
  • Offering more than 150 arts and cultural events -- dance, music, lectures, films, and comedy -- in the Black Box Theatre and featuring some outstanding student and faculty performances. We’re preparing for the 10th anniversary of our Arts, Culture, and Civic Engagement initiative.
  • Encouraging women to enter careers in science, technology, engineering, and math and speaking out about the need for their abilities and voices. College president Dr. Jean Hernandez spoke at the White House Panel on Women in STEM and the college held an Expanding Your Horizons in Science and Mathematics conference for high school girls.
  • Celebrating the achievements of our -- accounting, aerospace, art, music, occupational safety and health, science, and study abroad -- students. Calvin Hanson won a national honor for music composition. Kristina Madden received a prestigious scholarship. D’Artagnon Womack and Andrew Nichols had their research findings published in the IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics and presented their work to the U.S. Congress at a national event honoring undergraduate research.
  • Celebrating the achievements of our faculty: experts with national clout. Holly Hughes and Katherine Jenkins have new books out. Minh Carrico opened an art gallery in Seattle. Thomas Murphy was named State Conservation Teacher of the Year. Machiko Akasaka was honored by the Japanese Consulate for outstanding teaching.

Find these stories and more at the college's blog, EdmondsSphere.

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