2013-14 College Highlights

During the past year, some of our best moments were spent:

  • Cheering Kristyn Whisman, Edmonds CC Dean of Corrections Education at Monroe Correctional Complex, as she competed for the title of America's Strongest Woman. She's already won three times, in 2007, 2008, and 2011.
  • Applauding Edmonds CC's new PACE-IT (Progressive Accelerated Certifications for Employment in Information Technology) program that offers free tuition for online information technology certificates.
  • Congratulating John Jessup on being named the first student representative on the Edmonds CC Board of Trustees.
  • Appreciating photography instructor Michael Wewer's talent during his art gallery exhibit, "Wild Spaces of the Northwest." The exhibit featured black and white photographic images from locations in California, Idaho, Washington, Wyoming, and Canada.
  • Enjoying a music recital with Marcel W. Helland, an Edmonds CC music student, who played nine different saxophones, including the contrabass — of which there are only 40 in the world — and the soprillo saxophone — the world's smallest playable saxophone.
  • Adoring the dogs, as students de-stressed with Summit Assistance Dogs the week before finals each quarter.
  • Being amazed by the impact of technology when choir groups in Edmonds CC's Music department began learning with the aid of iPads.
  • Partnering with the Boeing Co. to sponsor an Ethics Challenge in which 30 Edmonds CC students from various academic programs competed. Teams of students discussed ethical strategies through three rounds of live scenarios.
  • Congratulating Edmonds CC student Anna Truss who proved her skills in ethical hacking at a National Cyber League competition where she earned first place in the first round of the Western division competition and placed sixth nationwide.
  • Recognizing all that veterans have done for us. The Edmonds CC Foundation embarked on a $1 million campaign to support student veterans, ensuring a supportive path from military service to Edmonds CC. Boots to Books and Beyond funds will support critical on-campus resources, services, and activities during the next five years and beyond.
  • Relishing the rewards of fresh produce at Salish Crossing, which supported the Edmonds CC Foundation with its Wednesday evening farmers market in Edmonds.
  • Celebrating Edmonds CC alumnus Timm Lovitt who was one of five community college students statewide to earn a $500 "Transforming Lives" award from the Trustees Association of Community and Technical Colleges.
  • Applauding the passage of the Real Hope Act in Washington state. The Real Hope Act (also called the Dream Act) allows undocumented immigrant high school graduates to apply for state-funded financial aid to help pay for college.
  • Awarding — for the seventh straight year — three $1,300 Edmonds CC Community Read scholarships to students Gloria Felicia, Jessica Pal, and Mark Von Weber. They each read "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" and submitted projects inspired by the book.
  • Applauding the college's Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) School, which the city of Lynnwood recognized for its effort in the environmental and cultural restoration of Lynnwood's Gold Park.
  • Cheering the induction of former head basketball coach Keith Kingsbury and former athletic director George Smith into the NWAACC Hall of Fame.
  • Congratulating our Edmonds CC baseball team for winning the NWAACC title. It is the eighth championship in the history of the baseball program and the first since 2008.
  • Applauding the Washington Aerospace Training and Research Center because Popular Mechanics named it an innovator that provided one of the six most creative new paths to great careers.
  • Raising the roof with Talib Kweli during the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration – "Hip-Hop as a Tool for Social Activism." Kweli gave both the long-time fan and the uninitiated an unforgettable experience.
  • Grieving with our community while our digital forensics students helped Oso mudslide victims recover photos and data from computers that were submerged in water and mud.

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

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