Student Speaker: Brian Faust

Student Commencement speaker Brian FaustBrian Faust moved to Seattle from New York four years ago and found that the job market was hurting. “Employers wanted the best of the best and expanding my knowledge through education was the only way to position myself to stand out in such a competitive market,” said Faust.

Faust started at Edmonds CC in the summer of 2013. He learned about the college through friends and neighbors and chose Edmonds CC because of its good reputation. Faust has his Bachelor of Science in History from Pace University. Before Edmonds CC, Faust was a Facilities Manager for an insurance company in New York City.

Faust decided to return to school as an older student because in order to get a job in the business industry, he felt that he needed to fill a missing piece on his resume, which was education — so he chose to study Business Management.

“Higher education is not just for recent high school graduates,” said Faust. “With commitment and lots of motivation, people of all ages, backgrounds, and experience can succeed.”

Faust said his favorite memory from his time at Edmonds CC was when his Project Management class worked on a reusable water bottle initiative. His group was responsible for fundraising. “It was a fun and practical class — relevant to what you are going to go out and do in the world,” said Faust.

After graduating from Edmonds CC with his Business Management Associate in Applied Science-T Degree, Faust will be transferring to Central Washington University-Lynnwood to pursue Business Administration. Ultimately, he would like to go into project management.

Faust’s advice to the graduating class, “each of us possess a gift that can really shine a light and make a difference. We must take these gifts and turn them into positive action to make our communities stronger and better.”