2011-12 Grants

Global Interactions – Internationalizing Curriculum

Global Interactions is a project that will help develop international curriculum and link classrooms in the United States to international classrooms. This will be used to connect EdCC students to classrooms in both France and Algeria by using technology such as: Skype, Blackboard and Google Groups. This project was initially tested in Winter of 2011 with a link to a classroom in Algeria, giving students a rare up-close account of the pro-democracy protests that took place there.

Place of Medicine Ethnobotanical Garden in Gold Park

The Medicine Ethnobotanical Garden in Gold Park is a service-learning partnership between the City of Lynnwood, Snohomish Tribe of Indians, and the LEAF School at Edmonds Community College. The students designed and installed a garden featuring native plants. They have been working with the Snohomish Tribe of Indians to learn the cultural and medicinal uses of the plants. The funding will be used to continue to build the garden with trail improvements, interpretive signs, and more to install more native plants

EdCC Center for Families Art Docent Program

The Art Docent project provides art experience for children in the Preschool and Head Start programs at the EdCC Center for Families. Exposure to art allows the children to develop creative though at an early age while providing volunteer opportunities for art students.

Chamber Vacuum Sealer

The purchase of this special equipment will allow the EdCC Culinary program to continue to meet student’s needs by providing training in the most up-to-date culinary techniques. Chamber vacuum sealers are used in the emerging field of modernist cuisine (aka molecular gastronomy). This will allow faculty to develop new curriculum for a new area of study.

Honors Faculty Academy

The Honors Faculty Academy helps increase learning opportunities available to our students. The program is continually expanding to include science, fine arts, experiential learning and undergraduate research. The Academy also helps contribute to the development of the College as a Center for Academic Excellence.

Volunteer Literacy Program

The Volunteer Literacy Program helps students in the GED and ESL programs at EdCC. Last winter, 500 students were able to receive tutoring time from over 70 tutors. The tutors help students receive the one-on-one time and help with remedial work that prevents them from dropping out.

Completion of Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program helps low-income families prepare their taxes for free of charge. This program also assists students with their Application for Federal Student Aid, which is a lengthy and complex application. Much of the information needed for the FAFSA is directly supplied from the tax return.

TRiO Student Support Services

The TRiO program is primarily funded through the US Department of Education and is designed to help low-income, first generation college students or students with disabilities. TRiO helps students stay in school, remain in good academic standing and increases graduation rates.


The Washington State Board of Community and Technical colleges identified that access to childcare is the number two barrier to accessing higher education. The Center for Families (CFF) provides infant and childcare to students, faculty and staff at Edmonds Community College. This grant will allow the Center to serve more infants and toddlers, allowing more students to continue their education, particularly low-income families who have difficulty finding low-cost, high quality childcare.

Introducing the EdCC campus and community to the new honeybee colonies

EdCC recently installed 2 active honeybee hives on-campus. These bee colonies help provide live pollinators for nearby plants and educational opportunities for the Biology Department and Americorps. The College will also be able to provide hive management classes to the community in the future.

Acing College

Acing College offers assistance to high school seniors who are on track to graduate but need assistance navigating the college admission process. The program provides assistance with the admission application, placement tests, financial aid, advising and online registration. The program will also be able to provide financial assistance for many students who can’t otherwise afford the testing fees. This year, the program will offer peer mentoring for all students during their Fall and Winter quarters.

Developing Best Practices in Experiential Education

This project will help EdCC faculty develop best practices for experiential education for many of the professional technical programs on our campus. Faculty hope to build relationships with local businesses to provide hands-on experience for students in their field.

Student Technology Resource and Reference Center (STRRC)

The STRRC project would provide students with access and support to the newest technology and resources available. Students would receive help with email, networks, the web, software and visual communications.

Experience in Democracy

Students in the High School Completion program will visit the Washington State Capital, the Supreme Court and meet their local representatives. This gives students a first-hand account of how the legislative process works in our state.

Simulation Models for Allied Health Education

The Simulation Models for Allied Health Education will allow students more hands-on practice to important skills like: tracheostomy care, airway management, enteric feedings, skin assessment and wound care. This will better prepare students for their clinical practicum courses.

Alternative Breaks

Alternative Breaks are service-learning projects offered to students during school breaks in-between quarters. The program partners with local community organizations to provide volunteer service projects for students. Recent projects include work with The Snohomish County Marine Resources Committee, WSU Beach Watchers, Port Townsend Marine Science Center and Moran State Park on Orcas Island. These activities allow students the opportunity for engagement in leadership and environmental issues.