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With great sadness: Longtime employee Carol Dreger dies

Carol Dreger, a longtime employee of college who retired in 2005, died Oct. 29, 2011.

The college and Business Division noted the passing of one of its first hires in the Office Administration (now Business Information Technology) Department.

"Carol was a pioneer in multiple areas of communication and technology. She truly had a huge and lasting impact on Edmonds College," said Susan Loreen, Edmonds College Vice President of Workforce Development and Training.

Dreger helped develop a number of college programs which are still being taught today. She helped start the first computer labs on campus, helped develop the first desktop publishing courses at the college, and taught some of the college's first online courses.

She wrote and published one of the first books written on word processing. The book was widely used and helped define how computer technology skills would be taught.

"Carol was very collaborative and student-centered and was always eager to share her knowledge and help others. She was an excellent instructor, writer, innovator, colleague and friend and will be missed by all who knew her," said Loreen.