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2015-16 College Highlights

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

  • Applauding Edmonds College President, Dr. Jean Hernandez, for receiving the Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) for outstanding support of veterans.

  • Forming the first Faculty Senate. Made up of faculty members and governed by 13 elected members, the Faculty Senate will be instrumental in continuing and creating an environment of transparency, creativity, innovation, learning, and growth to support our students, college operations, and programs.

  • Congratulating former Board of Trustee Dick Van Hollebeke for receiving the Trustee of the Year Award from the Washington State Association of College Trustees for his service, dedication, and support of Edmonds College and its students.

  • Partnering with local school districts, colleges, and nonprofits to offer Spring into STEM, a variety of enlightening and engaging STEM activities throughout the spring.

  • Recognizing Edmonds College in the national spotlight in the area of STEM. Edmonds College President Jean Hernandez presented at the 2015 U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference.

  • Congratulating Omar Abdulla for serving as the third student representative on the Edmonds College Board of Trustees.

  • Cheering on Edmonds College Athletics. Alec Kisena, Edmonds College baseball pitcher, was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 16th round as the 490th overall pick in the 2015 Major League Baseball (MLB) draft.

  • Expanding our horizons by sending seven students, two staff members and one faculty member to the Global Leadership Summit (GLS) held at the University of the Free State (UFS) in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Edmonds College was the only community college in attendance at the GLS.

  • Congratulating Edmonds College students Ben Nguyen and Rebekah Waligorski for being selected as two of 160 community college students from across the U.S. to travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars project (NCAS).

  • Hailing student Soohwan Jung for being chosen to represent Edmonds College on the All-Washington Academic Team.

  • Applauding the Edmonds College Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAgE) program for receiving a $13,500 grant to help launch an innovative farm-to-campus program and establish the on-campus weekly farmer’s market. The grant enables the college to utilize a HUB system for delivery from the off-campus, four-acre student farm supporting the SAgE Urban Agriculture curriculum at Edmonds College.

  • Celebrating Lela Hilton, part-time English Instructor at Edmonds College, who got the chance of a lifetime to meet President Barack Obama and the First Lady, when she joined colleagues to accept the National Humanities Medal for her involvement with the Clemente Course.

  • Applauding Edmonds College Innovations in Creating Access To Careers in Healthcare (I-CATCH) program for receiving a five-year $15 million healthcare training grant in partnership with Everett Community College and Skagit Valley College.

  • Celebrating the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with an inspirational message from keynote speaker Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, an American Book Award recipient and a two-time NAACP Image Award winner and touted as one of the nation’s most influential and renowned public intellectuals.

  • Expanding our partnership with Community Transit with the newly opened Swift College Station bus stop to provide our students, employees, and the community quicker and safer access to campus.

  • Congratulating Edmonds College Foundation board members Steve Pennington and Dr. Bill Keppler for receiving the Outstanding Community Advocate Award at Verdant Health Commission’s Healthier Community Conference.

  • Recognizing The Boeing Company for its 100 years of service through global impact in the aerospace industry and commitment to the local community with a resolution from the Edmonds College Board of Trustees. The resolution highlighted Boeing’s continuous financial support of student scholarships and emergency student assistance programs along with the company’s commitment to student success by hiring our graduates.

  • Creating a coalition with the Seattle Goodwill Industries and the YMCA of Snohomish County to form the Casino Road Adult Education Academy which provides education, support, and opportunities to isolated, marginalized, and low-income communities in the form of adult basic education, case management services, child care, and additional services and programs.

  • Being awarded the Community College Initiative award for the seventh year from the U.S. State Department. Through the Northwest Community College Initiative (NWCCI) program this year, Edmonds College welcomed and hosted students from Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Pakistan, South Africa, Turkey and Yemen. The students spent the year building technical skills, enhancing leadership capabilities, and strengthening English language proficiency — and also traveled to D.C. for a five-day trip learning about America’s history and government.

  • Lauding its fourth and successful year of the beekeeping program in the campus community garden and hosting the popular annual honey sale in its mission to promote sustainability. This year, the program supported undergraduate research, partnered with the engineering club to build an extractor for the honey, and former Edmonds College graphic design student, Ryan Neff, designed the label for the jars that are used to sell the honey.

  • Awarding — for the ninth straight year — one $1,300 and one $800 Community Read scholarship to students Megan McDermott and Radhika Dalal. They both read “Early Warming: Crisis and Response in the Climate-Changed North” and submitted projects inspired by the book.

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