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2016-17 College Highlights

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

  • Celebrating 50 years of student success and serving our community with a 50th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration at Triton Field where students, employees, and community members were treated to live music, fare from local food trucks, and more.

  • Launching our 50th anniversary with a new logo and look by replacing the classic “E” logo, which was used for almost 30 years, with a fresh, updated version of “The Trident.”

  • Cheering on our Edmonds College Jazz and Salsa Band as one of the first collegiate bands from the U.S. to visit Cuba. The band led successful fundraisers and traveled to Havana in March to listen to and learn la musica salsa from world-renowned salsa musicians during the Fiesta del Tambor, or Festival of the Drum.

  • Applauding the launch of our first Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Child, Youth, and Family Studies beginning this fall.

  • Hosting Washington State Governor Jay Inslee during a campus visit. Inslee visited with State Need Grant and Opportunity Grant recipients, international and immigrant students, and Math, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) students.

  • Congratulating Kimberly Greene and Gloria Ibe for being chosen to represent Edmonds College on the All-Washington Academic Team.

  • Lauding a 30-year partnership with the Trajal Hospitality College of Japan that reflects the college’s commitment to our global communities and our diverse population. Since 1986, hundreds of Japanese students from Trajal College in Tokyo and Osaka have participated in a student-exchange program with Edmonds College.

  • Celebrating Emily Yim, Edmonds College Board of Trustees member, for representing the college at the White House Community College Convening in Washington, D.C.

  • Hailing students for participation in NASA-funded undergraduate research. A dedicated group of students partnered with a local technology company to test how well plasma jets can eliminate specific types of bacteria from the surface of spacecraft.

  • Honoring “Forgotten War” veterans at the college’s Veterans Day Ceremony. Korean Consulate General Moon Duk-Ho awarded 12 Korean War veterans with the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal in November at the annual ceremony.

  • Lauding Running Start student Radhika Dalal for presenting her talk, “How Technology is Changing the Dream,” at TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2016 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

  • Cheering for over 400 runners and walkers who participated in the college Foundation’s inaugural 5K Walk and Run. The course provided participants with a campus tour, highlighting the campus community garden and horticulture department, Center for Families, Culinary Arts, Triton Field, and more, and raised $42,300 for student scholarships, emergency funding, and program support.

  • Rooting for Edmonds College athletics. The Edmonds College softball team tied the school record of 35 wins while breaking the season home run record. The Edmonds College baseball team ended their season with an overall record of 29-15 and extended their postseason NWAC playoff streak to five years. Go Tritons!

  • Anticipating approval of a new, state-of-the-art Science, Engineering, and Technology building by the Washington State Legislature. With recommendations from Governor Jay Inslee, the college is seeking funding for the construction of a $37.8 million, 70,000-square-foot facility to accommodate a growing demand for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education.

  • Reaffirming our commitment to inclusion and respect for diversity. The Edmonds College Faculty Senate approved a resolution to “embrace and support diversity of ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, citizenship, national origin, ability, and political diversity” in the wake of increasing bias incidents on college and university campuses across the nation.

  • Hosting U.S. Congressman Rick Larsen during campus visits. In the fall, Larsen met with students in the college’s Next Steps program, which provides support for individuals and their families who have been involved in the criminal justice system. Larsen returned in the spring to visit with some of Edmonds College’s immigrant and undocumented students.

  • Honoring donors to the college’s $1 million veterans campaign with the unveiling of the Boots to Books and Beyond Veterans Donor Wall in Lynnwood Hall. The wall features stars bearing the names of donors from local businesses and foundations to individuals who contributed to the successful campaign for on-campus support services for student veterans.

  • Congratulating Lia Andrews for serving as the fourth student representative on the Edmonds College Board of Trustees.

  • Embracing the maker and Do It Yourself (DIY) movements with the opening of The Facility Maker Space, a DIY space for the community. The Facility’s Rapid Proto Lab in Monroe Hall provides hands-on access to the most essential and exciting makerspace equipment – a laser cutter, 3D printers, a CNC router, and 3D scanners.

  • Hosting our 30th annual Edmonds College Foundation Gala and Auction: Making Dreams Take Flight at the Future of Flight Museum in Mukilteo! Thank you to all those who supported student success with a contribution to the Foundation. The event raised $310,000 for student scholarships, emergency funding, and program support.

  • Applauding Music instructor Kirk Marcy for receiving the Washington Music Educators Association’s 2017 Music Educator of the Year award.

  • Celebrating the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with an inspirational message from keynote speaker Dr. Joy DeGruy, a nationally and internationally renowned researcher, educator, and author of “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome — America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing.”

  • Applauding 40 years of providing housing to students through our Homestay Program and residence halls! The college has offered housing since 1976 and has housed over 35,000 students to date.

  • Expanding student programs and innovations with new grant funding. Funding will go toward projects like shifting the campus culture to increase the success rates of black and Latino students, student entrepreneurship, and digital manufacturing education.

  • Hosting our 32nd annual powwow, “Water is Life,” to bring together students, families, and communities to celebrate American Indian singing, drumming, dancing, and arts and crafts.

  • Creating an Edmonds College Spanish-language website, edmonds.edu/espanol to connect with our prospective Latinx students.

  • Awarding — for the 10th straight year — Community Read scholarships to students Soleah Enderle, Summer Hanson, Megan McDermott, Veronica Salas, and Elizabeth Tucker. Each read Jennifer Clement’s novel “Prayers for the Stolen” and submitted projects inspired by the book.

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