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2017-18 College Highlights

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

  • Kicking off the academic year with a new mission: Teaching | Learning | Community. Guided by innovation, equity, inclusion, and a global perspective, Edmonds College is committed to its new core themes of academic excellence, student success, and community engagement.

  • Celebrating the hire of Edmonds College’s new president, Dr. Amit Singh. Dr. Singh has more than 20 years of experience in higher education and comes to the college from Clark State Community College in Ohio, where he’s served as provost and senior vice president of academic affairs. He’ll join the Triton community on June 25.

  • Congratulating three Edmonds College students – Naol Debele, Jessica Howard, and Tina Rajabi – who were selected as semifinalists for the prestigious, national Jack Kent Cooke scholarship.

  • Awarding $50,000 in full-ride scholarships to five local high school students. Each student received a $10,000 Edmonds College Foundation 50th Anniversary Scholarship to cover the cost of tuition, books, and fees for two years.

  • Lauding culinary arts student Irma Jimenez for winning first place in a Microsoft and James Beard Foundation culinary competition for student chefs.

  • Launching an updated and vibrant website redesign to provide users with a more modern, fresh user interface featuring three main pages – college homepage, student portal, and employee portal.

  • Reaffirming the college’s standing as a Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) accredited college and receiving accolades for emphasis on equity and inclusion and commitment to student achievement, experience, and success.

  • Promoting a healthy educational and work environment for students, employees, and visitors by prohibiting smoking and the use of tobacco products on campus with a Tobacco and Smoke-Free Campus policy.

  • Expanding the college’s free, student parking by adding 50 additional parking spots

  • Celebrating the Washington State Legislature’s approval of $37.8 million for the construction of a new Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) building. The 70,00-square-foot building will allow the college to continue offering students high-quality STEM programming that meets industry demands.

  • Earning the designation of National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education certification from the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

  • Opening a $1.1 million Student Center for Cultural Diversity and Inclusion to serve as a safe zone for all students, with a focus on ethnically diverse, homeless, female, gay, lesbian, and gender-diverse students.

  • Launching a scholarship endowment campaign to raise $25,000 for the Hernandez-Foy Second Chance scholarship, which provides funding to students with histories of incarceration or homelessness. Edmonds College President Emeritus Dr. Jean Hernandez and her spouse, Erin Foy, established the scholarship in 2012.

  • Celebrating the college’s designation as an Achieving the Dream Leader College for its demonstrated commitment to student success and completion.

  • Congratulating Naol Debele and Jessica Howard for being chosen to represent Edmonds College on the All-Washington Academic Team.

  • Honoring U.S. Army veterans at the college’s fifth annual Veterans Day Ceremony. Dr. Bill Keppler, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) Emeritus, was the keynote speaker.

  • Celebrating the renewal of a competitive, $60,740 U.S. Department of Education child care grant that helps low-income students with children pay for on-campus child care costs.

  • Celebrating the opening of a campus Food Pantry for Edmonds College students and employees experiencing food insecurity. Kudos to the Edmonds College Green Fund, Foundation, and Associated Students of Edmonds College.

  • Hosting U.S. Congressman Rick Larsen during campus visits. Larsen met with a team of materials science educators who are leading the way in composites recycling curriculum at the National Resource Center for Materials Technology Education (MatEdU), which is housed at Edmonds College and funded by the National Science Foundation. On a separate occasion, he visited the Head Start/ECEAP and Early Head Start programs.

  • Cheering for Edmonds College Triton Athletics. Volleyball, men's basketball, baseball, and softball teams all made the postseason. It was volleyball's second playoff appearance in a row, men's basketball's fifth in the last six years, softball's third consecutive trip, and baseball's sixth consecutive appearance. Softball and baseball won North Region titles and both placed third overall in the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC). Softball's 42 wins set a new school record. Go Tritons!

  • Celebrating Emily Yim, Edmonds College Board of Trustees member, for her appointment as chair of the Association of Community College Trustees, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern more than 1,200 community and technical colleges in the U.S. and beyond.

  • Lauding biology instructor Jenny McFarland as the first community college faculty member to be recognized as a Claude Bernard Distinguished Lecturer by the American Physiological Society.

  • Reaffirming our commitment to equity and inclusion and DACA students by joining the presidents of Washington’s college and universities, community and technical colleges, Independent Colleges of Washington, and members of the Washington Student Achievement Council in signing a joint statement protesting the current administration’s decision to terminate the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, also known as DACA.

  • Hosting U.S. Sen. Patty Murray during a campus visit. In February, Murray met with students to hear their concerns about paying for college. She also met with Edmonds CC student veterans at the college’s Veterans Resource Center.

  • Congratulating Naol Debele for serving as the fifth student representative on the Edmonds College Board of Trustees.

  • Hosting our 32nd annual Edmonds College Foundation Gala and Auction: Completing the Dream, Making Futures Bright for Students held at the Seattle Grand Hyatt Hotel.

  • Thank you to all those who supported student success with a contribution to the Foundation. The event raised $340,000 for student scholarships, emergency funding, and program support.

  • Celebrating the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with an inspirational message from keynote speaker and NBA Hall of Famer Spencer Haywood. Haywood went from picking cotton in rural Mississippi to being inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

  • Hosting our 33rd annual powwow, “Weaving the World We Want,”  to bring together students, families, and communities to celebrate American Indian singing, drumming, dancing, and arts and crafts.

  • Awarding a Community Read scholarship for the 11th straight year. Scholarship applicants read Ta-Nehisi Coates’ novel “Between the World and Me” and submitted projects inspired by the book. This year’s recipient was Ro Boyce, who submitted a poetic essay and self portrait titled “Don’t Be Afraid.”

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