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Published August 2006

Education Briefs

EvCC selects Beyer
to be new president

David Beyer, who has led community colleges in three states, was chosen to become Everett Community College’s 15th president in July.

Beyer, previously a consultant for Boise State University in Idaho, has worked for community colleges for 30 years, including 11 as a president.

He served as interim president at Wenatchee Valley College and at Clark College in Vancouver, Wash. By contract, he could not be considered to permanently fill those openings.

Beyer also was president at Umpqua Community College in Oregon from 2003 to 2005 and at Flathead Community College in Kalispell, Mont., from 1994 to 2001.

Beyer has a doctorate from the University of Colorado in community college administration and has teaching experience in the social sciences and career development at both the high school and college levels.

Charlie Earl, EvCC’s former president, left Everett to become director of the state Board for Community and Technical Colleges in January. Michael Kerns, EvCC’s vice president of administration, has served as interim president since then.

Cascadia offers new degree,
certificate programs

Cascadia Community College will begin its fall quarter Sept. 25 with new transfer degree options and new certificate programs.

The Washington state Board of Community and Technical Colleges has approved Cascadia’s certificate in office skills integrated with ESL and an associate degree in administrative office management.

Three other new certificate programs — accounting assistant, landscape maintenance and phlebotomy — require many fewer credits and are designed to prepare students to quickly enter the workplace, Cascadia said.

Because many of the students in these classes will be working, the courses will be offered at flexible times and during the evening, the college said. Many programs include some self-paced lab classes or distance learning via the Internet to help make it possible to work part or full time and pursue the degree at Cascadia.

For more information, call 415-352-8383.

EdCC Foundation awards
scholarships, grants

In 2006-07, more than 125 students will benefit from Edmonds Community College Foundation scholarships, with the foundation awarding $100,875 in scholarships in amounts ranging from $250 to $2,000.

The organization also funded 28 projects on campus, awarding $50,000 in grants to enhance college programs from horticulture to culinary arts, fund child-care and tuition waivers for low-income students and provide further educational activities.

Business and community support made the grant and scholarship awards possible, the foundation said. A total of 276 businesses, organizations and individuals contributed to the group’s 20th annual auction in the spring. It raised more than $170,000 to support EdCC faculty, staff and students.

Premera Blue Cross donated $15,000 to support high-quality higher education. Other key sponsors were The Pacific Financial Group Inc., Comprehensive Wealth Management and the Boeing Co. In all, 28 sponsors contributed $69,050, a 29 percent increase in sponsorships from last year.

Business and community sponsors also will support the foundation at its upcoming golf tournament 12:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at Harbour Pointe Golf Club in Mukilteo. For more information, call Special Events Coordinator Lorrie Gomes at 425-640-1512.

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