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Published March 2006

Education Briefs

Center in Everett trains commercial drivers
The National Transportation Driver Training Center recently opened in Everett, one of four campuses in Washington state that prepare students to enter the transportation industry as entry-level commercial drivers.

The training center works with many governmental agencies and educational organizations, partnering with the Tulalip Tribes, Everett Community College and the Refugee and Immigrant Forum, said Ted Scott, director of the transportation center’s Everett campus.

For more information, call 425-252-5740 or send e-mail to tedscott@asisna.com.

Edmonds CC offers
occupational safety, health degree

Due to private and public employers’ need for trained workers, Edmonds Community College now offers a two-year occupational safety and health technician associate of applied science-T degree. The degree transfers to Central Washington University-Lynnwood’s bachelor of science program in safety and health management.

EdCC will begin offering “Introduction to Occupational Safety and Health and Safety Management” classes online during the spring quarter, with classes starting April 3, the school said.

Occupational safety and health specialists work with engineers and physicians to identify and control conditions that may affect employee health and instruct employees about occupational health and accident prevention.

The degree was developed with, and also is offered at, Pierce College in Tacoma.

For more information about the EdCC program, send e-mail to osh@edcc.edu or call 425-640-1712.

EvCC receives $89,000 grant
for chemistry equipment

Everett Community College has received an $89,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for chemistry equipment.

The grant will pay for an infrared spectrometer and a magnetic resonance spectrometer, the college said. The technology, used to determine the structure of chemical compounds, will be available to more than 400 chemistry students each year.

The grant will give EvCC students access to technology being used at most four-year colleges and universities, said EvCC chemistry instructor Sumita Singh.

The college also will use the spectrometers to train local high school chemistry teachers, EvCC said, adding that the instruments are expected to arrive by the end of 2006.

Cascadia offers new office
certificate, degree programs

Cascadia Community College announced an expansion of programs in office skills and office technology that will create a full range of courses, from entry-level through a full associate degree.

Two new programs will combine seamlessly with existing offerings in office technology at the Bothell-based college, Cascadia officials said. The 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.

The new certificate program serves office workers who are learning English as a second language, while the new associate degree program will prepare office workers in advanced office technology training and other critical skills, the college said.

Because many of the students in these classes will be working, the courses will be offered at flexible times and during the evening. Each program includes some self-paced labs, and there also will be distance-learning opportunities via the Internet.

For more information, call Cascadia at 425-352-8383.

WWU education program
receives $750,000 grant

A master’s program in rehabilitation counseling at Western Washington University’s Woodring College of Education has received a five-year federal grant totaling $750,000.

The money from the U.S. Department of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration will help 40 to 42 master’s candidates receive clinical training in rehabilitation counseling for people with disabilities.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Swett at 425-771-7435, send e-mail to Elizabeth.Swett@wwu.edu or go online to www.wwu.edu/rc.

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