University Center of North Puget Sound
The University Center of North Puget Sound is a "center of universities" located in Gray Wolf Hall on Everett Community College's main campus in Everett, WA. The University Center supports over 25 bachelor's and master's degrees from public and private partner universities and colleges to the residents of Snohomish, Island and Skagit Counties. The Center's flexible scheduling (afternoons, evenings and weekends) in combination with varied teaching modalities (on campus, online and hybrid), means that classes are available to fit busy lives.
Each university manages the application, enrollment and degree programs while Everett CC manages the facility and state of the art technology and provides support services. Graduates receive their diplomas from the institution of their degree program. The diploma is the same as having completed a program on the main campus.
Degree programs at the University Center of North Puget Sound begin at the Junior & Senior level for Bachelor's degrees. The degree programs have established pathways that begin where the associate of arts degree ended for seamless transition into major course work and degree attainment. Since moving to Everett Community College's campus in 2009, the University Center has grown to eight partners:
- Central Washington University
- Eastern Washington University
- Hope International University
- Saint Martin's University
- The Evergreen State College
- University of Washington, Bothell
- Washington State University
- Western Washington University
Programs and Degrees
The University Center offers a variety of degrees that complement programs offered by Everett Community College as well as supporting the needs of local business and industry. The major disciplines include: Nursing, Business, Education, Environmental Science, Engineering, Social Sciences and Human and Counseling Services.
The University Center's students range in age from 21 to 63. During the 2010-2011 academic year, the age breakdown was:
Nearly 45% of the University Center's students have earned credit/degree from Everett Community College prior to enrolling with one of the partner universities.
The University Center of North Puget Sound at a Glance 2010-2011 Student Headcount:
- Total Students - 500
- Female - 75%
- Caucasian - 75%
Students enrolled in partner programs at the University Center of North Puget Sound are able to access many of the student services at Everett CC (library, accommodation tables and chairs, technology, e-tutoring, etc.). Additionally, partner universities also provide a variety of services such as writing tutoring, disability services, social events, etc.
On April 3, 2009, the University Center moved onto Everett Community College's main campus when Gray Wolf Hall opened. The 77,000-square-foot (7,200 m2) Gray Wolf Hall is EvCC's first "green" building. It was designed to meet the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Rating. Faculty and staff offices occupy the glass-sided north wing, and classrooms fill the brick-covered south wing. Some of the features include five video conference rooms, two state-of-the-art computer labs, artwork suspended over the second floor bridge, a student lounge and a rain garden in the courtyard.
The building is named after Gray Wolf Peak, the highpoint of Gray Wolf Ridge in eastern Olympic National Park at 7,218 feet (2,200 m) above sea level. The third floor of Gray Wolf has a view of the Olympic Mountains. EvCC historically names its buildings after peaks of the Cascade and Olympic mountains.
The Evergreen State College's Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts is offered off-campus on the Tulalip Reservation.
The University Center is a product of 1997 state legislation that formed the North Snohomish-Island-Skagit (NSIS) Consortium of higher education institutions to create a flexible and innovative means for expanding higher education opportunities for residents of the three counties. The NSIS Consortium was committed to providing opportunities for place-bound residents whose work and family commitments precluded travel to a distant university. In 2005, the legislature named consortium member Everett Community College as manager of the University Center.
Administrative oversight of the University Center is by Everett Community College.