Edmonds Community College

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Edmonds Community College
TypeCommunity college
PresidentAmit Singh
Academic staff
138 full, 511 part-time
Students10,750 average per quarter
Location, ,
Campus50 acres (200,000 m2)
International1,512 students from 62 countries

Edmonds Community College is a public community college in Lynnwood, in the metropolitan area of Seattle, Washington, United States. More than 21,000 students annually take courses for credit toward a certificate or degree at the college in Snohomish County, Washington. The college employs more than 1,600 people, including 138 full-time and 511 part-time instructors and 277 students.

History and governance[edit]

Established in 1967, and governed by the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges, the college is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The Board of Trustees of Edmonds Community College was composed of five members appointed by the governor of Washington state, until July 1, 2013, when a sixth member representing students was appointed by the governor. Each member serves a five-year term, except the student representative, who serves a one-year term, and all must reside within the college's district boundaries. The board, on behalf of the citizens of College District No. 23, ensures the accountability of Edmonds Community College. Edmonds Community College officially came into being on July 1, 1967. That year the state legislature separated community colleges from the common schools and created 22 community college districts, including District 5 for Everett and Edmonds Community Colleges. Governor Daniel J. Evans in May 1967 appointed a five-member board of trustees for District 5 to administer the operations of the already existing Everett Junior College and the new Edmonds Community College. In June 1967 the trustees established a district administrative structure with Dr. Paul McCurley, President of Everett CC, as the district president and district offices were located at Paine Field in 1968. On July 1, 2013, the governor appointed the college's first student trustee, John Jessop to a one-year term.[1]

Byron Norman was named acting president of the college on July 5, 1967. Other presidents of the college in succeeding years have been Dr. Carleton Opgaard (1968–69, 1995–96), Dr. James Warren, Thomas Nielsen, Dr.(in higher education and community college administration) Jack Oharah (1996-2010), Dr.(in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies) Jean Hernandez (2011-2017), and Dr.(in economics) Amit Singh (June 2018-). The Edmonds CC Board of Trustees removed Nielsen as president on May 23, 1995, after he was accused of accepting kickbacks and bribes;[2] he accepted a $49,700 contract buyout on November 1, 1995,[3] and later plead guilty to bribery and income-tax fraud, receiving a two-year prison sentence.[4]

Formal dedication ceremonies were held September 7, 1967 with Senator Henry M. Jackson as the featured speaker.

The college is located on 50 acres (200,000 m2) in Lynnwood, the site of a former military installation, the Northwest Relay and Radio Receiving Station, U.S. Army. The property was declared surplus by the U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare and transferred to Edmonds Community College on December 6, 1967. Other parts of the originally 100-acre (0.40 km2) site were transferred to the Edmonds School District, the U.S. Post Office and Snohomish County.

Classes at the college began in the fall of 1967 in leased space at Woodway High School, now Edmonds Woodway High School and the college used portable buildings at the college property while permanent building were being constructed. Two duplex buildings, built in 1941, (which now house International Student Services) remain on campus as virtually the only part of the old Army Relay Station left today. A plaque at the northeast entrance to Alderwood Hall on the college campus commemorates the former site of the Globe Wireless Radio Station. It was dedicated by the Edmonds-South Snohomish County Historical Society. The radio station was built in 1930 and was operated by the U.S. Army and the Alaska Communication System to provide service to Alaska during World War II.

The college's first buildings, the duplexes, were called "A" and "B" until the college began a tradition of naming buildings after local areas. What is now known as the Mountlake Terrace Hall was the first building constructed for the college campus in 1970. The building was renovated in 2006. The college's student newspaper, The Triton Review, was originally called, The Quagmire, due to the muddy campus in the early days of the college. The first graduate of Edmonds Community College was Susan Blackborn, 19, the class of '68 (she was the only graduate that year). Don Wick was the first elected student body president at Edmonds Community College. He was named a Distinguished Alumni of the college by the Edmonds Community College Foundation in 2002 and became the Executive Director of the Economic Development Association of Skagit County.

Edmonds Community College has partnered with Central Washington University[5] to provide bachelor's degrees locally since 1975. Accounting and business administration were the first programs offered at the Lynnwood Center. The school now offers eight bachelor's degrees and one Master's program.[6] The opening of Snoqualmie Hall in 2002 gave Central a permanent presence on campus.

Edmonds Community College became a single district college July 1, 1981 when the legislature approved the new District 23 for Edmonds Community College (which shared boundaries with the Edmonds School District, an explanation for why the college is named "Edmonds," although it has a Lynnwood address).


Mukilteo Hall with classrooms and a theater opened in 2008.

The college has a 50-acre (200,000 m2) campus in Lynnwood, 13 miles (21 km) north of Seattle and adjacent to Edmonds.

The campus includes 28 computer labs, nine science labs, three eateries,[7] two greenhouses, a digital recording studio, an art gallery, a theater, a child care center, Seaview gym, Triton Field, a transit center, Rainier Place (an on-campus residence hall), and a university satellite center for Central Washington University.


The college offers one bachelor of applied science degree, 64 associate degrees and 63 professional certificates in 25 programs of study.[8]

Its highest enrolled programs are the Associate of Arts/Associate of Science degrees, Paralegal, Allied Health (pre-nursing degree), Business/Accounting, Construction Management, and Computer Information Systems programs.

In 2017 the college was approved to offer a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Child, Youth, and Family Studies, its first bachelor's degree program.

The college has unique Materials Science Technology and Restoration Horticulture degree programs.


Established in 2003, the college's service-learning program serves more than 600 students and provides 11,500 hours of service in the community to 100 campus and community partners each year. Programs include the AmeriCorps Retention Project (which works with TRiO Student Support Services, the Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) School, and Adult Basic Education ESL programs at the college). The Center for Service-Learning has been recognized nationally with a Howard R. Swearer Student Humanitarian Award from Campus Compact and a Service-Learning Collaboration Award from the Community College National Center for Community Engagement.

Grants and research[edit]

From 1999 to 2012, the college received 20 National Science Foundation grants the first of which provided scholarships to low-income students studying computer science, engineering, and math. A subsequent NSF grant established a National Resource Center for Materials Technology Education to study ways to increase the recruitment of women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematic STEM fields. In 1998, when the college hired its first grant writer (a temporary position initially funded by the Edmonds Community College Foundation), the college generated revenues of $9.5 million in grants and contracts. That number grew to $22.3 million in 2009. Today, the college’s grants and contracts program makes up 24 percent of its operating budget, a larger proportion than at any other community college in the state.


The college fields seven athletic teams as part of the Northern Region of the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) with volleyball, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's basketball, women's softball, and baseball. Overall, Triton athletic programs have a rich and storied history, amassing 11 NWAC Championships and 55 North Region titles. The college's baseball team has won eight NWAC championships; 2014 is their most recent title. The four outdoor sports all practice and play their home games at Triton Field, which is an on-campus multi-sport field turf complex that was renovated in 2011 for over $2.5 million. The 4,860 square foot indoor hitting facility sits on the west edge of Triton Field and has two 70-foot cages, two 35-foot batting cages, and a player's lounge and lockers. Two indoor turf pitching mounds were built in 2013. The three indoor sports compete in Seaview Gymnasium (capacity 900), which is over 14,200 square feet and includes a weight room, aerobics room, instructional classroom, men's and women's locker rooms for students, men's and women's locker rooms for staff and faculty, and a small conference room. Physical Education classes are conducted in the athletic facilities - Edmonds Community College still requires PE/Health classes to be passed to obtain your associate degree.

Three individuals and one team have been inducted into the NWAC Hall of Fame to date: George Smith (former athletic director and longtime Vice President of Student Services), Keith Kingsbury (men's basketball coach), Janet Guenther (championship volleyball and softball coach), 1998 NWAC Championship baseball team (set NWAC records for home runs, 7 players off the team were selected in MLB draft).


69 baseball players have been drafted from Edmonds CC, including Don Long who is the current hitting coach for the Cincinnati Reds. The most recent player drafted was Zach Needham by the Seattle Mariners (2017) in the 40th round. The program has a reputation for moving players and coaches on to four-year colleges and universities as well. Former baseball coach Donnie Marbut later became head baseball coach at Washington State University from 2005-2015. Marbut's 2002 NWAC Championship team was inducted into the Triton Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016.

The college also has intramural athletics. There is also a full sized golf course owned by the City of Lynnwood adjacent to the campus. Spencer Stark, the current Athletics Director, joined the college in 2012. Former NBA player Phil Zevenbergen attended Edmonds Community College, and well as former Major League Baseball catcher Tom Lampkin. Lampkin was inducted into the Triton Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014.

Campus housing[edit]

Student housing provides students a place to live while they learn at Edmonds Community College. The Homestay Program allows international students the cultural experience of living with a U.S. family. The program is designed to give international students the opportunity to learn, adapt, and experience U.S. culture first hand.

Residence Life at the college has been around since 1995. The college leases Sophie Court (across from north campus) and opened Rainier Place, an on campus residence hall in 2009. Rainier Place provides housing for 190 students attending both Edmonds Community College and Central Washington University - Lynnwood. With a total of 56 units in a mixture of 4-bedroom, 2-bedroom, double studio and single studio units, Rainier Place also has study lounges, a laundry facility as well as a community room for events and entertainment. Rainier Place is owned by ECCO Properties and managed by Lorig Associates.[9] Edmonds Community College runs a student life program.2013-2014 they came out with a new building called Spencer court.

Campus life[edit]

Edmonds Community College provides its students with various outlets for out of class socializing and learning. The Center for Student Engagement and Leadership (CSEL) provides students with events and programs to assist in mentoring their social learning as well as academics. CSEL also provides a lecture series that brings in public figures to share on various current topics.

In 2009, the college opened the Triton Student Center and a new bookstore. The 22,000-square-foot (2,000 m2), two-story addition to Brier Hall is a $13.4 million project funded by student services and activities fees. It created space for student programs and clubs and features a study lounge with a fireplace.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ http://patch.com/washington/edmonds/edmonds-cc-appoints-first-student-member-of-board-of-trustees
  2. ^ Brooks, Diane (26 May 1995). "Nielsen Ousted As Head Of College". Seattle Times. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  3. ^ Brooks, Diane (31 October 1995). "Edmonds College Ex-Chief Severs Ties". Seattle Times. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  4. ^ Brooks, Diane (8 February 1997). "Nielsen Must Give Back $74,400 In Kickbacks, Bribes". Seattle Times. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Central Washington University - Lynnwood". Retrieved 26 October 2012.
  6. ^ "Central Washington University". Retrieved 26 October 2012.
  7. ^ College, Edmonds Community. "Edmonds Community College: Food Services". www.edcc.edu. Retrieved 2017-05-10.
  8. ^ College, Edmonds Community. "Edmonds Community College: About Our College". www.edcc.edu. Retrieved 2017-05-10.
  9. ^ Lytleworks. "Lorig". www.lorig.com. Retrieved 2017-05-10.

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Coordinates: 47°48′57″N 122°19′40″W / 47.81583°N 122.32778°W / 47.81583; -122.32778