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2008-09 Grants

The Edmonds Community College Foundation works with the college to help provide the highest quality education possible. Each year, the Foundation awards grants to faculty and staff that allow them to enhance and improve Edmonds Community College programs and projects. The funds for 2008/09 academic year were awarded to the proposals below, totaling $34,008.

2009 BizArt Conference

ArtsNow / Workforce Development

The fourth annual BizArt Conference is produced in collaboration with Everett Community College/School of Business Design and Self-employment in the Arts from North Central College in Illinois and a dozen community partners. BizArt provides two days of seminars, workshops and panel discussions geared to help artists in all disciplines turn their creativity into sustainable businesses. It is the only conference of its kind in this region.

Cascade Botanical Garden Strategic Planning Phase I: Vision & Mission

Horticulture / Business

A prescribed series of strategic planning sessions to develop a vision and mission for an Edmonds CC campus botanical garden in keeping with the campus master plan. This process will be led by key Edmonds CC staff with relevant planning experience.

Center for Families Art Docent Project

Art Department / Humanities & Social Sciences Division

The project provides art experiences for preschool and Head Start children. Using prints of famous works of art as starting points, art education and appreciation is gained through the understanding of art language, children's own creative expression/self-realization and exposure to varying art styles and techniques.

Center for Families National Accreditation Self-Assessment and Candidacy

Center for Families

The Center for Families will enroll in the National Association for the Education of Young Children accreditation self-assessment Winter 2009. Application fees, retreats and training that unite the staff from all three programs (Childcare, Head Start and Family Life Education) will be required for the staff to complete the assessment process.

College and High School Robotics Projects

Computers, Electronics and Networking Department

To work on the design and fabrication of an Edmonds CC robot with other departments on campus will enable us to incorporate robotics instruction into our curriculum of several different departments as well as have a robot for college promotional demonstrations. Also continuing to mentor and support local high schools in the design and fabrication of competition robots for the FIRST Robotics National Contact.

Early Childhood Education Recruitment Project with Community-based Modularized Courses

Early Childhood Education / Health & Human Services Division

Outreach will be provided to undereducation, underpaid educators of young children in the community for affordable access to the campus-based Early Childhood Education Program. Classes will be offered in mathematics and science, two areas defined by professional standards and the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges as High Demand in Early Childhood Education

Edmonds Reads

Humanities & Social Sciences Division

This year we kicked off an all campus and community book read called Edmonds Reads. The project was very well attended and participation was very high. We had over 100 people at each book reading and four classes adopted the book as part of the curriculum. The international staff and students were also very supportive as we used Maliha Masood's Zaatar Days and Henna Nights as the text. The project was a collaboration between ACCE and the Brown Bag Lunch Series. We have had tremendous feedback to make it an annual event and grow it with more community and student participation.

Environmental Mini Film Festival

Business Division

The Environmental Mini Film Festival offers the Edmonds CC community an opportunity to view films that promote an awareness and understanding of major environmental issues. It will enable our college to provide quality instruction to students and the public of relevant environmental problems. It also supports Edmonds CC Earth Month and Sustainability initiatives.

Exploring Assumption of Teachers and Students (EATS)

Humanities & Social Sciences Division / Health & Human Services Division

The goal of EATS (Exploring Assumptions of Teachers and Students) project is to explore the perception, assumptions and identity of students and campus personnel and their influence on interactions. The project will have a series of six sessions (two per quarter) during the academic year which will focus on the above topics through focused readings, active discussions among campus stakeholders and guest speaker presentations.

Faculty Development and Recognition of Part Time EAP Faculty

English for Academic Purposes / International Department

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Faculty Development and Recognition book drawing: hold a drawing for a gift certificate from a local bookstore at each of the quarterly faculty meetings held Fall, Winter and Spring.

Friday Night in the ER

Allied Health / Health & Human Services Division

Friday Night in the ER is an experimental learning game. Students take on professional roles and form inter-professional teams to enhance their problem analysis and presentation skills. Each team is charged with applying their creativity, knowledge and experience to analyze the diverse issues facing a healthcare organization.

LEAF School (Learn-and-serve Environmental Anthropology Field School)

Anthropology / Humanities & Social Sciences Division

The LEAF School is a learning community that combines a service-learning curriculum with a part-time AmeriCorps program and is anchored by a series of three courses in Human Ecology (Anthropology 101-103). Students work with local tribes, governments, non-profits and businesses to help foster a more sustainable quality of life.

Learning Disabilities Testing

Developmental Education

We test Developmental Education students to document the presence and nature of learning disabilities. Such documentation requires the consultation of a clinical psychologist.

Low-income Student Retention

WorkFirst

The funds will be used for emergency transportation and transitional housing expenses for low-income students with children. These students are enrolled in short-term WorkFirst Training programs leading to living wages (22 weeks or less). Transportation issues and homelessness are two major causes of WorkFirst students not completing their education. These funds will facilitate the retention of up to 56 students per year.

Microsoft Unlimited Potential

Career Action Center

This project is a supplement to a county-wide partnership grant. The primary grant is given by the Microsoft Company to provide intensive computer training at the novice level to populations that are on the marginal edges of technology. These populations include Edmonds CC students who are receiving food stamps and/or cash public assistance, job seekers with limited English proficiency, low-income adults, dislocated workers and youth who face extensive life challenges.

MST ACCU II Mill Master CAM Software & Training

Engineering / Materials Science

The Materials Science department has recently purchased a machining mill which allows the faculty and laboratory assistant to create molds and parts to support student laboratories and projects. We will purchase 3-dimensional computer aided machining software and laboratory technician training that will allow us to expand our mold-making and part-producing capabilities.

MSU Basic Skills Language Software Purchase

Monroe Correctional Complex Minimum Security Unit

This purchase is to support the student learning process in the Adult Basic Education program at the Minimum Security Unit (MSU), Monroe Correctional Complex, by purchasing Rosetta Stone Learning Spanish Levels I, II and III to be used by adult learners in the basic skills lab.

Next Steps

Workforce Development

This project will provide food, materials and supplies to support transition-related activities for college-wide activities, such as GED orientations, conferences and workshops and specifically in general for the Opportunity Grant Program. This funding will help to support student awareness, participation and success in the Opportunity Grant Program as well as other college transition activities.

Parent Mentors Project

Family Life Education Department / Health & Human Services Division

The Family Support Studies program in the FLED department is proposing a new certificate of completion for "Parent Mentors" in our schools. Currently there is a number of Parent or Natural Leaders serving as volunteers in most all the greater Seattle area school districts; including those in Snohomish County. These newcomer volunteers are helping other immigrants and refugees to acclimate to our school system. These volunteers would like to go to college, so that they can improve their skills. Special literacy skill building workbooks will  need to be developed to best meet their learning needs. As this is a new certificate program, marketing materials and other promotional activities will be required to ensure its success.

Restoration Horticulture: Recruiting & Marketing Coordinator

Horticulture / Business

The Horticulture department at Edmonds CC is launching a new degree program this Fall: Restoration Horticulture. This innovative program is the first of its kind in the nation. It will require a diligent marketing and recruiting campaign.

Transition Into College Incentive

Bridge / Developmental Education

The project will support students enrolled in ABE095--Introduction to College. This grant will help ensure that students completing this class successfully transition from pre-college classes and enroll into various college-level certificates and degrees offered at Edmonds CC; in the end, students will have opportunities for employment that would yield livable wage jobs

TRiO Student Support Services

TRiO / Student Services

TRiO Student Support Services is funded through a grant from the Department of Education. The goals of TRiO are to increase retention rates, graduation rates and the rate of students transferring to 4-year institutions for program participants. Participants must be low-income, first generation college students or students with disabilities.

Volunteer Literacy Program

Adult Basic Education / English as a Second Language

We will continue the Volunteer Literacy Program into our second year with the goals being to provide extra support for our ESL and GED students to improve their reading, writing and/or math skills and meet with greater success their current and future classes. Our program will also connect the college and surrounding community with both groups of culturally-diverse students. The college is funding the coordinator as we work towards building capacity and achieving sustainability.