NWCCI Program Update

After seven successful and enriching years, the time has come for the Northwest Community College Initiative (NWCCI) program to end. The consortium, which is administered here at Edmonds and includes students based at Pierce CC and Whatcom CC, was recently notified by the US Department of State that there was no funding available for a program of our size for the 2016-17 school year, and as a result, we will not be hosting NWCCI students.  

Since its inception in 2009, this program has received over $14 million in funding from the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and 325 students were hosted at four Washington State community colleges. These students participated in a rigorous cultural exchange and professional development program. They completed thousands of hours of volunteer service, used what they learned in the classroom to contribute to local businesses through professional internships, and regularly taught community members about the countries they called home in formal presentations. The presence of NWCCI students on our campus created numerous opportunities for people to people cultural exchange and will be greatly missed.

Edmonds Community College will continue our relationship with the Community College Initiative program in 2016-17 by hosting a cohort of students from Yemen through the Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) consortium. We are looking forward to welcoming them in August!

Featured Student:
Ji Seok You


​Intensive ESL international students are typically 16 - 22 years old, but this quarter a 61 year-old Korean student has joined the program. Ji Seok You and her husband are living in a studio apartment in Rainier Place, the on-campus dormitory. "The other students call us 'Mamma' and 'Pappa'." Ji Seok invites them to their apartment for some Korean food, or she translates a popular K-pop (Korean) song into English for them. 

Ji Seok worked as a manager for a Korean company for 30 years. Her husband got a Master's Degree from the University of Southern California many years ago, and their teenage daughters lived with him, but Ji Seok worked in Korea then. "This time is my turn. Studying English is fun for me. I like the relationship with young students.” However, she admits that learning new vocabulary takes more effort than when she was younger.

At Edmonds CC, Ji Seok participates in the Conversation Program, volunteers at the Powwow and other events, and does Zumba. Her husband enjoys time on the campus golf course, and they travel together on weekends. Since their retirement six years ago, she and her husband have traveled to over 50 countries. “It's a good life for a retired person. You can always keep learning.”

The Washington State Community College Consortium for Study Abroad

The Washington State Community College Consortium Study Abroad (WCCCSA) seeks enthusiastic and creative faculty to teach abroad for one quarter in places such as London, Barcelona, and Berlin, among other destinations. Interested instructors need strong interpersonal communication skills and a keen awareness of the realities of providing instruction to US community college students overseas. A strong foundation in intercultural awareness/communication, student development, and cross-cultural adjustment is required to teach on a WCCCSA program. 

For more information, and to check current teaching positions, please visit  http://wcccsa.com/faculty

University Transfer Success

Many of our international students are starting to receive admissions acceptance letters for transfer to choice universities, including many top-ranked institutions such as:

  • Brown University
  • Drexel University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Indiana University Bloomington
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Ohio State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • State University of New York (SUNY -Stony Brook)
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of California (Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, and San Diego campuses)
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Washington

Congratulations to our successful transfer applicants and thank you to the International Student Services academic advisors who assisted them in their application processes!

Community College
Master Teaching Ins​t​i​tute

​Faculty - Apply now for the Master Teaching Institute!

The Northwest International Education Association (NIEA) partners with the University of Washington’s Center for Global Studies to provide a two-day annual summer institute for community college faculty. The goal of the institute is to increase capacity for college faculty to internationalize curriculum in order to help college students expand their knowledge and understanding of the world and global issues.​ 

​To apply, please see the  2016 CCMTI announcement.


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