(Adult Basic Education English as a Second Language)

Did you know that 27% of Lynnwood residents are foreign-born (vs. 14% in greater Snohomish County)? Or that 32% of Lynnwood residents speak a language other than English at home (vs. 18% in greater Snohomish County)?

The ABE ESL program is a state and federally funded program for local residents that offers between 8-16 hours per week of ESL instruction for a flat $25 fee per quarter, which may also be waived for financial reasons. Because it is government supported it is available only to residents and not for international F1 visa students. Countries of origin are quite diverse:

  • Southeast Asia (Vietnam, South Korea)
  • Middle East (Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan)
  • Africa (largest student populations from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia)
  • Former Soviet Block countries (large Ukrainian population)
  • Latin America (large student population from Mexico, but other countries are represented too)

Students can learn about the ABE ESL program in Mukilteo Hall - 3rd floor. ABE ESL Advising Office is in #309; International Education Division Office is in #304.

Success Stories

International students Raj Pulivandlas and Amreen Mustaq, both from India and Northwest Community College Initiative (NWCCI) participants, graduated from the city of Lynnwood Police Department’s Citizen Academy on Thursday, April 3. This 13-week program helps familiarize the public with common police procedures, activities, and investigative techniques. Classes were held every Thursday and involved interactive sessions. There were over 70 participants.

EdCC's International Student Services office coordinates the International Assistant (IA) program to give current international students a chance to help new international students adjust to a new environment. Jorge Bermudez was one of 14 international students selected to serve as an IA. Jorge, also a NWCCI participant, says he applied to the program because he wanted to develop and improve his leadership skills; meet, help, and assist international students; and learn about other cultures. He says he learned a number of things from his experience as an IA including: enhanced organizational skills, patience, how to be a team player, but most importantly, Jorge says he "made good and diverse acquaintances from several parts of the world." Students interested in joining the IA program should contact Julie Wescliff at julie.wescliff@email.edcc.edu.

The following international students have each been awarded an ASEdCC sponsored all-expenses-paid scholarship to attend the 2014 Students of Color Conference in Yakima, WA April 17-19, 2014: Mohamed Alarabi, Nabila Ghias, Himawan Go, Spencer Lestiadi, Cindy Leung, Tsepo Mboni, Danis Sriwijaya, and Gloria Song. The students attended workshops on topics such as Social Justice & Equity, Leadership Development, and Academic Success.


Faculty and Staff Global Engagement and Exchange

Beijing Jiatong University Scholarship for Students and Faculty

This summer (June 9-23) Beijing Jiaotong University (BJTU) is offering a program to EdCC students who have some computer programming experience. It consists of three parts: IT Project Training, Chinese cultural experience and visiting local IT companies. Students will also work on a project from Microsoft about Windows phone technology. BJTU is offering several all inclusive scholarships that include flight, lodging, tuition fees, and even a living stipend. In addition, they are seeking a faculty member to accompany the group to China with all costs covered as well.

Jenny Tang will be in SNH 304A,11:30 am - 1:30 pm, on Thursday, April 24, to talk to students and faculty about this opportunity.

For more information about this opportunity, please contact Jesse Aspree at jesse.aspree@email.edcc.edu

Danish Teacher Exchange

Each year EdCC sends up to two faculty members to Herning, Denmark for two weeks during late summer. Faculty from Herning Gymnasium team up with an EdCC faculty member from the same discipline to team teach (faculty from Denmark also visit EdCC later in the year to do the same). While in Denmark, EdCC faculty will benefit from learning about cultural differences including the Danish education system, touring the local area, and participating in trips to nearby cultural attractions. Housing is provided by Herning faculty or staff members and most meals are provided. Flights and housing are covered for this program. Past recipients have included Robin Data, Lela Hilton, Bee Faxon, David Symon, Jadwiga Weyant, and Mary Whitfield.

For more information about this opportunity, please contact Jesse Aspree at jesse.aspree@email.edcc.edu

Faculty Abroad

This quarter English faculty member Kenny Rich is leading a group to Prague, Czech Republic. Kenny was selected from the Washington State Consortium for Study Abroad to teach two classes for spring quarter while leading students to various sites such as Terezin and the Castle of Franz Ferdinand, among others. They are finishing their second week there and everyone has reported they are having a great experience so far.

If you are interested in applying to teach for our Barcelona, Spain Fall 2015 program, please contact Jesse Aspree at: jesse.aspree@email.edcc.edu

Study Abroad

Three EdCC students recently returned from their winter quarter study abroad program in Australia and New Zealand, where they skipped winter altogether in favor of having an extra summer this year. During the break between summer and fall quarters, students will have the opportunity to take a five-credit intensive Spanish language course in Costa Rica for four weeks. Please encourage any students who may be interested to stop by the Pilchuck Building or contact Cory Anthony at cory.anthony@email.edcc.edu.

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