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Edmonds Community College
Established 1967
Type Community college
President Jack Oharah
Faculty 141 full, 320 part-time
Students 10,700 average per quarter (3,860 full-time, 5,400 part-time)
Location Lynnwood, Washington, USA
Campus 50 acres (200,000 m2)
International 800 students from 40 countries
Mascot Triton, prince of the sea in Greek mythology, commands the ocean waves

Edmonds Community College is a college in the metropolitan area of Seattle. More than 19,000 students annually take courses for credit toward a certificate or degree at the college in Snohomish County, Washington.


History and governance

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 is composed of five members appointed by the governor of Washington state. Each member serves a five-year term and must reside within the college's district boundaries. The board, on behalf of the citizens of College District #23, ensures the accountability of Edmonds Community College.

When the college opened in 1967, classes were held at high schools, then in portables and later in the duplexes, which now house International Student Services. The first buildings were simply “A” and “B” until the college began a tradition of naming buildings after local areas. 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. Mountlake Terrace Hall was the first building constructed for the college campus in 1970. It was renovated in 2006.

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 works as the Executive Director of the Economic Development Association of Skagit County.

The college has partnered with Central Washington University to provide bachelor’s degrees locally since 1975. Accounting and business administration were the first programs offered at the Lynnwood Center.

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 site, now home to the college, was acquired by several local governmental and educational agencies in the early 1960s.

Campus setting

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 beside Edmonds, Washington.

The college has a campus tree walk with 70 or more trees developed with a Community Forestry Assistance Grant provided by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources with support from the USDA Forest Service. Some local high school students participate, either part-time or full-time through Running Start, a state-wide program allowing high school students to enroll and to take up to two years of community college classes tuition-free. High school students may earn an Associate of Arts degree by the time they graduate from their local high school, and continue on to a four-year college or university.

University partners

Snoqualmie Hall, a shared building with Central Washington University, 2007

After two years of study at Edmonds Community College, students may complete a bachelor's degree online at Washington State University online and evenings at the University of Washington or on campus at Central Washington University.


The college offers the following associate's degree programs, which correspond to the first two years of study at a four-year college or university: Associate of Arts Degree, Associate of Science Degree, Associate in Elementary Education Degree, Associate in Pre-Nursing Degree and the Associate in Applied Science-T Degree (transfers to select universities) in Early Childhood Education, Materials Science, Aerospace Manufacturing, Occupational Safety and Health, and Family Support Studies.

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



Since 2002, the college has hosted nine full-time AmeriCorps members and provided $250,000 in part-time AmeriCorps education awards to 200 students. Each year an average of 525 service-learning students provide nearly 30,000 hours of service to 57 campus and community partners. These efforts have 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.


The college received grants from the National Science Foundation to create a National Resource Center for Materials Technology Education and to study ways to increase the recruitment of women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematic STEM fields.


The college fields seven athletic teams as part of the Northern Region of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) with volleyball, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's basketball and baseball teams. The college's baseball team has won six NWAACC championships.

The college also has intramural and recreational athletics. There is also a full sized golf course owned by the City of Lynnwood adjacent to the campus. Faimous Harrison, the current Athletics Director, joined the college in 2004.

Campus Housing

Student housing has provided students a place to live while they learn at Edmonds Community College. Student housing is mostly noted for its first class Homestay Program, allowing 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 US culture first hand.

Residence Life at EdCC has been around since 1995, originally with the developement of Somerset Village Apartments. Since then, the college has dropped Somerset because of poor maintenance and up keeping, signed a 2-year master lease for Sophie Court (across from north campus) and have opened Rainier Place in Fall of 2009. Rainier Place provides housing for 180 students attending both Edmonds Community College and Central Washington University - Lynnwood. With a total of 56 units in a misture 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 ( Edmonds Community College contributes by implementing a student life program.

Campus Life

Edmonds Community College provides its students with various outlets for out of class socializing and learning. The Office of Student Life provides students with events and programs to assist in mentoring their social learning as well as academics. OSL also provides a lecture series that brings in public figures to share on various current topics. A popular hang out is Mulligan's Cafe.

In 2009, the college opened the Triton Student Center and a new bookstore. The 22,000 square foot, 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.

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