MLT grad awarded $1K arts scholarship

  • Tue Jun 29th, 2010 7:42pm

The 2010 Manu Sood Mountlake Terrace Arts Commission Scholarship has been awarded to recent Mountlake Terrace High School graduate Alex Herbig. The $1,000 scholarship is targeted to arts students.

Herbig, who will be attending Seattle Pacific University in the fall, as part of his high school senior project raised money for people in Haiti who were living at a garbage dump following the massive earthquake and chronicled this experience with a montage of photographs.

“I do the things I do because I believe in them and I am passionate about it,” Herbig said in a press release. “Awards and recognition are just a cherry on top.”

Manu Sood, who passed away in 2009, was a member of the Mountlake Terrace Arts Commission, which complemented her passion for painting.

Donations to the Manu Sood Mountlake Terrace Arts Commission Scholarship can be sent to Mountlake Terrace High School, in care of Andi Nofziger-Meadows, at 21801 44th Ave. W, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043.

EdCC is ready to H.I.R.E.

Edmonds Community College’s Project H.I.R.E. (Hire Individuals Ready for Employment), a program that helps adults with disabilities find jobs, is now accepting new applicants. The college received a second $100,000 grant in federal stimulus funds via the state’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to continue the project through September 2010.

Qualified applicants for Project H.I.R.E. must have a documentable disability (such as learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, diabetes, physical or other disabilities) and may or may not need accommodation on the job. They must be actively seeking work.

Once admitted to the program, each job seeker gains the help of a personal job developer, who will call employers with suitable job openings on their behalf. They’ll also get help with resumes and job interview preparation, and assistance to obtain tools to aid in a job search including interview clothing, certifications and licenses.

Since Project H.I.R.E. began a year ago, the service has found jobs for adults with disabilities in information technology, government and social service fields. Job developers are now assisting applicants to find work in health care, green jobs and other in-demand sectors.

For more information or to apply, call 425-640-1181 or visit

Edmonds student earns WWU scholarship

Western Washington University student Molly Chrisman, daughter of Andrew and Lori Chrisman of Edmonds, received a $2,000 Florine A. Wheeler Scholarship for the 2010-11 academic year.

The Florine A. Wheeler Scholarship is awarded to students planning to teach in a general elementary classroom who demonstrate academic excellence.

Chrisman, a student at WWU, plans to graduate in 2012 with degrees in elementary education and anthropology.

School effort raises $679 to bring water to Ethiopia

The third-grade class at Chase Lake Community School in Edmonds raised $679.02 for Seattle-based nonprofit Water 1st International by selling Otter Pops flavored ice sticks.

Students were inspired to help to raise money for clean water projects after seeing photos from Principal Karen Nilson’s trips to rural Ethiopia with Water 1st.

Grant writer earns excellence award

Beth Nichols, Edmonds Community College’s first full-time grant writer, has received the 2010 Excellence in Education Award from the college’s trustees. The award honors individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to education and the college’s mission.

Nichols, now the college’s executive director for grants, research and institutional effectiveness, received $500 as part of the award, and her department received $1,000 in professional development funds.

In making the award, the trustees noted Nichols’ expertise, commitment to the college and strong work ethic. The award also signifies the growing importance of grants to the college’s funding model. Grants are now seen as crucial to maintaining services to support student engagement, learning, and achievement.

When Nichols was hired in 1998, the grant-writing position was temporary and initially funded by the Edmonds Community College Foundation. At that time, 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 19 percent of its operating budget, a larger proportion than at any other community college in the state.

Edmonds CC adds manufacturing classes

Edmonds Community College offers a new manufacturing basics class, “Materials Science Technology 110,” this fall.

“The class should appeal to do-it-yourselfers, people who like to do hands-on work and those interested in entry-level jobs in assembly and manufacturing,” instructor Ross Monroe said in a press release. Also new in 2010 are two classes that teach skills in quality control. “Introduction to Metrology, Materials Science Technology 120,” will be offered this winter and “Quality Assurance Tools, Materials Science Technology 130,” will be offered in spring. Quality control skills can help advance workers employed in basic manufacturing.

Monroe, who will work this summer in the industry and return to teach this fall, said the college’s manufacturing program focuses on providing skills that meet industry standards.

A fall “Manufacturing Basics” class is a key launch point for anyone interested in getting started in manufacturing.

For more information, call 425-640-1944 or visit