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Hernandez visits White House

Edmonds Community College President Jean Hernandez recently attended an event on Aug. 12 hosted at the White House designed to highlight new and existing commitments to strengthen college remediation.

The college also plans to expand its Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) program, where English as a Second Language and precollege courses are integrated with specific professional technical programs such as nursing assistant and composites.

This will be Hernandez’s second visit to the White House. In April 2012, she served on a White House Panel discussing Girls in STEM.

Church offers summer help

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church offered a summer school program this year for incoming second- and third-graders in the Marysville School District. Three current teachers and another three who had recently retired led the program along with 18 volunteers. Curriculum was based on the Common Core state standards.

In all, 14 students participated for eight days in late July and early August. The experience culminated in a field trip to Kayak County Park on a bus chartered with Durham Transportation Company.

The church will continue to offer a weekly homework club, 3:30-5:15 p.m. Wednesdays this fall. For more information, go to

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