Northwest NEWS

August 23, 1999


Cascadia strives to be responsive to the community

by Deborah Stone

   Cascadia Community College, the newest two-year public college in Washington, will open its doors to an expected 800 full-time equivalent (FTE) students in September of 2000.

   The following year, the college will serve an additional 400 FTE students, and ultimately will provide education to a total of 4,300 FTE students when all planned construction is complete.

   Cascadia, partnered and co-located with the University of Washington at Bothell, is being designed as a learner-centered, community-focused, technologically-advanced institution that emphasizes educational excellence and student achievement.

   According to LuJean R. Smith, public information officer for Cascadia, the college will strive to be responsive to the community's needs.

   "Cascadia wishes to support employers in the area and provide the necessary high tech training and opportunities for current and future employees," says Smith. "We will also offer basic transfer degree classes and a series of professional and technical programs."

   When the college opens, there will be one large building to accommodate offices and classrooms, a building to house the library, and two parking garages. Phase two construction, due to be completed in early 2001, will include a commons area, student services and bookstore, plus an enlarged library, which will be jointly shared by the UW Bothell campus.

   In the quest to involve the community in the design of Cascadia, a contest was launched last February for the college's official logo. Eighty-three entries were received and five teams of judges, made up of college staff and faculty, as well as professional graphic artists and designers, reviewed the entries and submitted five finalists to Dr. Victoria Munoz Richart, Cascadia's president. These designs were then forwarded to the college's Board of Trustees, who chose three winners.

   The design chosen for the college's official logo was done by first-place winner Mark Plummer, a graphic artist and designer from Carnation. Plummer has more than twenty-five years of experience in corporate design and advertising for various agencies on the West Coast. A self-titled "craftsman," Plummer says that his craft is "organizing and manipulating information: Imaging Service Commerce."

   The second-place winner, Vanessa Jensen, a Bothell freelance artist and designer, submitted a logo entry that will be used by the college as an emblem for t-shirts, mugs, and other specialty items. Jensen has taught for the Youth Arts Program at the Arts Umbrella in Bothell since 1989 and has exhibited in the Eastside Fine Artist Show. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Walla Walla College and a bachelor of fine arts degree, with a concentration in printmaking, from the University of Washington.

   Twelve-year-old Alissa Hays, who submitted entries along with her fellow sixth-graders at Sunrise Elementary School, was awarded third place for her logo design, which is currently being developed into a design for the college's official seal. Hays is a voracious reader, creative thinker, and athlete. She will be a seventh-grader at Timbercrest Junior High this fall

   The first-place winner was presented with a check for $250, the second-place winner was given $100, and the third-place winner received $50. All entries will be framed and exhibited in administrative offices at the new campus when it opens.

   "We are delighted that Cascadia's image will be enhanced by the logo, emblem, and seal designs that were created by artists from our own community," said Dr. Victoria Munoz Richart. "It is essential that the college reflect the community it serves, and we hope this is one of many steps in that direction."

   This fall, Cascadia will be offering several continuing education classes through the Northshore School District, including marketing for small businesses, improvisational theatre, writing, pottery, and travel in Hawaii.

   For more information about the college, call 398-5400, or access its website at A job line number is also available at 398-5532 for current employment opportunities.