Northwest NEWS

June 12, 2000

School

Cascadia Community College

Cascadia doors to swing open soon

by Bronwyn Wilson, senior staff reporter

   Cascadia Community College will swing its doors wide open to welcome students for the first time on Monday, Sept. 25, 2000.

   The college's brick buildings will share its location with The University of Washington Bothell, and is the state's only campus to house both a university branch and a community college. The advantages of this unique partnership include a University of Washington Library shared by all students, and a University Bookstore to be completed sometime in 2001.

   The added convenience of transferring from a 2-year college to a four-year college by strolling just a few steps down a hall is also a plus for the shared campus. The community college advisors are exceptionally knowledgeable in UW class requirements.

   "Cascadia advisors can make sure programs will transfer seamlessly with theirs (UW Bothell)," said LuJean Smith, public information officer for the college.

   The $194 million campus sits on 128 acres along Beardslee Boulevard overlooking a valley at the intersection of I-405 and SR-522. It currently offers two-year transfer degree programs, professional technical programs, online classes for distance learning, and Lifelong Learning non-credit classes.

   The college recognizes the need for educated employees in the information technology world and 600 new computers and printers are ready for the college doors to open. Designed by the college staff, the professional technical programs will prepare graduates for immediate employment.

   "All of our technical programs are centered in business and information technology," Smith said. Student advisors are also prepared for the coming year and have already been working with students to meet their educational goals.

   Students will be assigned a faculty advisor to provide detailed information about courses of study. Student success facilitators are available during the entry process and throughout the student's career at Cascadia, providing guidance in educational planning.

   A grand opening for the campus and community is set for Saturday, Sept. 16. For further information, call 425-398-6389, or visit www.cascadia.ctc.edu.