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The Everett University Center & WSU North Puget Sound at Everett: expanding educational opportunities

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WSU already offers a wide range of academic opportunities across the state of Washington with campuses in Pullman, Spokane Health Sciences, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and the Global Campus. As of July 1st, WSU is the manager of the Everett University Center and offers courses through WSU North Puget Sound at Everett. Expanding additional opportunities for more students in Everett are high priorities for WSU – learn why.

Expanding Higher Education Access in North Puget Sound

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The EUC offers primarily upper division courses for transfer students from community colleges who want to remain in the North Puget Sound area.

In 2011, the Washington State Legislature passed Senate Bill 5636. The bill provides the authorization for Washington State University to take over the management and operations of the Everett University Center (EUC), co-located on the Everett Community College campus. WSU took the reigns on July 1, 2014 and a new chapter in advancing higher education in the North Puget Sound region was launched.

Encompassing Snohomish, Island, and Skagit counties, the region is one of the fastest growing areas in the state. It is also the most chronically underserved when it comes to higher education access. And, in part due to Boeing’s building of the 777x Dreamliner and its composite wings, it is also the state’s hub for aerospace and advanced manufacturing in addition to a rapidly growing high tech sector. Because of the area’s economic strengths, the legislature has established Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) degrees as the focus of the academic programs to be offered at the EUC.

EUC and WSU North Puget Sound at Everett

WSU is not only the manager of the EUC, it now offers four academic programs at the new WSU North Puget Sound at Everett (WSU NPSE), also co-located in Gray Wolf Hall on the Everett Community College campus. Students can stay at home and earn a WSU baccalaureate degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Integrated Communications, or Hospitality Business Management.

In August, WSU NPSE welcomed approximately 90 new Cougs in junior- and senior level courses. Almost all students are community college transfer students who are now seeking their four-year degree from WSU.


We’re closer than you think says it all. WSU NPSE is now available for students in the North Puget Sound area who want to live at home, stay working, or otherwise seek this model of 2 + 2 higher education delivery


2+2 Model of Higher Education Delivery

The unique higher education delivery model of both the EUC and WSU NPSE makes WSU’s role even more intriguing. The EUC is a consortium of seven institutions of higher learning and approximately 450 students are seeking college degrees through one of the six universities and the one college. EUC institutions include:

  • University of Washington-Bothell
  • Western Washington University
  • Central Washington University
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Evergreen State College
  • Hope International University (a faith-based, private institution).

Most of the participating institutions at the EUC offer upper level courses aimed at transfer students from community colleges. Encouraging students to take lower division courses at the state’s community colleges, the EUC institutions work with students so they can seamlessly transfer in credits, apply to one of the baccalaureate institutions, and finish a four-year degree by completing the required course work.

Jennifer_1780For instance, one of WSU NPSE’s students is Jennifer Johnson Hernandez who is seeking her WSU degree in Mechanical Engineering. She also wants to live in Everett and stay close to her family. Jennifer is in her senior year, yet she never packed a bag or a box to go to college. She stayed right at home and on the EvCC campus she was already familiar with.

Jennifer Johnson Hernadez, WSU Senior in Mechanical Engineering. Listening intently is WSU NPSE Academic Dean, Dr. Paul Pitre

Jennifer Johnson Hernandez, WSU Senior in Mechanical Engineering. Listening intently is WSU NPSE Academic Dean, Dr. Paul Pitre

“I was studying engineering at Everett Community College when my advisor told me I could continue my education on campus, and earn my Bachelor of Science degree from WSU,” says Jennifer. “I finished my prerequisites, applied, and will graduate this spring – and stayed in the home I love.”

WSU is here to stay

This session is an important one for the expansion of higher education opportunities for students like Jennifer, who are interested in seeking college degrees through the EUC consortium and WSU NPSE.

WSU is asking for $4.5 million in operating funds requests to offer 10 more degree options. The proposed degrees are in high demand by regional employers and will include aviation management and aviation maintenance management (to be offered by CWU) and software engineering, data analytics, and up to four degrees in agriculture (to be offered by WSU).

To read more about the operating budget requests, please click here. To take action and share your support with your three legislators, log in as a registered member of WSU Impact and click here.

WSU is also asking the legislature to support a $61.1 million capital request for construction of a new building. This request is consistent with earlier legislation in 2013 that envisioned construction of a new location for the EUC and WSU NPSE. The new building will be located immediately adjacent to Everett Community College and will help north Everett be a center for higher education in North Puget Sound.

To read more about the new building and how it will support students, provide laboratories, and add value to the educational experience, click here. To take action and share your support with your three legislators, log in as a registered member of WSU Impact and click here.


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