Edmonds Community College celebrates its 50th year with a party at Triton Field set for Sept. 16 at 5 p.m. The public is invited to join the festivities, hosted by Master of Ceremonies Don Wick, a graduate of EdCC’s first class. Wick, who was the college’s first elected body president and graduation speaker, recently provided this reflection:
“Our classes back then were held at Woodway High School, and we shared space with their students. After two years at EdCC, I went on to Western Washington University and worked in radio for 15 years, then was tapped to become executive director of Economic Development Association of Skagit County. I retired last year.
“Currently there are over 20,000 students attending EdCC, and the community college network is more important than ever before, by offering good value and a variety of choices. Students can choose to go on to a four year school or pursue significant training options at Edmonds that lead to excellent career opportunities.
“As the current President, Dr. Jean Hernandez is outstanding in her commitment to the college and the community with a very strong devotion to student success. The current student body continues the enthusiasm that was started 50 years ago.
“I hope to see the community come to the celebration and be part of this major milestone.”
The Sept. 16 event at EdCC Triton Field begins at 4 p.m., and will feature live music through the decades: The Burg with a live radio broadcast, 4-5 p.m.; The Spazmatics with live ‘80s music, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; and The Afrodisiacs with live ‘70s disco, 7-9 p.m. Enjoy food from local food trucks including Chopstix, Street Treats, and Dirty Dog, and drinks from a no-host beer and wine garden.
-By Janette Turner