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The Pitre Dish

Sept. 23, 2020

Greetings #EverCougs Community,

One month ago, our semester started with Cougs everywhere learning in a distance format for the first time ever. I asked students to summon their resilience as we all adapt and innovate. Through a social awakening, through wildfires across the Western United States, and through a global pandemic, they are delivering!

Thanks to that perseverance, our students are doing more than maintaining their momentum; they are actively developing new skills that will forever aid them in their careers as they strive to reach their dreams. Their agility has also helped our campus reach new milestones.

Our enrollment has increased again, making Washington State University Everett one of only two physical campuses to grow undergraduate enrollment, and fulfilling the promise of our undergraduate programs to change lives in our community. WSU Everett also increased student retention, and the number of students who are veterans, women and Pell Grant-eligible (low income).

WSU Everett now has 30 medical students at WSU Everett completing their third or fourth year of medical school in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, and we have huge accreditation news that will impact our region for generations. The College of Medicine has earned accreditation to launch its first three-year medical residency program based at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett.

The community leaders and state legislators in North Puget Sound were pivotal to launching WSU’s community-based medical school. They did that with the promise that primary care physicians would be recruited and trained in our community and would then practice in our community. While about 43% of medical school graduates practice in the state where they graduate, that number increases to 70% when they complete both their medical education and their residency in the same state.

WSU Everett also stands proudly with Snohomish County and our region’s cities in the #BetterWithBoeing campaign to remind the world that our community is the best place for aerospace and aviation. Read more about what makes our region so advantageous for this industry, including how our workforce development system for the aerospace industry in Snohomish County is second to none. We are proud of the WSU graduates who are innovating for the future of aerospace and advanced manufacturing at The Boeing Company and so many others.

We are pleased to announce that Washington Campus Compact has awarded our campus $7,500 to support the Student Civic Leader Fellowship program. These funds, made possible by the Washington State Legislature, will allow a WSU Everett student to work on campus food insecurity issues during the 2020-21 academic year.

A special thank you goes to our WSU Everett Advisory Council. Earlier this year, the council took the initiative to fund their own endowment to provide an annual scholarship to a WSU Everett student. I am thrilled to share that Rebecca Duffy, who is studying Integrated Strategic Communication, is the inaugural recipient of the Launching Futures at WSU Everett: WSU Everett Advisory Council Scholarship Fund. We are proud of Rebecca, and we are grateful to every member of our Advisory Council for their unanimous financial support that created this opportunity and will in perpetuity. More investment means more opportunities for future students, so if you can contribute to grow this fund, please do so here.

Keep up the good work, mask up and Go Cougs!

Paul Pitre, Chancellor
WSU Everett & Everett University Center

Office of the Chancellor


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WSU Everett sees fall 2020 enrollment increase

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WSU College of Medicine receives accreditation to launch its first residency program 


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