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WSU North Puget Sound at Everett welcomes 81 new students

Everett Communications Corrie Wilder

EVERETT, Wash. – September 8, 2015 – This fall, WSU North Puget Sound at Everett welcomed 81 new students. Of those students, 50 are studying engineering. The current total number of WSU North Puget Sound at Everett students is 158. The mechanical engineering program has graduated 39 students since opening.

The students come from a variety of backgrounds: community college graduates; military; college transfers; and college graduates earning a more in-demand degree. They come from as close as three blocks from campus, north of Arlington or as far south as Kent. All are taking the next step for their careers with WSU North Puget Sound at Everett.

“We are delighted to provide students with an array of hands-on baccalaureate programming that fits the needs of the North Puget Sound region,” said academic dean Dr. Paul Pitre. During orientation, Pitre told students, “We are bringing the best programs that WSU has to offer to Everett, starting with engineering, business and communications. We have an excellent cadre of faculty and staff who you see here right now.”

“I was on a bus ride to the University of Washington for class when I realized I wanted to open my own coffee shop,” said 20-year-old UW and Everett Community College transfer student Caity Kilgore, who lives in Marysville. “I love my hometown. I want to create a sanctuary for the people of Marysville in the form of a local, hole-in-the-wall coffee shop. I want to give back the best that I am able to – through hospitality.”

“Over the course of a year, I transferred to EvCC and applied to WSU to learn about business. I’m so glad I made the leap and I can’t wait to start my career,” said Kilgore, who will work to earn her degree in hospitality business management.

WSU North Puget Sound at Everett offers in-demand degree-completion programs in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, hospitality business management and integrated communication. Software engineering and data analytics programs are planned for fall 2016. WSU North Puget Sound at Everett is part of the Everett University Center, a consortium of seven universities offering more than 20 degree-completion programs.

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