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For immediate release | September 24, 2021

 

Cascadia College ready to return to vibrant on-campus community for Fall 2021

BOTHELL, WA – Welcome back, Kodiaks! The Cascadia College campus is now open and ready for 43% in-person classes for the Fall quarter starting on September 29, 2021. Classes and campus services are going to be provided in face-to-face, online, and hybrid formats.

“Cascadia has spent months developing protocols so that we have a safe campus for in-person learning, said President Eric Murray. “We are so excited to welcome students back and the atmosphere around campus is positive and optimistic. It reminds us how important our connection is between the college and our community.”

Line of students inside Cascadia College Mobius Hall event center with masks on and big screen on stage with Kody the Kodiak blue and white logo

Incoming students who attended the Jumpstart Orientation on the Cascadia College campus on Thursday, September 23, 2021 were visibly excited about the return of in-person learning. Ammaar Ahmed from Woodinville who is a Running Start student taking college courses as a Senior in his online K-12 school said, “I like all the resources they have like the Activities and Recreation Center. I’m looking forward to getting to know more people. I think getting back to in-person learning is really cool as it’s getting back to some normalcy.”

As Cascadia College opens up for classes, there is ongoing focus on safety and flexibility. Cascadia is rigorously following federal, state, and county guidance. The objective of college leadership is to protect the health and safety of every member of our community while providing the highest quality education for our students. To that end, all full-time, part-time, and Running Start students who are registered for in-person or remote learning are required to be either fully vaccinated or have applied for an exemption by October 18, 2021. The vaccination requirement extends to all faculty, staff, and contractors who will be working on campus.

Student posing outside of Mobius Hall in black button up vest and black mask

Nelli Antonyan, a graduate from Juanita High School in Kirkland is not worried about being back on campus in the pandemic. “I think as long as everyone is safe with masks it should be fine. It’s been two years online and I think we have to go back now and it’s just so important that everyone stays safe.”

International students too are returning to campus. Many students had to wait in their home country until they were able to travel to the US this fall.  “In spite of the unprecedented challenges posed by a global pandemic, students from around the world continue to persevere in order to begin their academic journey at Cascadia College,” said Yukari Zednick, Director of International Programs.

Peter Yamane from Inglemoor High School in Kenmore, who is taking classes at Cascadia College as he prepares to start a Biochemistry program in Whitman College in Walla Walla in Fall 2022, summed up the enthusiastic mood perfectly, “I think I’m going to do better in school as I’ll be here on campus.” I think all of us at Cascadia feel the same way!

Cascadia College is still enrolling new students for Fall Quarter. Visit www.cascadia.edu/apply or contact outreach@cascadia.edu for more information.

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About Cascadia College: Cascadia College is a comprehensive community college that specializes in university transfer education. It is nationally recognized for its high transfer rate and for its emphasis on collaborative and active learning across disciplines. It was established by the legislature to serve the higher education needs of Northeast King and South Snohomish counties.

For information, please contact Satarupa Joardar at Cascadia College at sjoardar@cascadia.edu.