EdCC almuna honored with Transforming Lives award

Feb 24, 2017
Courtesy of: Edmonds Community College Yasmin Dunn

The Edmonds Community College Board of Trustees awarded alumna Yasmin Dunn with its 2016 Transforming Lives award.

The award is given annually to a student whose life was transformed by attending Edmonds CC, and who also overcame significant barriers to achieve his or her educational goals.

Dunn, 20, immigrated to the U.S. as a high school student. Despite adjusting to life in a new country, she was able to excel academically and was accepted to three four-year universities – University of Washington, Washington State University, and Seattle Pacific University.

However, her parents used all of their savings to move to the U.S. and could not afford to send her to a school that would cost $20,000 per year or more.

“It was heartbreaking to be unable to attend a four-year university, and my situation weighed heavy on me, but my desire and dream of becoming a biochemist far outweighed the setbacks,” Dunn said. “I researched my options, and turned to Edmonds CC as a more affordable option for pursuing my career goals.”

She immersed herself in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) classes at EdCC and created a classroom community where she supported and motivated her peers to do well, too.

“Yasmin is not only a wonderful student, but she is exemplary in her ability to connect with other students in her classes to help and inspire them,” said biology instructor Gwen Shlichta, one of three faculty members who nominated Dunn for the award.

Dunn graduated from Edmonds CC in June 2016 with an Associate in Science degree in chemistry and is now pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at University of Washington.

She was one of 34 Transforming Lives awardees from across the state.


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