Important Update on Health Insurance Requirements

Important Update:

Health Insurance Requirements

Starting Fall Quarter 2011, ALL Edmonds Community College, F-1 visa students will be required to buy health insurance through the school (an Edmonds Community College-contracted insurance plan through the Lewer Agency).  Students will also have to buy insurance while on a vacation quarter.

Students will pay the insurance charge of $192 when they pay for tuition.

Why do I have to buy Health Insurance?

 The cost of health care is very high in the United States because the government does not provide a nationalized health care plan.  Washington state laws and Edmonds Community College require international students to have adequate health insurance coverage.

The school-contracted plan through the Lewer Agency will make sure that all our international students have the same high coverage and that doctors will accept their insurance.

Information about the Lewer Health Insurance Plan:

Here is some basic information about the insurance plan.  For more detailed information, please click here.

Cost per quarter (starting 9/2011)

  • Student:$192
  • Student & Spouse: $825
  • Per Child:  $192

It is NOT required to buy the school’s health insurance for your spouse and children.  The information above is for your reference only.

Coverage Period (When you have insurance)

  • Fall 2011                     9/20/2011 – 1/3/2012
  • Winter 2012:               1/3/2012 – 4/2/2012
  • Spring 2012:                4/2/2012 – the first day of Summer Quarter 2012


  • Maximum per accident or sickness coverage: $250,000
  • Medical evacuation: $50,000
  • 50% off prescription drugs
  • Mental nervous/substance abuse
  • Call and talk to a nurse for free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Assist America emergency medical arrangements near school or while traveling

For a complete list of benefits, click here.

*The school insurance does NOT include dental and vision.  You can add on a dental and vision plan for $25 per year.  Learn more here.




Primary responsibilities will include:

• assisting the Associate Director with the planning, preparation, and execution of the quarterly Welcome Orientation Week (WOW);

• developing quarterly programming by planning and implementing a range of activities that promote cross cultural understanding and interaction among international and domestic students;

• creating promotional materials for welcome orientation week and a quarterly activity calendar

• assisting in training international assistants for Welcome Orientation Week;

• reserving rooms for meetings and events;

• coordinating publicity and promotion of activities across campus;

• coordinating with the office of student life and other departments on campus to promote activities and events that benefit the international student population on campus;

• attending meetings as needed with other student programmers on campus;

• performing other duties related to the objectives listed above as assigned by supervisor.


Must be enthusiastic and motivated. Program planning and demonstrated leadership experience helpful. Must have strong speaking/listening and written communication skills; demonstrated leadership abilities; organizational skills and attention to details; Microsoft Word, Microsoft Publisher and Excel. Must be available to work the entire academic year (Summer 2011-Summer 2012). This position is not OPT – eliglible.

NUMBER OF HOURS/TERMS: Up to 16 hrs. per week.

RATE OF PAY: $9.50. This is an hourly position.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Please submit the following:

1)      A current resume including education (with GPA) and any job or volunteer experience as well as how you have been involved on campus (ISS activities, clubs, etc).

2)      A cover letter describing how your past experiences have helped you develop skills that are relevant to the position.

Please submit to the front desk at the ISS office, North Duplex. Deadline for applications is Friday, June 3rd.

If you have any questions, please contact Jesse Aspree at

Student Jobs Available in ISS

Three Student, Part Time Job Openings in ISS

Korean, Chinese, French or Spanish speakers needed!

Position Title: General Assistant, Front Office.  This is a student part-time position.

Hours & Date Needed: Up to 19 hours per week.  Hours can be somewhat flexible and worked around class schedules if needed.

Wage: $8.75 per hour

 Application Procedures:

Now accepting applications, please submit with the application:  RESUME, COVER LETTER, Questionnaire & a copy of class schedules for Summer/Fall 2011.  Come to ISS in the North Duplex and pick up an application packet.  You may also contact Jeannie O’Mara, ISS Front Office Manager at, 425-640-1291 or

Deadline to Apply: Friday, May  27th

Position Description:

Duties related to reception, appointment making, phones, greetings, as well as routine clerical duties and use of typical office equipment such as computers, fax machine, and copy machine.  Other office related duties as assigned.

Minimum, Required Qualifications:

  • Excellent English skills, oral and written.
  • Fluency in one or more of the following languages also required: KOREAN, or CHINESE, or FRENCH or SPANISH
  • An outgoing person who enjoys meeting and greeting people from different cultures.  High school diploma or equivalent.  Sensitivity to international issues.  Patience with non-English speakers.  Strong public relations skills.  Accuracy and ability to be multi-tasked.

Desired Qualifications:

Previous experience working in an international office setting.  Additional training beyond high school.  Specific training related to office work and computers.  Computers are PC and programs used are:  Access, (Database), Microsoft Outlook/Google Aps, (Email & Calendars), and Word/Excel.  *Preferred: a student that will remain at EdCC for at least one (1) year.  **Would also prefer, but is not required, applicants to already have obtained a Social Security Number.


 Office environment, extremely busy with international issues.

University Transfer News

University Transfer Session

When: May 23, 2011, Monday, 11:30-12:30

Where: BRIER Room 244 

What: University Transfer—US and Canada

  • Plan ahead for success.  Learn how to transfer to  university.
  • Learn what courses to take for maximum transfer credits.
  • Find out how transfer agreements can help you.
  • Get answers to your questions about university transfer!

Contact ISS if you have any questions about this session.


Study and Work in Canada!

See Christine Lee of Thompson Rivers University (TRU) on Monday May 23, 2011 in the ISS Office. Contact ISS to make an appointment (recommended) or drop in.

TRU is a public, internationally recognized university based in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, and offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree options.

TRU and EdCC have an articulation agreement so your credits are transferable.  Finish an Associate degree at EdCC, and you may spend only two years at TRU to complete a B.A. or B.S.


UW Bothell is coming to ISS!

Date:  Thursday, May 26, 2011

Time:  May 26, 2011 from 11:00 am to 2:00pm. 

Come and learn about their application process, degree programs, campus housing and student support services.  To schedule an appointment, please email Mariah directly at


ISS Advisors and EDCC Students Visit UC Davis!

View pictures from our trip! University of California, Davis campus:

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Internal Application: IESL to College or HS Summer & Fall 2011

 Internal Application:

IESL to College or High School

Summer and Fall 2011

For current IESL students finishing one or more level 5 class Spring Quarter and starting college or high school Summer or Fall Quarter.

Internal Application Meeting #2: College Registration

All level 5 students starting college summer or fall quarter are required to attend this meeting (even if you are taking a vacation during summer). You must attend this meeting in order to register for classes.

Date: Thursday, May 26

Time: 4:00PM – 6PM

Location: Alderwood Hall 105 (ALD 105)

College students:  This meeting is for students completing one or more level 5 IESL class, planning to start COLLEGE during the summer or fall 2011 quarter. In the second Internal Application meeting students will receive important academic advising information, including information about English and math placement results, how to register for college classes, program planning sheets and university transfer. Students will be able to plan their schedules for summer and fall schedules during this meeting. If you have questions about this meeting please come to ISS or send an email to:

 High School Advising:

High school students  are not required to attend the Internal Application Meeting # 2 (above). To register for classes, you must take your test results and go to MUK 403 to ask for an appointment with an International High School Advisor. You must bring your HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPTS (records) to your appointment. High school advisors cannot plan your classes without your transcripts. You should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early for your advising appointment. If you have questions about the International High School program, please send an e-mail to: The International High School team looks forward to meeting you!

Remember to take your placement tests and bring the results to the college registration meeting or high school advising appointment!

If you do not have your math or English placement test ticket, please come to ISS to see an advisor.

Questions? Please contact ISS.