Hiring the Future…

As the quarter and year draw to a close, this is when Student Life is the busiest — for the student leaders and professional staff. I’ve been up to my eyeballs in meetings these past few weeks and am slowly digging my way out of them, one by one, wrapping up reports, files, and goals.

This year, I’ve been fortunate enough to be selected to sit on a few committees and it’s been an interesting experience watching how they operate on a higher level than I’m use to. One of the most recent — and one of my favorites — the hiring committee for the 2016-2017 student life team.

As a student, myself, I have quite the amount of grace for others like me. I remember right before my interview: I walked into the bathroom, threw back my shoulders in an attempt to find the confidence I needed, and smiled at myself in the mirror until I knew it would all be okay. Sitting on the opposite side of the table this year, I remembered my previous experience as a student and feeling the nerves, shakes, and sweats of the fearful individuals I was now interviewing — ones who want to see change on a campus and don’t quite know how to make it happen but want to try any way they can.

This year, I remember thinking, “if only I knew what I know now…”, how my life would have changed. I know how patient, kind, and forgiving the professional staff of student life and across campus can be and how you don’t necessarily have to know things going in because you’ll learn along the way.

Interviewing versus being interviewed gave me the perspective of both an insider and outsider. It gave me guidance on a personal level of how to interact in an interview and how to conduct myself but also helped me notice people, habits, and hopeful initiatives.

I truly believe having the previous experience of being on the opposite side of the table gave me the guidance and wisdom I needed in helping select the next round of student leaders. Plus, I’m also aware, without being a student first and then a student leader, I wouldn’t have even been able to participate in the selection process.
I can’t help but use these opportunities, time in between meetings, to reflect on everything this year and right now, with these meetings, these sleepless nights, and jam-packed days.

I’m thankful to be able to help enhance and grow Student Life anyway that I can and I’m thrilled to be able to witness what the next round of leaders will accomplish.

Cheers to you all. I wish you the best.


So This Is It…

I’ve written and rewritten this post a number of times and I’m still not 100% sure it portrays this quarter’s work, but here goes nothing.

To say this year has been a whirlwind is quite the understatement. It’s currently the beginning of June and I’m tying up all loose ends for both student government and classes for my associate degree. Finals have put me in that funk of physically being alive but feeling so worn down and psychologically absent — the same as most college kids experience this time of year. The moments where I’m lost in thought are the times I remember everything I’ve been fortunate enough to experience with the unique perspective that I have. Being President of Cascadia’s Student Government this past year has allowed me to experience the gap between students and administration and plan accordingly. I’ve involved myself with numerous leadership positions that allow me to place myself back in the shoes of students but also the shoes of a leader among professional staff.

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have numerous hiccups and delays this quarter — both with posts, updates, and prompt responses. It’s been a learning curve the entire time trying to balance being a student, intern, student government president, and employee with multiple jobs. I’ve been blessed with patient yet persistent individuals in my life who want to see me succeed — something I never take for granted.

My final project for the public relations internship this quarter revolved around continuing enrollment for fall quarter and infographics. As a visual learner, myself, they’re something that grab and maintain my attention right upon seeing them. I settled on continued enrollment because — as a whole — the college notices a decrease in enrollment from Spring to Fall due to a large number of factors. I chose to survey 50+ students to understand what they truly wanted out of their Cascadia education, if they’ve registered, and what they planned on doing after this spring. I wanted to figure out why students didn’t register immediately, why they waited, and would having previous knowledge of enrollment would change anything. It gave me an insight that many students transfer to another college without earning their associates due to “ease”, when in reality transferring without an associates can cause credits to be lost.

The different aspects of the project as a whole integrated my previous knowledge as a student but brought in my exposure to student life and marketing within that department. I utilized different elements such as face-to-face, research, surveys, and technology. I learned, as a whole, many students didn’t know enrollment for fall quarter opened up the SAME day as enrollment for summer quarter. I also learned many students were transferring to another institution without earning that transfer degree.

I’ve used this year to step outside my comfort zone and experience so many things with different programs and learning opportunities that integrate my understanding as a student and my leadership capabilities. I’m honored and beyond thrilled to continue my experience and truly buckle down within marketing and join the college relations team as a part time program coordinator this summer…

Keep an eye out for more posts.

Cascadia’s BAS in Sustainable Practices has only a few spaces left for Fall 2016!

Cascadia’s Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Sustainable Practices is a cohort based program that is completed in 6 quarters of primarily afternoon and evening classes.  It is an inspiring, challenging and practical program designed to launch your career in sustainability.  Here are a but a few examples of where this degree can take you:

Assistant Planner – City of Bellevue

Associate Planner – City of Woodinville

Long Range Planning Manager – City of Mercer Island

Parks Project Manager – City of Bellevue

Environmental Analyst II – Remediation – Port of Tacoma

Environmental Analyst II – Water Quality – Port of Tacoma

Sustainability Project Manager – Microsoft

Sustainability Engagement Manager – Amazon

Apply today to save your spot in our Fall 2016 cohort!  Questions?  Contact Jodie Galvan, Assistant Director of Sustainable Practices, at jgalvan@Cascadia.edu or 425.352.8215.


BAS in Sustainable Practices applications due this Friday!

Are you ready to launch your career in sustainable practices?

Cascadia’s Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Sustainable Practices could be the perfect platform.  Just make sure you get your applications submitted by this Friday, April 1, if you’d like to start the program this coming fall quarter.

Check out these great, local jobs and internships that this degree could lead to:

Questions?  Contact Jodie Galvan, Assistant Director of Sustainable Practices, at jgalvan@Cascadia.edu or 425.352.8215

Happy Spring!

Now trending … innovations in technology and culture shifts take sustainability to the next level!

What do integrated analytics platforms, a Sharing City, smartphones, organic refuse and conscious capitalists have in common?  They all play a role in creating a more sustainable world.

What role do you want to play? Volunteer? Advocate? Donor? How about a lasting, rewarding career in sustainability?

Take the first step toward your career in sustainability today. There is still time to join the Fall 2015 Cohorts of Cascadia’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainable Practices and AAS-T in Environmental Technology and Sustainable Practices degrees.

Contact Cascadia’s Assistant Director of Sustainable Practices, Jodie Galvan, at jgalvan@cascadia.edu for more information.  Be sure to apply by August 28th!












For more information about Cascadia’s Associate and Bachelor degrees in Sustainable Practices contact Jodie Galvan at jgalvan@Cascadia.edu.

BAS in Sustainable Practices – only 9 spaces left for fall!

The fall cohort of our new Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainable Practices degree is filling fast.  Students are excited to be part of this growing field and look forward to exciting career opportunities such as:

Do any of these positions look interesting to you?  Then check our newest degree or chat with our Assistant Director of Sustainable Practices, Jodie Galvan, located in CC1-142 or reachable at jgalvan@Cascadia.edu.

We can all be a catalyst for change!

A group of young people – ages 11 to 15 – filed a petition last year to the Washington Department of Ecology (DOE) requesting they do more to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. This past week the King County Superior Court ordered DOE to consider the petition which they initially rejected. The hope is that this petition, and the ruling by the court, will get the state to start regulating carbon emissions.

If these teens can successfully challenge Washington State to rethink their rules and regulations, imagine what YOU can do with a sustainability degree from Cascadia.

Whether you are promoting soil amendments created with solids extracted from the wastewater treatment process or improving the energy efficiency of local affordable housing programs, you can make positive changes that will have lasting impacts which literally span the globe.

Check out Cascadia’s AAS-T degree in Environmental Technology and Sustainable Practices and Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainable Practices for more information about how you can launch your career in sustainability. New cohorts start in September and are filling fast. We hope to see you there!

So what would a job in sustainability be like?

Well, it could be a lot of different things.  For example…

you could be part of team creating equitable and sustainable housing on Capitol Hill,

or you could provide community education and engagement on climate, environment and health issues.

Whatever direction you’re headed, Cascadia’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainable Practices is a great first step.

Email Cascadia’s Asst. Director of Sustainable Practices, Jodie Galvan, at jgalvan@Cascadia.edu for more information about careers in sustainability and/or the programs offered at Cascadia and be sure to check out the bachelor program’s webpage and our two year degree in Environmental Technology and Sustainable Practices.

We hope to see you in the fall!




So many ways to make a difference!

Build resilient communities as the Sustainable Development Program Manager at Futurewise

Bring diverse voices to the table as a Program Director for Rainier Valley Corps

Develop statewide clean energy policies as the Washington Director of Climate Solutions

Lead inquiry-based field investigations as an Environmental Educator at the Mount Rainier Institute

Inspire young conservationists as the Youth Program Coordinator for Trout Unlimited

What do all these fantastic opportunities have in common?

They require a bachelor’s degree related to sustainability – just like the new Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainable Practices at Cascadia!

Check out the program’s website for more information or contact Jodie Galvan, Assistant Director of Sustainable Practices, at jgalvan@Cascadia.edu.  Apply today – the Fall 2015 cohort is filling fast!