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Lisa Jacobson from Cascadia Community College

Lisa Jacobson, Cascadia Community College Cascadia Community College

Lisa is a Pacific Northwest native, having grown up in Oregon and attended college in Washington. Prior to working at Cascadia, she has worked in international programs at the University of Washington Bothell and at North Seattle Community College. In her current position she works with students to support their immigration status, academic studies, and cultural adjustment to the U.S. Lisa loves to travel, and her passion for international education started when she studied abroad in Cameroon and France during college. In her free time, Lisa enjoys finding new restaurants to try out in the Seattle area, playing the flute, practicing her French, and playing board games with friends. Cascadia College was founded in 1994 and is the newest community college in the state of Washington. The college is located only 16 miles north of downtown Seattle in the city of Bothell, Washington on a modern campus shared with the University of Washington Bothell. Cascadia students have access to the University of Washington Bothell library, bookstore, sports field, food services, and a shared activities and recreation center. Student enrollment at Cascadia College is around 4,900 students, with international student enrollment currently about 400 students. International students at Cascadia College may enroll in English language classes, complete the first two years of a four year bachelor degree, and even earn a Washington state high school diploma at the same time as the 2-year associate degree. We offer a wide range of majors; the most popular degree programs for our college are business, engineering, pre-nursing, integrated studies (Associate of Arts) and science majors. Cascadia specializes in helping students transfer to the 4-year university of their choice; last year 40% of our international students transferred to the University of Washington, 15% transferred to University of California schools, and 45% chose other universities. They offer affordable tuition, small class sizes (average 24 students per class), have student clubs, student leadership, and part time job opportunities on campus. The International Programs (IP) Office at Cascadia manages all international student services from recruitment and application all the way through to graduation and beyond. With 8 full time staff, the IP office offers highly personalized support for all international students at the college.

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