Coupeville, Wash. – Washington State University Everett is teaming up with the Island County extension office to broaden educational opportunities in the area.

Beginning this semester, WSU Everett students will be able to take courses at the WSU Extension Island County office in Coupeville, which is an hour and half drive away from the Everett campus on Whidbey Island.

The range of courses available includes data analytics, electrical engineering, hospitality business management, integrated strategic communication, mechanical engineering, and organic and sustainable agriculture.

There are no additional costs to attend courses at the Coupeville office and students enrolled in courses are given priority in reserving the room.

The expansion was launched this fall with two WSU Everett engineering students who will be taking a total of four classes at the Coupeville Extension office.

Student watching a video monitor in a classroom.
A student sits in the remote classroom in the WSU Extension Island County office.

One software engineering student is transferring from Skagit Valley College in Oak Harbor. The other is a senior electrical engineering student finishing up his undergraduate degree and is taking a class based at WSU Pullman.

The WSU Extension Island County office in Coupeville has an approved classroom-quality video link, which allows students access to a large number of WSU courses. The system includes a voice-activated camera, which zeros in on whoever is speaking, so the professor can interact directly with that student. The classroom has dual monitors so students can see the professor and other students plus any visual presentation.

The system has been in place for just over a year, but has so far only been used to bring in seminars and meetings from Pullman.

Students interested in taking advantage of this opportunity should contact their academic coordinator to determine if this is a viable option for them. Students can visit the WSU Extension Island County office at 406 N. Main Street in Coupeville.