Everett Community College’s Ocean Research College Academy (ORCA) for high school students will host a program information session at 6-7:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 21.

What is ORCA? ORCA is an early college academy. For a deep dive into this question, visit Ocean Research College Academy. While focused on ocean research, students are not required to pursue careers in this field, it offers opportunities for high school students to earn and associate degree simultaneously with their high school degree. By using the framework of the Running Start program and the resources of Everett Community College, students earn 90 credits over two academic years tuition free.

The information session is in person at the Blue Heron Room adjacent to ORCA’s waterfront location, 1205 Craftsman Way, Suite 203, in Everett. Participants are asked to RSVP at ORCA Info Registration.

Families who are unable to attend in person may sign up to receive a recording of the presentation. At the above link, provide your email address to receive a copy of the information session.

Visitors and prospective students can see student work, meet faculty members, learn about the program, and see the facility, including the oceanography research lab and 120-gallon seawater tank.

The application deadline for ORCA is May 2 for the 2022-23 school year.

While the ocean provides the framework for the research initiatives at ORCA, students earn transferable credit (tuition free) in all core disciplines. Nationally recognized for student research, ORCA offers a unique opportunity for students interested in all fields.

“Regardless of their eventual university major, ORCA graduates communicate effectively, problem solve and think critically about the world around them,” said ORCA founder and director Ardi Kveven.

With a dedicated research vessel and a research lab, both funded by the National Science Foundation, students are conducting innovative research, Kveven said.

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