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Faculty Learning Community on Collaborative Professional Technical Education

This week the State Board for Community & Technical Colleges awarded Pierce College District $5000 in grant funding to build a faculty learning community (FLC) around “Interdisciplinary Collaborations between Professional & Technical Programs.”  The grant application was forwarded by professional/technical educators: Terry Mirande, Kathy Bassett, Becky Piper, and Maidie Rosengarden.

A faculty learning community is a group of people who are committed to learning together and improving teaching and learning.  FLCs facilitate sharing and peer-learning, by encouraging individuals to contribute their knowledge, skills and networks to the community.  This particular FLC will draw in members from various local 2-year and 4-year higher education institutions.

SBCTC’s grant funding will allow the faculty learning community to explore the topic in depth, leading to enhancements in program curriculum and teaching practice.  The FLC group plans to kick-off with a retreat, followed by regular collegial gatherings throughout the 2013-2014 academic year to reflect on practice and share key learning.

Want to join the FLC?  All faculty and staff interested in collaborations between professional and technical programs can join this FLC.  Please contact Emily Wood ( to get connected!

Want to learn more about FLCs in Washington State?  Check out this page on the SBCTC website: