People who would like to try distance learning through online classes but arent sure it is the right method for them can give it a trial period with Pierce College Distance Learnings new Learning Online Getting Started! class. For a small fee of $25, students can try out this method for about three weeks. The four identical sessions begin Aug. 1, Sept. 5, Oct. 17 or Nov. 21. For more information, access http://www.pierce.ctc.edu/distance/general/announce.php3. To register, call (253) 964-6616 during regular business hours.
Students must have regular access to an Internet account and be familiar with use of a personal computer for Web browsing and e-mail. Class will require approximately 10 hours of online time per week at hours to be selected by the student.
Topics will include contributing to an online community, troubleshooting technological difficulties and motivational techniques.
Pierce College Distance Learning is offering college credit or clock hours for an online course which meets the state Department of Health training criteria for health and chemical dependency professionals, including “brief risk intervention.” The class is being offered three times in the next six months: July 18 through Aug. 14 or Oct. 3 through 30 or Nov. 14 through Dec. 11. Registration and fees total $99. For more information, access http://www.pierce.ctc.edu/distance. To register, call (253) 964-6616 during regular business hours.
All students must have regular access to an Internet account and be familiar with using a personal computer for Web browsing and e-mail. The classes will take about 10 hours per week online during times the student selects.
Topics of study will include universal precautions and transmission criteria; stages of HIV/AIDS; Hepatitis A, B, C and D; treatment; prevention; sexually transmitted diseases; tuberculosis; risk evaluation; legal issues; and more.
Beginning fall quarter 2002, Pierce College Fort Steilacoom will become a non-smoking campus with smoking in designated areas only. Smoking areas that include both covered and outdoor smoking space will be conveniently located throughout campus. Smoking will be allowed only in these designated areas. Fall quarter begins Sept. 25.
The change in policy is in response to issues with the design of Pierce College Fort Steilacoom’s buildings and pedestrian traffic flows. The current policy, which allows smoking within 30 feet of doorways, did not prevent smoke from entering buildings and created no smoke-free entryways for people wishing to avoid smoke. The new policy is designed to provide a smoke-free environment to those who desire it while still accommodating those who wish to smoke while at the college.
Pierce College Puyallup will continue with its current policy of allowing smoking within 30 feet of entryways into the college.
The National Science Foundation has awarded a $493,000 grant to the Pierce College District over the next three years to open the door to the computer science field for people of all cultural backgrounds and learning styles. Pierce is one of only six Washington community colleges to receive an Advanced Technological Education grant in the last 13 years. It is also the largest NSF grant awarded to any institution of higher education in Pierce County.
“This project is to help us teach students to identify and adapt their learning and personality styles in order to successfully graduate and enter the computer field. Too many students think that only the stereotypical computer nerd can complete the degrees, get employed, and have a successful career in this field. We want to show that them that there is a need for every learning and personality style in the computer world (actually in every career field), and how much the employers can benefit when the student understands, applies, and/or adapts their personal styles to the employers needs,” said Donna Pagoria, one of the directors of the project.
Pagoria brought her knowledge of the CIS programs and teamed up with psychology instructor Tom Link to assess teaching and learning styles. They identified ways current practice might be adjusted to contribute to the success of all the students regardless of learning style, age or culture.
“The interdisciplinary approach of the project makes it an exciting model for other parts of the college,” said Michele Johnson, president of Pierce College Fort Steilacoom and chief instructional officer for the district.
Grant activities began July 1.
“We are honored to be recognized by a grant-maker of such stature,” said Cherry Tinker, director of the Pierce College Foundation. The Foundation was responsible for gathering information for the grant application. The grant is one of three federal grants awarded to Pierce College in recent years. The GEAR UP project at Washington High School to encourage at-risk youth to pursue post-secondary education and TRIO Student Success Services is located at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom to assist nontraditional and at-risk populations.
The Learn to Lead program at Pierce College Puyallup is featured in the 2002 Bridges to Success publication of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. The program is one of only 11 chosen from 100 national entries. Bridges to Success is distributed to administrators nationally at the beginning of the academic year. In addition, copies will be sent to Pierces congressional representatives, Gov. Gary Locke, the White House and the U.S. Department of Education among others.
At Pierce College Puyallup, student leaders receive hours of training for activities board and student government positions, beginning a month or more before the beginning of the academic year. For more information about the program, contact Mari Kruger at (253) 840-8415 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other programs honored by NASPA this year include the University of South Carolinas Carolinian Creed Week; Arizona States Faculty Fellows Program; University of California, Los Angeles Lavender Graduation; Seattle University, The Collegia Program; University of Arkansas Counselor-In-Residence Program; University of Colorado at Boulders Restorative Justice Program; Syracuse Universitys University in the Community; University of Maine at Framingtons Girl Talk; Northern Essex Community Colleges Student Leadership Development Program; and Cleveland State Universitys First Year in 40 Minutes.