Pierce College News

September 29, 2005

Safety tip for drivers at Fort Steilacoom

Filed under: General — Pierce College at 2:28 pm

If you drive down the Farwest Drive hill from Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, take note that there isn’t a free right turn anymore! Watch for the light, and only turn on green. This signal has been changed to protect riders on Pierce Transit’s 212 bus.

(Interested in alternate ways to get to school? Buses serve both Fort Steilacoom and Puyallup, and other ride-sharing opportunities are available. [learn more]

Class schedule changes September 30, October 14

Filed under: General — Pierce College at 8:21 am

Faculty will be participating in workshops to improve student learning at two “mapping days” this fall as part of our ten-year accreditation process.

September 30

* Most daytime classes in the Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences divisions will not be held.

October 14

* Most daytime classes in the Natural Science, Business, and Technology divisions will not be held.

Check with your instructor to find out if your class will meet at its normal time on these days.

September 14, 2005

Student Online Services downtime Friday September 16

Filed under: General — Pierce College at 1:42 pm

The Center for Information Services, which hosts many of the Student Online Services applications, will be upgrading their systems at 4 p.m. on Friday September 16. Services that require a PIN will be unavailable at that time. We anticipate that the outage will last less than one hour.

Notice to faculty: Instructor Briefcase will also be unavailable during this time.

Pierce College and Osaka College of Foreign Languages (Japan) sign cooperative agreement

Filed under: News releases — Pierce College at 1:36 pm

Date: 13, September 2005



Dale Stowell, Director, College Relations (253) 964-6780 or

Lakewood, WA — Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire will witness the signing of an educational agreement between Osaka College of Foreign Languages (OCFL) and Pierce College on Sept. 21, at 8 a.m. at the Shin Kobe Oriental Hotel, Japan. The event coincides with the gubernatorial and economic trade mission to Japan and China. Senator Jim Kastama who represents much of the eastern region of the Pierce College District will participate in the signing ceremony. The OCFL President Naoomi Kuratani and Pierce College Trustee Beth Willis will be the signatories of the agreement.

Pierce College and Osaka College of Foreign Languages have been partners in international education for ten years. During that time, dozens of Japanese students have articulated to the two-year public community college to pursue coursework for an associate’s degree, to improve English skills and to transfer to a four-year American university.

The agreement reflects both schools’ value that international education is an important endeavor to nurture and to strengthen. The agreement outlines the two colleges commitment “to continue to work on the successful transfer of students from the Osaka College of Foreign Languages to Pierce College.” In addition, the agreement stipulates “Pierce College will continue to assist Osaka College of Foreign Languages students in reaching their educational goals, especially transfer onwards to American universities.” The principals also agreed to “discuss educational subjects of mutual interest such as, but not limited to, group programs and faculty exchanges.”

“Today’s agreement celebrates ten years of collaboration and represents a decision to continue to develop our educational relationship. It is a demonstration that Pierce College is committed to serving international students and that we are a community of learners open to all,” said Pierce College District Chancellor Michele Johnson, Ph.D.

“It is a real benefit to our students to successfully complete a university education in both countries and to return to Japan well prepared to begin their chosen careers in this new era of internationalization,” said Naoomi Kuratani, OCFL president.