Pierce College News

October 24, 2005

Winter Bulletin now online

Filed under: General — Pierce College at 11:31 am

The Winter 2006 Bulletin, for classes beginning January 4, is now online. The print version will be available on campus and by mail shortly.

* Puyallup
* Fort Steilacoom
* Distance Learning

A complete printable bulletin (PDF, 6MB) is also available.

October 21, 2005

Transfer works!

Filed under: General — Pierce College at 2:50 pm

photo of Polly Peshtaz at the new Puyallup College CenterPolly Peshtaz, who now practices law in Puyallup with the Mirghanbari Law Office, learned first hand the benefits of attending Pierce College to complete a transfer degree.

“The Pierce College leadership training was the best training I have ever been through. It helped me feel prepared and confident to transfer to UWT,” said Peshtaz.

Confidence building, leadership training and strong academic preparation all contributed to Peshtaz’s success. These hallmarks of a Pierce College education also have led to the college’s transferring more students to UWT than any other two-year school in 2004-05.

Polly Peshtaz learned first hand the benefits of attending Pierce to complete a transfer degree. She transferred to UW Tacoma to major in Business after completing an A.A.S. at Pierce Puyallup while also serving in leadership roles in student programs.

After graduating from UWT with a bachelor’s in Business with a concentration in Management and Organizational Leadership, Peshtaz went on to Law School at Seattle University. She graduated last June, took and passed her bar exam shortly after graduation, and practices law with the Mirghanbari Law Office.

Peshtaz is one of many successful students who transferred to a four-year school after completing a two-year degree at Pierce. Getting a transfer degree from Pierce is a smart financial decision.

Did you know that, according to the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Pierce College had the highest percentage of transfers to UWT in the 2004-05 school year — more than any other two-year school? A transfer degree from Pierce is a great choice!

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom presents speakers Jim Boggs and Roger Simpson

Filed under: General,News releases — Pierce College at 12:17 pm

For More Information Contact:
Dale Stowell, (253) 964-6780, dstowell@pierce.ctc.edu

Lakewood, WA – University of Washington professor Roger Simpson and
interactive-drama-based trainer Dr. Jim Boggs present How do you feel? And other questions not to ask at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Performance Lounge. General admission is $10. Students are free.

The presentation explores the topic of journalism and trauma. Simpson and Boggs will discuss their efforts to transform journalism into a profession that supports the health and well being of journalists and those they interview. A demonstration of interactive drama as it is used for teaching student reporters will be included. Simpson and Boggs are co-authors of Covering Violence: A Guide to Ethical Reporting about Victims and Trauma.

Tickets are available in the Pierce College Fort Steilacoom Student Programs Office, located in the Cascade Building, room 418 or phone (253) 964-6614. No refunds or exchanges. Early purchase is suggested.

The event is the second in the 2005-2006 Pierce College Fort Steilacoom Pierce Presents! artist and speakers series. Pierce Presents! is sponsored by Pierce College Fort Steilacoom Student Programs, The News Tribune and KPLU 88.5.

All events in the series are open to the public, and include:

Maya Soliel Afro-World Fusion Music & Dance
noon Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2006
Performance Lounge
Free admission

One World Taiko – Japanese Drum Ensemble
noon Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Performance Lounge
Free admission

Award winning author and Seattle firefighter Earl Emerson
10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Performance Lounge
Free admission

Margaret Starbird – “Mary Magdalene: Woman and Archetype”
7 p.m. Thursday, May 11, 2006
Performance Lounge
$10 general admission, students free

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom is located at 9401 Farwest Drive S.W., Lakewood.

To request disability accommodation, contact the Access and Disability Services Office at least 10 days in advance at: (253) 964-6468/V, (253) 964-6228/TTY, or dssaccess@pierce.ctc.edu.

Student Online Services downtime Friday October 21

Filed under: General — Pierce College at 11:39 am

We will be upgrading network equipment between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Friday October 21. Student Online Services will be unavailable during this time, and the rest of our site may be a little slow. Thank you for your patience!

October 20, 2005

College board gets new chair, new trustee

Filed under: General,News releases — Pierce College at 9:06 am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA CONTACT: Dale Stowell, (253) 964-6780, dstowell@pierce.ctc.edu

Don Meyer assumes chair of Pierce College Board of Trustees

[photo: Board member Don Meyer]Don Meyer (left) was elected chair of Pierce College District’s Board of Trustees. The five-member board sets policy and direction for a district that includes two community college and an extensive network of extended learning operation throughout greater Pierce County

Meyer is the executive director of the Foss Waterway Development Authority. He will serve a one-year term as chair.

Dr. Claire Spain-Remy begins term on Pierce College Board

[photo: Board member Dr. Claire Spain-Remy]Gov. Christine Gregoire has appointed Claire Spain-Remy, M.D., of Lakewood as a trustee at Pierce College. Dr. Spain-Remy is a doctor of obstetrics and gynecology at Women to Women in Tacoma. She will serve a five-year term on the five-member policy board.

Dr. Spain-Remy replaces Jim Dawson, who completed his second term on the board in September. Trustees are limited to two five-year terms.

Spain-Remy, who is originally from Chicago, first came to the area 20 years ago when she was serving in the Army. She served her internship, residency and later taught at Madigan Army Hospital on Fort Lewis.

“Yes, it was another story of coming to the area and falling in love,” Spain-Remy said, adding that many family members, including her and her husband’s parents where also drawn to the area after visiting.

The opportunity to serve on a community college board of trustees helps fulfill a commitment to community service, Spain-Remy said. Family members, including a sister and a niece, have relied on community colleges for quality education close to home. And community college’s commitment to accessible education for all makes her board appointment especially meaningful.

“As a black woman, serving at a community college, which serves people who are often underrepresented in high eduction, is near and dear to my heart,” she said.

Pierce College District serves more than 25,000 people each year with colleges in Lakewood and Puyallup as well as its Extended Learning operation that includes more than 20 sites throughout the county. The college offers comprehensive programs in university transfer, job training, basic skills, and personal and professional enrichment courses and seminars.

October 17, 2005

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom president finalists selected

Filed under: General,News releases — Pierce College at 8:07 am

Pierce College District has announced five finalists for the presidency of Pierce College Fort Steilacoom in Lakewood. Each of the finalists will be invited to meet with members of the college and local communities as part of the selection process. Those visits will occur sometime between Nov. 7 and Nov. 18

The successful candidate will lead the one of the two colleges in the Pierce College District. Pierce College Fort Steilacoom serves more than 4,000 students each quarter, and provides university transfer, career preparation and basic skills programs as does Pierce College Puyallup.

The candidates for Pierce College Fort Steilacoom president are:

Sara (Sunny) L. Burns, Ph.D.: Burns has served as the vice president for learning and student success at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom since 1999. Her 28 years of higher education experience also includes positions as interim vice president for student services, and associate dean for student services registration/records at Spokane Community College. She holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Gonzaga University, a master’s degree in community college education and a bachelor’s degree in parks and recreation administration from Eastern Washington University.

Marilyn E. Davis, Ed.D.: Davis has served as the interim executive director and chief academic officer for the Idaho State Board of Education in Boise since 2004. Her 30 years of higher education experience also includes positions as chief academic officer/dean of instruction and dean of academic services at the Rock Creek campus of Portland Community College in Portland, Ore. She holds a doctorate in community college leadership and master’s degree in vocational education administration from Oregon State University, and a bachelor’s degree in home economics education from Idaho State University.

Richard B. Fleming, Ed.D.: Fleming was the president of Northland Pioneer College from July 2004 to Sept. 2005. The community college is headquartered in Holbrook, Ariz. His 27 years of higher education experience also includes positions as vice president for instruction for New Mexico Junior College and dean of the Center for Business and Corporate Development for Community College of Denver. He holds a doctorate degree in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Northern Colorado, master’s degrees in industrial administration and business administration from the University of Dallas, and a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Memphis State University.

Eric C. Radtke, Ph.D.: Since 2000, Radtke has been the director of planning, budget and human resources and director of academic services for Higher Colleges of Technology in the United Arab Emirates. His 20 years of higher education experience also includes positions as vice president of finance and operations for Minneapolis Community and Technical College and Deputy to the Chancellor of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. He holds a doctorate in higher education policy and administration and a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Minnesota, as well as a bachelor’s degree in community sciences/psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay.

Denise R. Yochum: Yochum has served as the Vice President for Instruction at Grays Harbor College, a community college in Aberdeen, Wash., since 2001. Her 20 years of higher education experience also include positions as Dean of Arts and Sciences and Director of Continuing Education at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, Wash. She is a doctoral candidate in Gonzaga’s educational leadership program, holds a master’s degree in speech communication from San Diego State University and has a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from California Polytechnic State University.

October 14, 2005

Michele Johnson to Head Health Care Personnel Shortage Task Force

Filed under: General,News releases — Pierce College at 10:52 am

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tana Stenseng, 360.664.4232, tstenseng@wtb.wa.gov
Dale Stowell, 253.964.6780, dstowell@pierce.ctc.edu

Michele Johnson to Head Health Care Personnel Shortage Task Force

OLYMPIA —Michele Johnson, Ph.D., the chancellor of the Pierce College district, is the new chair of the state’s Health Care Personnel Shortage Task Force.

Formed in 2002 by the state Legislature, the Health Care Personnel Shortage Task Force is a group of key stakeholders from industry, education and labor working collaboratively to increase the number of health care professionals in Washington and other states. In addition to a strategic plan, the Task Force meets at least twice a year to monitor progress on the plan and reports to the Legislature annually. Copies of both its strategic plan and its progress reports are available at www.wtb.wa.gov/pubs.

Dr. Johnson is a graduate of Washington State University and has a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Management from the University of Oregon. She has taught or worked in an administrative capacity at Pierce College since 1978.

October 12, 2005

Famed Second City Comedy Troupe to perform at Pierce College Oct. 17

Filed under: General,News releases — Pierce College at 4:15 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media contacts: Nancy Butterfield, (253) 964-7331 or nbutterfield@pierce.ctc.edu;
Dale Stowell, (253) 964-6780 or dstowell@pierce.ctc.edu

One of the nation’s most well-known comedy troupes, Second City, will present “The Best of Second City” at Pierce College Puyallup at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, in the multi-purpose room.

The cast, which will perform a blend of scenes, songs and improvisations lampooning contemporary life, is one of The Second City’s three national touring groups. The company also maintains resident theaters in Chicago, Toronto, Detroit and Cleveland.
The Second City’s television series “SCTV,” which aired for seven years and won two Emmy awards, can still be seen in syndication across North America.

Founded in Chicago in 1959, The Second City has become the premiere training ground for the comedy world’s best and brightest. Its alumni include Alan Arkin, Joan Rivers, Robert Klein, Peter Boyle, John Belushi, Harold Ramis, John Candy, Gilda Radner, Dan Akroyd, Martin Short, George Wendt , Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara and Mike Myers.

Tickets are $10 for students and $14 for non-students, and can be purchased by calling
253-840-8416. Pierce College Puyallup is at 1601 39th Ave. S.E.

To request disability accommodation, contact the Access and Disability Services Office at least 10 days in advance at: (253) 964-6468/V, (253) 964-6228/TTY, or dssaccess@pierce.ctc.edu.

October 7, 2005

World War II Week features speakers, displays at Pierce College October 17-22

Filed under: General,News releases — Pierce College at 8:14 am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media contacts: Nancy Butterfield, (253) 964-7331 or nbutterfield@pierce.ctc.edu;
Dale Stowell, (253) 964-6780 or dstowell@pierce.ctc.edu

Memories and experiences of World War II will come to life through speakers, one-act plays, photographs, artifacts and more during Pierce College’s annual World War II Week October 17-22.

All sessions are free and open to the public. All events will take place in the Cascade Building’s fourth floor dining bays and performance lounge. Pierce College Fort Steilacoom is at 9401 Farwest Drive S.W., Lakewood. For information, see http://calendar.pierce.ctc.edu/more/wwii or contact Randy Leifson at (253) 964-6734 or rleifson@pierce.ctc.edu.

Scheduled events include:

Monday, Oct. 17

9, 10, and 11 a.m. (three performances) Within the Silence
One-act play about the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II
Dining Bay

Tuesday, Oct. 18

11 a.m. Looking Like the Enemy, Mary Matsuda-Gruenewald
Internment- a personal story
Dining Bay

Wednesday, Oct. 19

10, 11 a.m., and noon (three performances) Through the Eyes of a Friend
One-act play about the Holocaust, based on the Anne Frank story
Dining Bay

Thursday, Oct. 20

10 a.m. Holocaust Survivor, Magda Schaloum, Survivor of Auchwitz
Dining Bay

Saturday, Oct. 22

Performance Lounge

9 a.m. Doors open

9:30 a.m. 8th Air Force Panel

10:30 a.m. USS Missouri

11:30 a.m. Lunch (Cafeteria open 10 a.m. -2p.m.)

Noon Happy Propaganda, Dr.Diana Marre

1 p.m. The Medal of Honor, Bud Hawk

2 p.m. Tuskeegee Airmen, Bill Holoman

3 p.m. War in the Pacific, Bill Warren, U.S. Army; Cordy Wagner, U.S. Marine Corps

4:30 p.m. Doors close

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Support Services Office at least 10 days in advance at (253) 964-6468/V; (253) 964-6228/TTY; or dssaccess@pierce.ctc.edu.

October 5, 2005

No office experience?

Filed under: General,News releases — Pierce College at 1:50 pm

No problem! Register for the Medical Services Representative program, where classroom instruction and on-the-job training at local medical facilities put you in the front office.

When you successfully complete our 19-week training program you’ll learn basic medical terminology, customer service skills, billing practices, and how to complete patient registration and scheduling.

There are employment opportunities in our community and your on-the-job training experience is a natural stepping stone to securing a job in the field.

Next session starts October 3, 2005. Call (253) 912-3617 for more information or to register.


Press release: Training in Medical Services Representative Program Helps Parents Improve Earnings

For Immediate Release: September 28, 2005

students, instructor, and advisor Photo caption: from left to right – Alumni Desi Holmes, Office Technology Instructor Suzanne Fletcher-Petrich, WorkFirst Advisor Bethel Wolfe and Alumni Danika Rhodes.

For More Information Contact:
Dale Stowell, College Relations Director, Pierce College District, 253.964.6780, dstowell@pierce.ctc.edu

Lakewood, WA – Pierce College’s Medical Services Representative program is a short term training program designed to help parents who are receiving Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) and low-wage working families learn new skills and earn higher wages.

This 19-week program, focused on classroom instruction and on-the-job training at local medical facilities, recently put Danika Rhodes and Desi Holmes in jobs at the Franciscan Medical Group. Both single parents, they qualified for special funding to complete their training.

At Pierce College you may be eligible for special funding if you are a WorkFirst TANF parent needing training that provides the skills necessary for entry level employment, a WorkFirst TANF parent employed twenty hours per week or working at least sixteen hours per week through a federal, state or Work Based Learning Work Study program or a working parent with a small household income. Funding may be available for tuition and books, Professional Technical programs, basic skills classes, GED and ESL, and short, individualized and customized job skills training.

Rhodes and Holmes learned basic medical terminology, customer service skills, billing practices and how to complete patient registration and scheduling during their classroom instruction and on-the-job training at local medical facilities.

“The courses I took at Pierce College prepared me for the work environment and now I am able to help my co-workers, too,” said Rhodes. “I’m even interested in continuing my studies.”

“I learned accountability and gained self-esteem through my experience at Pierce College,” said Holmes. “I just wanted a hand up and to become employed so that I could pay my bills.”

The next training session for the Medical Services Representative program starts October 3. For more information or to learn if you qualify for special funding call Pierce College at (253) 912-3617.

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