Pierce College News

March 31, 2006

Pierce College offers active learning in arts and adventure this summer

Filed under: General,News releases — Pierce College at 12:45 pm

Pierce College’s continuing education department offers a number of active, educational adventure travel opportunities this summer. Two close-to-home offerings include Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, Ore., June 27 – July 1, and volcano climbing Mt. Adams and Mt. Baker, June/July. Both opportunities combine classroom instruction with the travel/adventure experience.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Class sessions: 6/20, 6/31, 6/22, 6/26, 7/5, 7/6, 7/7, 7/11, 7/12 and 7-9 p.m.
Ashland dates: 6/27-7/1

Drama buffs and K-12 teachers can earn ten credits or 100 clock hours while enjoying six plays, along with classroom study to enhance their understanding of Shakespeare and the selected works. You’ll combine nine class sessions with a four-day stay in Ashland, Ore. The featured plays are The Importance of Being Earnest, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Winter’s Tale, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Merry Wives of Winsor, and The Diary of Anne Frank. A discussion with a director or actor and backstage tour is included. The fee is $875 and includes course tuition and fees, play tickets and four nights lodging in Ashland. Meals and transportation to and from Ashland are not included. Enrollment is limited. To register, call: (253) 964-6616.

Climb Volcanoes

Mt. Rainier field trips 6/3 and 6/10
Mt. Baker – 6/24 and 6/25 or 7/8 and 7/9
Mt. Adams – 7/15 and 7/16 or 7/22 and 7/23
Classroom dates 5/23, 5/25, 5/30, 6/1, 6/8, 6/13 and 6/15 (optional), 6/20, 6/27, 7/6, and 7/11

Reach new heights! Join the Pierce College climbing class and learn how to properly and safely climb some of the most beautiful peaks in the Pacific Northwest. Instruction covers equipment, clothing, packing, fitness, nutrition, rope skills, knot tying, crevasse rescue training, self-arrest technique, snow and glacier travel, navigation and more. Learn from experienced instructors while participants enjoy the spectacular views and thrill of the climb. The fee for classroom sessions, Mt. Rainier field trips and climbs is $395. For classroom sessions and Mt. Rainier field trips only the fee is $150. Enrollment is limited. To register, call: (253) 964-6616.

Travel abroad opportunities are also available. Call: (253) 964-6601 to learn more about Pierce College continuing education trips to places like Argentina and Brazil, England and Scotland, Egypt, Portugal and more.

March 30, 2006

Pierce College Theatre invites auditions for spring play

Filed under: General,News releases — Pierce College at 12:47 pm

The Pierce College Theatre department invites students to audition for the 10 Minute Play Festival on April 6, from 3-5 p.m. in the Fort Steilacoom Theatre. There are parts for 8 men and 8 women.

The 10 Minute Play Festival will be performed May 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 7 p.m. and May 17 and 18 at 10 a.m. Tickets are $7 for general admission, $2 for students. Pierce College faculty member Patrick Daugherty will direct the play. For more information, call: (253) 964-6683.

March 29, 2006

Pierce College Dental Hygiene Program offers help to patients with gum disease

Filed under: General,News releases — Pierce College at 12:48 pm

The Dental Hygiene Program at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom is offering treatment for adult patients who haven’t had their teeth cleaned in several years, and who may have periodontal disease.

Second-year students in the Associate in Dental Hygiene Program offer gentle, quality cleaning, X-rays, and other care at fees dramatically lower than those of other dental care providers, according to Sharon Golightly, Ed.D., the program’s director.

Potential patients who contact the program are given a free screening appointment to determine their suitability for treatment. Once accepted for treatment, patients will have their teeth cleaned and may receive other appropriate services such as X-rays, fluoride treatments or small fillings on selected patients. Patients with sensitive teeth and/or gums may be given a local anesthetic.

Dr. Golightly emphasizes the importance of dental health in maintaining overall well being, pointing to recent studies that have found a connection between periodontal inflammation and heart disease. “The cleaner the mouth, the healthier the person,” she said.

The program works with area dentists and clinics to make referrals for further treatment, and X-rays can be sent with the patient. Dental insurance and Medicaid coupons are accepted. For a free screening appointment call (253) 964-6694. For additional information about the Associate in Dental Hygiene Program, visit www.pierce.ctc.edu/Denthyg.

March 26, 2006

Interested in a career in safety and health?

Filed under: General,News releases — Pierce College at 12:00 pm

Edmonds Community College and Pierce College have teamed together to offer studies in Occupational Safety and Health. Your desire to keep workers and the workplace safe will serve as the basis to excel in this growing field. There’s a shortage of well-trained technicians in a variety of businesses and industry like aerospace, construction, communication, transportation, warehousing and more. Whether you live in the south Sound or north Sound, the classes are taught jointly by Edmonds Community College and Pierce College using online and interactive technology. Classes start April 3. See www.pierce.ctc.edu/HomelandSecurity/osh for more information.

March 24, 2006

Great April events!

Filed under: General,News releases — Pierce College at 1:28 pm

Pierce College District offers a variety of arts, entertainment, and educational events to enrich the lives of the community members we serve. In addition, some activities like Pierce College Theatre and Music department, offer hands-on learning opportunities for our students.

April: Paintings by Caryn Friedlander at Pierce College Fine Arts Gallery
See the oil paintings of Caryn Friedlander on loan from the Francine Seders Gallery, Seattle, at Pierce College’s Fine Arts Gallery, Fort Steilacoom during the month of April. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.pierce.ctc.edu/art/.

Freidlander is an art faculty member at Whatcom Community College, Bellingham.

In her abstract drawings and paintings, Friedlander appears inspired by Japanese landscapes and French impressionist waterscapes, rendered in pastel, charcoal, and oil.

April 5: 2006 Pierce College Distinguished Alumni Awards
Join the Pierce College Foundation in honoring this years distinguished alumni award recipients Wednesday, April 5 at 6 p.m. in the Pierce College Fort Steilacoom Performance Lounge. Tickets are $20. For reservations or information, call: (253) 864-3261.

Celebrating the tenth annual award ceremony, we honor alumni who have extraordinary achievements in their personal, professional or scholastic lives. A permanent plaque honoring recipients hangs in the District Office.

The 2006 recipients are: Patricia Bosmans, Sumner City Attorney; Ryan Hauge, TORAY Composites; BG Oscar Hillman, Ft. Lewis; Karl Ickes, Archaeologist, Tacoma; and Wayne Mangan, BMC West Building Materials.

April 6: Pierce College Theatre invites play auditions
The Pierce College Theatre department invites students to audition for the 10 Minute Play Festival on April 6, from 3-5 p.m. in the Fort Steilacoom Theatre.

The 10 Minute Play Festival will be performed May 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 7 p.m. and May 17, 18 at 10 a.m. Tickets are $7 for general admission, $2 for students. The play will be directed by Pierce College faculty member Patrick Daugherty.

April 19: Pierce College Fort Steilacoom Presents One World Taiko-Japanese Drum Ensemble
Hear the lyrical melodies and rhythmic grooves of this music rooted in Japan’s anciet tradition mixed with modern sounds at noon, Wednesday, April 19 in the Pierce College Fort Steilacoom Performance Lounge. The event is free and open to the public.

One World Taiko has toured the world with their percussion performance that includes descriptions of the instruments, historical information about taiko in Japan and the U.S., demonstrations and audience participation. For more information, call: (253) 964-6614.

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.

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom is located at 9401 Farwest Drive, SW, Lakewood, Wash.

Pierce College Puyallup is located at 1601 39th Ave. S.E., Puyallup, Wash.

Joint admission brings a dream closer

Filed under: General — Pierce College at 12:27 pm

Pierce College and the University of Washington, Tacoma announced a new, dual admission nursing program on March 13, 2006. Beginning Winter 2007, students earning an associate’s degree in nursing from Pierce College interested in continuing their education and earning a bachelor of science degree in nursing may apply to be dually admitted to Pierce College and the University of Washington, Tacoma.

photo: nursing student Sharla Russell wearing burgundy scrubs, with a stethescope around her neck“The program allows students to extend their nursing education while creating career opportunities that they might not have had previously,” said Sarah Magnuson-Whyte, nursing program director at Pierce College.

“The joint admission program is designed to promote student success by creating a seamless educational pathway from an associate to a bachelor’s degree,” said Sharon Fought, nursing program director at the University of Washington, Tacoma. “The benefits for students are that they’ll receive financial aid to cover enrollment and expenses at both institutions, joint advising and the opportunity to jump start their career development.”

During the fifth quarter of study, Pierce College nursing students may enroll in a two-credit synthesis course at the University of Washington, Tacoma that will familiarize them with the university’s nursing program using campus resources to increase successful program completion. In addition, a two-credit course will be completed in the summer preceding their enrollment in the bachelor’s degree program.

While dually admitted, students will benefit from the use of both campus resources and will be afforded the same privileges as being singly enrolled in either institution. The application deadline is Nov. 15, 2006 for Winter 2007.

For Pierce College student Sharla Russell the program makes sense. ” I’m definitely going to take advantage of the opportunity. Even though it’s only a few credits, I’ll become familiar with the campus and I’ll only be about one year away from completing a bachelor’s degree. It’s really going to speed things up,” Russell said.

“We’re constantly working with statewide institutions of higher education on articulation agreements and partnerships to provide our students with as much opportunity as possible, and this agreement is an excellent example of the success of these articulation efforts,” said Dr. Tana Hasart, Pierce College Puyallup president. Pierce’s RN program instruction is taught at the Puyallup campus.

Russell, who became interested in the field of nursing after giving birth to her son who was born with a prolapsed intestine, was struck with a new nursing student who solved the medical condition. “She made all the difference. It was at that moment that I promised my son that that’s what I was going to be for him: a nurse,” said Russell.

After some time in an unfulfilling bill collection and office assistant position, Russell began inquiring into nursing programs.

“I wasn’t satisfied with the help I received from the different colleges that I looked at, but Pierce [College] was helpful every step of the way,” said Russell. “The faculty and staff have made sure that I had all of my pre-requisites taken care of and they made me aware of the RN program and this new program. I’ve learned I really do care and want to make a difference in people’s life.”

Upon acceptance in the dual admission program, graduation from Pierce College and successful completion of the bachelor’s program at the University of Washington, Tacoma, Russell plans to earn a master’s degree in anesthesiology.

March 22, 2006

Student e-mail downtime Mar 22-23

Filed under: General — Pierce College at 10:08 am

Student e-mail will be unavailable from 5 p.m. on March 22 until 6 a.m. on March 23. Walla Walla Community College, which hosts our student e-mail, will be upgrading their network at that time. Thank you for your patience.

March 21, 2006

Pierce College Puyallup offers SAT prep courses

Filed under: General,News releases — Pierce College at 1:32 pm

Pierce College Puyallup is offering the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) prep series this April. The critical reading and writing course will be held on Saturday April 1 and April 8 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The mathematics session will be held on Saturday, April 22 and April 29 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Each session is $99. Participants can choose the review session they need or they can register for both at the discounted price of $189.

The SAT tests are widely used for college admissions. Participants can take the test as many times as they want in order to earn their desired results. Either way, better preparation prior to taking the test relieves test day stress. The prep courses use the same type of questions that appear on the actual tests. The courses also use the same time limits to help participants develop test-taking strategies. For more information or to enroll, call: (253) 964-6502.

March 15, 2006

Spring registration underway at Pierce College

Filed under: General,News releases — Pierce College at 1:25 pm

Spring quarter registration is now underway at Pierce College district. Classes for university transfer, professional development and continuing education start April 3 at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, Pierce College Puyallup and Pierce College at South Hill Park. The eight-week terms at Pierce College Fort Lewis and McChord, AFB begin March 20.

Class schedules for Fort Steilacoom, Puyallup, and Continuing Education are online at www.pierce.ctc.edu/schedule/.

Students can study Business, Pre-Medical, Early Childhood Education, Digital Design, Art, Engineering, Theatre, Music and more earning a two-year associate’s degree and transfer to a four-year university or they can train for a new career in high demand professions like construction management, nursing or homeland security. Many of our courses are offered online to accommodate the working adult.

If you want to learn just for fun, Pierce College offers a variety of personal enrichment courses that will keep you hopping this spring like The Vegetarian Kitchen, Ballroom Dancing and Fit Kick kickboxing class. If you’re more interested in preparing your yard and home improvement consider courses in Gardening with the Seasons: Spring, Closet Clean Sweep and Better Manage your Own Building Project.

For more information, call: (253) 964-6501 or visit us online at www.pierce.ctc.edu.

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

Pierce College Puyallup is located at 1601 39th Ave., SE, Puyallup, Wash.

Pierce College at South Hill Park is located at 716 South Hill Park Drive, Puyallup, Wash.

March 6, 2006

Pierce College announces 2006 All-Washington Academic Team

Filed under: General,News releases — Pierce College at 1:26 pm

Three students from the Pierce College District were honored on March 2 for their achievement as part of the All-Washington Academic Team, representing the best of the best among the state’s community and technical colleges. Governor Christine Gregoire was the keynote speaker at the event hosted at South Puget Sound Community College, Olympia.

Each of the students received a scholarship of $750 thanks to the generosity of Key Bank of Washington and Northwest Education Loan Association (NELA). In addition, scholarship support from nearly every public and private four-year college and university in Washington will be offered to the 2006 All-Washington Team members who transfer to that institution. Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society of the two-year college will formally announce members of the national ALL-USA team in USA Today on April 24, 2006.

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom Recipients

Student Name: Arabie Christensen
Age: 27
GPA: 3.96
Major: Environmental Science

A full-time Pierce College student and mother of three small children, Arabie’s life is extremely busy. Even so, she still finds time to tutor fellow students, write for the Student Literary Arts Magazine, and participate as a member of the Science Club, the Surfrider Foundation, and Amnesty International. Arabie founded The Writer’s Group – a creative writing club at Pierce. Her career goal is to work in a conservation research position at a university.

Student Name: Rai Nauman Mumtaz
Age: 17
GPA: 3.86
Major: Science/Pre-Med

Nauman is a highly motivated individual who is working hard toward his goal of becoming a physician. He is active at Pierce as a mentor tutor and a member of the science club. Nauman also spends much of his time volunteering as a patient assistant volunteer in the Emergency Room at Tacoma General Hospital, with the Islamic Center of Tacoma, and with All Computer Service as a computer customer service representative.

Pierce College Puyallup Recipient

Student Name: Darcie Estep
Age: 18
GPA: 3.74
Major: Business

A hard-working and dedicated student, Darcie chose Pierce College because she wanted to be involved and the college’s intimate setting gave her that opportunity. She is active on campus in her role as the secretary/treasurer for student government, and by serving on the selections, graduation and tenure committees. Darcie is also a volunteer and active member of her church. Her career goal is to own her own business and do mission work on the side.

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