Pierce College News

May 31, 2006

Summer registration underway

Filed under: General,News releases — Pierce College at 8:27 am

Summer quarter registration is now underway. Classes for university transfer, professional development, basic skills and continuing education start June 26.

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 train for a new career in high demand professions like dental hygiene, 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 bring out the adventurer in you. You can earn college credit while traveling to Yellowstone National Park. Don’t want to travel so far? You can stay closer to home and climb volcanoes or explore Puget Sound while you learn how to sail. If you’re more interested in a walk on the fairway, learn golfing basics with classes offered at several area courses.

Check out the summer schedule now!

May 25, 2006

Summer Nursery School

Filed under: General,News releases — Pierce College at 1:14 pm

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom is offering a summer nursery school program July 5 to August 22, 2006 for children ages three (prior to June 1) to five who are toilet trained and not yet entered in kindergarten. The school hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $150.

The program includes developmentally appropriate activities in curriculum areas such as large and small motor skill development, music, science, dramatic play, art, literature and math. The program emphasizes hands-on experiences and the value of play as children grow physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially.

The Children’s Center instructor and second-year students from the Early Childhood Education Program plan and present the children’s program in a laboratory school setting.

For registration information, call: (253) 964-6691.

May 23, 2006

June Event Highlights

Filed under: General,News releases — Pierce College at 3:46 pm

More events can be found in the district-wide events calendar.

June 1: Pierce College Puyallup Lunchtime Concert
Hear the sounds of Pierce College’s chorale group at noon in the College Center Building. The event is free and open to the public.

June 2: Pierce College Fort Steilacoom Concert Band and Choir
The Concert Band, under the direction of Dr. Jere Knudtsen, will perform the works of Beethoven, Bach, Fillmore, Sparke, and Huffine. The Choir is under the direction of Evin Lambert. Membership for both groups is comprised of students and local area musicians. The event is Friday, June 2, at 7:30 p.m. at Mount Tahoma High School Auditorium. Admission is $5 for the general public. Students are free. For more information contact Dr. Jere Knudtsen at (253) 964-6572. Mount Tahoma High School is located at 4634 S. 74th St., Tacoma.

June 2: Iran: World Concern with Chris Vanneson at Pierce College Puyallup
Learn the history of Iran and find out what may be coming next from this controversial country at noon in the Multi-Purpose Room, Pierce College, Puyallup. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call: (253) 840-8416.

June 3: Pierce College Puyallup Choir performance
Hear the voices of Pierce College Puyallup Choir and Tacoma and Peninsula Community College’s Choruses along with the Gig Harbor Civic Orchestra at the Rialto Theater in downtown Tacoma on June 3 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call: (253) 864-3202.

June 7: Pierce College Puyallup presents Norah Vincent: Self Made Man
Hear Norah Vincent, a freethinking independent journalist re-tell her tale of living undercover as a man while conducting research for a Self Made Man on June 7 at 7 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room, Pierce College Puyallup. The event is free and open to the public. Obtain your free tickets in room C210, or by calling (253) 840-8416.

Vincent left her job as a nationally syndicated opinion columnist for the Los Angeles Times to research Self Made Man in the only way she could: living undercover as “Ned” for 18 months. Hear from this critically acclaimed author, and gain insight into the world of men that Norah discovered to be “a lot better–and a lot worse–than most women imagine.”

June 13: Spring Film Festival at Pierce College
Pierce College Digital Film Presents the Spring Film Festival featuring films by our students Tuesday, June 13, at 2:30 and 8 p.m. The festival is open to all who wish to submit a film; you do not have to be a Pierce College student. There is no entry fee. Films should be submitted to the Humanities Desk by 4 p.m. on June 8. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call: (253) 964-6659.

June 16: Pierce College Commencement
Congratulations to Pierce College’s 2006 graduating class. More than 2,000 degrees and certificates will be awarded. The ceremony is Friday, June 16 at 4 p.m. at the Tacoma Dome Arena and features keynote speaker Roberta Greene, higher education advocate and Spokane-area businesswoman.

June 26-30: Pierce College 2006 Raider summer basketball camp
Pierce College 2006 Raider summer basketball camp is June 26-30, 2006, for boys and girls ages 7-14. Instructed by head basketball coach Bill Mendelson, the youth skills development camp is hosted at Lakewood Community Center, 9112 Lakewood Dr., S.W., Lakewood, Wash. The camp fee is $115 per youth with family discounts available. For more information, call (253) 964-6612 or visit www.pierce.ctc.edu/athletics.

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.

May 18, 2006

High School Poetry Contest winners announced

Filed under: General,News releases — Pierce College at 4:06 pm

Winners of the second annual Pierce College High School Poetry Contest were announced Wednesday, May 10 during a poetry reading in the Performance Lounge at the Fort Steilacoom campus. They are Adina Palinsky, Fort Steilacoom High School and Michael Troxel and Liz Patrick, Lakes High School.

Students from Fort Steilacoom, Lakes and Clover Park high schools were invited to submit poetry entries through April 21. Each entrant could submit one to three poems. The three prize winners each received $50 in Sacagawea $1 coins. All entrants received certificates of participation. Many performed in the poetry reading on May 10.

The contest was sponsored by a Pierce College Foundation Mini-grant and made possible through the cooperation of high school instructors Julia Hopkins, Lakes High School, Leslie Seeley, Fort Steilacoom High School, and Travis Campbell, Clover Park High School.

The contest winners and the titles of their poems were:

Adina Palinsky, Steilacoom High School

  • Unreal
  • Mexican Palace
  • The Swan

Liz Patrick, Lakes High School

  • What I Learned
  • I Am
  • The Inner Workings of Me

Michael Troxel, Lakes High School

  • County Lines
  • Fold Under the Weight of Words

“The contest is held in conjunction with the college’s annual literary event entitled Celebration of the Written World. It’s a week of readings, lectures and guest appearances,” said Steve Jaech, English instructor. “Hosting a high school poetry contest is a great way for us to involve the community and it provides a positive learning experience for the students.”

May 16, 2006

Graduation is coming soon! Are you ready?

Filed under: General — Pierce College at 1:33 pm

Pierce College Commencement 2006 will be held on Friday, June 16 at 4 p.m. in the Tacoma Dome. Get ready with the 2006 Guide to Commencement!

May 10, 2006

Responsibility leads to opportunity

Filed under: General — Pierce College at 2:25 pm

photo: Dallas LaDucer holds a wolverine kit“Attending classes at Pierce College helped me learn responsibility and time management,” says Dallas LaDucer, a zookeeper at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. “This has helped me in my current job as a zoo keeper at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, where I was given the responsibility and incredible opportunity of handraising a wolverine kit.”

There are not many people who can claim that they have experienced handraising a wolverine. Only 10 accredited zoos in the nation exhibit wolverines, and only one of the 10 report a surviving litter in the last two years. The rarity makes LaDucer’s opportunity and responsibility even more amazing.

Responsibility is one of the five Core Abilities of Pierce College District. The Core Abilities prepare students to live and work in a dynamically changing world by emphasizing whole-student development and hands-on learning. The four other Core Abilities are: critical thinking and problem solving, effective communication, information competency, and multiculturalism.

May 3, 2006

Pierce College Presents artist and lecture series

Filed under: General,News releases — Pierce College at 8:51 am

May marks the last month of the 2005-2006 Pierce Presents artist and lecture series at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom and Pierce College Puyallup.

May 10: Pierce College Fort Steilacoom Presents Award-winning author & Seattle firefighter Earl Emerson

Hear Emerson discuss the art of writing and why it’s really a business, Wednesday, May 10 at 10 and 11 a.m. in the Performance Lounge. Emerson is the author of several firefighting suspense novels, the recipient of the Shamus Award and an Edgar nomination. His latest book, The Smoke Room, is “about a young man who makes one, not-so-serious mistake that snowballs into bigger and bigger errors in judgment until at the end of the story the reader cannot possibly see a way out for him.” The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call: (253) 964-6614.

May 11: Pierce College Fort Steilacoom Presents Margaret Starbird – Mary Magdalene: Woman and Archetype

See fine art images and hear discussion of their symbolic connection with the medieval heresy of the Holy Grail on Thursday, May 11 at 7 p.m. in the Performance Lounge. Who was Mary Magdalene? What evidence can be cited for the belief that she and Jesus were married? Students are free. General admission is $10. For more information, call: (253) 964-6614.

May 11: Pierce College Puyallup Presents What’s Right and Wrong with Corporate America with Arianna Huffington

An advocate for political reform and social awareness, Arianna Huffington will speak Thursday, May 11 at 7 p.m. in room L244 at Pierce College Puyallup. Named one of Washington’s most influential commentators by both Newsweek and People, and a frequent guest on television programs, including Larry King Live, Crossfire, Charlie Rose and Inside Politics, Huffington writes a syndicated column for newspapers around the country, is co-host of national public radio’s Left, Right & Center, and is the author of ten books. Students are free. General admission is $12. Dinner and admission is $65. A book signing and reception follow immediately. For more information, call: (253) 840-8416.

The events are sponsored by The News Tribune, KPLU 88.5 FM, Pierce College Fort Steilacoom Student Programs and Pierce College Puyallup Student Programs.

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.