Pierce College News

March 25, 2008

Pierce College dental hygiene students now scheduling spring appointments

Filed under: General,News releases — Amanda Haines at 8:50 am

We all know brushing and flossing regularly, and keeping up on twice-yearly cleanings and checkups are critical to maintaining a healthy, bright smile. But recent research has proved that good oral health plays an important role in reducing the risks of such health problems as heart disease and stroke, and in controlling diabetes.

Doctors now know that a healthy mouth contributes to an overall healthy body. Unfortunately, with roughly half of Washington residents lacking dental insurance, many put off or neglect dental cleanings and exams for lack of resources thereby putting their long-term overall health in jeopardy.

The Pierce College Dental Hygiene program helps eliminate this price barrier by offering gentle, qualified dental services at costs that are at least one-third of local consumer prices.

The dental hygiene program at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom offers a full range of dental health services, including:

• Comprehensive evaluation of oral health and teeth;
• Preventative teeth cleaning for both children and adults;
• X-rays;
• Sealants;
• Desensitizing;
• Treatment for adult patients with infrequent dental care;
• Treatment of adult periodontal disease (dependent on the extent of the disease);
• Amalgam (silver) or composite (white) fillings (dependent on severity).

Dental hygiene students are able to perform these and other critical services at a cost that is more manageable for working individuals and families, and seniors. The students practice under the guidance and expertise of the highly qualified dental hygiene faculty, and the dental hygiene clinic works with area dentists and other low-fee clinics to refer patients for additional follow-up care when necessary.

To access these lower-cost services, contact the Dental Hygiene program at (253) 964-6694 to schedule a free consultation. From there, if you are accepted for treatment in the program, a customized treatment plan will be devised and appointments will be scheduled.

Students schedule their own appointments with patients directly. Since the appointment times align with Pierce College’s academic calendar, this is a perfect time to get started, as the spring quarter begins March 31.

Payment is required at the time of service. Medicaid coupons are accepted.

To schedule an appointment or to learn more about a career in dental hygiene, please call (253) 964-6694 or visit the Dental Hygiene program Web site.

March 24, 2008

Get a jump on basketball and volleyball seasons at Pierce College Youth Sports Camps

Filed under: General,News releases — Amanda Haines at 8:17 am

Young athletes wishing to improve their basketball and volleyball skills this summer need look no farther than Pierce College Fort Steilacoom.

The college is offering five Raider Youth Sports Camps in June and July, all of which will be held in the new Health Education Center located on the campus at 9401 Farwest Drive Southwest, Lakewood.

All five camps will be led by Raiders head coaches and are designed to provide instruction, clinics, and demonstrations that will improve the skills of ballplayers at all levels.

The following camps will be offered at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom this summer:

• The Raider Youth Skills Development Camps for boys and girls ages 6 to 13 will be led by Bill Mendelson, head coach of the Raider men’s basketball team. The first session is scheduled for June 23 to 26. The second session will follow from July 7 to 10. Cost is $100 for each session.

• The Raider High School Boys Advanced Basketball Skills Camp will be held from June 30 to July 3. Mendelson will also lead this camp. Cost is $115.

• The Raider High School Girls Advanced Volleyball Skills Camp will be led by Paige Ellertson, head coach of the Raider women’s volleyball team. The camp will run from July 14 to 17. Cost is $115.

• The Raider High School Girls Advanced Basketball Skills Camp will be led by Ann Bowen, head coach of the Raider women’s basketball team. The camp will run from July 21 to 24. Cost is $115.

Space for all sessions is limited, so athletes are advised to register early. Family discounts are available.

Downloadable registration forms are available at the Pierce College Athletics Web site. For additional information, call (253) 964-6613.

March 13, 2008

Pierce College earns national award for its "Time for a Change" TV commercials

Filed under: General,News releases — Amanda Haines at 8:36 am

Pierce College’s humorous portrayals of young people seemingly trapped in dead end jobs earned it a gold medal Tuesday night at the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations’ annual Paragon awards ceremony in Savannah, Ga.

Pierce College’s commercial series “Time for a Change” earned top national honors in the Video Advertisement Series category.

The series of six 15-second commercials included: a young man frustrated with his work at a fast food drive-thru; a hopeless-looking fellow eating snacks by the light of a glowing TV screen; a complaint department worker driven to near-madness by a ringing phone; a man enduring the endless pounding of a jackhammer; a woman washing windows only to have her labor foiled by a passing bird; and a mother unsuccessfully trying to manage a roomful of noisy children.

The humorous, realistic portrayals emphasized the feelings many people have when they feel trapped in a job they don’t like. The message in each is that Pierce College’s education and workforce training opportunities can help anyone transition into a career they truly love.

The commercials aired on several cable TV networks last summer. They can still be viewed on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4IQwfyQ5eQ. Or, simply type “Pierce College Time for a Change” into the search option on YouTube’s homepage.

Brian Benedetti, Pierce’s acting director of College Relations and director of Instructional Media, was in Savannah, Ga., on Tuesday night to receive the award.

“What a surprise and honor!” Benedetti said after the ceremony. “The other finalists’ videos were excellent. We made our videos in-house using our students and staff with only about a week for production, so we had to keep things simple. But I think it’s the simplicity that makes them work.”

Benedetti also noted that the project stood out because of its humor and creativity.

“We tried to get their attention with humor then make them think of the possibilities,” he added. “Quite a few people came together quickly and creatively to make this work and winning this award is the icing on the cake for such a collaborative effort.”

March 10, 2008

Pierce College students named to All-Washington Academic Team, ceremony to be held March 20

Filed under: General,News releases — Amanda Haines at 3:36 pm

Four Pierce College District students will be honored as members of the 2008 All-Washington Academic Team at noon March 20 at South Puget Sound Community College. The ceremony recognizes top scholars from community and technical colleges from all over the state with scholarship prizes.

This year, there are two students representing Pierce College Puyallup and two students representing Pierce College Fort Steilacoom included on the 54-member team.

Jessica Turley Jessica Turley, 18, of Buckley, began taking courses at Pierce College Puyallup through the Running Start program about a year and a half ago at the recommendation of friends who raved about the instructors. She has since discovered an interest in subjects, such as Russian history, that she never would have been exposed to otherwise, she said. Jessica now majors in history and has a 3.6 grade point average. She spends her non-academic hours actively involved with her church and with caring for her two younger sisters. Jessica plans to become an environmental lawyer.

Shane Foster Shane Foster, 25, of Puyallup, is not only a Pierce College Puyallup student and full-time media technician, he is also an aerospace medical technician for the 446th Aerospace Medical Squadron out of McChord Air Force Base. Shane started as a Pierce student out of necessity, he said. The college was affordable and close to home. He is now working towards his bachelor’s degree in Spanish. Ultimately, he hopes to teach Spanish both abroad and at Washington community colleges. Shane now has a 3.48 grade point average. He is a gifted musician and enjoys outdoor activities in his free time.

Diane Drapac After her husband was injured, Diane Drapac, 47, of Spanaway, discovered that her experience handling the accounting for their two businesses was not enough to get her the job she needed to support her family. Diane decided to go back to school and began taking business classes at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, where she now holds a work-study position as a student retention assistant and peer mentor. Diane has a 3.9 grade point average and she plans to become a financial planner. She has four children and is very active with her church and in the community.

Judith Jones Judith Jones, 53, also of Spanaway, became a student at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom following an intensive career transition program for displaced homemakers. She has since flourished, earning a 4.0 grade point average and majoring in education and natural science. Judith now serves in student government as a campus affairs senator and works as a community safety program coordinator for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. Judith’s ultimate goal is to become a teacher of geography and natural science.

Simply for being included on the All-Washington Academic Team, they will each receive a $750 scholarship from the Northwest Education Loan Association and Key Bank. They are eligible for an additional $1,000 scholarship from the Trustees Association for Community and Technical Colleges if they are ranked in the top three among all 54 team members.

Also, all four of the Pierce College District’s honored students, by virtue of their inclusion on the state team, are now nominated for the 2008 All-USA Academic Team. Officials from Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for students of two-year colleges, will make the official All-USA team announcements on April 7.