Pierce College News

July 23, 2009

Pay tuition online, no credit card needed, starting Aug. 1

Filed under: General — Amanda Haines at 9:13 am

Starting Aug. 1, Pierce College students will be able to pay their tuition and fees online without a credit card. The new online payment option will allow students to pay with their checking account using a secure, password protected U.S. Bank web site.

This is a good option for students who either don’t have a credit card or who would prefer to pay by check online.

“This will really make payment easier for a lot of students because it’s all done online. Students who wish to pay by check no longer have to come down to one of the campuses. They can pay by check anytime, from anywhere,” explained Terri Mitchell in the Pierce College District Finance Office.

This payment option will be available to all Pierce College students on Aug. 1.


July 22, 2009

Lakewood Computer Clubhouse celebrates $15,000 grant and innovation award

Filed under: General — Amanda Haines at 4:08 pm

LAKEWOOD — Pierce College’s free, drop-in afterschool and summer program for children and teens, the Computer Clubhouse, is celebrating a $15,000 grant from Intel to continue its popular Design Squad summer program.

More than a dozen kids ages 10 to 18 are now participating in the Design Squad program, which is based on the popular PBS show of the same name. Each week, the kids are given a new engineering, robotics, and computer programming challenge. They work in small groups to solve their challenge by coming up with their own designs, and doing all their own construction and testing.

Throughout the process, the kids also film their weekly projects (like the actual show) and then celebrate their work each Friday by inviting parents to the clubhouse to watch the “episode” they created.

“Children and teenagers are hungry for hands-on experience with new technology and science, and Design Squad gives them ways to learn and grow, and connect with other students,” said Suzy Ames, executive director of the Pierce College Foundation. “We’re grateful for Intel’s continued support of the Lakewood Computer Clubhouse. Without this funding, these kids wouldn’t be able to share these rich experiences.”

Added Intel’s Rick Meeder, “Supporting community programs like the Lakewood Computer Clubhouse is a great opportunity for us at Intel to share our passions for science, technology, and innovation with a whole new generation. We’re proud to be able to help these kids discover creative solutions to problems and to become better students of math, science, and engineering.”

In addition, the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network (the larger worldwide network of similar clubhouses) recently honored the Lakewood clubhouse for “outstanding innovation in the use of technology” for its enthusiasm, willingness to experiment, and commitment to fresh ideas. This is the second summer of Design Squad. The program, which runs weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon, is full for this summer.

The Lakewood Computer Clubhouse has open, drop-in hours from noon to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Harrison Prep School, 8800 121st St. SW, and from 3 to 9 p.m. Fridays at the Lakewood Presbyterian Church, 8601 104th St. SW. It is funded by the Pierce College Foundation.

For more information on the clubhouse, visit its Web site at lakewoodclubhouse.us.

July 17, 2009

Pierce College chancellor, alumnus featured on KUOW radio

Filed under: General — Amanda Haines at 9:53 am

Hear frank discussion of the critical issues facing community colleges and the role they will play in economic recovery with Pierce College Chancellor Dr. Michele Johnson and Pierce alumnus/Costco Vice President Jim Murphy on KUOW Radio’s The Conversation.


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Chancellor Michele Johnson

Chancellor Michele Johnson

Jim Murphy

Jim Murphy