Pierce College News

November 30, 2010

Take a break from holiday shopping with top-notch women’s basketball Dec. 10-12 at Pierce Fort Steilacoom

Filed under: General,News releases,Uncategorized — Amanda Haines at 1:29 pm

The best in women’s basketball is coming to Pierce College Fort Steilacoom on Dec. 10-12 with the Third Annual Raiders Women’s Basketball Holiday Tournament. The three-day, double-elimination tournament boasts eight of the top community college women’s basketball teams in Washington and Oregon.

The Annual Raiders Women's Basketball Holiday Tournament is Dec. 10-12 at Pierce Fort Steilacoom.

This year’s field includes four teams (Clackamas, Lane, Peninsula, and Skagit Valley) that qualified for the 2010 Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges Championship Tournament. Other teams include Olympic, Tacoma, and Wenatchee Valley, and the hosting Pierce College Raiders.

The tournament begins Friday, Dec. 10, with the following first-round matchups:

2 p.m. – Peninsula vs. Lane

4 p.m. – Tacoma vs. Skagit Valley

6 p.m. – Clackamas vs. Olympic

8 p.m. – Wenatchee Valley vs. Pierce

Second-round matches will begin at 1, 3, 5, and 7 p.m. Saturday.

Third-round matches will be at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday, with the tournament championship game at 3 p.m.

All games will be played in the Health Education Center gymnasium at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, 9401 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood.

Admission to the tournament is $6 per day for adults, $3 per day for students, seniors, and military personnel, and free for children younger than 12. A three-day tournament pass is available for $14. For more information, contact the Raiders Athletics Office at (253) 964-6613 or visit www.pierce.ctc.edu/athletics.

November 19, 2010

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom now enrolling parents and toddlers for winter preschool classes

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amanda Haines at 10:15 am

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom’s cooperative preschool is now enrolling children ages 18 to 36 months for its winter Parent and Child class.

In this unique program, parents attend class with their children, exploring a wide range of topics, including nutrition, guidance, and child development. This approach allows parents to learn firsthand how best to teach and care for their child, build relationships with other parents, and earn two college credits.

“The parent education instructor and other parents in the class provide parents a network of resources and support,” explained Greg Brazell, Pierce College’s early education program director. “At the same time, children are working in a developmentally appropriate preschool, exploring their world and developing physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially. Each environment is designed to capture the child’s interest and help their development in each area.”

Starting Jan. 12, the Parent and Child preschool class (Early Childhood Education 145) meets from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom. A snack is provided and children participate in a structured music time during each session. Cost is $90.50 (includes tuition and lab fee). Enrollment is capped at 12 students, so interested parents are encouraged to reserve their child’s spot immediately.

Pierce College’s parent co-op preschool has been operating for more than 35 years, providing critical support and care to thousands of families in Pierce County. For more information or to reserve a spot, call (253) 964-6691.

November 18, 2010

Online registration and other tools will be unavailable Saturday

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amanda Haines at 2:34 pm

Pierce College online tools will be unavailable from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m Saturday, Nov. 20, as the state computer system experiences a forced shutdown.

During this time, you will be unable to do the following online:

• Register for classes

• Add/drop classes

• Check waitlist status

• Check/print your schedule

• Check your registration time

• Check class availability

• Use the schedule planner

• Change your Inquiry Pin

• Update your contact information

• Find your advisor

• Review your transcripts and grades

• Check your financial aid status

• Pay by credit card

• Pay by e-payment

• And, check your tax credit info.

All of these services are expected to available once the road project concludes at 8 p.m. Saturday. We apologize for the inconvenience.
If you have any questions, please contact the HelpDesk at (253) 964-6373.

November 11, 2010

Pierce College celebrates veterans

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amanda Haines at 2:36 pm

John E. Lee (left), director of the state Department of Veterans Affairs, Michele Johnson, chancellor of the Pierce College District, and Mike Gregoire, husband of Gov. Chris Gregoire, sign the Partnership for Veteran Student Success during a special ceremony Nov. 8.

Local veterans joined students and community members at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom on Nov. 8 to celebrate the college’s commitment to student veterans and the critical role of education in building community and strength.

The event included the signing of an agreement between the Pierce College District and the state Department of Veterans Affairs, in which Pierce pledged its commitment to serving the unique needs of veteran students. It also marked the grand opening of Pierce’s new Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success.

“This is a military community and we know our veterans are at its core,” said Pierce College District Chancellor Michele Johnson. “We are here to join with you so that you can be successful.”

The partnership agreement with the state Department of Veterans Affairs was signed by Johnson and special guests Mike Gregoire, Vietnam veteran and husband of Gov. Chris Gregoire, and John E. Lee, director of the state Department of Veterans Affairs. The Partners for Veteran Supportive Campuses pledge makes official Pierce’s longstanding commitment to student veterans and their families.

“Almost 10 years ago, we entered into war and this (agreement) is a manifestation of our commitment to getting it right,” said Lee, later adding, “God bless Pierce College for all they continue to do for our veterans and our military families.”

Following the formal signing ceremony, visitors were invited to visit the brand new Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success, located on the fourth flour of the Cascade building at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom in Lakewood. It is the result of a three-year, $364,000 grant from the federal Department of Education to provide veteran students a designated space to gather and learn, a person to help with one-on-one attention, and services to help them be successful in higher education and transition into civilian life.

Pierce College serves a large number of veteran students. Last year, the Fort Steilacoom campus alone served 1,084 veteran students.  One of those is Joe Jackson, who recently formed the Fort Steilacoom Corps of Veterans, a student club on campus. He medically retired from the Army in December 2008, but said he wasn’t prepared for civilian life before finding himself at Pierce College.

“Pierce College is the perfect place for any veteran to start or continue their education,” he said. “I don’t think myself or any of the other student veterans could have found a better place to call home.”

For more information on veterans’ services at Pierce College, call Jennifer Cooke at (253) 964-6592.

November 2, 2010

Dearly Departed, a drop-dead Southern comedy, is the premiere play of a new theater season at Pierce College

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amanda Haines at 11:38 am

When Bud, the patriarch of the Tarpin family keels over dead in the opening scene, you know you’re in for a hilarious look at a dysfunctional family!

In Dearly Departed, the fall production by the Pierce College Theatre program, the colorful and cantankerous family members sort through the details of Bud’s funeral and burial, with side-splitting results.

Showtime is 7 p.m. Nov. 12, 13, 19, and 20.

Tickets are now available for all shows. Cost is $2 for students and seniors, and $5 for everyone else. Call (253) 964-6710 to make reservations. The theater is located at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, 9401 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood.