Four Pierce College Alumni honored during celebration April 17

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DSC_5759 DSC_5783KateSDSC_5777DSC_5743The Pierce College community came together April 17 for the annual Distinguished Alumni event honoring four former students who have each gone on to achieve great personal and professional success. This year’s nominees have made important strides in business, philanthropy, education, athletics, public policy and more. Many of them call their time at Pierce instrumental in helping their goals become a reality.

Before she made her WNBA debut, Pierce College Running Start alum Kate Starbird made her mark at Stanford University, and excelled in both basketball and academics. When her professional career ended, she decided to go back to school, ultimately earning her doctorate from the University of Colorado. Today, she serves as a professor in the University of Washington’s Human Centered Design and Engineering department.

Lakewood businesswoman and philanthropist Natalie Mayer attended Pierce College on multiple occasions in her life, and received the support she needed to change careers or learn new skills to be successful in life. When she started at Pierce, it was the beginning of a search for what she wanted out of life and who she wanted to become.

“Being here brings so much validation to my journey,” Mayer said at the Distinguished Alumni banquet. “Attending Pierce College gave me courage and showed me that I could be successful in school.”

Greg Brazell currently serves as the dean of social science and business at Pierce College. He calls himself a Pierce College ‘homer,’ and he couldn’t be more proud to work for the school that gave him a much-needed sense of purpose in his life. “Coming to Pierce College truly transformed my life,” he said. “It has been an honor to serve as a dean, and it’s truly taught me what servant leadership really means.”

Since she was a young child, Dr. Sheley Secrest knew she wanted to be a civil rights lawyer. As a first-generation college student, it wasn’t until she enrolled at Pierce College that she was able to connect with instructors who were able to help set her on the right track.

When she was a student at Pierce, she attended the Distinguished Alumni event, hoping she could one day be called on stage as an honoree. “I remember thinking that some day this could be me,” she said. “Today, it is. My time at Pierce has made a difference in my life, and I am so thankful.”

Pierce College celebrates Earth Day

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Earth-Day-2014-v2Pierce College is getting into the spirit of Earth Day, April 22, by holding a number of events to help students find ways to reduce their carbon footprint, get rid of some old electronics, or just have fun while doing a little good for the planet.

Dr. Sheley Secrest honored in Distinguished Alumni celebration

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DSC_5517Since she was nine years old, Dr. Sheley Secrest knew she wanted to be a civil rights lawyer. She never lost sight of her dreams, but had little knowledge of what it would take to make her goal a reality. As a first-generation college student, it wasn’t until she enrolled at Pierce College that she was able to connect with instructors who were able to help set her on a course that would determine the direction of her life.

Pierce College faculty receive award for excellence, innovation in teaching

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041714_faculty_hpThree faculty members were recently recognized for their efforts in the classroom and overall contribution to Pierce College. Laurie Schuster, Irene Brewer and Pete Kaslik each received the League for Innovation in the Community College’s Excellence Award for standing out as instructors dedicated to student success.

Lakewood philanthropist honored in Distinguished Alumni ceremony

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Natalie MayerFor Lakewood businesswoman and philanthropist Natalie Mayer, Pierce College has always been there for her, to provide the support she needed to change careers or learn new skills to be successful in life. When she started at Pierce, it was the beginning of a search for what she wanted out of life and who she wanted to become.

Personal training sessions now offered at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom

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Natalie Kimball picPierce College alum Natalie Kimball is making it her mission to help clients get fit and healthy through her personal training services, now offered at the Fort Steilacoom campus. And at $105 for four one-hour sessions, taking advantage of her expertise is more affordable than most professional personal trainers on the market.

Former WNBA pro Kate Starbird honored in Distinguished Alumni ceremony

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KateSKate Starbird didn’t necessarily grow up with the dream of playing professional basketball. And even when she became the all-time leading scorer for Lakes High School, she never expected to make much of a career out of her talents. It wasn’t until the former Pierce College Running Start student was in her senior year in college at Stanford that she even realized a professional career in basketball was an option.

PierceWorks! Featured on TV Tacoma’s CityLine

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DSC_4880TV Tacoma’s CityLine featured a segment on April 10 about Pierce College’s seven-week career transition program PierceWorks! and the impact it has on students and greater community.

Military EMS program moves to Fort Steilacoom

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EMTphotoIt’s been a little over a month since moving from its former location at JBLM, but the Military EMS program is going strong and thriving in its new location at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom. Although about three-quarters of students are in the military, the courses are open to the public, as well.

Greg Brazell honored in Distinguished Alumni celebration April 17

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gregbWhen Greg Brazell walked through the doors of Pierce College in the early 1980s, he was like many other students today. A little bit lost, and more than a little bit uncertain about what lies ahead for him in the future. He credits the instructors and his experience at Pierce with giving him a much-needed sense of purpose and direction.