Lakewood philanthropist honored in Distinguished Alumni ceremony

Natalie Mayer

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


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


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


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


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.

Building partnerships


20140310_113653 good 2 good 1 good 4During a recent 12-day trip to Japan and Korea, Chancellor Michele Johnson and International Education Executive Director Myung Park visited a number of colleges with the overall goal to expand international education opportunities for students.

8th Grade Exploration Day at Pierce College

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Students small crowd smallHundreds of local eighth graders packed the Pierce College Health Education Center on March 24, all in a quest to catch a glimpse into the life of a college student. The Washington Council for High School-College Relations’ annual 8th Grade College Exploration Day provided students with a sneak peak into the clubs, activities, courses and facilities located on campus, as well as the steps they need to take to set themselves up for success in higher education.

Pierce College students selected for 2014 All-Washington Academic Team


Update: Pierce College students Laurie Mayer, Kaitlyn Hall and Christian Guevera placed in the Top 12 of the 68-member All-Washington Academic Team. Congratulations, and thank you for all your hard work!allwa-lg-m1389724599


In recognition of their high academic achievements, four Pierce College students were recently named to the All-Washington Academic Team. Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, introduced the All-USA Academic Team to honor students for their scholastic achievement and community and college service. Students nominated to the All-USA Academic Team are automatically named to the state team.

International student takes on American journalism

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Rara photoGrowing up in Jakarta, Indonesia, Rara Yulianingtyas, 27, knew little about America other than what she saw on television or in the media. When she learned she had been selected to study at Pierce College on a scholarship from the Northwest Community College Initiative Grant, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Education, she could hardly believe it. “It was on my bucket list to come to America,” she laughed.