Get to know your fellow students at the New Raider Welcome event Sept. 15


1174826_452896961483995_1918200282_nNew students at Pierce College are invited to attend the New Raider Welcome event Sept. 15, where faculty and staff will be on hand to make sure everyone is prepared to take on fall quarter. At the Fort Steilacoom campus, the event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Cascade building, and from 3-6 p.m. at Pierce College Puyallup in the College Center building.

Pierce College to offer new course in social media for business


handclickingmousePierce College is proud to offer a brand new course designed to introduce students to social media best practices for business, starting fall quarter. Introduction to Social Media Marketing (Business 134) will be taught completely online, and will give students hands on experience using social media, creating blogs and exploring other emerging technologies.

Students can expect to spend at least 10 hours per week on the class, and will walk away from the course with practical experience and an online portfolio showcasing their abilities.

Summer quarter survey results are in!


photo[1] photoPierce College made some important changes to the summer quarter schedule to better meet the needs of busy students. A new block schedule, with most classes taking place only two days a week, was implemented to meet the needs of working students, and a shorter term allows all students to finish their classes and still enjoy the summer.

College Success course becomes mandatory for students who place below college level in one subject


CollegeSuccessEditIn the past year, Pierce College instructors have been working hard to adapt the College Success course to better meet the needs of students. The course itself is designed to help students learn about college resources and the learning tools they will use throughout their schooling.

Rep. Denny Heck hosts panel on paycheck fairness at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom

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Denny Heck EditRepresentative Denny Heck, D-Wash., packed the house at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom on Aug. 12 during a panel discussion focusing on the wage gap that exists between men and women.

Panel to Discuss Ideas on Economic Equality for Washington Women with Rep. Denny Heck


Heck_MugChancellor Michele Johnson and President Denise Yochum will serve on a panel hosted by Rep. Denny Heck on Tues., Aug. 12 at 5 p.m. in the Performance Lounge at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom.

Pierce College alumni accepted into Boeing program at UW


KalenBefore enrolling in the Running Start program at Pierce College, Kalen Grahler was a below average high school student who was ready for a change.

He found that change at Pierce.

Pierce College Foundation scholarships available now


foundation3In the past academic year alone, the Pierce College Foundation has distributed more than $160,000 in scholarships to students who need it most, and a new round of awards will be available soon. Starting Aug. 28, students can begin applying for scholarship funds by completing a profile on

Pierce College hosts Lakewood MakerFest Aug. 9


MakerFest MakerFest2The Pierce College Science Dome will be filled with do-it-yourselfers of all ages on Aug. 9 during the second annual Lakewood MakerFest. Sponsored by the Pierce County Library System, City of Lakewood, Lakewood Computer Clubhouse and Pierce College, this free event is geared to new and experienced makers, as well as those looking for a little DIY inspiration.

Math automaticity helps to improve student success in developmental math courses


automaticityPierce College math instructors are working harder than ever to improve student success rates in developmental math courses. Through their renewed focus on math automaticity, meaning math fact fluency, instructors hope to improve students’ ability to learn advanced skills more quickly.