New social media marketing certificate prepares students for success in an evolving field

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With new social networks popping up practically every day, it is more important than ever for business leaders and marketing professionals to understand how to leverage these channels to achieve their goals. Thanks to Pierce College’s new social media marketing certificate, students can learn the ins and outs of the most popular social networks and how to help build brand awareness.

Meet Leesa Thomas, early childhood education professor


Leesa Thomas, professor of early childhood education, is approaching her second year of teaching at Pierce College. She is passionate about training the next generation of teachers and keeping them up to date with current changes within the field. For Thomas, her biggest goal as a teacher is to help her students truly understand that learning extends far beyond classroom walls.

Meet Daniel Suh, professor of sociology

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Daniel Suh, professor of sociology, is now in his second year teaching here at Pierce College. Suh makes it his mission to bring the real world into the classroom to help his students truly connect to the material they are studying.

Pierce College student reflects on life-changing service trip


When Pierce College student Chris Sanders received the call that he had been selected to participate in the college’s first-ever service trip to Nicaragua, he could hardly believe it. The 23-year-old business management major is in his first year of college, and recently left the military after serving for three years. “I felt like something was missing after I left the military,” Sanders said. “When I learned about the opportunity to go on a service trip to Nicaragua, it felt like something I just had to do.”

CNN Money names Pierce College most successful community college in Washington

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In a recent article on, Pierce College was named the most successful community college in the state, based on the percentage of students who graduated or transferred to a four-year college.

Pierce College names visiting Chinese college president Ambassador for Global Citizenship

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Throughout the past year, Pierce College Chancellor Michele Johnson and International Education Executive Director Myung Park have traveled to South Korea, Japan, China and beyond to develop relationships with colleges overseas. These partnerships have already brought students to our campuses from around the world, globalizing and enriching students’ experiences at Pierce College.

The Pierce College Scholarship Scramble tees off July 23

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The 22nd annual Pierce College Scholarship Scramble will take over High Cedars Golf Club on July 23, with a shotgun start at noon to kick off the festivities. As the Pierce College Foundation’s most-successful fundraiser of the year, the tournament has raised more than $770,000 for student scholarships throughout its history.

This year, organizers hope to raise at least $60,000, according to Michelle Miller-Galaz, staff organizer for the tournament.

“The money we raise during this tournament benefits students directly,” Miller-Galaz said. “These scholarships help Pierce College students who may not otherwise be able to complete their higher education goals.”

The entry fee per player is $150, which includes greens fees, a box lunch, player gifts and a steak dinner during a banquet following the tournament. Throughout the festivities, there will be a variety of contests and activities, including the opportunity to win a brand-new car from Korum Automotive Group.

The post-tournament banquet will take place at 5 p.m., featuring a live and silent auction. For those who are not able to participate in the golf tournament, tickets are available to the banquet for $25 apiece.

Auction items include tickets to the Seattle Seahawks Training Camp, a private wine tasting at Hoodsport Winery, tickets to Disneyland and much more. Chancellor Michele Johnson is also offering a private dinner party at her home as part of the auction.

Raffle tickets will also be available for $1 apiece throughout the tournament, with winners receiving $100, $50 or $25.

For more information about the tournament, or to register as a player, please visit

New university transfer degree eliminates textbook costs

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Through a new program offered at Pierce College at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, students across the district can earn a university transfer degree that eliminates the cost of textbooks. Starting in Fall 2015, the Pierce Open Pathway (POP) program will allow students to enroll in online and hybrid classes, which use openly licensed learning resources that have been thoroughly evaluated by Pierce College officials.

Pierce College Kinesiology program prepares students for success in a competitive field

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Transform an active, healthy lifestyle into an in-demand career with a Pierce College Kinesiology degree, designed to set students apart as personal trainers, athletic coaches, nutritionists and more. Formerly known as the Diagnostic Health and Fitness degree, the Associate in Kinesiology combines classroom and cutting-edge laboratory experiences, and prepares students to pass national fitness trainer certification exams.

First-generation college student aims high


Sometimes being a first generation college student means figuring out the importance of a higher education on your own terms. For 17- year-old Leah Dao, being an accomplished first generation college student came with the goal to live out her parents dreams.