Category Archives: Lead Story

Meet Nhan Ta, All Washington Academic Team Member

Nhan Ta, an international student from Vietnam, began learning English in Kindergarten and has attended English-speaking schools for gifted students ever since. Ta, 18, will receive his high school diploma and associate of arts degree simultaneously at the end of spring quarter.

Meet George Thomas, 2017 Distinguished Alum

As a member of the military working full time while raising a family, George Thomas did not have a lot of free time to pursue his education back in 1979. Based at Fort Lewis, he knew that earning a college degree was a goal he needed to achieve to advance in his career.

Pierce College receives national recognition for improving graduation rates

Pierce College has always maintained a strong commitment to student success, but when the college began to take a closer look at the data, the results were alarming. Student retention, course completion and graduation rates were not at acceptable levels, and then numbers showed that the college was not meeting its own expectation of providing

Meet Terry Jones, 2017 Distinguished Alum

Terry Jones chose to attend Pierce College for a reason that many do: she and her family were hoping to save money on a bachelor’s degree by attending a community college for the first two years.

Pierce College Puyallup Theater presents “Lone Star Feminist”

Pierce College Puyallup is hosting a special evening with Dr. Andrea Baldwin, featuring her solo performance of “Lone Star Feminist.” The performance takes place on March 18 in the Arts and Allied Health Building Black Box Theater.

Spring quarter classes in Graham available now

Pierce College now offers college courses at Graham Kapowsin High School, providing access to higher education for communities in south Pierce County.

Pierce College Puyallup discussion on diversity in STEM to take place Feb. 23

Are you interested in careers in science, technology, engineering or math? Come out to Pierce College Puyallup’s first-ever STEM Town Hall discussion focusing on diversity within these career pathways.

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom presents “Sweeney Todd”

“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” will take audience members on a thrilling musical ride when the show opens Feb. 24 at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom’s Black Box Theater.

Meet Devon McKenna, Pierce College All-Washington Academic Team member

When first-generation college student Devon McKenna was growing up, he did not see much value in pursuing higher education. While growing up in Australia, McKenna knew only a few former classmates who decided to go to college, “and they didn’t seem to have a practical bone in their bodies,” he said.

Meet Avery Ellison, All Washington Academic Team Member

Avery Ellison admits she was not a very good student in high school and had little motivation or direction in her life. Although she went to college straight after high school, she was unsure of what degree she wanted to pursue and ultimately quit school altogether.