Category Archives: Lead Story

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

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

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.

RallyPoint/6 connects veterans with education, opportunity


Through her work at RallyPoint/6, Ramona Gresham has the opportunity to impact the lives of countless service members and veterans as they transition into the civilian world. Thanks to the support of a consortium of colleges including Pierce, Gresham works with veterans to identify and help them pursue their education and career goals.

Pierce College Nursing Program celebrates 10 years of success

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For the past decade, the Pierce College nursing department has prepared the next generation of nurses for success in an in-demand field. As the program celebrates its 10-year anniversary in 2015, Director Emily Mize, Ph.D., anticipates continued success as this highly competitive program moves into the future.

Homeland Security Emergency Management Center of Excellence celebrates 10-year anniversary with annual summit June 16


Pierce College is proud to have supported the Homeland Security Emergency Management’s Center of Excellence (HSEM COE) 10-year anniversary celebration summit on June 16 at Pierce College Puyallup.

Pierce College employee recognized with award for open education excellence


Throughout her career, Pierce College Open Education Project Manager Quill West has designed and led projects that have saved students more than $1 million in textbook costs.

Pierce College business students put classroom lessons to work in citizenship project

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Ever since he started teaching nearly 30 years ago, Business Professor Vincent Troccoli has made it his goal to instill in his students the importance of giving back to the community. His citizenship/leadership project allows students to apply the principles of business learned in the classroom to real-world service projects designed to make a difference.

Three Pierce College instructors recognized at international conference

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  Pierce College is proud to announce the recipients of the annual NISOD Excellence Awards. The 2015 honorees include Professors Corrina Wycoff, Sharon Camner and Duncan McClinton. Award recipients were honored during the organization’s International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence in Austin in late May.

Pierce College awards inaugural Honorary Associate of Arts to local businessman, humanitarian

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Pierce College is proud to recognize Jerry Korum as the recipient of the college’s first-ever Honorary Associate of Arts degree. In recognition of his educational service, community involvement and personal and professional accomplishments, the college will award the degree during the 2015 Commencement ceremony.