Category Archives: Academics

ENROLL NOW! Popular Online Courses Still Available!


Due to student demand, Pierce has added a new “FALL 2″ term with five popular online courses. These courses run for eight weeks, beginning October 21 and ending December 17. You can register online using your current RAC; Fall 2 will be the default in the online registration system. In addition, alternative MIL Fall 2

Emergency Management Program a good fit for international students


Pierce College is playing a role in helping to keep the people in small south Asian countries safer the next time they face a natural disaster such as 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Over the past two years, The Homeland Security Emergency Management program has graduated two stellar students from Indonesia, a country hit hard by

Pierce dental hygiene grads earn high scores on board exams


All 16 June graduates of the Pierce College dental hygiene program have passed their board examinations with flying colors, making them eligible for licensure. “Our graduates must successfully pass seven separate examinations to be eligible for licensure,” according to Monica Hospenthal, director of the dental hygiene department. “These tests include an eight hour comprehensive written exam

FALL 2 Term Has Been Added

Fall Colored Maple Leaves

Due to student demand, Pierce has added a new “FALL 2″ term with five popular online courses. These courses run for eight weeks, beginning October 21 and ending December 17. You can register online using your current RAC. In addition, alternative MIL Fall 2 courses are also available. If you have questions about the calendar,

Help Pay for School with a Foundation Scholarship


Hurry! Deadline is October 10 Need cash for college?  Scholarship money is waiting to be awarded for winter and spring quarters through the Pierce College Foundation— but don’t delay.  The deadline is midnight, Thursday, Oct. 10. Visit the scholarships page on the Pierce College website for additional information (  Approximately 30 scholarships will be awarded.

Pierce College awarded $1.8 million federal grant to help students succeed


Pierce College recently learned it has been awarded a $1.8 million, five-year U.S. Department of Education Title III “Strengthening Institutions Program” grant. The funds will help support the college’s efforts to improve student success, with a particular focus on low-income students. “There is so much we need and want to do to provide more support

Test drive eCampus this week


Pierce students no longer have an “Angel” (learning management software) on their shoulder, but you can use this week to get used to its replacement — eCampus — before classes get underway September 23. The eCampus Tutorial at walks you through the basics of eCampus, which connects users to classrooms, instructors and classmates. After you take

Finish or lose it: GED test-takers reminded to complete tests by December 2013


The current GED test ends Dec. 31, 2013 and all previous scores for those who haven’t completed their GED become invalid. Register for Fall classes NOW. Register for GED classes at Pierce College now by contacting Debbie Murphy at Fort Steilacoom (253) 964-6657 and Kylie Brodie at Puyallup (253) 840-8463. To register for the Computer-Based

New information technology programs train students for jobs in healthcare database management


Dane Scharff is creating a database for a hospital. The hospital needs to know which of its employees are up to date in their training in CPR, the federal privacy act and electronic medical records. The database will show when their certifications expire and when they need to be scheduled for retraining. A few workstations

Breaking tradition: Videos showcase men and women in nontraditional careers

Aaron Caldwell in veterinary technology classes at Pierce College.

Just ask a male dental hygienist or female computer network engineer: Pierce College prepares students for careers that capture their interest, even if it’s a profession traditionally held by the opposite sex. To underscore that commitment, the college has produced a new series of video clips encouraging students to consider what’s called a nontraditional career.