Category Archives: Academics

Achieving the Dream Recognizes Pierce College District and Miami Dade College for Transformative Change, Improved Graduation Rates

National community college reform leader Achieving the Dream (ATD) today awarded the 2017 Leah Meyer Austin Award to Miami Dade College and Pierce College District.

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.

Pierce College Writing Center experts are here to help

As one of the Pierce College Writing Center’s professional tutors, Emily Feleen works hard to assist students during all phases of writing projects. Feleen earned her bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies.

Meet Carly Tryon, All Washington Academic Team member

Between working two jobs and participating in a variety of extracurricular activities, Pierce College Puyallup Running Start Student Carly Tryon still manages to earn stellar grades. Tryon is a part of American Honors at Pierce College, which allows students to take advantage of rigorous courses and specialized advising designed to help them transfer to top-notch

Pierce College announces 2017 All-Washington Academic Team nominees

In recognition of their outstanding academic achievements, four Pierce College students were recently named to the 2017 All-Washington Academic Team. Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, introduced the All-USA Academic Team to honor students for their scholastic achievement and community service efforts.

Pierce College professor Alan Kemp, Ph.D., publishes third textbook

As a licensed mental health professional and sociology professor at Pierce College, Alan Kemp’s latest textbook takes a unique and in-depth look at the face of abuse in a variety of settings. “Abuse in Society” is written for students pursuing careers in social work, pastoral counseling, mental health counseling, psychology, nursing and more.

A look inside Pierce College Writing Centers

With both professional and peer tutors on staff, the Pierce College Writing Centers provide students with an opportunity to work with highly qualified tutors on writing projects from any class.

Pierce College nursing students pass national boards at record-breaking rate

For the first time in the program’s history, 100 percent of Pierce College nursing students passed their state board examination. This feat has only been achieved by three other associate in nursing programs in the state within the past three years.

Pierce College ranked top community college for veterans in the state – and No. 3 in the nation

Pierce College was recently named the top community college in the state for veterans in a comprehensive annual list by the Military Times. The Best for Vets: Colleges 2017 rankings highlight veteran and military students’ success.