Category Archives: Academics
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 courses are also available.
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 the tsunami, and launched them in the field in their home countries.
The homeland security program is looking to attract more such students and has been working on a partnership with the International Education program.
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 and three to four additional days of combined clinical, lab and written examinations.”
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, courses, or registration, please use the contact information below:
FS: Alicia Serrano (FS) at 253-964-6418 or visit the Welcome Center
PY: Jamie Silva (PY) at 253-864-3227or visit the Student Success Center
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 (http://www.pierce.ctc.edu/dist/scholarships/). Approximately 30 scholarships will be awarded.
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 for students who struggle academically. We have strong commitment across the district to improve student outcomes, and we’ve taken some big steps this year. This grant lets us move to a new level,” says Dr. Michele L. Johnson, chancellor of Pierce College. “Ultimately, the funds will result in more Pierce County students completing degrees in a timely manner.”
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 www.pierce.ctc.edu/el walks you through the basics of eCampus, which connects users to classrooms, instructors and classmates. After you take the system for a test drive, you’ll be able to access class materials, submit assignments, participate in discussions, collaborate on projects and receive feedback.
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 Official GED test, go online at www.gedtestingservice.com, or call 1 (877) 392-6422. To register for the paper-based Official GED test, call the Fort Steilacoom Testing Center at (253) 964-6521. You must start taking the GED test by Oct. 31, 2013 and complete by Dec. 13, 2013.
OLYMPIA — Students who have started but not completed their GED tests should finish by early December or they’ll have to start from scratch on new tests in January and pay a testing fee again, according to officials from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
In January, the national GED Testing Service will replace the current five-part test with a four-part series that is considered more rigorous and a better indicator of students’ readiness for college and careers. Like the current version, the parts can be taken separately, but all must be passed to receive a high school equivalency certificate.
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 away, Holly Emerson is creating a similar database. So are William Steele, Marshall Murphy and Shawn Armentrout.
They’re in a Database Management Systems class, which is part of Pierce College’s new Health Information Technology program.
It’s complicated work, using Microsoft Access software. Instructor Donna Moran makes the rounds to help the students get past stumbling blocks. There’s a list on the board of who needs her help next. The students also work together to solve problems.
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.
Exploring career options on screen
In the videos, viewers see women at local work sites describing their jobs as carpenters or electric meter technicians. Men discuss their careers as librarians or dental hygienists. Many are Pierce College graduates.
The 11 clips, which range from about three to 12 1/2 minutes, can be seen at http://tinyurl.com/nontradvideo. They’re full of ideas for anyone considering career options, whether they’re in high school, the job market or college. Pierce offers a degree or certificate program that prepares students for each of the featured professions.