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Students can learn to speak English while improving their technology skills in an innovative Pierce College program.
To help make that possible, the newly designed English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) course will loan students a laptop to use at home and provide free access to the Internet.
Students can apply now to be in the first class, which starts in September on the Fort Steilacoom campus in Lakewood. A maximum of 25 students will be accepted. Tuition is just $25 a quarter.
Part of statewide, $3.5 million grant
The Pierce College course is part of the statewide Integrated Digital English Acceleration program, or I-DEA for short. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is funding the project through a $3.5 million grant to the State Board for Community and Technical C0lleges.
The Pierce College Science Dome is presenting a new, interactive kids’ show about the moon and a cutting-edge production about the earth’s global climate.
The Science Dome also has new hours for the spring. General audience shows, featuring a rotation of titles, will be 7 p.m. Fridays and 3:15 p.m. Saturdays. Children’s shows will be 2 p.m. Saturdays.
All Pierce College Student Service offices and online tools will be unavailable from 8 p.m. Thursday, May 26, through noon Tuesday, May 31. All state community and technical colleges will be affected by this shutdown, which is the result of mandatory statewide system improvements.
The following services will not be available May 26-31:
- Student online scheduling tools (i.e. schedule planner, waitlist inquiry, transcripts, etc.)
- Account management tools (i.e. change of address, PIN change, etc.)
- Financial aid
- Payment services (i.e. cashiering and credit card payments)
- Access and Disability Services
- Running Start
- Veterans Services
This downtime will occur during a registration period, but all registration activities will be suspended during this time. Therefore, no students will be able to register for classes during this weekend.
Thank you for your understanding.