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Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Brett Willis to the Pierce College Board of Trustees. Mr. Willis replaces Marcus S. Gaspard, who has been on the board since 2006 and was instrumental in establish Pierce College Puyallup.
“We welcome Mr. Willis to the Board and are looking forward to the expertise and insights he brings to The Pierce College District. With many connections to the College, he is a well-known and respected leader in Puyallup. We are pleased that Governor Inslee has appointed someone of Mr. Willis’ stature”, said Board chair Angie Roarty.
A rousing game of Jeopardy has revealed “The Brightest Person on Campus.” After the field of 15 applicants was narrowed down to six contestants, the competition began. Upside-down red plastic cups were used as “buzzers” – the cup had to be raised to the head in order to answer a question. Categories for round one: What Matters to Your Teenage Sister; Reading Fever; What Am I; Whatcha Munchin; and Around the World. If you’re ever asked “What’s the most recognized smell in the world?” your answer should be coffee!
No doubt you’ve heard of “sustainability” — the environmental, social and economic choices we all can make that enable the earth to continue supporting life. Now each Monday through November at Pierce College, you’ll have a unique opportunity to take it beyond buzzword status and learn more about the concept.
Curt Warmington, English professor, and Laurie Schuster, librarian, have organized a series of discussions on sustainability, to be held on Mondays noted below from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in AAH 240 at Puyallup and in CAS 371 (the Boardroom) at Fort Steilacoom. Delicious — and sustainably produced — snacks will be provided.
Ilgert spent his junior year of high school as an exchange student at Puyallup High School. During that time, he heard positive things about Pierce College from students participating in the Running Start program. That started him thinking about what college in America would be like. However, in the meantime, he needed to return to Wolfsburg to complete three more years of high school (exchange students in Germany are required to repeat the year they spent here in the United States).
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.
This summer, English professor Beth Stevens learned about the history of slavery in Georgia not just by reading a good book. In fact, as part of a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, she read eight good books, and walked the earth that Georgia slaves walked, met descendants of slaves and took in lectures by scholars in the field.
She says the real-life experience provided invaluable insights she can share back at Pierce College in classroom and campus discussions about issues of race in America.
The scene: Three middle-school girls, heads together, chattering and intent.
The subject: Not Justin Beiber or clothes or shopping. It was whether the electrodes they had inserted into some bananas were properly routed to make their banana piano playable through a computer program.
Want to help new Pierce students find their way around and get to know what the college has to offer?
Sign up by Friday, Oct. 4, to be a Student Ambassador — a student leader who helps others navigate the college system and use online tools. Ambassadors also lead campus tours, explain campus resources, coordinate student activities and provide general peer mentoring and guidance.
Candidates can access the application packet online, or pick one up in the Student Success Center (ADM-106) or the Student Programs Office (CTR-210). Completed packets must be received by 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, in the Student Success Center. For information, contact Jamie Silva, 253-864-3227 or JSilva@pierce.ctc.edu.
“We were able to give attendees a complete smorgasbord. I don’t think anyone else had that full of a set-up,” said Vickie Bell, Pierce’s veterans adviser and Veterans Resource Center manager, who helped host the college’s table.
Bell said many of the vets who visited the table were interested in the jobs that human resources had to offer. A number were also interested in pursuing business degrees. She estimated that she brought along 60-70 Pierce College Viewbooks and took only 10 back with her.
She also suggested that people attending career fairs treat the experience like a job interview: dress smartly, present yourself well, and come armed with a resume.
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.