Category Archives: Features

Meet Nhan Ta, All Washington Academic Team Member

Nhan Ta, an international student from Vietnam, began learning English in Kindergarten and has attended English-speaking schools for gifted students ever since. Ta, 18, will receive his high school diploma and associate of arts degree simultaneously at the end of spring quarter.

Meet George Thomas, 2017 Distinguished Alum

As a member of the military working full time while raising a family, George Thomas did not have a lot of free time to pursue his education back in 1979. Based at Fort Lewis, he knew that earning a college degree was a goal he needed to achieve to advance in his career.

Join the Pierce College Concert Choir for the Intl. Festival of Music and Movement

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom’s Concert Choir will host a special evening on March 17 during the International Festival of Music and Movement. This unique choral concert will feature special guests from the Pierce College International Education program who will perform traditional pieces from their home countries.

Pierce College receives national recognition for improving graduation rates

Pierce College has always maintained a strong commitment to student success, but when the college began to take a closer look at the data, the results were alarming. Student retention, course completion and graduation rates were not at acceptable levels, and then numbers showed that the college was not meeting its own expectation of providing

Meet Terry Jones, 2017 Distinguished Alum

Terry Jones chose to attend Pierce College for a reason that many do: she and her family were hoping to save money on a bachelor’s degree by attending a community college for the first two years.

Pierce College Puyallup Theater presents “Lone Star Feminist”

Pierce College Puyallup is hosting a special evening with Dr. Andrea Baldwin, featuring her solo performance of “Lone Star Feminist.” The performance takes place on March 18 in the Arts and Allied Health Building Black Box Theater.

Pierce College Puyallup discussion on diversity in STEM to take place Feb. 23

Are you interested in careers in science, technology, engineering or math? Come out to Pierce College Puyallup’s first-ever STEM Town Hall discussion focusing on diversity within these career pathways.

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.