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Leading by example

College Access Corps

Sarah McDaniel knows what it’s like to struggle in life. At only 20 years old, it wasn’t that long ago that this Pierce College alum struggled with a less than supportive family life that ultimately landed her in a transitional home. Thanks to a special teacher in her life, she was able to find the

Pierce College students lend a hand during Make a Difference Day Oct. 25


On Oct. 25, the Pierce College community will have an opportunity to participate in the country’s largest single-day of volunteering during Make a Difference Day. Thanks to a special partnership with King 5, students, staff and faculty will spend the day making much-needed improvements to Tacoma’s Jarvie Memorial Family Lodge, which offers safe emergency housing

‘Spooktober’ at Pierce College Science Dome offers family friendly fun

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For the entire month of October, the Pierce College Science Dome will be transformed into the spooky night sky, with a brand new lineup of haunting productions that are sure to entertain children and adults alike. Most shows are designed for children 12 and under, providing the perfect family friendly Halloween activity.

Achieving the Dream awards Pierce College Leader College status


Achieving the Dream recently announced that Pierce College is one of 16 community colleges selected for the 2014 cohort of Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges – a national designation awarded to community colleges that commit to improving student success and closing achievement gaps.

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom hosts Rep. Denny Heck during panel discussion Sept. 22


Rep. Denny Heck is leading a panel discussion Sept. 22 at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom’s Performance Lounge, focusing on communities of color and social justice. Heck will bring together community leaders, law enforcement and elected officials to discuss ways to improve safety and protect our communities for everyone.

Helping veteran students succeed


For many veterans, transitioning into civilian life can be a daunting experience, and navigating the benefits and services available to them can seem downright impossible. For those pursuing an education, managing classes, work and family life only adds to the pressure and challenge of leaving the structure of the military.

Pierce College teams up with Rally Point 6 to better serve veterans


In an effort to support the local military community, Pierce College is collaborating with a local organization that calls itself the state’s largest one-stop resource center for transitioning military members and their families. Rally Point 6 officially opened its doors earlier this month, and already has a roster of more than 700 service members seeking

New class introduces students to the worlds of science fiction, fantasy


Aliens, monsters, goblins and more will be the focus of many discussions in a new class by Lisa Hurtado starting this fall. In English 112, students will focus on science fiction and fantasy literature and how the genre helps shape our perception of humanity.

Get to know your fellow students at the New Raider Welcome event Sept. 15


New students at Pierce College are invited to attend the New Raider Welcome event Sept. 15, where faculty and staff will be on hand to make sure everyone is prepared to take on fall quarter. At the Fort Steilacoom campus, the event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Cascade building,

Summer quarter survey results are in!


 Pierce College made some important changes to the summer quarter schedule to better meet the needs of busy students. A new block schedule, with most classes taking place only two days a week, was implemented to meet the needs of working students, and a shorter term allows all students to finish their classes and still