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Pierce College hires Col. Mark Haskins as new Executive Director of Military Programs

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Retired United States Air Force Col. Mark Haskins will join Pierce College as the new Executive Director of Military Programs later this summer.

Transitioning military members experience life at Pierce College

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Pierce College Puyallup welcomed a group of about 30 military members on campus last week, allowing them to learn about the programs and services available to veterans.

New computer-based math labs help students save time and money

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When students enroll in a math lab at Pierce College it allows them to independently complete classwork at their own speed in the math level they placed in. Thanks to a new software program introduced by Math Professor Melonie Rasmussen, these students can now take advantage of customized guidance to complete their math requirements at

Summer art exhibition by Thomas Nguivoum on display now through Aug. 22

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Rich colors, deep culture and a story behind every canvas is what you’ll find in the AAH building at Pierce College Puyallup, for the summer art exhibit featuring the work of Thomas Nguivoum. Originally from Banyo, Cameroon, Nguivoum’s art reflects life in Africa and the expression of politics, hope, freedom and a better tomorrow.

Pierce Professor hosts annual nature summer camp for kids

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Later this month, Pierce College Professor Scott Sweet is giving local children a chance to get out of the house and into the great outdoors during his annual nature camp. The camp is taking place this year at Pierce College Puyallup on July 25 and Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and it

All in the Family

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When Sharon Coward enrolled in classes at the Puyallup campus nine years ago, her parents didn’t plan to begin a long-time relationship with the college. It happened, though.

Pierce College fundraising breakfasts to feature student success stories

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Pierce College Foundation’s upcoming Creating Possibilities breakfasts aim to provide educational resources students need to complete college and realize their dreams.

Pierce alum brings a sense of home to international students

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  Each Wednesday night without fail, Elizabeth Sierra-Arruffatt prepares a home-cooked meal for a group of students who have traveled across the world to study here at Pierce College. As a Pierce alum, Sierra-Arruffatt got to know many international students while she was in school, and developed a great respect for the bravery it takes to

International student experiences American culture

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When Ashwini Guduru first learned she had been chosen to study in America through a scholarship sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Education, she could hardly believe it. The 23-year-old aspiring teacher hails from India, and had no preconceived notions about American culture or people. It actually wasn’t until she arrived at

Pierce College instructor speaks at JBLM event

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On June 25, Joint Base Lewis-McChord held the U.S. military’s first event in honor of LGBTQ Pride Month to commemorate the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and called on Professor Paul Gerhardt to provide the keynote address.