Health Department to test plans for dispensing mass medication

TACOMA, Wash. – A rapid response to dangerous diseases—natural epidemics or an outbreak following a terrorist release of anthrax or other biological agents—can make the difference between life and death.

In the event of such an emergency, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has a plan to dispense to all Pierce County residents within 48 hours medications that would help prevent disease from a biological agent exposure. [Read more...]

CWA welcomes delegates for Global Teen Summit

TACOMACharles Wright Academy on Monday entered a full week of programming for its seventh annual Global Teen Summit. The Upper School welcomed high school student and faculty delegates from China, Colombia, Poland, and the United Kingdom on Thursday, Sept. 25, and Friday, Sept. 26, and will engage in cultural, social justice, and philanthropic exchanges through Oct. 5. [Read more...]

County conducts soil testing at former hospital site

An engineering firm will drill for soil samples the week of Sept. 29 around the site of Pierce County’s proposed new building for general government services in Tacoma. The county is considering a proposal to consolidate 15 or so departments – mostly in leased spaces – into a new general-purpose administration building on the site of the county’s former human services campus. The 9-acre site is located at 3580 Pacific Ave.

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Back to school: UW Tacoma is 25 years old

TACOMA, WASH. — The start of a new school year has given UW Tacoma a lot to crow about.

On Sept. 24, UW Tacoma kicked off its 25th year by welcoming 1,310 new students to its growing campus, more incoming students than ever before. These 440 freshmen and 870 transfer students our bring enrollment up to around 4,500. (Look for exact figures in early October.) Of these freshmen, 68% are first-generation college students. One hundred and twenty come to us through the Pathways to Promise program, a partnership UW Tacoma has with local high schools to help foster a college-going culture in the South Sound. With these students come 47 new full-time faculty members, ready to inspire students with classes on everything from smartphone app development to humanitarian journalism and the psychology of super-heroes. [Read more...]

2014 Tacoma RV Show features Elvis memorabilia, Oct. 9-12

TACOMA—The Tacoma Fall RV Show® presents an impressive exhibit of Elvis memorabilia, “The Private Collection of the King on Tour,” coupled with big displays by leading Northwest RV dealers, October 9-12 at the Tacoma Dome.

More than a dozen of the region’s top dealers will spotlight a wide variety of makes and models, ranging from stylish luxury motorhomes to a big selection of “entry level” models. For added convenience and value, parking is free every day of the show in Tacoma Dome parking lots. [Read more...]

‘Restoring the American Dream’ workshop at UWT

TACOMA, WASH. — The University of Washington Tacoma’s Center for the Study of Community and Society will host a one-day workshop entitled “Restoring the American Dream: A Community Conversation on Big Money, Inequality and the Average Voter.”

The workshop will be held at Tacoma Public Library’s Olympic Room, 1102 Tacoma Ave S., on October 11, 2014, starting at 10 a.m.

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Pierce and TCC are Leading the Way

Achieving the Dream announced the selection of 16 additional community colleges recognized as Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges—a national designation awarded to community colleges that commit to improving student success and closing achievement gaps. These colleges have shown how data can inform policy and practice to help community college students achieve their goals, resulting in improved skills, better employability, and economic growth for families, communities, and the nation as a whole.

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