Pierce College alum nominated Entrepreneur of the Year

Nikki Jackola EDITGrowing up, Nikki Jackola learned the value of hard work from her parents, but the idea of going to college was never part of the conversation. For a time, her unflinching hard work paid off as she created a highly successful career for herself handling workers compensation claims. But when forced to make a decision on the job that would compromise her own personal values, she cut ties with her employer. During her hunt to find a new job, she quickly found that experience and hard work does not always make up for a college degree. [Read more…]

CPTC: Congratulations to the President’s Unsung Hero for January


Winter break is typically a time when things slow down on Clover Park Technical College’s campuses. That was far from the case for the college’s Information Technology and Facilities Departments last month.

For their tireless work and effort to relocate Student Services in preparation for Building 17’s remodel, the two departments were selected as the President’s Unsung Hero for January. [Read more…]

Alonso named Educator of the Month by Lakewood Rotary

Katie Alonso (left) with Lakewood Rotary's Kim Prentice.

Katie Alonso has been working with students who have severe emotional and behavioral disabilities for more than 11 years at Idlewild Elementary School. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Montana State University and is dedicated to the success of her students and their families and demonstrates a genuine care for them. Alonso was also named Educator of the Month (January) by the Rotary Club of Lakewood. [Read more…]

Criminal Justice student finds success in a new career

bannerAfter serving in the United States military for many years, Juan Morales knew he belonged in uniform. He entered the military in 2007 and developed valuable skills he hoped to put to use in his next career. During his last year in the service, he spent many hours researching local colleges and ultimately discovered the Pierce College Criminal Justice program. When he enrolled in the Corrections/Protections Officer certification program, he knew he was taking the right steps toward reaching his goal of becoming a law enforcement officer, but he had no idea how quickly he would find a job in his field thanks to the program. [Read more…]

Potter named FISH Food Banks executive director

Sue Potter

The Board of Directors of FISH Food Banks of Pierce County has appointed of Sue Potter as Executive Director.

Sue Potter stands on more than two decades of experience in the non-profit sector. She joined the Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity affiliate in 2009, where she served as Director of Development & Communication for five years. Her responsibilities included administering individual, corporate and foundation donations, special events, community outreach, and home sponsorships. In addition, Sue was responsible for directing all marketing efforts for both the affiliate and its retail store. [Read more…]