New university transfer degree eliminates textbook costs

McChord student laptopThrough a new program offered at Pierce College at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, students across the district can earn a university transfer degree that nearly eliminates the cost of textbooks. Starting in Fall 2015, the Pierce Open Pathway (POP) program will allow students to enroll in online and hybrid classes, which feature low-cost, openly licensed learning resources that have been thoroughly evaluated by Pierce College officials.

As the Open Education Resources Project Manager, Quill West has been working closely with faculty throughout the district to find high-quality, low-cost learning resources to use in each course. [Read more…]

UPS awarded $250,000 grant for ‘experiential education’


TACOMA, Wash. – University of Puget Sound is initiating strategies to ensure that every student has a well-integrated set of opportunities to apply their liberal arts learning to “real-world” experiences and hands-on projects during their four years of study. The efforts are being generously supported by a $250,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. [Read more…]

Tacoma Concert Band performs special concert at Piece College Puyallup July 8

TCB formal picture.1As the Tacoma Concert Band gears up for its third European tour, these talented musicians are making a stop in Puyallup for a performance at Pierce College on Wednesday, July 8 at 7:30 p.m. The performance will be the first the group has made in Puyallup in recent years, and guests will hear a preview of the songs the band will perform throughout Spain later in the month. [Read more…]

Pierce College Kinesiology program prepares students in competitive field

Kinesiology webTransform an active, healthy lifestyle into an in-demand career with a Pierce College Kinesiology degree, designed to set students apart as personal trainers, athletic coaches, nutritionists and more. Formerly known as the Diagnostic Health and Fitness degree, the Associate in Kinesiology combines classroom and cutting-edge laboratory experiences, and prepares students to pass national fitness trainer certification exams. [Read more…]

First-generation college student aims high

Leah1Sometimes being a first generation college student means figuring out the importance of a higher education on your own terms. For 17- year-old Leah Dao, being an accomplished first generation college student came with the goal to live out her parents dreams.

“My parents didn’t get the opportunity to go to college, so I want to fulfill what they could have done,” Dao said. “I’m achieving what their dreams are.” [Read more…]

New research on cyberbullying at UPS

Cyberbullying is drawing increasing attention, with online activity soaring and a larger number of bullying cases resulting in tragedy. “Bystander Intervention in Cyberbullying,” a new study published in the National Communication Association’s Communication Monographs reveals specific online conditions under which witnesses to cyberbullying are likely (or unlikely) to intervene in defense of a victim. [Read more…]