Bates Technical College a STEM Jobs-approved college

TACOMA – Victory Media, a creator of educational and career resources aimed at connecting students interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), announced this month that Bates Technical College has been included in their 2015 STEM Jobs Approved Colleges list.

By 2018, Washington state will see a 24 percent increase in STEM jobs—seven points above the national average, according to Bates offers programs across the STEM spectrum, making the college a leader in offering relevant STEM education through hands-on learning and increasing interest in STEM fields in our state. [Read more…]

Communities In Schools launches Healthy Youth Program

By Dave O’Keeffe

In October, Communities In Schools of Lakewood (CISL) launched a Healthy Youth Program at Tyee Park Elementary School. Each Friday, 50 students in grades 3-5 meet after school to engage in fitness and healthy youth activities. CISL site coordinator Ruth Rosas manages the program; the city of Lakewood provides fitness staff/busing; and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department provides funds for school nurses to lead healthy lifestyle activities.

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New Dean of Student Success at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom

Unknown-1As the new Dean of Student Success at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, Tami Jacobs is looking forward to taking on an important leadership role at the college. She previously served as the director of student health and community standards at Clark College in Vancouver, Wash., and also brings with her extensive experience in academic, career and personal counseling, student conduct, disability services and Title 9.

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New website simplifies use of Open Educational Resources

The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) on Dec. 11 announced its launch of OPEN Attribution Builder. The application helps Open Educational Resources (OER) users properly cite their sources, making the OER more user-friendly. The goal behind OER is to make high quality materials easily available to students and instructors at a much lower cost than that of published textbooks and other classroom materials. [Read more…]

Pierce College student leaders attend Legislative Academy in Olympia

10527796_507681072711476_1421794128165371513_nPierce College student leaders are working hard to advocate for issues impacting the college community, from the use of open source text books to the overall funding of higher education. Several student leaders recently attended the Washington Community and Technical College Student Association (WACTCSA) Legislative Academy in Olympia, learning more about a number of issues brought forward by students.

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Preparing for the 50-year reunion

By John Vosburgh

Clover Park Senior High School’s class of 1965 is beginning preparations for their 50-year reunion. The date for the main event is Saturday, September 12, 2015. The venue is the Tacoma Country & Golf Club in Lakewood. The reunion committee is searching for classmates who have moved. The names and photos of those we are searching for can be found on Updated contact info may be sent to Jan (Brewer) Taylor at