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

Mark Haskins

LAKEWOOD, WASH. – Retired United States Air Force Col. Mark Haskins will join Pierce College as the new Executive Director of Military Programs later this summer. As a former director of warfighting education for the United States Air Force LeMay Center for Doctrine and Education, Haskins brings with him a distinguished career in the military, along with extensive educational knowledge. He also served as commander, department chair and professor of Air Force Studies at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. [Read more...]

Pierce College: Keeping it all in the Family


LAKEWOOD –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.

Sharon, 25, is the first of all six children in Allen and Nadia Coward’s family to graduate from Pierce College. Her youngest brother and sister, Jesse and Christina, walked in this year’s commencement ceremony and both plan to complete their required classes this fall.

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Pierce alum brings a sense of home to international students 

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LAKEWOOD – 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 study in a foreign country.  [Read more...]

International student experiences American culture

Ashwini Guduru

LAKEWOOD – When Pierce College international student 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 the airport with suitcases in hand that she truly believed she was on her way to study at Pierce College. [Read more...]

First cohort of Health Information Technology students complete program

LAKEWOOD – Shawn Armentrout worked as an electrician for 25 years, and established a solid career for himself until a lower-back injury forced him to rethink his future. “From 1998 to 2009, the wear and tear of working in construction just broke me down,” he admitted.

Two years and two surgeries later, he made the decision to go back to school and prepare himself for a field that would better suit him.

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Pierce College Center of Excellence co-hosts best practices summit 

LAKEWOOD – Later this month, some of the state’s leading infrastructure and emergency management experts will converge for the 9th annual Energy and Construction Best Practices Summit, organized in part by Pierce College’s Homeland Security-Emergency Management Center of Excellence (HSEM). The summit takes place June 18-19 at Centralia College, and is designed to provide expert advice on how to be prepared for natural disasters and other emergency situations.

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Maker/Minecraft Volunteers Wanted

The Lakewood Computer Clubhouse, an outreach of Pierce College,  is looking for adult and teen (age 17+) mentors to help out with our Wednesday-Friday Maker and Minecraft Camp. The program is a free program for youth ages 8-16 and runs from 9:00 to 2:30. The participants will be working on “maker” projects, preparing for Lakewood MakerFest in the morning, and building with MinecraftEdu after lunch. 

Volunteer mentors help out as needed, teaching and often learning alongside the participants. Contact Kurt Sample (253) 651-2863  if interested.

Pierce College Director of Athletics receives award for outstanding service


LAKEWOOD, WASH. – Pierce College Director of Athletics Duncan Stevenson was recognized at the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) Hall of Fame Banquet last week for going the extra mile on behalf of the organization.

For the second time in his career, NWAACC presented him with the Dutch Triebwasser Award for outstanding service as an athletic director.

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