Pierce College Foundation scholarships available for application Aug. 28

LAKEWOOD – In the past academic year alone, the Pierce College Foundation has distributed more than $160,000 in scholarships to students who need it most, and a new round of awards will be available soon. Starting Aug. 28, students can begin applying for scholarship funds by completing a profile on theWashBoard.org. [Read more...]

Pierce College Alumni accepted into Boeing UW Program


LAKEWOOD, WASH. – Before enrolling in the Running Start program at Pierce College, Kalen Grahler was a below average high school student who was ready for a change.

He found that change at Pierce. As the son of Bobi Foster-Grahler, program coordinator for Pierce College’s Criminal Justice department, he felt he needed more of a challenge than what high school had to offer.

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Panel to Discuss Ideas on Economic Equality for Washington Women with Rep. Denny Heck

More needs to be done to close the wage gap that still exists between women and men – including passage of the critical Paycheck Fairness Act. Rep. Denny Heck, D-Wash., will join female leaders to discuss ways to help more Washington women receive an equal paycheck that matches their male counterparts.

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Pierce College hosts Lakewood MakerFest Aug. 9


LAKEWOOD, WASH. – The Pierce College Science Dome will be filled with do-it-yourselfers of all ages on Aug. 9 during the second annual Lakewood MakerFest. Sponsored by the Pierce County Library System, City of Lakewood, Lakewood Computer Clubhouse and Pierce College, this free event is geared to new and experienced makers, as well as those looking for a little DIY inspiration.

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Pierce College international student has big plans for future

Jessica Stohrer

LAKEWOOD, WASH. – Born and raised in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil, Pierce College international student Jessica Stohrer knew nothing more about American culture than what she saw on television. Stohrer, 23, had always dreamed of coming to the United States, but never truly imagined she would make the journey here, even after learning she had won a scholarship sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Education.

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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...]