February events raise awareness about dating violence

imageOne in five women will become a victim of sexual assault in college, according to a report released by a White House task force charged with protecting students from dating violence. This is not a statistic to take lightly, and Student Life on both campuses are taking action to raise awareness about what healthy relationships look like, what exactly constitutes consent and when to speak up when you witness the warning signs. [Read more…]

Pierce College Theatre presents ‘5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche’

It’s 1956, and the widows of the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein are holding their annual breakfast meeting, where the highly anticipated prize-winning quiche will be declared.

The unexpected threat of an atomic bomb, however, forces the women to reevaluate and share their darkest secrets before making some not-so-shocking confessions. [Read more…]

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…]

Pierce College selects students for 2015 All-Washington Academic Team

medalsPierce College is proud to recognize four high-achieving students who will represent the college as members of the 2015 All-Washington Academic Team. Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, introduced the All-USA Academic Team to honor students for their scholastic achievement and community service. [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…]

Pierce professor saves students $1 million through open education resources


After years of teaching math, Professor David Lippman was sick of requiring his students to pay upwards of $150 for a text book. Used books were available at a slight discount, but students were forced to pay an extra fee to access online support materials unless they purchased a brand new copy.

Lippman, who began teaching at Pierce in Fall 2000, finally made the decision to move away from the lessons found in traditional textbooks. He began to carefully write and compile his own content, which he now provides to students at little to no cost. [Read more…]

Pierce College Alum excels as coach, student

sydneydavisDuring her last year as a student at Pierce College, Sydney Davis worked 30 hours a week with three different jobs, went to school full time and completed 120 internship hours in order to pursue a dual certificate in health and fitness and coaching.

With 120 internship hours left to complete her degree, Davis served as a boot camp instructor at MVP Physical Therapy in Lakewood, while job shadowing at Body Logic. [Read more…]

Pierce College welcomes new faculty in DHFT department

The Pierce College Diagnostic Health and Fitness (DHFT) department offers students a clear pathway to high-demand careers in a competitive industry.With several new faculty members on board this year, students will have an opportunity to learn from professionals with impressive, real-world experience in a variety of areas.

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Pierce College alum leads by example

Sarah McDaniel knows what it’s like to struggle in life. At only 20 years old, it wasn’t that long ago that this Pierce College alum struggled with a less than supportive family life that ultimately landed her in a transitional home. Thanks to a special teacher in her life, she was able to find the courage and inspiration to pursue a higher education. Today, as the College Access Corps representative at Pierce College, she’s working hard to reach out to disadvantaged high school students who may be experiencing similar struggles.

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