Starting January 2017, Pierce College will offer college courses at Graham Kapowsin High School, providing access to higher education for communities in south Pierce County.
Courses will be offered in the evenings, allowing working adults the added flexibility of earning college credits after work in their own community.
Bethel School District covers 202 square miles, and the community has little access to public transportation. This program especially benefits people who prefer to attend classes locally in-person rather than online or at one of Pierce College’s campuses in Puyallup or Lakewood.
After much discussion, Pierce College and Bethel School District officials determined that the need for local access to higher education is significant in the community.
Classes will be taught by Pierce College professors, and course offerings include general requirements students will need for nearly any career or education pathway they wish to pursue.
Winter quarter course offerings include English 101 (English composition), College 110, which is designed to set students up for success in the college environment, Communications Studies 220 (public speaking) and English as a Second Language. Students will also have access to free tutoring services. Each course will meet twice a week, and students have the ability to meet with someone to determine if they qualify for financial aid.
“We are so excited to collaborate with the Bethel School District to bring more opportunities to the community,” said Pierce College Puyallup President Marty Cavalluzzi. “These courses, combined with our online offerings, increase the community’s access to higher education.”
Students will also have access to supplemental instruction services, allowing them to take advantage of extra help from tutors familiar with the classes they’re taking.
“The opportunity to have Pierce College teach courses at Graham Kapowsin is a great one, not only for our high school students, but also for our adults in the community,” said Bethel School District Superintendent Tom Seigel. “This is an opportunity that meets our community’s need for access to higher education.”
Story reprinted, with permission, from Pierce News website.