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Spring quarter is April 3 - June 16.

Cost is $25 tuition fee per student per quarter. Tuition waivers may be available for eligible students.

Program Information

Pierce College's highly successful, integrated ESL classes are designed to meet the language needs of our immigrant community. Courses include language, writing, mathematics, reading, history and science. Classes meet 8-12 hours per week and are available mornings, afternoons or evenings. Classes are offered at sites throughout Pierce County and at the Fort Steilacoom or Puyallup campuses.

Pierce College also offers the I-DEA (Integrated Digital English Acceleration) program that uses technology to teach English as a second language. Students improve their English language, technology and career-readiness skills.

The I-DEA program is offered at the Fort Steilacoom and Puyallup campuses.

  • Students in I-DEA Grant classes (days only) receive a loaned laptop computer and a Verizon modem (internet access) and are required to complete 9 hours of online work per week in addition to class time.
  • Students in the I-DEA General classes (morning, afternoon or evening) are not required to complete online work outside of class.

New students need to attend an orientation and be scheduled for state required testing. Students are then enrolled in classes based on their skills assessment results.

Students who are on B-1, B-2, F-1, F-2, M-1, M-2, J-1 or J-2 visas must register for classes through the International Education program.

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For questions, more information, or to start your enrollment process, please contact:

Course Locations

In addition to the Fort Steilacoom and Puyallup campuses, Pierce College ESL classes are offered at the following locations:

Joint Base Lewis McChord - Lakewood

Stone Education Center
Spring Quarter: April 10 - June 14
Monday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Contact: Debbie Murphy 253-964-6657 or DMurphy@pierce.ctc.edu

Tillicum Youth and Family Center – Lakewood

14511 W Thorne Ln SE, Lakewood
Free childcare available. Child must be at least 2 years old and be toilet trained.
Spring Quarter: April 10 - June 15
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 8:45 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.
Contact: Debbie Murphy 253-964-6657 or DMurphy@pierce.ctc.edu

Milgard Family Hope Center - Lakewood

10402 Kline St SW, Lakewood (Boys and Girls Club)
Free childcare available. Child must be at least 2 years old and be toilet trained.
Spring Quarter: April 11 - June 15
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 5:30 p.m. - 7:55 p.m.
Contact: Debbie Murphy 253-964-6657 or DMurphy@pierce.ctc.edu

LNW at Our Savior Lutheran Church – Tacoma

4519 112th St E, Tacoma
Free childcare available. Child must be at least 2 years old and be toilet trained.
Spring Quarter: April 3 - June 14
Monday – Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. – 8:25 p.m.
Contact: Debbie Murphy 253-964-6657 or DMurphy@pierce.ctc.edu

Pierce County Skills Center - Puyallup

16117 Canyon Road E, Puyallup
Spring Quarter: April 11 - June 15
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 6:00 p.m. - 8:25 p.m.
Contact: Debbie Murphy 253-964-6657 or DMurphy@pierce.ctc.edu

Firgrove Elementary School - Puyallup

13918 Meridian Ave E, Puyallup
Free childcare available. Child must be at least 2 years old and be toilet trained.
Spring Quarter: April 4 - June 14
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 6:00 p.m. - 8:20 p.m.
Contact: Kelly Woyak 253-840-8463 or kwoyak@pierce.ctc.edu

Graham Kapowsin High School – Graham

22100 108th Ave E, Graham
Spring Quarter: April 3 - June 15
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 6:00 p.m. - 8:05 p.m.
Contact: Kelly Woyak 253-840-8463 or kwoyak@pierce.ctc.edu

Fort Steilacoom Campus

Debbie Murphy
Program Support Supervisor
253-964-6657
Cascade Bldg – CAS 302

Puyallup Campus

Kelly Woyak
Program Support Supervisor
253-840-8463
Gaspard Administrative Bldg – ADM 106