Pierce College provides educational programs at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. These programs are specifically designed to serve the needs of active-duty military personnel, their family members, VA benefit recipients, and civilians in the community. Shorter terms, arranged courses, continuous entry courses, and online courses meet specific needs of non-traditional students.
Payment of VA benefits to veterans at the military bases differs slightly from payment to veterans enrolled elsewhere at Pierce College. VA students taking 10 credits are considered full-time students. Veterans should contact the Office of Veteran Student Services at either the Fort Steilacoom or Puyallup campus of Pierce College prior to enrolling at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
The cost per credit or course at the military sites may differ from what is charged at the Fort Steilacoom or Puyallup colleges. Check with the military site for exact costs.
Pierce College offers academic and professional/technical programs at the Stone Education Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. These lead to both certificates and associate degrees, including some programs designed especially for military personnel.
The Stone Education Center operates with an eight-week term. Classes are held at a wide variety of times, from traditional morning and afternoon classes to lunch time, evenings, and Saturdays. in the evening, at lunch time, morning, afternoon and Saturday classes also available. Advisors are available to help with educational planning Monday through Thursday.
The McChord Field site offers classes on an eight-week schedule, with the majority held in the evenings. Lunchtime, morning, afternoon, and Saturday classes are also available. Several associate degrees and certificates offered by Pierce College may be earned at the McChord Field site. For advising or information, contact Pierce College personnel at the Base Education Center.
Pierce College has been designated an institutional member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC), a group of more than 1,700 colleges and universities providing voluntary postsecondary education to members of the military throughout the world.
As a member of SOC, Pierce recognizes the unique nature of the military lifestyle and has committed itself to easing the transfer of relevant course credits, providing flexible academic residency requirements and crediting learning from appropriate military training and experiences.
SOC has been developed jointly by educational representatives of each of the Armed Services, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and a consortium of 13 leading national higher education associations. It is sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the America Association of Community Colleges (AACC).
In addition to its SOC membership, Pierce is one of approximately 125 institutions providing flexible SOCAD programs on more than 150 Army and Air Force installations worldwide. These programs lead to associate degrees, some of which correspond to enlisted and warrant officer job specialties. Through prior agreement, students in SOCAD programs: