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Winter quarter is January 3, 2018 to March 19, 2018.

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, F1, M1, or J1 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:

ESL 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
  • Monday–Thursday, 9–11:50 a.m.
  • Contact: Debbie Murphy at 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.
  • Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 8:45–11:30 a.m.
  • Contact: Debbie Murphy at 253-964-6657 or DMurphy@pierce.ctc.edu

Boys and Girls Club at 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.
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 5:45–7 p.m.
  • Contact: Debbie Murphy at 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.
  • Monday–Wednesday, 5:30–8:15 p.m.
  • Contact: Debbie Murphy at 253-964-6657 or DMurphy@pierce.ctc.edu

Pierce County Skills Center - Puyallup

  • 16117 Canyon Road E, Puyallup
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 6–8:55 p.m.
  • Contact: Debbie Murphy at 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.
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 5:30–8:25 p.m.
  • Contact: Christy Crandall at 253-840-8463 or ccrandall@pierce.ctc.edu

Graham-Kapowsin High School

  • 22100 108th Ave E, Graham
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 6–8:10 p.m.
  • Contact: Christy Crandall at 253-840-8463 or ccrandall@pierce.ctc.edu

Clover Park Early Childhood Learning Center

  • 10202 Earley Ave SW, Lakewood, WA 98499 (Room 119)
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 9:30–11:40 a.m.
  • Free childcare available. Child must be at least 2 years old and be toilet trained.
  • Contact: Christy Crandall at 253-840-8463 or ccrandall@pierce.ctc.edu

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