Military students in a biology class

Pierce College at JBLM

Pierce College offers academic and professional/technical programs on JBLM with classes at both the Stone Education Center (on Fort Lewis – Main) and McChord Education Center (on McChord Field).  These lead to both certificates and associate degrees, including some programs designed especially for military personnel. Face-to-face classes generally run nine to ten weeks, depending on holidays, and are offered at a wide variety of days/times, like evenings and Saturdays. Students can also take classes fully online through Pierce College at JBLM. Online classes run nine weeks, with seven start times during the year. 

A variety of student services, such as academic advising, are available at both Stone and McChord Education centers. For advising or other information, please contact Pierce College at JBLM or go to our website.

Pierce College at JBLM website

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC)

At Pierce College, we support our military community with flexible options that allow mobile servicemembers and their families to complete degrees rather than just accumulate course credit. Pierce College is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) program. SOC is a cooperative civilian and military effort designed to link servicemembers to institutions that provide high-quality education while (1) maximizing the proper award of academic credit for military training and experience, and alternative testing, and (2) facilitating the transferability of credits, so servicemembers can reach their educational goals and the goals of the Services. 

In accordance with our SOC membership, students in SOC programs:

  • Have reduced academic residency, requiring a minimum of 15 quarter hours be completed at Pierce College.
  • Are awarded credit for experience in their Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) or Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) and service schools. Credits may apply to degree requirements, where appropriate.
  • Are awarded credits for non-traditional learning based on results achieved on national tests, such as CLEP and DSST. Credits may apply to degree requirements, where appropriate.