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New computer-based math labs help students save time and money

When students enroll in a math lab at Pierce College it allows them to independently complete classwork at their own speed in the math level they placed in. Thanks to a new software program introduced by Math Professor Melonie Rasmussen, these students can now take advantage of customized guidance to complete their math requirements at

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Summer art exhibition by Thomas Nguivoum on display now through Aug. 22

Rich colors, deep culture and a story behind every canvas is what you’ll find in the AAH building at Pierce College Puyallup, for the summer art exhibit featuring the work of Thomas Nguivoum. Originally from Banyo, Cameroon, Nguivoum’s art reflects life in Africa and the expression of politics, hope, freedom and a better tomorrow. Nguivoum

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Summer of the #PierceSelfie!

It’s an urge that some people just can’t fight. I mean, when your phone is just burning a hole in your pocket, what are you supposed to do other than break it out, extend that arm, and snap a selfie? We understand. In fact, here at Pierce College, we want to join in on the

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Pierce Professor hosts annual nature summer camp for kids

Later this month, Pierce College Professor Scott Sweet is giving local children a chance to get out of the house and into the great outdoors during his annual nature camp. The camp is taking place this year at Pierce College Puyallup on July 25 and Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and it

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Pierce College renovation projects move through Legislature

A much-needed proposed renovation project for the Pierce College Fort Steilacoom Cascade Building has been included in the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges 2015-17 capital budget recommendation. These recommendations now move on to the legislature and, if approved, the renovation could provide important upgrades to sections of the building that have not

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All in the Family

When Sharon Coward enrolled in classes at the Puyallup campus nine years ago, her parents didn’t plan to begin a long-time relationship with the college. It happened, though. Sharon, 25, is the first of all six children in Allen and Nadia Coward’s family to graduate from Pierce College. Her youngest brother and sister, Jesse and

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Pierce College fundraising breakfasts to feature student success stories

Pierce College Foundation’s upcoming Creating Possibilities breakfasts aim to provide educational resources students need to complete college and realize their dreams. There is no fee to attend the breakfasts, which will be held at the Fort Steilacoom campus on Sept. 12 and the Puyallup campus on Sept. 19. The event is a unique opportunity for

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Pierce alum brings a sense of home to international students

  Each Wednesday night without fail, Elizabeth Sierra-Arruffatt prepares a home-cooked meal for a group of students who have traveled across the world to study here at Pierce College. As a Pierce alum, Sierra-Arruffatt got to know many international students while she was in school, and developed a great respect for the bravery it takes to

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International student experiences American culture

When Ashwini Guduru first learned she had been chosen to study in America through a scholarship sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Education, she could hardly believe it. The 23-year-old aspiring teacher hails from India, and had no preconceived notions about American culture or people. It actually wasn’t until she arrived at

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Pierce College instructor speaks at JBLM event

On June 25, Joint Base Lewis-McChord held the U.S. military’s first event in honor of LGBTQ Pride Month to commemorate the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and called on Professor Paul Gerhardt to provide the keynote address. “It was such an honor to speak at this event,” Dr. Gerhardt said. “The topic of diversity

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