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ASPIRE – Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Reaching their Potential through Education

Welcome to the ASPIRE program at Pierce College.

ASPIRE is a student support program made possible through federal funding from the Department of Education’s Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) grant.

ASPIRE aims to improve enrollment, retention and completion rates of underrepresented Asian American and Pacific Islander and low-income students. Students enrolled in ASPIRE are provided free resources, including:

  • Assistance with academic, financial and career goal setting
  • Cultural and educational mentoring
  • Assistance researching and applying for scholarships
  • Service learning opportunities
  • Science, technology, engineering and math support resources

If you are a student interested in participating in the ASPIRE program, complete our Google form to apply.


Beyond Fearless

Join us for FREE interactive workshops designed to engage 8th–12th grade Pacific Islander and Asian American students on their path to higher education.

Keynote: Terisa Siagatonu – Poet, Educator and Community Leader

February 23, 2019
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Pierce College Fort Steilacoom
Health Education Center
9401 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood

For more information:, 253-964-6300