Your next step to a college degree could be right down the road
Since 2017, Pierce College has been offering evening courses at Graham-Kapowsin High School (GKHS) for residents of south and east Pierce County. Courses are open to all Pierce College students.
Whether you are just starting out or returning to finish a college degree, Pierce College staff are nearby to help you take that first or next step toward an associate degree.
Enroll now for fall quarter classes starting September 24
Follow these easy steps to enroll:
1. Apply for Admission Online or In Person
Pierce College has an open admission policy; your application provides our registrar the information needed to establish your academic record and welcome you to our community.
2. Explore Funding
Once your are registered for classes, your tuition will be due shortly on a specified date. Students taking courses at Graham have benefited from a variety of tuition assistance sources: federal or state financial aid, Pierce College special funding programs (including worker retraining and veterans benefits), and professional development assistance for Bethel School District classified employees. Follow the links on the Pierce College home page to explore these potential sources and other ways to get help with education costs.
3. Determine Your Starting Point
Pierce College is committed to providing the course sequences and support students need to succeed in college. High school or college transcripts and a placement assessment are the most common tools used to determine each student’s preparedness to succeed in college-level courses. The Testing Center is in the Puyallup Student Success Center, in the Gaspard Administration Building on the Puyallup Campus. Staff are available to help you determine the information/tools needed to determine your starting point.
All certificate and degree-seeking students must enroll in a College Success course in their first quarter.
4. Get Connected
Once you’ve completed the online Student Guide and any recommended assessment activity, you’ll be scheduled to review your draft education plan with a faculty advisor or student success coach. In this important private conversation focused on your interests, goals, and assessment results, you’ll determine your career pathway, discuss your starting point in sequenced courses, and map courses. This appointment is also an ideal opportunity to discuss any personal circumstances or support needs.
5. Register for Classes
Course registration is completed online. After accessing your student portal, you'll use your unique Registration Access Code (RAC) to register. The courses offered at Graham-Kapowsin High School are listed in the e-schedule each quarter. Choose “Graham” on the drop-down menu in the course schedule.
Fall 2018 Courses at Graham-Kapowsin High School
- COLLG 110 College Success (3- and 5-credit)
- ENG 099 Introduction to Composition
- ENG&101 English Composition 1
- Math 50 Basic Mathematics & Math 54 Beginning Algebra
- Math&146 Introduction to Statistics
- BUS&101 Introduction to Business
- CMST&101 Introduction to Communication
- ENVS&100 Survey of Environmental Science
How to Get More Information
Puyallup Student Success Center in the Gaspard Administration Building
253-912-2399 ext. 8788
Pierce College Evening Office in Career Center (121D) @ Graham-Kapowsin High School
Graham-Kapowsin High School
22100 108th Avenue East
Graham, WA 98338
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I earn a complete associate degree taking courses at Graham-Kapowsin High School?
Yes, you can plan on earning a general associate degree taking courses at GKHS. The Graham courses were started to provide an opportunity for residents of south Pierce County who may not have transportation to get started in college.
Courses are offered in keeping with the requirements of a direct transfer degree, including one science with a lab course each year. Depending on your career pathway and program interest, you may need to choose to supplement Graham courses with online courses or program-specific courses offered only on a main Pierce College campus. Depending on course load, your pursuit of an associate degree would likely take longer than two years.
Many students enrolled in courses at Graham also take courses online or on other campuses, primarily at the Puyallup campus. Students often share that they travel to a main campus early in the day and then take evening classes closer to home or where they work to save time and money.
Can I register for Graham courses if I'm an already enrolled Pierce College student?
Yes. Currently enrolled Pierce College students may register online for courses by choosing “Graham” on the drop-down menu in the registration system.
How can I change classes if I’m already registered for the PUY campus?
Using the online course schedule and the registration/scheduling tools, you can add or drop a course offered at any site, including Graham.
Who are the faculty teaching Pierce College courses at Graham?
Pierce College faculty from the Puyallup, Fort Steilacoom and JBLM campuses teach the courses offered across the disciplines at Graham- Kapowsin High School.
What support services are available to Pierce College students at Graham?
Representatives from the Puyallup Academic Support Department, specifically the Writing Center, are regularly available at Graham-Kapowsin High School to provide writing assistance and general tutoring.
The Pierce College evening office is in the GKHS Career Center. The Center is available for all Pierce College students Monday–Thursday from 4:30–7:30 p.m. In addition to getting writing help and tutoring, students can study independently or in groups, and use the computers, a PC printer, and supplies.