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)

Pierce College is an institutional member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC), an organization of approved colleges and universities created to expand and improve voluntary post-secondary education opportunities for service members worldwide. As a member of SOC, Pierce recognizes the unique nature of the military lifestyle and has committed itself to minimal academic residency requirements, maximizes transfer of relevant course credits, and awards credit for appropriate military training, experiences and examinations such as College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Dantes Subject Standardized Tests (DSST). The college also is a member institution of the Degree Network System (DNS) and the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Network. Participation in these networks maximizes opportunities for service members to reach their educational goals and the goals of the services.

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

  • Are awarded credit for experience in their Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) or Air Force Specialty (AFSC) and service schools. Credits may apply to degree requirements when 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.   
  • Have a SOC Student Agreement completed as their official evaluation stating remaining degree requirements and eliminating the need for re-evaluation of previous credits.
  • Are guaranteed that approved courses from other SOC institutions will be acceptable for Pierce College degree requirements.