Professional/Technical Degree Outcomes

Pierce College’s professional/technical degrees and certificates are designed to provide students with technical and related skills needed for successful employment. These degrees and certificates emphasize practical, work-related skills that translate to effectiveness and expertise in the workplace. Each program emphasizes program professional competencies, program outcomes, and the five core abilities.

Program outcomes can be found on each individual program’s web page.

The Five Core Abilities

It is the goal of Pierce College to prepare students to live and work in a dynamically changing world by emphasizing whole-student development and hands-on learning. Through experiences both in and out of the classroom, students are given the opportunity to broaden their horizons and be challenged in ways that encourage the development of the five core abilities vital to succeeding in life.

Critical, Creative and Reflective Thinking

Graduates will evaluate, analyze and synthesize information and ideas in order to construct informed, meaningful and justifiable conclusions.

Effective Communication

Graduates will be able to exchange messages in a variety of contexts using multiple methods.

Information Competency

Graduates will be able to seek, find, evaluate and use information, and employ information technology to engage in lifelong learning.


Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of diverse ideas, cultures and experiences, and develop the ability to examine their own attitudes and assumptions in order to understand and work with others who differ from themselves.


Graduates will be able to critically examine the relationship between self, community and/or environments, and to evaluate and articulate potential impacts and consequences of choices, actions and contributions for the creation of sustainable systems.