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The Pierce College District administration has determined that all 2020 spring quarter courses will be delivered online for the entire quarter. This decision was made to ensure that all Pierce College students had clear direction and to avoid potential for confusion. Students enrolled in spring quarter classes should check with their instructor(s) for more information.

This site remains closed from March 17 through April 24 in alignment with Bethel School District’s mandatory closure. We continue to work closely with Bethel Schools administration.


Pierce College at Spanaway

Your Neighborhood College

Pierce College students may now also enroll in courses offered on the Spanaway Lake High School campus.

To help more south Pierce County residents get started in college, the Bethel School District and Pierce College are expanding their partnership. Students who live or work nearby Spanaway Lake High School can get started on any Pierce College certificate or degree path by enrolling in the courses planned for this new site.

Key Dates

  • Spring quarter classes begin April 6
  • Summer/fall registration begins May 19
  • Summer/fall open registration begins June 1

Spring 2020 Courses

  • HIST& 157: US HISTORY 11: This Spanaway course (Section 7965) will be delivered as a virtual-hybrid course. Students can expect that the course will largely be delivered though CANVAS. Additional details and instructions will be provided by your instructor.

Enroll Now for Classes at Spanaway Lakes High School

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 Spanaway 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. Tuition assistance is also available through Running Start.

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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 planned for the Spanaway Lake campus and Graham-Kapowsin High School are listed in the e-schedule each quarter. Choose “Spanaway” or “Graham” on the drop-down menu in the course schedule.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there help available if I’m just getting used to Canvas and figuring out how to access online materials?

Yes, we’re committed to helping you succeed. The college has extensive support available to help you navigate Canvas and online sites and resources. Visit our eLearning web page for tips and tutorials and look for direction from your instructor.

When will classes resume at the Pierce College portable on Spanaway Lake High School campus?

We fully expect Pierce College at Spanaway courses to return Fall 2020. Look for Spanaway courses on the e-schedule when fall quarter registration opens.

Will I receive college credit for the Pierce College courses I take at this site?

Yes. All courses offered at Spanaway are credit-bearing. Each course will apply towards an associate’s degree. Pierce College students will earn credit for satisfactory completion of each course.

Will I have to pay tuition?

Yes. Once registered, tuition for courses will be due within a specified time period. Students may be eligible for financial aid or special funding, e.g., College Bound, Worker Retraining, or Veterans Benefits. Running Start is also available and college tuition for eligible classes is covered through Running Start.

Who will teach these courses?

Faculty who teach at the Puyallup, Lakewood, and JBLM campuses will also teach at Pierce College at Spanaway.

I am already a Pierce College student. How do I register for courses offered at Spanaway Lake High School?

Pierce College at Spanaway has been added to the menu of Pierce College campuses and sites in the class schedule. When registering, choose Spanaway Lake High School in the Location drop-down menu, or the select the item # of the “Spanaway Lake High School” course and section in which you’d like to enroll. You can add or drop courses, change campuses, or course sections using the online enrollment tools. Be sure to pay close attention to the details and timelines provided.