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Tacoma Community College Quarterly Preview

Fall 2013

page 2 There is no typical TCC student Move up regardless of where you start at TCC.

page 6 Transitioning Veterans to Civilian Life Want to learn more about veteran services TCC provides?

Learn English and bring the kids! Madison Center for Family Literacy offers education for parents and pre-school aged children.

page 7 Top 100 Certificate-Producer Many programs at TCC are structured so students earn certificates that will help them obtain employment.


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TCC changes a student’s life People move up, regardless of where they start at TCC. More than a half million people have attended TCC since it opened in 1965.

There is no typical TCC student. • The laid off worker who retrains as a much needed X-ray technician • The refugee who starts off with no English skills and becomes a successful accountant • The Iraq war Veteran who begins his journey to becominging a medical doctor at TCC • The corporate CEO who needs top rated on-site training for her employees to stay competitive in a global market • The parent who has stayed home to raise a family and is now pursuing his or her dream job • The graduating high school senior who is testing the academic waters before committing to a four-year institution or taking prereqs to move on to a fouryear institution - saving considerable financial resources.



TCC Student Receives Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Transfer Scholarship Simbarashe Change, one of Tacoma Community College’s stellar international students, was recently selected to receive a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. Simbarashe is one of just 73 scholars nationwide to receive the award this year. The scholarship will pay up to $30,000 per year. It’s designed to cover the final two to three years necessary to achieve a bachelor’s degree. Awards vary by individual, based on the cost of tuition as well as other grants or scholarships he or she may receive. Simbarashe graduated from TCC in 2013. He served in student government while at the college and was Outstanding International Student of the Year in 2012. He hopes to transfer to Stanford University, University of Southern California or New York University to study economics. His long-term plan includes pursuing a master’s of business administration and a law degree so he can start his own securities firm, with the goal to help children in his native country of Zimbabwe. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is a generous scholarship for the nation’s top community college students to complete their bachelor’s degrees at four-year colleges or universities. The Foundation provides up to $30,000 per year, making it the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country. Tacoma Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, or age in its programs and activities.

Tacoma Community College • Volume 49, No. 1 • Fall 2013 • USPS 7574 Published quarterly by  Tacoma Community College, 6501 South 19th Street, Tacoma, WA 98466. PERIODICAL postage paid at  Tacoma, WA. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Tacoma Community College, Marketing, Communication & Outreach, 6501 S. 19th St., Tacoma, WA 98466.

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TCC at a glance ... College Transfer

Career Training

TCC has two-year degrees that transfer to almost any major college:

TCC has a variety of programs designed to give you the skills to get you back to work, while earning a certificate or degree:

• • • • • •

Associate in Arts and Sciences Associate in Biology Associate in Business Associate in Elementary Education Associate in Pre-Nursing Associate of Science

PROGRAM AREAS: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences • American Ethnic & Gender Studies • Anthropology • Art • Communication Studies • English Composition • English Literature • History • Humanities • Library Science • Music • Political Science • Psychology • Social Sciences • Sociology • World Languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish

Business • Accounting • Business • Economics

Physical Education Math, Science & Engineering • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Astronomy Biology Botany Chemistry Computer Science Engineering Environmental Science Geography Geology Mathematics Nutrition Oceanography Physics Sciences

• Associate in applied Sciences • Certificate of Completion

PROGRAM AREAS: Business & Technology • Accounting • Business • Networking & Cyber Security

Early Childhood Education Health • Diagnostic Medical Sonography • Emergency Medical & Health Services • Health Information Management • Nursing • Radiologic Science • Respiratory Therapy

Human Services

Learning Resources • • • •

eLearning Library Learning Centers Learning Labs

Continuing Education Continuing Education offers a wide variety of classes to enhance your life: • • • • • • • •

Arts and Creativity Business & Computers Health & Wellness Home & Garden Performing Arts Photography World Languages Writing

Professional Development: • • • • •

AHIT Certifications Building Career Training Business & Computers Green Business Health & Wellness


Certification & Testing Center

Gig Harbor Campus

Transitional Studies

We offer transfer, continuing education and basic skills education, all close to home.

TCC offers GED courses and basic skills classes. You can even learn basic skills and job skills at the same time through I-BEST.

• • • • •

College Transfer classes Adult Basic Skills Continuing Education Learning Resource Center Tutoring

• • • •

English for Academic Purposes Developmental Education Adult Basic Skills Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST)

Student Services • • • • • • • •

Advising & Counseling Experiential Learning Fresh Start Human Development International Students Running Start Study Abroad Supplemental Instruction

AFFORDABLE Did you know? 1 year at a state university or college costs about the same as 2 to 3 years at a community college!


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Steps to get into college  Apply/Reapply Apply online or in person (Bldg. 7).

Get informed

There is no application fee.

Parents! Get connected and support your son or daughter in making their college choice. Know deadlines and events you and your student may want to have on your radar. Sign up at: Encourage your son or daughter to get connected to a college readiness newsletter—tailored for their year in school (8th through 12th grade)! Encourage your child to sign up for InsideTCC now!

 Get connected with MY TCC Activate your newly assigned

TCC student email.

 Explore your interests on Inside TCC Connect to all the info you need to become a student at TCC – takes 5 minutes tops!

Where do YOU want to learn?

 Paying for college

Tacoma campus

Start early and do it simultaneously

6501 S. 19th St., Tacoma 253.566.5000

with steps 1-7.

Need help with any of these steps


 Assess your skills To get into classes, an evaluation of your skills is needed. Do it by testing or transcript review.

 Get oriented New students must attend a NSAO (New Student Advising Orientation) to get classes.

 Pay your tuition Missing the due date can mean missing out on the classes you wanted ...

TCC Admission Info Sessions

Attend this





9/11 9/25 9/30 10/9 10/23 10/28 11/6 11/20 11/25

3:45-5 p.m.

Wed Mon Wed Wed Mon Wed Wed Mon

Located in the middle of everything, TCC’s west Tacoma campus has been completely redeveloped in the last 10 years and includes technologically advanced learning and study space for nearly 9,000 students per quarter.

Gig Harbor campus 3993 Hunt St., Gig Harbor 253.460.2424

5-6:30 p.m.

The Gig Harbor campus extends TCC’s programs and services to the residents of the Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula areas.

3:45-5 p.m.


3:45-5 p.m.

3:45-5 p.m. 5-6:30 p.m. TCC offers a broad array of online and hybrid online (online combined with limited classroom sessions) to allow for convenient, quality education.

3:45-5 p.m. 3:45-5 p.m. 5-6:30 p.m.

Call 253.566.6042 or sign up online at admissioninfosession

Any of the above You can mix and match locations, or take a combination of online and classroom classes – whatever works best for you!

For more information on getting started at TCC, call  TCC Outreach at 253.566.6042.

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Paying for college? Apply for financial aid Financial aid is a PROCESS – not a step. Help TCC help you! • Apply to TCC. • Complete FAFSA and list TCC. • Complete TCC Financial Aid Data Sheet.


2013-2014 Tuition & Fees Tuition and fees are subject to change by the Washington State Legislature. Some courses may have additional lab or material fees.


Non- Non- Resident Resident Refugee & Internat’l (on waiver) (non-res)

Submit your FAFSA

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2 219.18

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The Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) application opens Jan. 1. File as early as possible for maximum benefits!

3 328.77

844.77 367.77 400.98

Credit Hours

• Create a FAFSA PIN: • Go to and fill out the FREE application. • Check application status at your Financial Aid Portal.

Complete your FAFSA The FAFSA opens before most people can complete their taxes. You can add information as it becomes available. • Complete the TCC Financial aid Data Sheet online: • Look for your Student Air Report in the mail/email. • Respond quickly to any requests for information.

Apply for scholarships Scholarship application season is usually January-March for the following year. • TCC Foundation scholarships: • External scholarships: • Create a profile at

Upcoming Deadlines Starting?

Apply by ...

Submit Financial Aid Application by ...

Winter 2014

by November

October 3, 2013

Spring 2014

by February 2014

January 30, 2104

Summer 2014

by March 2014

April 20, 2014

Fall 2014

by March/April 2014

early May 2014

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WA State Resident

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980.72 1,069.28



2,534.31 1,103.31 1,202.94

10 1,095.90

2,815.90 1,225.90 1,336.60

11 1,148.89

2,873.90 1,279.58 1,401.30

12 1,201.88

2,931.90 1,333.26 1,466.00

13 1,254.87

2,989.90 1,386.94 1,530.70

14 1,307.86

3,047.90 1,440.62 1,595.40

15 1,360.85

3,105.90 1,494.30 1,660.10

Non-Resident (on waiver): Student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. For complete details, call 253.566.5001. Student-approved fees included in tuition: yyBldg. 11 improvements: $1.50 per credit to 10 credits, maximum rate $15. yyEarly Childhood Education and Child Care Building: $1.25 per credit to 10 credits, maximum rate $12.50 Student-approved fees added at time of registration: yyFacility Fee: $ .50 per credit to 15 credits, maximum rate $7.50 yyTechnology Fee: $1.75 per credit to 10 credits, maximum rate $17.50 yySafety Fee: $15 per student yyCourse Fees: as displayed in online class schedule for individual classes If you are active duty military or a spouse or dependent of an active duty military person stationed in Washington State, you can receive a lower tuition rate by submitting a copy of your military ID card and the military orders stationing you in Washington. Bring them to Enrollment Services, Bldg. 7 or send by FAX to 253.566.5108.


Did you know

The tuition paid by students who are state residents covers only 38 percent of the cost of the education they receive. The balance is covered by Washington taxpayers through state funding. Non-resident students pay the full cost of their education. This information is provided by the Higher Education Coordinating Board as required by RCW 28B.10.044. Exact figures are available from the HEC Board.


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Transitioning Veterans to Civilian Life Did you know? The number of troops leaving the service at Joint Base LewisMcChord (JBLM) is projected to jump from 6,000 per year to 13,000 per year by 2014. Washington ranks among the top five most popular states for military personnel separating from the service. About 22,000 veterans, active-duty personnel, and their dependents are enrolled in Washington community and technical colleges.

Learn English – and bring the kids! Did you know that TCC offers classes in South Tacoma for parents who need ESL or GED classes – and that infants younger than 1 year old are allowed in class? The Madison Center for Family Literacy, a joint program run by Tacoma Public Schools and Tacoma Community College, offers education for parents and pre-school aged children. It’s located near the Tacoma Mall. This fall, a limited number of spots are available for parents just beginning to learn English (levels 1-3 CASAS). Funded by an Innovative Digital English Acceleration (I-DEA) grant from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, the class enables students to borrow a computer, connect to free internet access at home, and access new instructional technology. Questions? Contact Program Coordinator Lee Sledd: 253.571.1887 or C. ted by TC ters dona u p m o c displays Lee Sledd

TCC provides services for veterans, including: • S pecialized training aimed at transitioning service members into high-demand careers. • Educational advising. • Counseling and assistance. • F inancial aid and tuition assistance, including help with post-911 GI Benefits. • S ervices for students with disabilities.

Want to learn more about veteran services TCC provides? Veterans Resource Fair Nov. 7 10 a.m.–2 p.m. in Bldg. 11.

A Madison

grad poses for a family picture.

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In the Top 100:


What’s YOUR goal?

TCC Students Complete More Certificates At TCC, we believe that preparing our students to compete starts with helping them complete a degree or certificate. Or both! That’s why many TCC career-training programs are structured like ladders, giving students the opportunity to earn certificates as they work toward degree completion. And that’s why Community College Week ranks TCC among the top 100 schools in the nation for certificate attainment by African Americans. Many students work while attending school. Why not get an entry-level job in your chosen field while earning the credential you need to advance in that field? Find out more at

Start a bachelor’s degree?

collegetransfer Training for a new career?


Sharpening job skills or enhance your life?

Fast-Track your GED!


Need to finish your GED? Do it before the test changes in 2014! We’re offering a course specifically designed to help you study for the 2013 test: • Choose affordable day or evening classes.

Getting the basics?


• Review subject areas and skills necessary for the GED. • Practice your pre-writing and writing skills. • Practice essays required for the GED and get individualized feedback. • Learn proven test-taking strategies that support GED tests.

Training employees at your business?

• Take predictive GED tests and get immediate scores. • Meet individually with your instructor to set goals and monitor progress. More Info:


Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

FERPA is a federal law that protects students’

What is

Running Start? Earning college credit while you finish high school! Saving money on college tuition.

yy right to inspect and review education records yy right to seek the amendment of education records yy right to consent to the disclosure of education records, and yy right to obtain a copy of the school’s FERPA policy. A complete copy of TCC’s written policies and guidelines governing the review, inspection, release, confidentiality and maintenance of a student’s education records is available upon request at either Enrollment Services or the Student Services Administration office.

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Fall 2013 Quarterly Preview  

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