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Quarterly Preview Spring 2013


Experience Veteran-Friendly Learning Recently discharged from the military? Take your first step toward a new career at a veteran-friendly college.

Career Pathways: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

Prep for a career in a fast-growing field with a STEM degree!


QUARTERLY PREVIEW  Tacoma Community College   Spring 2013

See you in September! September 2013 may seem like it’s a long way off. But if that’s when you’ll be starting college, the time to start planning is now. Students planning to start at TCC this fall should complete their application by late spring. But students applying for scholarships will need to complete the process earlier.The TCC Foundation scholarship deadline is March 22, 2013. TCC staff are committed to helping you arrive on campus ready to succeed. Here are a few of the resources you can use to get ready for college: Inside TCC Want to learn about specific programs and activities without getting overwhelmed by information you don’t need? Sign up for Inside TCC and get communications tailored to your grade level and interests! You’ll also get timely reminders about enrollment deadlines. Visit to get started! Admission Info Session Need some help navigating the admissions process? Our regularly scheduled Admission Info Sessions can help guide you through the ins and outs of admission, orientation and financial aid. See page 6 for dates and times. Campus Tour Want to tour the Tacoma campus in person? Call 253.566.6042 to arrange an individual campus tour! Need more help? Our staff is here for you every step of the way! Visit

The credit class schedule is available online at

What are YOU reaching for? Your first college experience? Solid grounding for a 4-year university? Training for a new career? Upgraded skills for a competitive edge? TCC has the programs you need and exceptional staff and facilities • 50+ areas of transfer study with 40+ career training degrees and certificates • Small class sizes at two main locations TCC has a diverse culture and active student body. • Athletics, student government, special interest clubs and community involvement • 300 international students attend TCC each quarter • Study abroad around the world TCC has the latest technology to keep you on top of your education • Student email, portal and online classes • Wireless internet, Web Cafe and laptop and media checkout • Information technology building on the Tacoma campus Apply now! TCC is ready when you are. • Classes start every September, January, April and June. Apply online or in person. • Money matters. Get your college start at TCC for an affordable alternative to tuition at a 4-year institution. • Worried about costs? Nearly 50 percent of our students benefit from financial aid. TCC’s Financial Aid team can help you find scholarships, loans and work study. 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 48, No. 3

Spring 2013

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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 Street, Tacoma, WA 98466.

Spring 2013   Tacoma Community College  QUARTERLY PREVIEW


Where do YOU want to learn? Tacoma campus 6501 South 19th St., Tacoma 253.566.5000 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

What’s YOUR goal? Start a bachelor’s degree collegetransfer Start, re-start, or rev up your career careertraining

Sharpen your job skills or enhance your life continuingeducation Get the basics basicskills Train employees at your business

3993 Hunt St., Gig Harbor 253.460.2424 The Gig Harbor campus extends TCC’s programs and services to the residents of the Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula areas. We offer transfer, continuing education, and basic skills education, all close to home for Peninsula residents.

Online elearning TCC offers a broad array of online and hybrid online (online combined with limited classroom sessions) to allow for convenient, quality education.

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.


QUARTERLY PREVIEW  Tacoma Community College   Spring 2013

Experience Veteran-Friendly Learning Have you recently been discharged from the military? Not sure what to do next? Take your next step toward a rewarding career in a “military friendly” learning environment! Most of our student veterans are eligible for financial assistance through the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill. TCC’s Veterans Affairs Office is here to help you access your financial benefits, along with any services you need to succeed!

2013 sessions

Named a “Military Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs Magazine 4 years running, TCC values the contributions current and former service members bring to campus. Many veterans have held leadership positions in student government in recent years, and our active Veterans Club has been involved in a number of events, including a yearly Veterans Recognition Ceremony.

TCC Tacoma Campus friday

Feb. 8 8:30 am-1 pm

Questions? Contact Veterans Affairs Coordinator Bill Harrington at 253.566.5033 or


Feb. 27 3-7 pm

Career Pathways: STEM Interested in a career in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM)? According to the U.S. Department of Commerce*:

TCC Gig Harbor Campus saturday

yy STEM occupations will grow by 17 percent from 2008 to 2018, compared to 9.8 percent growth for non-STEM occupations. yy STEM workers earn 26 percent more than their non-STEM counterparts.

Mar. 9 9 am-12 pm MORE INFO AT

yy More than two-thirds of STEM workers have at least a college degree. yy STEM degree holders earn more, whether or not they work in a STEM field. Need help paying for your STEM degree? There’s funding available! Washington’s Opportunity Grant helps low and middle income Washington State residents earn bachelor’s degrees in STEM and health care. Visit and apply by Feb. 18, 2013. Whether you’re interested in engineering, science, computer science or math, TCC offers rigorous courses, small class sizes, and affordable tuition rates to get you off to a good start on your path to a STEM career! *Source: STEM: Good Jobs Now and for the Future, U.S. Department of Commerce, ESA Issue Brief #03-11.

Go online and sign up today. Fill out a survey that asks you to check off the academic, career and activities that interest you most. You’ll also receive tips on financial aid, scholarships, the best ways to be prepared to enroll, as well as inside information on events and programs that fall within your interest areas.

Spring 2013   Tacoma Community College  QUARTERLY PREVIEW

Paying for college apply for financial aid

Financial aid is a PROCESS – not a step – of deadlines and paperwork. Stay on track. If you want a chance at the FREE government money and lowinterest rate loans, you must do the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Here’s what TCC needs from you to begin the process: yy Apply to TCC. yy Complete FAFSA and list TCC. yy Complete TCC Financial Aid Data Sheet.

before you start ... THINK DEADLINES! What quarter do you want to start? Find out your

complete your FAFSA yy COMPLETE the TCC Financial Aid Data Sheet online at yy LOOK for your Student Aid Report (SAR) in the mail/email. It will arrive within two weeks of completing the FAFSA. Read it carefully and be sure the info is correct. If you do not receive your SAR, call the Dept. of Education at 1.800.4.FEDAID to check your status. yy RESPOND quickly to any requests for more information. Your chance to get the best money possible depends on how promptly you meet requests.

quarter’s financial aid file completion deadline at

tips: DON’T WAIT to register for classes until you

hear whether you received financial aid. SIGN UP for

LATE? If you miss a deadline you may still get aid,

your New Student Orientation (step 6 on page 6) as

but plan for it arriving after the quarter starts.

soon as you can. CONTROL YOUR FUTURE by NOT waiting

submit your FAFSA

missing information. Check your Financial Aid

The FAFSA application opens Jan. 1 every year.

apply for scholarships

A complete financial aid application submitted as soon as possible will maximize the types of financial aid you’ll be eligible for. You do not need finalized tax information to submit your FAFSA, and you don’t want to wait either! yy SAVE time! Create a PIN (4-digit number) for yourself so you can electronically sign your FAFSA. Visit yy GO to The FAFSA is a free form. You’re on the wrong webpage if any site tries to charge you! yy CHECK the status of your financial aid application at your financial aid portal:

for the Financial Aid office to contact you about portal instead!

plan ahead ... THINK DEADLINES! yy APPLY for TCC Foundation scholarships at yy RESEARCH external scholarships that fit your profile at externalscholarships yy CREATE a profile at a free web-based scholarships clearinghouse for Washington students.

tip: Scholarship application season is usually January-March for the following academic year.



QUARTERLY PREVIEW  Tacoma Community College   Spring 2013

Step up!get into college  Apply/Reapply

What quarter do you want to start?

Apply online or in person (Bldg. 7).


Apply by ...

Submit Financial Aid Application by ...

There is no application fee.

Spring 2013

February 2013

Jan. 31, 2013

Summer 2013

April 2013

early April 2013

Fall 2013

April/May 2013

May 9, 2013

 Get connected with MY TCC Activate your newly assigned

TCC student email.


Get answers! admissioninfosession

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

 Paying for college


Start early and do it simultaneously

FERPA is a federal law that protects students’

with steps 1-7.

Need help with any of these steps


TCC Admission Info Sessions

Attend this

Bldg. 11, Senate Room

 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





2/25 3/13 3/25 3/27 4/3

5-6:30 p.m.

Wed Mon Wed Wed

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

Call 253.566.6042 or sign up online at admissioninfosession

on the classes you wanted ...


Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act classschedule

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.

Visitor Parking Most TCC parking lots have designated visitor parking spaces. If there are no visitor parking spaces available, you may obtain a temporary parking permit at the Enrollment Services counter in Bldg. 7.


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Worker Retraining


2012-2013 Tuition & Fees

Do you need help with training expenses?

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

Are you in a Career Training program (professional or technical)?

Credit Hours

Are you a Washington State resident and have collected unemployment benefits, become a Displaced Homemaker, Formerly Self Employed, or a Veteran in the last 24 months? Or are you a Worker at Risk of Unemployment, receiving Food Stamps, or considered Low Income? If you answered yes, you could be eligible for assistance through the Worker Retraining, Opportunity Grant, or Basic Food & Employment Training program.


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

1 109.59

281.59 122.59 133.66

2 219.18

563.18 245.18 267.32

3 328.77

844.77 367.77 400.98

WA State Resident

4 438.36 1,126.36 490.36 534.64 5 547.95 1,407.95 612.95 668.30 6 657.54 1,689.54 735.54 801.96 7 767.13 1,971.13 858.13 935.62 8




980.72 1,069.28


2,534.31 1,103.31 1,202.94

(Bldg 11) from 2-3 pm. Our next sessions will be held on Feb. 13, Feb. 27,

10 1,095.90

2,815.90 1,225.90 1,336.60

Mar. 13, Mar. 27, Apr. 3 and Apr. 17.

11 1,148.89

2,873.90 1,279.58 1,401.30

Sign up online at, call

12 1,201.88

2,931.90 1,333.26 1,466.00

253.566.5188, email or come to the Counseling

13 1,254.87

2,989.90 1,386.94 1,530.70

& Advising counter in Bldg. 7 (main campus).

14 1,307.86

3,047.90 1,440.62 1,595.40

Additional Questions?

15 1,360.85

3,105.90 1,494.30 1,660.10

Worker Retraining:

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

Attend an Information Session to find out more. Join us in the Senate Room

Opportunity Grant: Basic Food & Employment and Training:

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 Construction of the Harned Center for Health Careers continues on schedule. Foundations were poured Dec. 24, 2012, and lower level walls are being installed. The building is being constructed on two levels, with one groundlevel entry opening onto Mildred Street and one opening onto the campus quad. When the building is complete, it will house state-of-the-art medical instruction equipment for TCC’s Allied Health programs.

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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A Diversity Film Festival April 14–25, 2013 Grand Cinema, Tacoma

Featuring dramatic and documentary films that promise to both entertain and inspire, the festival seeks to explore and celebrate individual and cultural differences through film. More info at:

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