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TCC Magazine Connecting Tacoma Community College

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Spring/Summer 2010

Leadership in Education

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Message from the Board of Trustees

By Laurie Jinkins, Chair of the TCC Board of Trustees This space is usually reserved for a message from Pamela Transue, but because much of this issue is devoted to her remarkable achievements – and because she remains among the most humble chief executives that I know – I’ve decided to relieve her of the burden of talking about her own accomplishments. Pamela has been a leader at the college, statewide and national levels, and has been consistently recognized for her involvement in activities promoting two-year, post-secondary institutions. She has repeatedly demonstrated her commitment and dedication to the college and the students we serve. As a member of TCC’s Board of Trustees for more than 10 years, I’ve seen firsthand the challenges of leading a college community. There are a lot of great ideas from passionate people who are at the top of their fields, and harnessing that energy so that it works to fulfill a common vision is a daunting task. Pamela has navigated this challenge better than any other leader I’ve seen. One excellent example of that happened at the end of the 20082009 budget process. The college was forced to trim its budget by almost $2 million, but had consulted with the college community so well, that when the dust settled, staff and faculty nominated Pamela and her exec staff for an award, citing the openness and honesty of the budget process as the reason. In my experience, when an organization has to make budget cuts, staff are calling for the heads of their leaders, not advocating that they receive awards. When the Board of Trustees first considered honoring Pamela by naming the Science and Engineering Building in her honor, we asked staff and faculty what they thought. The support of the idea was staggering. Says Pamela: “Listening to all the voices out there and learning from those voices is very important.” We are proud to have a leader as accomplished as Pamela Transue. I hope you enjoy learning a little more about her and TCC in the pages of this magazine.

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Leaving a mark on education Education has left a mark on Pamela Transue. She’s returned the favor.

Pleasant surprises have left their mark on Pamela Transue’s life and career. The latest will leave her name on the side of a building at Tacoma Community College. TCC’s Science and Engineering Building will be named in her honor on June 2, 2010. It’s unusual for a sitting president to receive such an honor. Often times a building is named for a leader following retirement – or death – and Transue is on the job and very much alive. With Transue’s leadership, TCC has achieved an unusual amount of positive results, and the college’s board of trustees – backed by the college community – supported the recognition. It all caught Transue off guard.

“It’s really quite an honor to have a building named after you,” she said. “It’s not something I ever expected.” Surprises are nothing new to Transue. Consider just a few: • After dropping out of high school, she was stunned to find she had a talent as a college scholar. • After earning a doctorate so she could teach, she was amazed to learn how much good she could make happen as part of college administration. • After leading TCC through a difficult budget process where positions were cut and resources reduced, she was surprised that the college community voted to recognize her and her executive staff with a quarterly TCC employee recognition award for the openness and honesty of the budget process.

• Without her knowledge that she had been nominated, she was recently named Washington’s top community college leader by the statewide community college trustees association. Transue has been behind a few surprises as well. For instance, almost anyone who has stepped on the TCC campus after being away for a few years is astonished at what they see. In the last decade, TCC’s Tacoma campus has transformed from one of the drabbest among the state’s 34 community and technical colleges to one of the most modern and vibrant. And pending legislative support to continue, that transformation will go on (see “A Plan for the Future,” page 4). It isn’t just TCC’s facilities that have grown since Transue arrived. Its programs have expanded too. That has included an expanded nursing program, a redefined corporate education department, additional advising services, and a Multicultural Advisory Council. Medical sonography and secure transportation and logistics programs have been launched. A Center for Ethical Development, the campus sustainability program, and a model student learning outcomes assessment program have been created. Transue credits these accomplishments and others to collaboration and the talent of the people by which she’s surrounded. “Whatever success I’ve had is due to the quality of people I work with,” she said.

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When Transue began as TCC president in 1997, it didn’t take long before she realized that the college’s facilities didn’t live up to its strong reputation for academics. “My heart sank when I first saw the buildings,” she said. “We were sending entirely the wrong message to our students and our community about who we are.” So Transue began a process of bringing the quality of the buildings and equipment up to the quality of the teaching and learning. TCC adopted a system that incorporated the “pattern language” process, a collaborative architectural design concept pioneered at the University of Oregon in the 1970s. It included broad engagement of everyone in the college community and it quickly established repeatable design patterns that led to cohesive facility design as the campus evolved. By settling early on the aesthetics of how things would look, more resources could be focused on designing the learning spaces. In the time of Transue’s presidency, TCC has opened a new student center, a new technology learning building, a new art gallery, a new Early Learning Center, and the new science and engineering building, as well as renovating its health and

athletics building and its student intake center. A health careers center that will enable TCC to further expand its highly regarded allied health programs should begin construction in 2011. Transue said she has experienced the power of a community working together for a common good while working at TCC. She said that many of her most important lessons learned involve creating an environment where the college community can work collaboratively. “Developing an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect is very important,” Transue said. “Building an understanding that everyone at the college contributes to the success of students at the college is very important. Listening to all the voices out there and learning from those voices is very important.” Transue’s own life journey makes it easy for her to identify with students who struggle with life issues only to find the transforming power of education. “It is hard to describe the degree to which I identify with our students and their struggles,” she said, “and it is hard to express how happy I am to be someplace that makes a difference in their lives.”

Pamela J. Transue Accomplishments 1997-2010 Responding to community need: • Expansion of the nursing program, corporate education, advising services, and the Multicultural Advisory Council. • Development of the medical sonography and secure transportation and logistics programs. • Creation of the Center for Ethical Development, the campus sustainability program, and a model student learning outcomes assessment program.

The physical rebirth of the campus: • Construction of the Science & Engineering Building, Information Technology Building, Classroom/ Administration Building, Early Learning Center, and the soon-to-be Health Careers Center. • Remodeling of the Library and the Student Services building for student one-stop shopping. • Creation of the new entry to the campus on 19th Street and perimeter improvements. • Investments in a Japanese garden, the College Lane and the new bridge on campus. • Construction of environmentally sustainable parking lots.

Community involvement: • Leadership at the national and state levels, including her service as President of the Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges, former chair of the board of the American Association of Community Colleges, secretary of the board of the American Council on Education, and past president of COMBASE, a national organization devoted to community-based learning. Locally she is active in civic improvement efforts. • Involvement in our community as chair of the

Man is always more than he can know of himself; consequently, his accomplishments, time and again, will come as a surprise to him.

Regence Blue Shield Advisory Board, member of the TCC Executive Committee, on the Tacoma Goodwill Industries Board, and past chair of the United Way campaign for Tacoma/Pierce County.

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President of the Year By Rachel Payne It didn’t take the Trustees Association of Community and Technical Colleges (TACTC) long to decide who would be the recipient of this year’s “Award for Leadership.” Less than ten days after the application deadline, the Trustees Association announced that Tacoma Community College President Dr. Pamela Transue is the state’s CTC president for 2010. The award cites Transue’s contributions to the larger community and her work on behalf of the community college system at the state and national level. But it also focused on the support Transue has received from the campus community, noting the award she and the executive staff received for management of last year’s budget crisis and the college community’s recent support for the Board’s proposal to name a campus building in her honor. “When the Board felt that, because of her outstanding leadership, she deserved the honor of having a building named after her, they polled faculty and staff,” said TCC Board of Trustees President Laurie Jinkins. “The Board received many, many positive responses.” Noted one staff member: “Dr. Transue has been able to develop a campus culture of faculty and staff who feel immersed in an educational focused ‘family.’” Said another: “The mission-focused president, through her exceptional leadership, has fostered and developed an atmosphere that promotes people-centered growth.” Vice President for Academic Affairs Timothy Stokes points out Transue’s support of TCC’s program development and physical transformation. “From the city’s first pervious, green parking lot to the recent installation of solar panels used to recharge the college’s fleet of electric vehicles, she has consistently challenged the college’s architects to take campus development to the next level.” Concluded Jinkins: “Community and technical colleges are finally receiving the long-delayed acknowledgment, appreciation and respect that they deserve due to leaders like Dr. Pamela Transue. They are fortunate to have someone of her caliber and dedication fighting for them. And fight she truly does.” TCC’s Science and Engineering Building will be renamed the Pamela Transue Center for Science and Engineering”, with a ceremony on June 2 at 2:30 p.m.

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A plan for the future In the 10 years between 1997 and 2007, Tacoma Community College had undergone such a transformation that it decided to hold a Grand Reopening to celebrate. But change and improvement keep marching on. The college is operating with a master plan that guides further development for the next 10 years. As funding permits, here are some projects to look for.

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Good neighbor: Beautifying the edge of its campus is just one of the upcoming projects at TCC.

A sampling of projects the college is considering for the future:

In the pipeline: Perimeter improvements: Until last year, many believed TCC was a little rough around the edges – literally. In terms of landscaping or signage, not much had happened in 45 years until the south perimeter along 19th Street was upgraded last year. Look for improvements on the north and west ends of campus next. Center for Health Careers: The building, which would be home to TCC’s highly regarded programs in nursing, radiology, ultrasound and medical office specialties, could begin construction as soon as 2011. Not only will the facility allow for expansion in these high-demand fields, it will include an innovative design that creates a training facility that mirrors the health care settings graduates will go to work in. From a medical front office to clinical simulations, the new center will be a model for health care teaching and learning.

Learning Resource Center: Technology has changed learning libraries in the past decade. Printed volumes are still a necessity, but the way students research and learn is evolving. TCC aims to replace its current libraries with one designed to reflect this new reality and better serve today’s college students. Current space would be renovated into additional classroom and office space. Community Arts/Conference Center: In partnership with the area arts and business community, this center would help provide a venue for performances and conferences. The college currently hosts performances and conferences in a 40-year-old, 300-seat theater and its Student Center cafeteria. Gig Harbor Center Expansion: With the mission of extending Tacoma Community College’s programs and services to the residents of the Gig Harbor Peninsula area, the Gig Harbor Campus provides high quality education in a small personalized environment. But the custom designed, 13,000-squarefoot facility does not meet the demands of the community. The college has purchased land to expand the facility. Finding funding to design and build it is the next step.

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My simple thing— If everyone did something for two people, and they did something for two people—we’d run out of things to do. Some of my best experiences, my best friends—have come out of that.

Detective Ed Troyer: TCC Distinguished Alumnus 2010



It seems the more Detective Ed Troyer’s face is on the news, the worse Pierce County’s day has been. Lately, he’s been on the news a lot. As Public Information Officer for the Pierce County Sheriff’s office, it’s Troyer’s job to be the “face” for the Sheriff’s office.

It’s a job he does particularly well. His no nonsense, straightforward but quotable style is familiar to residents who tune in daily to the news. So much so that after the recent Lakewood police officer tragedy, an Ed Troyer Fan Club sprouted up on Facebook. TCC’s Distinguished Alumnus for 2010 is a little surprised by the national – even worldwide notice. “Right now I’m getting extra attention,” he says. “But our guys do good work. If we had messed things up, I would be in hiding… During Lakewood, our office sent out 46 press releases. I didn’t write any of them. Someone coordinated my TV interviews, and we had information

gatherers, logistics, hundreds of phone calls. We’re a team, and the bulk of the work is done by others.” On February 16, 2010 Troyer earned the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department Medal of Merit for representing the Sheriff’s Department both locally and nationally during the Lakewood police officer tragedy. What is clear is that Troyer loves his community. Born and raised in Tacoma, Troyer graduated from Wilson High School in June 1980 and entered the Criminal Justice program at Tacoma Community College the same fall. He transferred to Western Washington University after Photo: Marcus R. Donner / Reuters

TCC Foundation graduating from TCC, but there was never a question about what he wanted to do. After one year at Western, he was accepted as a patrol officer in the Pierce County Sheriff’s office. Commissioned at age 22, he was the youngest officer on the force. The young Troyer stayed in touch with retired LA police officer Keith Brightwell, his main instructor at TCC. Says Troyer: “Later, when I was a deputy, I talked to his classes.” Troyer has been with the Pierce County Sheriff’s office 26 years now, moving up through the ranks. Some years he did undercover, special ops. In the late 80s and early 90s he was part of a gang task force. As a detective he worked investigations. It was working investigations that led Troyer to CrimeStoppers, a 501(c)3 civilian-based group he serves as executive director. Says Troyer: “With CrimeStoppers, the media, the public and law enforcement come together. People give tips to CrimeStoppers; we give rewards. In the last five years there have been 125 bank robberies in Pierce County— 64 of them were solved by CrimeStopper tips—it’s a conduit to the eyes and ears of the public.” Often when Troyer is on radio or TV he’s on his own time as a representative of CrimeStoppers. In his CrimeStoppers role he was approached by Seattle University last year to work with Albers School of Business graduate students on a

six-month practicum titled “Leadership for a Just and Humane World.” Says Troyer: “Students address a social injustice in the community – this year they created “Crimes Against Seniors,” a tip line and website which allows anyone to confidentially report abuse or criminal activity against seniors.”

patrol cars and medic units to underserved towns in Mexico. The effort was launched in 2006 after Gig Harbor restaurant owner Jose Lopez returned from a trip to his hometown of Ayutla Jal where he witnessed an accident in which two adults and a baby died because the town had no ambulance.

Troyer also helped put together the Amber Alert plan for Tacoma Pierce County, the first certified Child Abduction Response Team (CART) in Washington state. He is also a disaster training specialist through the Emergency Management Institute, which is part of FEMA.

Lopez, with Troyer and other volunteers, gathered surplus vehicles and equipment and raised money to supply the town with emergency vehicles, an effort they repeated again in 2008 and 2009. Each time the net grew wider, until it involved police and emergency personnel from throughout Washington state.

Then there’s Toys for Tots, which Troyer coordinates for Pierce County. The annual toy drive is sponsored by the Marine Corps Reserve League, and supported by Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies and Tacoma Police officers and firefighters, as well as City of Tacoma employees, Pierce County Jail work crews and hundreds of church and community volunteers. “This year we collected just under 50,000 toys that went to Tacoma/Pierce County families,” said Troyer. Last February he was inducted as an honorary member of the Marine Corps League Detachment 504 for his work. Even more grassroots is Mission to Mexico, which has now morphed into a statewide effort by police departments, medic units and fire departments to locate and refurbish surplus fire trucks,

What drives a person to this level of community service? Says Troyer: “I did some dumb things when I was young-things where I could have been the victim. I’d say, ‘if I survive this, I’ll…’ Then while I was a police officer, a 15-year-old kid put a bullet in my headrest and some rounds in my hood. I thought, ‘that’s three—I’ve been lucky. It’s time to start making good on my promises. “So now I have this simple thing—If everyone did something for two people, and they did something for two people—we’d run out of things to do. Some of my best experiences, my best friends— have come out of that.”

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“Plus, it’s fun!” For the last two years, Ed Troyer and Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist have auctioned off a dinner at Mark and Chelsea Lindquist’s home to help raise money for student programs at TCC. “Mark does the drinks and dessert; I cook,” says Troyer. “We’re opposites, but we have a lot in common when it comes to work and what’s important.” This year’s Wine Classic grossed over $135,000. Net proceeds fund scholarships and programs that support student success.



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College. Success.

You. Men of  Distinction

Taking life to a higher level through education This summer Tacoma Community College will pioneer a college preparation program designed specifically for young African American men. Led by Eric Davis, a seasoned educator, scholar and TCC instructor, the experience promises to be fun—even life changing—for the young men accepted into the program. The focus will be on developing strong reading, writing, and college success skills. “Preparing young men for success is the main goal,” says Davis, who goes by ‘Professor E’. “I’ve drawn on my own learning experiences— some good and some bad—as an African American male scholar to design this program.” The research behind the Men of Distinction program comes from Achieving the Dream data gathered at TCC over the past five years. The goal of the research is to learn about newly enrolled students and use the findings to help them successfully complete college-level programs. 8


Summer Academy The study showed that almost 65 percent of high school graduates entering TCC in 2007 required developmental education courses in English, math, and/or reading during their first year; it also showed high dropout rates among students in these courses. The data also revealed that, “more than anything, our students need strong, caring relationships with the people who are guiding their studies,” says Mary Chikwinya, Vice President for Student Services. This is where Professor E comes in. Davis, who earned a bachelor’s degree in African American Studies and Political Science from UCLA, and a master’s in education from Seattle University, designs coursework that resonates with young men of color. He uses hip-hop music, humor, film clips and interactive activities relevant to their lives to keep his students engaged. His promise: “You will not be bored. Guaranteed.” The Summer Academy will be tuition free and books will be provided. Also provided without charge will be breakfast, lunch, snacks, backpacks and academic planners. During the program, Academy scholars will have the opportunity to earn money working on campus or for the Tacoma Rainiers Baseball Club, according to David Endicott, Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and author of the Men of Distinction grant.

The Summer Academy begins June 21 and ends with graduation from the program on August 12. As of May 15 recruitment for the academy is in full swing. To learn more about entrance requirements, test times and dates, or to request a program brochure, contact Outreach at 253.566.6042 or by email at For more information, go to:

Distinction Excellence that sets someone or something apart from others. An honor awarded in recognition of outstanding achievement. You – now and in the future.

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12,000 hours and counting “Thanks to the efforts of these volunteers, TCC contributed over 12,000 hours in 2009,” said volunteer coordinator Kari Twogood. Volunteer Service Award recipients with number of hours volunteered: Amy Backlund.....................103 Meghan Bailey....................137 Melissa Boos.......................268 Murat Calikan......................202 Nuriana Calikan...................240 Erica Cleveland...................128 Marjorie Dela Cruz..............661 Amanda DeShazo...............204 Michael Golden...................103 Adam Halvorsen..................871 Patricia Johnson.................304 Jordan Koepfler..................283 Julianne Melvin...................232 Kelly O’Melia........................783 Nori Retherford...................133 Justin Rodgers....................784 Janae Ryan..........................495 Patricia Schneider..............128 David Schumacher.............338 Anna Slobodyanik...............268 Linna Teng............................387 Alyssa Trygstad...................818

Student Volunteer: Justin Rodgers Justin Rodgers’ name is on the list of volunteers honored at a recent Tacoma Community College celebration for earning the President’s Volunteer Service Award. So is the number of hours he volunteered in 2009: 784.

His stint at AmeriCorps may be over, but Justin still volunteers at the Red Cross.

Justin completed the EMT program at Tacoma Community College in 1999. He decided to return to TCC for the nursing program, which he completed in March of 2010, graduating with an Associate’s degree in pre-nursing.

Justin started off by volunteering as a CPR/First Aid instructor at the Red Cross. He transferred to Emergency Services and is now the Disaster Health Services Coordinator for the organization’s Mt. Rainier chapter.

Justin would like to continue his education, and the next step is to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. He’s currently applying to four-year schools.

“I’m on the disaster response team. We go out on national disasters – flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes. In 2008 I went down to Texas for a couple of hurricanes. I work in health services. It’s more or less a first aid station – very basic care. We sum it up as ‘band-aids and hugs.’”

Volunteering at the Red Cross through AmeriCorps helped finance Justin’s education at Tacoma Community College. The AmeriCorps program gives students money for education based on the number of hours volunteered per year. “I’d strongly recommend that program for anybody,” said Justin. “It’s a really easy way to help pay for school.”

“I don’t see that ending any time soon. It’s an excellent way to give back to the community, I really enjoy it, and it’s a lot of fun.”

Tacoma Community College Volunteer Coordinator Kari Twogood described Justin as “a truly amazing student and volunteer.” “Thanks to the efforts of volunteers like Justin, Tacoma Community College contributed over 12,000 hours in 2009,” said Twogood.

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Corporate & Continuing Education

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Regional Clients 2009-2010 The Boeing Company Bradken - Atlas BP Chehalis Lucky Eagle Casino

Training that matters Growing a new generation of leaders at Franciscan Health

“Spirit at Work”—these are not just words at Franciscan Health. “It’s a philosophy directed at creating a great patient experience,” says Bonnie Bush, Franciscan’s Organizational Effectiveness Manager. So, when Franciscan managers were given the chance to send key employees to a 9-month Job Skills Program (JSP) funded by the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges, and managed by

City of Tacoma

TCC Corporate and Continuing Education—

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“it was a golden opportunity to develop our

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front line staff,” says Bush.

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Laurie Brown, Vice President and Chief

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that the 50 key people chosen for the

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Healthcare Leadership Series are not

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managers. “The goal of this program is

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high employee morale and high employee

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engagement with their patients.”

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“These are highly trained folks—nurses and therapists—trained and licensed

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skills, critical thinking, leading teams for

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effectively with different kinds of audiences; it’s about change and transition

Lucretia Shafer, a registered nurse at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, is one of 50 Franciscan Health employees chosen for the Healthcare Leadership Series last fall. Sponsored by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges Job Skills Program, and administered by Tacoma Community College Corporate and Continuing Ed, the program was designed to help employees create a great patient experience.

develop these skills in our front line staff in a time of shortened resources,” says Brown. Lucretia Shafer, a registered nurse at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, and one of the “front line leaders” chosen by her manager for the program, notes: “It was fun to be in a room with 50 people, and to share and build on each other’s knowledge and experience.” She thinks the leadership class changed the way she saw her job,

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how she worked with her co-workers, and how to be a better member of her team. She says their instructor, Beth Hanley, told them: ‘You guys are handpicked. You are the best of the best.’ “It took us weeks to start realizing that.” Says Carol Melby, Program Administrator for Workforce Education at the State Board: “The purpose of the JSP managementlevel training is to give

Management development programs are about communication. They help you become the employee you need to be.

companies the opportunity

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to continue to develop their workforce. A lot of the program is about communication. It helps you become the employee you need to be. And it helps companies “grow their own” instead of recruiting from other places. Employers can do more than retain and protect their employee’s jobs—they can help them grow into new jobs.” Now that she has completed the Healthcare Leadership Series, Shafer says being seen as a leader has given her permission to act with more confidence. “I feel more free to put forward my ideas,” she says. “Now I spend more time with my manager. I see I’m in a position to make her job easier. This is the difference it has made.” Shafer was recently selected to become a pain resource nurse. “I was chosen before the end of the class. But now I’ve had this training I have a much clearer path about how I will accomplish things than I did before. I know I can do it.”

Ready for work at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) and WorkForce Central are partnering with Tacoma Community College to provide training and job opportunities for 60 aspiring workers and 75 incumbent Pierce County workers to be trained through the Career Readiness Program. GMCR held information sessions at WorkForce Central, inviting job-seekers to sign up for the Career Readiness Program. Prospective employees are encouraged to “position yourself to be considered for a job at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters.” The twelve-week program begins in May and covers topics including teamwork and interpersonal skills, applied mathematics, and basic computer skills. The company also provides extensive training opportunities for current employees. “One exciting thing about this partnership is that it trains people for positions we’ll have in the near future,” said John Rader of GMCR. “We would like each employee to complete 30 hours of continuing education a year – and we fund it.” “Tacoma Community College is the Washington College for Global Corporate College,” said Lisa Edwards, Dean of Corporate and Continuing Education. “Green Mountain is exactly the kind of company we are prepared to serve. We deliver consistent, high-level training across the footprint of the company.” Tacoma Community College is currently delivering the Career Readiness program in Knoxville and Sumner. The same program will begin in Toronto in June 2010.

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2010 - A winning

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The number one ranked TCC Men’s Basketball team clinched the NWAACC Western Regional Title for 2010. This is the Titans 5th Regional championship under Coach Carl Howell’s in his last seven seasons at TCC. Chris Holmes Fr. (Franklin), and Darious Walker So. (Deacatur) were both named to the 2010 NWAACC All Western Region first team, while Derrick Davis So. (Clover Park) was selected to play in the NWAACC sophomore All Star game with Walker. Anthony Enriquez So. (Lakes) was named an alternate for the All Star game. Says Coach Howell, “We have a group of players who place winning and the team above individual accomplishment. And really, they value doing things the right way. They see we’ve had success with the way we do things. And at the end of the day, understanding how to be successful is what we are doing here.” Howell was named CoCoach of the year with Lower Columbia’s Jim Roffler. It marks the fifth time Howell has been named Coach of the Year. Howell and Roffler were also selected to coach the West Region All Stars. 12 TCCMagazine

Two TCC Basketball Greats Inducted into NWAACC Hall of Fame Former TCC basketball standouts Lorenzo Rollins (1995) and Cory Schwab (1999) have been named to the NWAACC Hall of Fame for 2010.

Nominated by TCC Basketball head coach Carl Howell, both Rollins and Schwab were born and raised in the Tacoma area. Rollins grew up in Tacoma’s hilltop neighborhood— Schwab in University Place. Rollins graduated from Foss in 1993 and Schwab from Curtis in 1997. While at Curtis, the 6 ft. 5” senior was named South Division Player of the Year. Both were recruited to play basketball for TCC. Both earned MVP honors both years they played basketball here. In 1999 Schwab got a nod from Northern Arizona University where he played as a forward, once scoring 43 points against Cal Poly in the all-time single highest scoring game in NAU history, while setting a school record with 11 three-point field goals. After graduating from NAU in 2001, Schwab went on to play professional basketball

in Australia before returning to his Pierce County roots. Now 32, Schwab is a personal trainer in University Place and a basketball coach for Curtis High School. Rollins is back home too. “My two years here at TCC were magical,” remembers Rollins. “Coach Howell took a chance on me. I was a street kid, a knucklehead… My basketball family saw me through a lot of hard times as well.” Rollins was named 1994 Region MVP and is TCC’s all-time leading scorer—once scoring 55 points for TCC in one game. Highly recruited by the universities; Rollins chose an athletic scholarship to Gonzaga University and graduated in 1998 with a degree in communications. “That was the greatest accomplishment of my life,” said Rollins. “To get that degree, in front of my family…” Rollins played professionally in South America and Korea from 1998-2002 and now plays professional basketball for the Tacoma Tide—recently scoring 19 points in 22 minutes in a game against the Albany Legend.

TCC Events Calendar June 2


Retirees Reception Celebrates the accomplishments of TCC’s retiring staff and faculty.Student Center, Bldg. 11



Pamela Transue Building Naming CelebrationTCC’s new Science, Math & Engineering will be officially named after TCC President Pamela TransueBldg. 29



All Campus LuauEnjoy music, dance and delicious food at TCC's end of the year party. Lunch tickets available at the event.Bldg. 27 courtyard Theater Arts Dinner ShowcaseFeatures Broadway, jazz and gospel music, as well as an original one-act play


Dinner 6:00p Show 7:30p

from TCC's Theater Arts Club. There will be dancing, acting, singing and, of course, the dinner.

Tickets available through the TCC choir students, or by contacting Kevin Gausepohl at Cost: $18 (community); $15 (students)Dinner will be held in the Student Center, Bldg. 11; Showcase will be in the TCC Theatre, Bldg. 3





10 10 11

GED/IBEST Recognition CeremonyStudent Center, Bldg. 11 Pour at Four Wine AuctionPour at Four owners and managers Mark and Susan Merrill host this popular fundraiser in support of TCC Foundation scholarships.

Call 253.761.8015 or email Pour at Four, 3814 N. 26th St., Tacoma 12:30p

WCCW CommencementBy invitation onlyTCC Purdy Campus at WCCW


TCC CommencementAlmost 800 students will complete TCC education programs.Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall TCC Jazz Band ConcertThis end-of-year concert will feature a local jazz guest soloist, and many standards for a


variety of jazz styles.FREE ($5 suggested donation)TCC Theatre, Bldg. 3


Summer Quarter Classes BeginAll campuses


Saturday 10:00a-5:00p

13th Annual Gig Harbor Garden TourExperience some of Gig Harbor's most beautiful private gardens.


Sunday 10:00a-4:00p

Pick up maps and tickets at the TCC Gig Harbor Campus, 3993 Hunt St., Gig Harbor

Proceeds support the Peninsula Adult Basic Education Program. For information go to

July August 12

12:30p shotgun start

2010 TCC Golf TournamentRevenue from the TCC Gold Tournament benefits TCC intercollegiate athletic programs. For information on the tournament or to be a sponsor, contactAllenmore Public Golf Course

September 20

Fall Quarter classes begin All campuses

For complete information about campus events, log on to the TCC website at TCCMagazine IBC

6501 S. 19th Street Tacoma WA 98466

TCC Named Tacoma Goodwill’s Community Partner of the Year. One of TCC’s many

TCC’s #1 ranked Men’s Basketball team clinched

community partnerships, Goodwill

85-73 win at Clark College on February 24. They

works with TCC to bring the Warehouse &

went on to finish 3rd in the 2010 NWAACC

Logistics training program to unemployed

Basketball Tournament with a 81-79 win over

and under-employed clients. In presenting

Yakima Valley. This is the 7th straight season

the award, Cheryl Bidleman, Director of

the Titans have won 24 or more games under

Human Resources at Tacoma Goodwill

Head Coach Carl Howell.

described TCC as “a great partner… with

the NWAACC Western Regional Title with a

the ability to meet our needs by being

TCC’s Athletics Director and Head Basketball

flexible and creative.” Said one graduate:

Coach Carl Howell was named NWAACC Co-

“The class was great… the instructors

Coach of the year with Lower Columbia’s Jim

were very thorough... I’m in training to

Roffler, in February. The award marks the fifth

become a supervisor now because of the

time Howell has been named Coach of the Year.

education level that I achieved by getting

Howell & Roffler were also selected to coach

the certificate.”

the West Region All Stars basketball team.

success in our lives and in our communities


Walk a Mile - Team

Tacoma CC walked a mile

All Washington Academic Team members honored in Olympia. TCC students

in women’s shoes May 3

Gyeong-A Kang and Madison Turpin

in support of the Sexual

have been named to the All Washington

Assault Center of Pierce

Academic Team for 2010. The program

County. Team Tacoma CC

honors Washington state’s finest higher

finished the fundraising

education students, who reflect the

race in fifth place after

diversity of the state, maintain high

bringing in $2,300 in

standards of excellence, and contribute

donations. Team members

positively to the community. Students

include: Back row: L to R:

selected for the All-Washington Academic

George Curtis, Will Howard, Dan Small, and

Team are automatically nominated to the

Rich Langhorn. Front row: TCC Board of

All-USA Academic Team. Each scholar also

Trustees president Laurie Jinkins with Brian

receives a $750 scholarship funded by

Lanier. “The mile wasn’t bad at all – the

All-Washington Academic Team program

first 25 feet was the worst,” reported Staff

sponsors KeyBank and the Northwest

Sergeant Will Howard.

Education Loan Association (NELA).


TCC Magazine - Spring 2010  

Twice yearly publication for Tacoma Community College's internal and external audience. It describes TCC's mission, programs, events, and ac...

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