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Tacoma Community College Quarterly Preview

Winter 2014

TCC Awarded 2014 Military Friendly Schools速 Designation Held to a higher standard for the fifth year running. page 6

2+2 =you saving $$$ On your way to a BA? Get your AA here first and save money! page 6

Vicci Martinez Scholarship Winner Meet Julia Subbotin. She is reaching higher and wants to pay it forward! page 2


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Meet Vicci Martinez Scholarship Recipient Julia Subbotin Like Tacoma singer/songwriter Vicci Martinez, who created a new scholarship to help female TCC students reach their dreams last year, nursing student Julia Subbotin wants to pay if forward. Scheduled to graduate in March 2014 from TCC’s nursing program, Julia plans to go on to UWT and get her BA in nursing, hopefully while working in the ER part time. It’s all part of a larger plan to teach nursing and sanitation skills to people in Bangladesh. Julia says that, beyond finding a good job, she had no real plans for her future when she was a high school student in Puyallup. That changed when she went to Bangladesh with the group Youth With a Mission (YWAM) and discovered a very crowded country where people live with preventable disease, and often without basic sanitation. “I don’t think people realize the need for basic teaching there. Stuff that we take for granted is not such common knowledge,” said Julia. “It changed the way I viewed a lot of things.” Julia says it’s the desire to help that sparked her desire to reach higher, transforming her from an “average” student to someone who excels on a daily basis. She no longer takes her life, her education, or her advantages for granted. “When I look back on how I was in high school, all I cared about was finding a job and making good money,” said Julia. “When I got back from the trip, I realized that’s not what it’s about. I’d rather help somebody.”

Quality, affordable education within reach at TCC Choosing a college is an important decision. Fortunately, Tacoma Community College makes it easy. Recently ranked among the top 50 community colleges in the nation, TCC offers a high quality education at a lower cost – about one-third the tuition when compared to a four-year university. Each year, nearly 15,000 students attend TCC to train for well-paying careers, start work on a four-year degree, or update their skills and knowledge. Our students get an outstanding education while minimizing student loan debt. Those who transfer to a university do just as well as the freshmen who start there. Nearly 40 percent of bachelor degree graduates and about 34 percent of engineering majors in Washington start at two-year colleges. Students who enroll for job training get a fast entry into well-paying career fields like business, cyber-security, nursing or respiratory therapy to name a few. Find out more at Reach higher at Tacoma Community College. TCC is ranked among the top 50 community colleges in the nation by Washington Monthly Magazine. With more than 65 degrees and certificates, small class sizes and the latest technology, TCC offers a high-quality education without the high price tag.

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. 2 • Winter 2014 • 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

Two-year degrees that transfer to almost any major college:

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 • Accounting • Business

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

Human Services Paralegal Technology • Networking and Cyber Security

Gig Harbor Campus We offer transfer, continuing education and basic skills education, all close to home. • • • • •

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


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

Job & Career Training • • • • •

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

Certification & Testing Center

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

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 TCC is about one-third the tuition when compared to a four-year university.


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7 Steps

 Apply/Reapply I

to get into college  Get connected with MY TCC I

Apply online or in person (Bldg. 7). There is no application fee.

Check your personal email. In 24 hours you’ll receive a welcome email from TCC. Log into the student portal to activate your student email.

 Explore your interests I

TCC Admission Info Sessions

Sign up on INSIDE TCC to receive all the info you need to become a student at TCC. Takes 5 minutes tops!

 Pay for college I

Start early and do it simultaneously with steps 1-7. Applying for financial

 Assess your skills I




Dec. 4 Dec. 18 Jan. 8 Jan. 22 Jan. 27 Feb. 5 Feb. 19 Feb. 24

3:45-5 p.m.


aid is a process, not a single step.

Need help with any of these steps?


Attend this


Wed Wed Mon

To get into classes, an evaluation of your skills is needed. Do it by


testing or transcript review.


 Get oriented I

New students must attend a NSAO (New Student Advising Orientation) to get classes. Sign up early as dates (and classes) fill fast!

 Pay your tuition I


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

Call 253.566.6042

Missing the due date can mean missing out on the classes you registered for.

Location Location Location Tacoma campus 6501 S. 19th St., Tacoma 253.566.5000


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 on a college readiness newsletter—tailored for their year in school (8th through 12th grade). Encourage your child to sign up for InsideTCC now! Want to be a TCC student yourself? Get deadline and enrollment info delivered to your inbox!

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


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

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Paying for college?

Apply for financial aid Applying for financial aid is a PROCESS – not a single step. It is also about dates and deadlines. • Apply to TCC. Get connected with MY TCC portal (Step  on page 4). • Complete the FAFSA and list TCC as your college. • Complete TCC's Financial Aid Data Sheet.

Deadlines: Starting?

Apply to TCC before

Submit Fin. Aid Application by

Winter 2014

November 2013

Oct. 3, 2013

Spring 2014

February 2014

Jan. 30, 2104

Summer 2014

March 2014

Apr. 10, 2014

Fall 2014

March/April 2014

early May*

*priority deadline is Mar. 13, 2014


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)

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

Credit Hours

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

10 1,095.90

2,815.90 1,225.90 1,336.60

Submit your FAFSA

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

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

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

• Create a FAFSA PIN: • Go to and fill out the FREE application. • Look for your Student Air Report in the mail/email. Call 1.800.4.FEDAID if you need it resent. The FAFSA opens before most people can complete their taxes. Submit it early then add information as it becomes available.

Financial Aid Follow Up • Complete the TCC Financial Aid Data Sheet online: You'll find it at the MY TCC student portal under the Money & Jobs tab - Financial Aid Forms. • Check application status at the Financial Aid Portal: • Respond to any requests for information by the deadline date, or ASAP.

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.

Apply for scholarships

Did you know

Scholarship application season is usually JanuaryMarch for the following year. • TCC Foundation scholarships: • External scholarships: • WA scholarships:

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 Washington Student Achievement Council (WASAC) as required by RCW 28B.10.044. Exact figures are available from the HEC Board.


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2 + 2 = a 4-year degree 2 + 2 = you saving $$$! $45,000

TCC Awarded 2014 Military Friendly Schools® Designation Tacoma Community College has earned a place on Victory Media’s Military Friendly Schools® list for the fifth year running. The 2014 list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools ® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via: • Improved methodology • Criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board consisting of educators from schools across the country “At Tacoma Community College, we believe veterans bring critical skills and strengths to the local economy,” said Veterans Affairs Coordinator Bill Harrington. “As more former service members join the college each year, we want to be sure we give them the education they need to transition successfully to civilian life.” A full story and detailed list of 2014 Military Friendly Schools® will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools ®, distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October.

What is

$40,000 $35,000

YOU SAVE $11,618

$30,000 $25,000 $20,000

State University



State University $39,235*

$10,000 $5,000

TCC $8,000 Tuition and Fees


2 years at TCC + 2 years at a state university

Save money by attending TCC for two years and earn your associate degree before moving on for a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university. That means less debt when you start your career. Transferring takes planning - start thinking about it now!

4 years at a state university

Did you know? • About 41 percent of bachelor's degrees awarded each year go to students who started at community or technical colleges. • C ommunity and technical college transfers are well represented in business, science, engineering and education majors at universities in Washington • C ommunity and technical colleges open the door to baccalaureate degrees for thousands who might not otherwise go to a university. • T here are many pathways for students completing an associate degree at a two-year college to transfer to a four-year college or university

* Average cost tuition and fees between all state universities

in Washington.  Does not include room & board. Attending TCC and living at home can save significantly on additional room & board costs.

Running Start?

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

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Washington Monthly Ranks Tacoma Community College Among Nation’s Top 50 Community Colleges The magazine Washington Monthly places Tacoma Community College among the top 50 community colleges in the nation and the top 5 in the state. According to the publication, TCC ranks 46th in the nation and 4th in the state of Washington. Five Washington colleges made the “Top 50” list. The publication rejects traditional college-ranking criteria. According to the college ranking issue’s introduction: “Instead of lauding colleges for closing their doors to all but an elite few, we give high marks to institutions that enroll low-income students, help them graduate, and don’t charge them an arm and a leg to attend.”

What’s YOUR goal? Start a bachelor’s degree?

collegetransfer Training for a new career?


Sharpening job skills or enhance your life?

continuingeducation Getting the basics?



Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

FERPA is a federal law that protects students’ 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.

FREE workshops and more!

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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Shaping UP! Work on the Harned Center for Health Careers is progressing on schedule. The building should be open Fall 2014. We're also creating a new Campus Commons at the heart of our Tacoma campus. Info on an opening event coming soon!

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