Pierce County - Stay Local

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Choosing a College for Fall? Stay Local!

Just graduated? Unsure which college is for you?

Local colleges take you from where you are, to where you’re going, with style. You and your family are invited to attend a Pierce County Community and Technical College Information Session. Whether you want to transfer to a university, or prepare for the workforce in two years or less, there is a high-quality local program with a proven track record for you. Many are virtual for fall.

Make your decision at a “Stay Local” Information Session:

August 12, 4 p.m.                  

August 19, 4 p.m.

August 26, 4 p.m. 


Partway through the event, we’ll break into two workshops. When you register, please check the box for either the Transfer Workshop, or the Career/Technical Workshop. Partway through the event, we will break into separate meeting rooms, one for Career and Technical programs, the other for programs that transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Below you can find a description of each workshop to see which one is right for you.

Professional/Technical Programs

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Professional/technical degrees and certificates are designed to provide students with the technical and related skills needed for successful employment. The degrees and certificates emphasize practical, work-related skills that translate to effectiveness and expertise in the workplace. What's more, these degrees are hot, and getting hotter. Over the next five years, it is estimated that more than 60 percent of all job openings in Washington state will require more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree. Some of our professional/technical programs have university transfer tracks, so if you decide to continue your education later, you can pick up where you left off.

University Transfer Degrees

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A university transfer degree program satisfies the first two years of coursework required at four-year colleges and universities, at a fraction of the cost. Upon completion, most transfer degrees are accepted at many public and private four-year colleges in Washington. You can prepare for a wide range of degrees and majors at one of our colleges beginning this fall, then transfer to a university in a few years, ready to pursue the remaining credits needed for your bachelor’s degree.  

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Pierce County Strong:
Pierce County Strong is regional high school to college partnership committed to improving postsecondary readiness, enrollment and completion through improvements in communication, data sharing and systems coordination.

With a focus on strengthening regional support for students of color and low-income students, we seek to close the postsecondary opportunity gap for students who have been historically underserved in public education.