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Tag: Tacoma Community College

Feb.
14th

Two-year colleges on the front lines of economic recovery

This editorial will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.

Tacoma Community College President Pamela Transue doesn’t mince words when she talks about how budget cuts are hurting her school and Washington’s other two-year institutions.

“We’re watching the destruction of the educational system in our state,” she told The News Tribune editorial board in a recent visit by the five presidents of Pierce County’s community and technical colleges.

Since 2008, state funding for the two-year colleges has fallen by more than $1,000 per student and will fall to $1,200 less per student by 2013. The schools have cut staff, frozen salaries for five years, eliminated programs, made other efficiencies – and still were able to serve 19 percent more students since 2008.
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Feb.
3rd

2-year colleges truly do transform lives

Chi Choi

The editorial board met this week with the presidents of the local two-year colleges – Tacoma Community College, Pierce College (Fort Steilacoom and Puyallup), Bates Technical College and Clover Park Technical College. Their schools have already absorbed big budget hits, and they wanted to convey their concerns about what yet more cuts could mean for the students they serve.

They were preaching to the choir; we’re well aware of the impact these schools can have in turning around the lives of people who might otherwise languish in low-wage jobs – if they can find work at all.

The presidents told us about a project of the Trustees Association of Community and Technical Colleges, “Transforming Lives,” recognizing 34 people who have benefited from their education at one of the state’s two-year institutions. Click here to read their compelling self-written profiles.

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Sep.
22nd

TCC ranked best community college in the state

So you’ve got an AA degree from Tacoma Community College. Now it’s worth a little bit more on your résumé. Just mention that its been named one of the best community colleges in the nation and the best in Washington state.

That’s according to The Washington Monthly, an independent District of Columbia social research magazine. Helping TCC achieve its impressive ranking was its comparatively high graduation rate of 63 percent (within four years).

Another South Sound community college, Green River, also ranked well nationally, coming in at 29th. The No. 1 CC was St. Paul College (Minn.). In fact, Minnesota and North Carolina each had three schools in the top 10.

For the complete (Sept. /Oct. 2010) report, go here.

Here’s the press release from Dan Small at TCC: Read more »