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Tacoma Community College | Field Guide 2021

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With campuses in Tacoma and Gig Harbor, Washington, Tacoma Community College offers in-person, hybrid, and online learning options close to home at an affordable cost. TCC offers transfer degrees, professional degrees and certificates, Bachelor of Applied Science degrees, and continuing education classes tailored to meet the needs of both students and local employers. Committed to Guided Pathways and to anti-racist work, TCC seeks to continually improve the student experience while positioning graduates for success at transfer institutions and in the workplace.

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Key Facts

Highest Enrolled Programs

  • Academic/College Transfer
  • Adult Basic Skills, High School+, GED®, English as a Second Language
  • Business
  • Nursing and Pre-Nursing
  • Allied Health
  • Science
  • Non-degree–other


  • Headcount (all sources): 11,519
  • FTES (all sources): 5,801
  • Headcount (state-funded): 8,378
  • FTES (state-funded): 4,303

Students in Selected Programs

  • Applied bachelor's: 151
  • Corrections: 730
  • I-BEST: 167
  • International: 358
  • Running Start: 1,042
  • Worker Retraining: 404

Student Profile

Type of Student

  • Academic/transfer: 58%
  • Basic skills: 8%
  • Other: 3%
  • Workforce education: 31%


  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 4%
  • Asian: 17%
  • Black/African American: 15%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 14%
  • Pacific Islander: 3%
  • White: 65%


  • Full-time: 57%
  • Part-time: 43%

Family and Finances

  • Students receiving need-based financial aid: 41%
  • Students who work: 52%
  • Students with children: 13%


  • Female: 63%
  • Male: 37%

Median age


Points of Interest

Launching a new IT Bachelor of Applied Science degree

Created with input from local employers, Tacoma Community College’s (TCC) IT Networking Information Systems and Technology (ITN-IST) program builds on the skills of Networking and Cyber Security Associate of Applied Science (AAS) program graduates while also being open to students who have earned other two-year degrees. Focused on applied skills with a full project-based curriculum, the program leads to extremely employable Bachelor of Applied Science degree graduates. Small class sizes will allow for individualized attention, and classes will be held during the evenings to accommodate working adults. Now accepting applications; classes start fall 2021.

Championing equitable education

Ambitious Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) goals are at the center of TCC’s 2020-25 Strategic Plan. As we work to achieve those goals, we recognize historic inequities and empower our community to challenge and overcome systemic barriers to create a campus and society where all people can be their authentic selves and are welcomed, heard, known, represented and successful. In recognition of the college’s EDI work, the Association for Community College Trustees (ACCT) honored TCC with a Regional Equity Award in 2020.

Providing flexible, responsive learning options

As our students face the uncertainty and challenges created by the pandemic, our focus is on making it possible for them to keep making progress toward their goals. TCC leadership has committed to making early decisions about instructional modalities so that students will be able to plan for each quarter with the highest degree of certainty possible. A National Endowment for the Humanities grant helped dozens of humanities professors transition their courses online to provide quality and accessible digital humanities education experiences. And we provide wraparound support, from free laptops to food assistance to emergency grants. As we work towards safely re-opening our campus we want our students to feel supported, whether online or in person.

Data is from the 2019-20 academic year. Reflects headcount unless otherwise noted.

*May not add up to 100% because students may be counted in more than one race. Percentages calculated on reported value.


Ivan Harrell II, PhD


  • Lois Bernstein, chair
  • Dona Ponepinto
  • Bob Ryan
  • Pat Shuman
  • LaTasha Wortham

Year Founded


Service Area

Pierce County

Legislative Districts

25, 26, 27, 28, 29

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Last Modified: 2/17/23, 12:17 PM

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