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Pierce College Fort Steilacoom | Field Guide 2024

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Pierce College Fort Steilacoom is part of the Pierce College District, a community college district serving more than 14,000 students annually. Founded in 1967, the college now offers 26 associate degrees, 52 professional certificates and six applied bachelor’s degrees designed to prepare students for academic transfer and career success.

By offering affordable and accessible programs, Pierce College Fort Steilacoom helps people of every age and background to learn and thrive in today’s economy. Whether students are 16 or 60, just out of high school or working adults, our college prepares them for the next step up in life. As a community college that serves a large number of lower-income students and students of color, our college is key to creating a stronger and more inclusive economy.

Key Facts

Highest Enrolled Programs

  • Nursing AAS
  • Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP
  • Science Transfer AS
  • Business DTA/MRP
  • Biology DTA/MRP

*Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program


  • Headcount (all sources): 14,171
  • FTES (all sources): 8,272
  • Headcount (state-funded): 8,038
  • FTES (state-funded): 3,458

Students in Selected Programs

  • Applied bachelor's: 206
  • Apprentices: 35
  • I-BEST: 30
  • International: 272
  • Running Start: 2,122
  • Worker Retraining: 174

Student Profile

Type of Student

  • Academic/transfer: 53%
  • Basic skills: 6%
  • Workforce education: 17%
  • Other: 25%


Students of color: 53%

  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 4%
  • Asian: 16%
  • Black/African American: 16%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 20%
  • Pacific Islander: 4%
  • White: 64%


  • Full-time: 49%
  • Part-time: 51%

Family and Finances

  • Students receiving need-based financial aid: 45%
  • Students with dependents: 35%


  • Female: 62%
  • Male: 38%

Median age


Points of Interest

Centering Black and Brown student excellence 

To advance our mission and to fully respond to the Legislature’s investment in diversifying faculty and advancing antiracism, Pierce College has identified a specific focus on Black and Brown student excellence in our hiring process, first year support program for faculty, and through our tenure, post-tenure, adjunct advancement, and institutional professional learning experiences.  

Centering Black and Brown excellence provides context in which faculty and staff are supported and accountable for explicitly working to advance BIPOC student success in their educational journey and ultimately as future leaders in our workforce.  

Community vibrancy 

Pierce College is part of a national Achieving the Dream cohort testing tools and training materials intended to increase connections between colleges and local communities; improve access to connect to populations; and track metrics to ensure progress for all students. The focus is to increase upward mobility and help communities thrive. The ability to think bigger to address inequities at both institutional and community levels is central to community colleges creating more economically vibrant communities. 

Projected results are enhanced understanding about the importance of workforce outcomes and enhanced knowledge about the impact of creating equitable and economically vibrant communities. 

Leading college for military-affiliated students 

Pierce College at JBLM delivers university transfer and professional-technical pathways to active-duty military, reserves, national guard, veterans, and families with flexible policies. The college's use of open educational resources has saved students more than $4 million since 2015. The college is also a leader in industry-focused education through a partnership with community and technical colleges, state agencies, and the armed forces, offering education to prepare transitioning service members for Washington’s most in-demand industries. Pierce College was ranked the No. 1 community college in the nation for veterans — and top college overall in the Northwest by the Military Times in 2021.

Data is from the 2022-23 academic year. Reflects headcount unless otherwise noted. Data is for Pierce College District.

*Students of color percent based on unduplicated headcount. Students may be counted in more than one race, so race/ethnicity percentages may not total 100%. Percentages calculated on reported value.

Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.

Chancellor & CEO

Julie A. White, PhD


Matthew A. Campbell, EdD


  • Therese Ngo Pasquier, chair 
  • Clemencia Castro-Woolery, vice chair 
  • Lisa Boyd 
  • Brett Willis 

Year Founded


Service Area

Pierce County

Legislative Districts

28, 29

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Last Modified: 1/31/24, 7:36 AM

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