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Tacoma Community College | Field Guide 2024

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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.

Key Facts

Highest Enrolled Programs

  • Academic/College Transfer
  • Adult Basic Skills, High School 21+, GED®, High School Diploma/Equivalent & English as a Second Language
  • Allied Health
  • Nursing and Pre-Nursing
  • Science
  • Business


  • Headcount (all sources): 9,876
  • FTES (all sources): 5,111
  • Headcount (state-funded): 8,015
  • FTES (state-funded): 3,863

Students in Selected Programs

  • Applied bachelor's: 187
  • Corrections: 485
  • I-BEST: 121
  • International: 281
  • Running Start: 1,177
  • Worker Retraining: 520

Student Profile

Type of Student

  • Academic/transfer: 49%
  • Basic skills: 12%
  • Workforce education: 30%
  • Other: 9%


Students of color: 53%

  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 5%
  • Asian: 17%
  • Black/African American: 17%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 18%
  • Pacific Islander: 3%
  • White: 65%


  • Full-time: 56%
  • Part-time: 44%

Family and Finances

  • Students receiving need-based financial aid: 46%
  • Students with dependents: 17%


  • Female: 66%
  • Male: 34%
  • X: 1%

Median age


Points of Interest

Dramatically increasing math completion

Starting in fall 2022, Tacoma Community College replaced a high-stakes math placement test with a directed self-placement model and eliminated most pre-college math courses, replacing them with co-requisite support courses attached to college-level math courses. The change has already had a strong impact on inequities in mathematics education at TCC. In one year, TCC saw a 31% increase in entry-point college-level math course completion. The college also saw increased completion of statistics, the math course for most non-STEM pathways, by 47%. Hispanic students tripled their completion of precalculus, the STEM pathway entry point, and African American students doubled their precalculus completion rates.  

Building a collaborative environment from the ground up

Construction started on TCC's newest building, the Center for Innovative Learning and Engagement (CILE). Scheduled to open its doors in January 2025, this 3-story, 51,000 square foot building will provide a centralized location for TCC’s business, humanities, and social sciences programs. A covered outdoor classroom and collaborative learning spaces on every level will help create a supportive environment for students that extends beyond the classroom.

Offering stackable cybersecurity credentials

Students interested in going into the field of cybersecurity can start with an entry-level certificate and advance all the way through a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Advanced Networking & Data Security at TCC. The college’s associate degree program prepares students to complete TCC’s BAS degree or a similar program at one of Washington’s four-year universities. As they progress through the program, students earn employable certificates in Help Desk and Technical Support, as well as industry certifications in CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Linux + at the associate degree level, and in CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Cloud+, CompTIA Cysa+ and Cisco CCNA at the bachelor's degree level. 

Data is from the 2022-23 academic year. Reflects headcount unless otherwise noted.

*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.


Ivan Harrell II, PhD


  • Pat Shuman, chair
  • Dona Ponepinto, vice chair
  • Lois Bernstein
  • Manny Santiago
  • LaTasha Wortham

Year Founded


Service Area

Pierce County

Legislative Districts

26, 27, 28, 29

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Last Modified: 4/9/24, 8:32 AM

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