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The June 3, 2019 issue of The Pioneer — Pierce College Fort Steilacoom's student news publication in Lakewood, Washington.

June 3, 2019 / Vol. 52, Issue 8

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Life Goals

Is this not something everyone struggles with?

Is not life hard enough without trying to throw in

trying to figure out goals into the mix?

Every often or so the question of life goals seems

to come up. Either it is from instructors or professors,

employers and parents. Whoever it is, those

two words will come out of someone’s mouth.

Some examples of life goals one might have

would be; buying a new car, house, starting a family,

getting married would be a few. Some might be

more elaborate as vacationing in a foreign country,

starting a business and planning retirement. All

these would take much thought and planning,

some more than others.

At the beginning of the school year, you were

welcomed to Pierce College as you began your academic

journey. Now some of you will be walking

out of these doors for the last time and down the

walkway to get your degree.

Have you met your life goals yet? Did you succeed

in completing what you wanted to do? For

some an Associate’s is all they want to get, others

will go on to complete their bachelor’s.

No matter where you are in your journey, don’t

forget how you got there, remind yourself how

your getting there if the end goal isn’t reached yet.

Hopefully students will be leaving these halls

better than when they entered them. Some will still

need some tweaking as they might be quite there


Yes, planning and maintaining life goals are a

pain in the butt, as long as you already have the

end in mind when you start, it will be easier as you


May everyone have a safe and eventful summer!

Goal it up!


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May 6, 2019 / Vol. 52, Issue 7


Pg. 10 Pg. 18

Pg. 12-13

Pg. 19

Pg. 6-7

Student Government says goodbye

Final thoughts from Student


Pg. 8-9

Activities Board says goodbye

Final thoughts from Activities


Pg. 10

Professor Spotlight: Lisa Murray

A coach who will cheer you on

Pg. 12-13

After graduation

Where to go after you made it

Pg. 14-15

Data of college after

A look at previouse Pierce College


Pg. 16-17

Hallway Hassle: After College

What are students doing beyond


Pg. 18-19

Student Spotlight: Edgar Velasco

and Rhonda Reynolds

Two Criminal Justice students who

are graduating

Pg. 20-21

New movies this June

What to watch this month

Pg. 23

Cartoon Corner

A final goodbye

June 3, 2019 / Vol. 52, Issue 8 / 3







Clubs Council Meeting

June 4, Noon – 1p.m.

OLY 202

Student Government


June 5; 1p.m. – 2 p.m.

Student Life Lobby

Donut Day

June 7; 8 a.m. – 10a.m.

Student Life Lobby

MLI Workshop

June 7; Noon – 1p.m.

CAS 529

Summer Splash

June 10; 11a.m. – 2p.m.

Cascade building, 4th floor

Peace, Love &

Ice Cream

June 11; Noon – 1p.m.

Student Life Lobby

Student Awards


June 12; 6:30p.m.

Health Education Center

Chill N’ Grill

June 13; 11:30a.m.

Performance and Fireside


ELA Workshop

June 14; Noon – 1p.m.

CAS 529

Self Defense Class

June 17; 11a.m. – 3p.m.

Performance Lounge

Raider Review

June 18; 4p.m. – 10p.m.

Performance and Fireside



June 21; 2:30p.m.

Tacoma Dome

Habitat Earth

June 7; 7p.m.

Children’s Show:

Comets, Asteroids, &

Meteors, Oh My!

June 8, 15, 22;

12:30 and 2p.m.

Lamps of Atlantis

June 8; 3:15p.m.

Hidden Universe

June 14 and 26; 7p.m.

Experience the Aurora

June 15; 3:15p.m.

Mysteries of the

Unseen World

June 22; 3:15p.m.

Dynamic Earth

June 26; 1p.m.

Chasing the

Ghost Particle

June 26; 2:15p.m.



June 3, 2019 / Vol. 52, Issue 8

Pierce College hires new Fort

Steilacoom president

Pierce College/Courtesy Photo


Contributing Writer


Staff Writer

After a quarter-long, nationwide

search, the new Fort Steilacoom campus

president has been selected.

In a staff-wide email last month,

Chancellor Michele Johnson announced

that Dr. Julie White’s first day will be July

15. White is no stranger to working at

community colleges. White joins Pierce

College from Onondaga Community

College in Syracuse, New York where she

served as senior vice president of student

engagement and learning support. She

has also served at a variety of community

colleges and a university and liberal arts


White is a first generation college

student, like many who attend Pierce

College, Johnson stated in an email. She

earned her bachelor’s degree in education

and English from Miami University

Free college education is a subject

largely debated, especially during election

time. With the upcoming primary and

general elections, lawmakers and voters

are looking at the issue with fresh eyes.

Several eastern states are opposed to the

idea while the majority of western states,

including Washington, favor it.

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee

signed a major education bill last month

that will efficiently provide free or reduced

tuition for all ages of lower- and

middle-income students. It will also provide

new funding for community colleges

or public institutions that are strapped,

starting in 2020.

The Workforce Education Investment

Act will give families of four making an

annual income around $50,000 or less

a full-tuition scholarship to college or

apprenticeship training. It also provides

partial tuition scholarships to families of

Pixabay/Courtesy Photo four earning around $90,000.

a dedicated revenue source.

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and her master’s in education and

counseling from Xavier University.

White received her doctorate in philosophy

and education leadership

from the University of Rochester.

White will be bringing a passion

for student success while being committed

to the school’s work of increasing

graduation rates and closing equity gaps,

Johnson stated in the email.

“Her extensive and well-rounded

experience and talent will add depth and

new perspectives to our leadership team,”

Johnson said. “She embraces the transformative

value of community college

education and the work that we do.”

White has published research on topics

of the effects of racism on community

college students among other issues that

impact students. She was drawn to Pierce

because of its commitment to racial and

social justice and its unfaltering support

of students, Johnson said about White.

“I am excited to jump in, in partnership

with students, faculty, staff, and the

community, to accelerate that momentum

even more,” White said to Johnson.

New law to make college education more

affordable in Washington state

Gov. Jay Inslee signs bill that

will provide free or reduced

college tuition for all ages

This bill will generate more funds

for the State Need Grant, which serves

Washington state’s lowest-income college


This sounds good for Washington students,

but whose pockets is this money

coming out of?

Taxpayers will not foot the bill this

time. Instead, Fortune 500 companies

and local businesses will pay a surcharge

tax. The largest tech companies like

Amazon, Boeing, and Microsoft would

pay a higher rate, up to $7 million a year,

according to The New York Times.

Many of small local businesses have

resisted the tax increase because their

profit is not that large.

Although many politicians have not

delivered on the promise of free or reduced

college tuition, this is the first concrete

step for Washington state to provide

affordable and equitable education from




Staff Writer

Camron Cox

Director of Student Programs

Why do we have a student government

in the first place?

Student government oversees the

chartering of clubs on campus. Additionally,

there is a lot of behind-the-scenes

stuff in terms of paperwork that goes

along with supporting clubs. They also

try to support and push initiatives that

benefit students and responding to student


They are also involved with the faculty

tenure committees. Each committee has a

student member; the student government

ensures there is a student voice.”

Student government is also an advocate

for students to the state legislature.

They meet with other student governments

around the state to provide a

unified voice to our legislators when it

comes to issues that impact community

college students.”

What is the hiring process?

The interview process is done in two

parts: individual and group. Individual

applicants will meet with the hiring committee,

then the pool of applicants will

meet all at once with the hiring panel.

The benefit about doing a group is they

do have to work as a team a lot. We need

to know how well they can problem-solve

as a whole.

“After all interviews are done, the

hiring committee deliberates, then makes

a decision. The ultimate goal is to have

all positions for student government

filled by the end of the quarter. So, if we

do not have enough positions, we will

reach out to the student and a different

department; most of the time the student

applicant will be able to find a position

somewhere on campus.”​


Adiministrative Senator

What qualities are needed for

your position?

“Communication, patience, and

diligence are big ones because there

is always differing dynamics. Follow

through is also really important

– I think it is one of the things

that made our team great this year.

Because of that, we have had a lot

of success in in connecting with

students on different initiatives and


What advice would you give to

whoever fills your position?

The job will be what you make

of it. Each position has a specific

job description, and I really believe

that your position and the rest

team is only limited to what you

want to pursue and the ideas you


How has taking this role helped

you grow?

“I have gained more knowledge

in skills that is applicable for the

work place. I am better working

with people and I still have a lot to

learn but it’s allowed me to reflect

better. It’s been overall a positive



Vice President

What is your job?

As vice-president, my primary

jobs are to manage the food pantry,

to make sure it is well-stocked and

take inventory, and to plan the

quarterly Raider Review sessions.

Additionally, the administrative

duties include serving on certain

committees. As chair of one of the

committees, I select the committee

that will oversee next year’s student

government team.

What is the biggest accomplishment

serving on the student


I was previously legislative senator

and helped plan events such as

Civics Week. I helped plan Constitution

Day and the voter registration

drive; we had over a hundred

sign up. The League of Women

Voters who helped us set that up

said that was the biggest turnout.

What impact do you think you


I like having small impacts. I am

constantly doing club things, so I

am always help with the administration

or other events. ​



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Legislative Senator


Clubs & Organizations Senator


Student & Cultural Affairs Senator

What inspired you to take this


“Last year I went to a lot of the

events, even the student government

meeting. I was always

interested and love engaging with

students as well. Cameron would

frequently give me information

about student government like “Oh

I you know I think this is a great

fit, I think you should try it out?”

Finally, I decided it was something

that I wanted to do.”

What would you do differently:

“I think one of the big things would

be to stand up for what I believe. I

think a lot of times I didn’t really

stand up for what is right or what

I thought was wrong. Sometimes I

just went with the crowd.

What advice would you give to

whoever fills your position?

“I would just say to always have a

positive outlook on things. I think

for this job specifically it can kind

of get to you. Just push yourself and

don’t look at the possible negatives,

but more look at the benefits.”​

What is your job?

As the clubs and organization

senator, I facilitate club council

meetings and help clubs vote on

how their funds are used. I also

have a specific budget for arranging

clubs rush and clubs carnival

events each quarter. At the student

government meetings, I vote on

stuff that is brought up there as


Would you say taking this job

really helped you grow?

Not a lot, but it definitely got me

more involved. Last year I was not

involved in anything on campus.

I was a come-to-school-and-leave

kind of person. But now I go to

events, I go to leadership meetings,

Intensive trainings, different workshops.

and the student of color


What advice would you give to

whoever fills your position?

It is easy to over-extend yourself

and that is not really helpful. Know

your limits and prioritize different

things. That looks different for each

person but prioritize what you

believe to be important.

What impact do you think you

made this year?

For me, it’s the people I talk to

and let them know what’s going

on. I always help students, like if

they’re not too sure of where to go,

I take them with me. I just want to

make sure that people know that

this campus it’s a welcoming environment

for students no matter


What advice would you give to

whoever fills your position?

Be flexible and have a strong

adaptable personality. Because you

deal with so many people, it can

get quite stressful. There are a lot

of situations that comes and goes

within student life and student


If you could do your position

again, what would you do differently?

I would have a better initiative.

I was lost when I first started and I

didn’t know what I was getting into.

I am more confident in what to do.

I know who to talk to now, I know

who are the key players and what

can get accomplished.​

Jim Butler/Courtesy Photo

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Staff Writer

Allie Morrow,

FS Student Programs Coordinator

What does the Activities Board do?

The activities board is responsible for

planning and implement events – be they

educational, recreational, entertainment,

stress breaking, edgy, pride month, breast

cancer awareness, etc.

What do you think of the activities

board this year?

“I think they were amazing. They have

done record-breaking things. The biggest

is the participation from students in their

events; they have blown through almost

every record that has ever been held at

least by double. I think that an increased

and better promotion from a cohesive

team had a lot to do with that.

How does the activity board

pick the events?

Some events are fixed such as the

Halloween festival and each quarter

we have a family movie night, art days

right around finals to break stress. Other

events are brought by members of the

team. We encourage them to think big,

because we can always scale it down if we

have to, but we want to give our student

leaders on the activities board as much

latitude as possible. It is part of their

training and part of their development.

Sometimes they bring an outlandish idea

to the table and they have to sell that to

the rest of the team that’s going to be

working those events. Sometimes ideas

come from other students, and I feel like

it’s our duty to make that happen.” ​


Communications Coordinator

Would you say this job

helped you grow?

The training that we did was

probably the best thing Ihave ever

done. We did a summer trainingandat

the end of it was being apart

of a leadership. Itis a very good

experience but it got me to really

“open up” but not really at the same

time. It was a good experience to

do overall.”

What qualities are best

for this position?

You probably have to have a digital

design kind of mindset because

you will be working with making

promotions. Also, a knowledge of

electronics because you will need

to know how to set up game consoles

and stuff like that.

What advice do you have for the

person who takes your role?

“Have a forward attitude towards

everything and be ready to get

stuff done when it needs to be

done. Expect the unexpected a lot

of the time, too. Just be ready for

anything and have a good attitude

coming into this. Have fun on the

job, but treat it like a real job. ​


Outreach Coordinator

If you could do your position

again, what would you

do differently?

Family movie night and art days

is fun, but I wish I could have done

a completely different activity. It’s

something hard to think about,

You’re a bit limited to what you

can do, because you have safety,

and students, and permission from

different amount of people too.

What advice would you give to

whoever fills your position?

“Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

I learn that this year, because if you

don’t know something and you try

to do it on your own, you really

have no clue what you are doing. I

had to learn along the way because

I don’t like asking for help.

What qualities are best

for this position?

“Being openminded and being

creative, you got to really think

outside of the box. Some of the

activities that we put on, to not be

afraid and just do something really

weird. Trial and error, you got to

experiment with what you put on




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Promotions Coordinator


Issues & Awareness Coordinatorr


Special Events Coordinator

What qualities are needed for

your position?

Communication and versatility is

key, because you have to work with

clients a lot. This experience is definitely

going to help you later. You

also have to have some discipline

when doing this position, because

you do choose your own hours.

What advice would you give to

whoever fills your position?

“Honestly just stay motivated.

It is really all up to you on how

you want to make something, so

I would use that opportunity to

further my skill. Use this opportunity

to grow your portfolio and go

outside of your comfort zone.”

What is your biggest


“We updated the student ID

cards, because they were a decade

old with outdated information. We

added the suicide hotline, updated

the phone numbers and that was

across all campuses. I organized

the layout and how it was going to

look and MARCOM finished it out

for me. ​

What qualities are needed for

your position?

“It is important to be caring and

open-minded because you are going

to hear things that are going to

challenge you. Also, being compassionate,

since it is a little bit harder

because it’s harder to get people

involved in social justice issues.

What advice would you give to

whoever fills your position?

“Reach out to staff and faculty. I

think that’s probably been golden

for me. It’s started when I started

emailing about the food pantry;

we didn’t have any food. The next

day people were off-loading all of

this stuff And I know I had a sex,

it’s called “Let’s Talk about Sex”

and I tried to advertise as much as

I could but came 12 o’clock (noon)

there was like no body there, but

then two three four minutes later

two or three different professors

walked in with all of their classes

and I was just like “that is incredible”

because it helped. ​

Would you say this job

helped you grow?

Definitely, I had taken seven years

off from when I graduated high

school and when I came back to

school. I thought I was just going

to come in, get my degree and be

done. When I got the opportunity

to work in student life, it definitely

changed everything. It made Pierce

more of a home. I had a purpose, I

had connections, I had family here

where it felt like home.

What qualities are best

for this position?

You want someone who’s not afraid

to think outside the box and talks

with people and see what they

want. Whether you’re on SG or AB,

our main focus is serving students

and if you do not communicate

with the student population, you

do not know what the needs are.

What impact do you think

you had this year?

we got a chance to bring up more

educational, deeper events this year

than we had in the past.

Jim Butler/Courtesy Photo

June 3, 2019 / Vol. 52, Issue 8 / 9





Staff Writer


VOCATE, COACH these are words used

to describe Lisa Murray, the 2019 recipient

of the Faculty Achievement Award.

But she is so much more. Tony Nguyen

is a returning student, this time to pursue

a degree in physical therapy. He had

Murray as an instructor in 2016 and

2017, and remembers her as a strong

influence for learning, not just for career

goals, but also for life skills.

“I don’t think she teaches you like a

professor, but she coaches you and sets

you up for life too. She gives very good

advice, and I learned from her that you

need to have confidence. In whatever you

do, you gotta have that confidence in you

and go for it. Because there’s gonna be

background noise telling you to do this

or do that, but you should know what’s

best for you and to go for it. That’s what I

learned from her,” Nguyen said.

The Faculty Achievement Award was

created in 1987 as a result of grant money

from Puget Sound Energy and a partnership

with the Pierce College Foundation.

Faculty and administration from all pick

a faculty member who has proven high

educational principles, fully involved

in scholastic and community activities,

and creates curriculum that is engaging

and relevant. The $1,000 award is a nice


Kinesiology is one of Murray’s disciplines

that she teaches. It is defined as

“addressing the physiological, biochemical

and psychological dynamic principles

and mechanisms of movement.” It

also portrays how she connects to her


“I have dabbled my entire career in all

areas of having a degree in Kinesiology.

I’ve coached, worked in physical therapy,

worked in cardiac rehab, done consulting,

done health and fitness assessment,

been a personal trainer. I had fun, it

10 /

served me well,” Murray said.

If there is a committee or team on

campus that is devoted to student success,

chances are high that she is on it.

She serves on the Learning Council, is a

member of the Pierce College Outcomes

Team, and is the district coordinator for

the Pierce physical education and nutrition


Debra Gilchrist has been impressed by

Murray’s tireless dedication to curriculum

standards. “In her first year, she took

the lead within the department to evaluate

each course and assure alignment

of course outcomes with the American

College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

standards. This work and the work with

her advisory committee has led to strong,

rigorous courses based on nationally recognized

standards and industry needs,”










Gilchrist said.

One of Murray’s latest projects

highlights her creativity in getting her

students connected to practical handson

experience. She designed a novel

approach with the dental hygiene department.

Her students would work with

the dental hygiene students to help them

form healthy habits in their work place.

Ron May is the Dean of Health and

Technology and Murray’s supervisor. Her

energy in the classroom and tireless focus

on finding solutions is inspiring.

Lisa seizes opprtunites to help

and to educate.

Carl Vincent Carallas/ Staff Photo

“ProfessorMurray is one of the most

passionate faculty members I have

known. She brings her limitless energy

and innovation to her instruction. Professor

Murray is easy to work with and

she works to find solutions when issues

arise,” May said.

Murray encourages team-work in her

projects. “I’m only as good as I can be

with the people around me. So many

people have taught me things that I

would have never known, if it weren’t for

them,’ she said.

Her efforts made her the perfect choice

to be the faculty representative to the first

AACC national Guided Pathways held in

Washington, D.C. Upon her return, she

put together meetings to share what she

learned. “She wanted her colleagues to be

engaged and help determine the best way

forward. Her efforts widened the net of

interest and involvement as her enthusiasm

for the project was contagious,”

Gilchrist said.

Murray gracefully accepted the award.

“I don’t have a lot of words to describe it.

Just...complete, a huge honor. Very, very

grateful. I feel like, you know, it doesn’t

change the way I go about doing what

I do, it just inspires me. That’s all. To

continue doing what I’m doing,” Murray


June 3, 2019 / Vol. 52, Issue 8

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Three resources to help you find a job post-Pierce College


Staff Writer


TO YOU? It may sound daunting if you don’t know what your

plans are post-Pierce College.

But rest assured; you have resources on campus to help you

prepare for your job search, even in the summer. From the Job

and Career Connections Department to the Writing Center,

you can brush up on your interview skills or get feedback on

how to improve your resume and cover letter, respectively.

Job and Career Connections Center

Pierce College’s Job and Career Connections Center, which

is across from the Welcome Center, is a good place to start

looking for jobs or internships, determine eligibility for Workforce

and Retraining programs and plan your next step with a

career counselor. The Job Connections Center, the only Worksource-affiliate

site in the Lakewood area, is open to students

and the community.

Diana Baker, the Job and Career Connections Center manager,

said that employers look for certain qualities in potential

new hires; at the same time, she encourages graduates to test

out employers before committing.

The No. 1 demand employers look for is communication,

also being a team player and doing what you are supposed to do

without anyone looking,” Baker said. “It’s really taking the time

and knowledge from the classroom to apply it to the workforce.

[An internship] gives you the chance to try before you buy.”

Last month, Pierce College invited representatives from 29

companies and organizations, ranging from the fields of health

care and education to nonprofit and government, to its annual

job fair. If graduates missed out, they can still search for job

openings and internship opportunities through the Myinterfase

system (, which is free

to the public.

The Job and Career Connections Center is open during the

summer to accommodate those from the community who want

to access its services; it is best to call or email for information

on summer hours.


Baker also suggested that graduates update their resumes

and set up a free LinkedIn account (, which

will help them network with business and organization professionals.

The social media site has tutorials on how to find a job

and a search engine to identify which employers are currently

hiring. It also provides an opportunity to maintain a professional

presence, stay connected with your classmates and practice

cold messaging recruiter.

The top five tips for cold messaging as provided by entrepreneur

Howie Busch on Linkedin include: getting to the

point, being friendly and not too formal, avoiding long chunky

paragraphs, using their name twice and intriguing employers

without overselling yourself. For more information, visit:


Writing Center

For those who need help editing

resumes and cover letters, the Writing

Center, located in the library on the

fourth floor, is open Monday through

Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during

the summer. The center accepts walkins

and appointments, which graduates

can book by visiting www.pierce.ctc.


Keith Kirkwood, the Writing Center

Program Manager, said that the center is

not a proofreading service, meaning

you can not just drop your

paper off and expect the

staff to do all the work.

“You will sit down with

a tutor, and together

brainstorm and plan

out your papers and

essays together,”

Kirkwood said.

The tutor will

then give you

feedback on

grammar and

anything else

writing related.”

Carl Vincent Carallas/

Staff Photo Illustration

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Pierce data points

The Pioneer collected public data from

the Washington State Board for Community

and Technical Colleges (

aspx) which tracks information about after

college outcomes, among other topics. We

highlighted a variety of trends including what

four-year university most Pierce College

students transfer to; what the most common

programs students enroll are; and what

median wages graduates earn a year after


Between 91 and 94 percent of Pierce College

students enroll with the intent of graduating

and transferring to a four-year University

or entering the workforce, according to

Pierce College’s Stats and Facts. Meanwhile,

about 75 percent of Pierce College students

finishing with at least 45 credits, a certificate

or degree either get placed in an unemployment

insurance-covered job or transfer to a

university, according to the Washington State

Board of Community and Technical Colleges.


Pierce College students who transfer or enter the

workfore in gneral


Students who transfer or place in an unemployment

insurance- covered job after completing 45 credits


To see more data. turn the page —>

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Pierce Data Collections




Pierce College students transferred to these three, four-year

universities the most between the 2011-2012 and 2016-2017 academic


University of Washington Tacoma: between 201-261 students

Central Washington University: between 105 -166 students

Pacific Lutheran University: between 60 - 139 students

*This data came from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical

College. The data for 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 will be available in December 2019 or


The Pioneer recently pooled

together data about the median

wages of college graduates and

those who did not finish within

Pierce College, throughout

Pierce County and in Washington

state. The data came from

the Washington State Board

for Community and Technical

Colleges, and the median wages

were reported by those who

have been out of college for

three quarters.

Pierce County community and technical college students transferred to

this four-year university the most between the 2011-2012 and 2016-


academic years.

University of Washington Tacoma: between 441 and 517 students

*This data came from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical

College. The data for 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 will be available in December 2019 or


Washington state community and technical college students

transferred to these top three,

four-year universities.

University of Washington Seattle: between 1750 and 2500 students

Western Governors University: 1815 and 2373 students

Western State University: 1377 and 1868 students

*This data came from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical

College. The data for 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 will be available in December 2019 or


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Median Wages in Washington











$17.30 $16.87


$20.77 $17.35



Minimum Wage: for those that completed professional/technical progam

$19.80 $16.30



(Bates, CPTC, TCC, Puyallup)

Minimum Wage: for those that left without completeing professional/technical program

$19.21 $16.76



(Except Fort Steilacoom)

*The data for 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 will be available in December 2019 or later. For data from the 2011-2012 through 2015-2016

school years, visit: For more information, please visit:


These are the top five programs in each Pierce College campus from the 2015-2016 to 2018-2019 academic

years, according to the college’s Stats and Facts data.

Rank Fort Steilacoom Puyallup/Graham JBLM

No. 1 General Studies General Studies General Studies

No. 2








*For more information, please visit: and click on hyperlink:

“View our Stats and Facts Tableau dashboard for the current year”.

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Q&A Pierce voices

Question: What are your plans after graduating?

Genavive Anderson

“My plan is to take a year off of school

and work at the tutoring center, that way

I can figure out what school I want to go

to to become an English teacher.”

Riley Tripp

“I’m going to transfer to Central, Pierce

campus after I graduate from Pierce and

going to be a psychologist.”

Novie Brown

“I’m taking a certificate in HR. I want

to get some education to backup my

experience so that I can pursue doing

what I was doing in the military.

Ezekiel Carlson

“I’m transferring to UW Tacoma and I’m

finishing up my business degree.”

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Hisayuki Sugiyama (Hisa)

“After this quarter, I’m transferred to St.

Martin. I’m studying Anthropology and


Haruka Kusumoto

“After graduating from Pierce College,

I will transfer to Central Washington

University at Pierce College.”

Nana Hiramatsu

“After graduation, I will go back to Japan

apply for job. I plan to be a web creator.”

Marc Tracy

“I’m going to trade school after this

quarter to become a welder.”

Ruowen Huang (Alvin)

“My plan after graduating is to go to a

four-year university. I think University of

Missouri cause my cousin’s right there.”

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Campus safety officer aspires to


do bigger things after graduation

Edgar Velasco uses his college experiences to

prepare him for what he’ll be doing next


Staff Writer

Some people watch crime shows for

fun. Other people imagine how to solve

crimes in their sleep. These people often

begin to wonder if these shows depict

real experiences for law enforcement.

Such was the case for twenty-yearold

criminal justice major and aspiring

corrections officer, Edgar Velasco. After

graduating with his associate’s degree

this spring and transferring to the University

of Washington for his Bachelor’s

degree, he will get to find out.

Velasco became intrigued by law

entertainment platforms because of the

debates and cases of diverse backgrounds.

He was drawn in by two contrasting

reality shows. One portrayed

inmates who are aggressive and intimidating,

whereas the other, where guards

have a great rapport with inmates.

His fascination with discovering the

truths behind these stories inspired him

to pursue a career in criminal justice.

Additionally, he has a great curiosity

in how laws are formed and how they

affect his community. This interest

will serve him well as a police officer –

something he can see himself doing in

the future.

He had originally wanted to go to

South Puget Sound because he lived in

Lacey. However, the college didn’t have

a criminal justice program, and that is

what brought him to Pierce.

As part of his curriculum studies,

he was able to take a tour of a local

corrections facility. Because of that

experience, he started looking at being

a corrections officer as a stepping

stone to becoming a police officer.

Velasco works as a safety guard at

Pierce, which gives him first-hand experience.

The position has helped him

overcome his concerns about getting

his foot through the door in the criminal

justice field. He questioned himself

to see if he was mentally prepared for

this career. However, with the security

job, “It’s definitely given me more confidence

about the future,” he said.

As a first-generation college student,

he also felt a lot of pressure. One

quarter before he was scheduled to

graduate, Velasco felt the impulse to

drop out because he was mentally

drowning. However, he overcame the

desire and will be graduating this June.

He finds pride in doing this for his

family. By the time the quarter ended,

he found his personal pride has turned

into a driven force for himself.

He put leisurely activities on the

backburner in order to solely focus on

his college and future career. He has

put all his time and energy on school

and working his security job which will

help him pursue his future career path.

“I am here for a purpose,” he said. That

purpose placed him on the Dean’s list

last quarter.

He hopes to make both his parents

and grandparents proud while also doing

it for himself. Velasco asked himself,

“Do you want to have a successful life?

That’s what I want, so I keep pushing


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After ten years, Rhonda

Reynolds made

it to graduation



Single mom, college student is grateful for the support of her children


Staff Writer

It’s early morning when she arrives

home from a long night of work as a

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). For

Rhonda Reynolds, sleep is almost an

afterthought. She gets her four kids off

to school, then herself off to classes at

Pierce. Sleep comes later, after she has

picked up the kids from school, made

dinner and did some homework before

heading off to work again.

This has been Reynolds’ daily routine

for the last ten years as she has worked

toward earning her Associate’s in Applied

Science degree in Criminal Justice. She

currently has certifications in phlebotomy

and CNA, but this is her first degree


Earning her degree in criminal justice

was a deep personal goal. “I’ve always

wanted to be somewhere in the criminal

justice field [or] law enforcement, somewhere

where I can help keep the community

and my family safe,” said Reynolds.

After graduation, Reynolds hopes to

use her degree at Remann Hall either in

corrections, court work or the juvenile

system as a case worker. She wants to

work with kids so that their adult lives do

not have to be spent behind bars too.

Earning a college degree is something

that is not easily accomplished, but Reynolds

says that her kids have been a huge

support. She remembers when, for her

birthday, her children gave her a plaque

that said, “She needed a hero, so that’s

what she became.”

“It brought me to tears because you

don’t realize how people see you [until]

you see something like that, especially

from your own kids,” she said.

Reynolds wants her children to be

successful, and ideally, that includes them

going to college, but she will support

them no matter what route they choose

to take. Especially since most jobs require

a high school diploma or college degree,

she tries to show them the importance of

earning a degree.

Reynolds encouraged her oldest

daughter, saying that if she chose to do

Alyssa Wilkins/Staff Photo

Running Start, Pierce is a good college.

She said to her daughter, “If you’re there,

I can help you. I know the Puyallup campus,

and the Fort Steilacoom campus. I’ve

been to both, but if you want to continue

just going to high school, I support that


Reynold’s daughter ultimately decided

to do Running Start, and she is one quarter

away from earning her Associates’ in

Business from Pierce College. “I’m very

proud of her,” Reynolds said.

Reynolds’ seven-year-old has been

inspired by the way his mom is always

looking out for others in their community.

He wants to be a police officer one

day, so that when he’s older he can help

people like his mom does. Reynold’s

16-year-old goes back and forth between

criminal justice and the culinary arts. To

that, Reynolds says, “Well, the options are


Reynolds would encourage other single

moms in college with this, “Don’t give

up. Sometimes the road can be long, but

there always is a finish line.”

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What to watch out for in June

By Khuong “Finn” Quoc Ho

Staff Writer

SUMMER MOVIES ARE OFTEN known for high octane and thrilling spirits. This season,

studios are bringing the excitement in a variety of ways, from a musical legend story to

big-budget monsters. Here are six that viewers can put on their must-watch list.

“Godzilla: King of the Monsters”

May 31, 2019

In 2014, Warner Bros. studio blew

audience away with its electrifying reboot

of the famous Japanese monster “Godzilla”.

Now, the beloved creature is back, and

is expected to destroy cities and people

once again in the sequel.

According to, movie

studios Legendary and Warner Bros.

said that Godzilla is part of a universe

which also features King Kong. Called

the “MonsterVerse”, it is Warner Bros.’

answer to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

(MCU). The movie uses the latest computer-generated

technology and showcases

a lineup of the expected powerful

creatures such as Mothra and Ghidorah.

The cast stars Millie Bobby Brown

(Stranger Things), Vera Farmiga (The

Conjuring), Zhang Ziyi (Crouching

Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Ken Wantanabe

(The Last Samurai).


May 31, 2019

Movies about musicians were big last

year. with “Bohemian Rhapsody” taking

home an Oscar for Best Actor, and “A

Star is Born” receiving nominations in

a variety of categories therefore, makes

sense for a movie about the life story of

Elton John to come out. Rami Malek did

a wonderful job portraying Freddie Mercury

in “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and now

Taron Egerton (Kingsmen: The Secret

Service) will take the role of Elton John.

Fans of the musician can expect

Egerton to give an entertaining performance

as well as focusing more on Elton

John as a troubled soul. Where “Bohemian

Rhapsody” stayed mostly true to

Freddie Mercury, “Rocketman” takes side

trips into “what-if ” story lines. Aside

from Egerton, the movie features Richard

Madden (Bodyguard), and Bryce Dallas

Howard (Jurassic World).

The Secret Life of Pets 2”

June 7, 2019

While the prequel of “The Secret Life

of Pets” rehashed the basic “Toy Story”

idea, the movie got mostly positive reviews,

as seen on Rotten Tomatoes. Louis

C.K. is not returning for the sequel, so

Patton Oswalt (Ratatouille) is the voice of

the main character, Max the dog. The terrier

is back, this time introduced to another

family member a young boy named

Liam who Max has sworn to protect.

Max has to learn to overcome his

protectiveness, and let the kid have his

freedom. The first movie was simple,

straight-forward and did the job well, but

fell into the hole of gimmicks.

Additionally, like the original film,

there is a chance that the humor content

may be inappropriate for younger kids.

Other returning characters are Snowball,

(Kevin Hart), Daisy (Tiffany Haddish),

Duke (Eric Stonestreet) and Gidget

(Jenny Slate)

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Features photos

Ciara Williams/ staff illustration

“Dark Phoenix”

June 7, 2019

The sequel train continues with

Dark Phoenix, the newest installment

to Marvel’s X-Men franchise. While the

franchise has gone through some ups and

downs, it has attracted a loyal fan base.

In the movie, the main character Jean

Grey has to suppress her power, which

is becoming unstable, That leads her to

spiral out of control, and now the X-Men

have to battle Dark Phoenix, Jean’s mutant


The writer of the previous “X-Men”

films “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and

“X-Men: Apocalypse,” Simon Kinberg,

is in charge of directing the movie. This

installment features Sophie Turner of

“Game of Thrones” fame as the title role

along with the familiar cast of James

McAvoy (Split), Jennifer Lawrence (The

Hunger Games), and Michael Fassbender

(Inglourious Basterds).

“Toy Story 4”

June 21, 2019

The first “Toy Story” movie came out

in 1995, and it changed the landscape

of animated movies forever, with its

unprecedented 3-D animation technology.

Fifteen years later, “Toy Story

3” was released, perfectly wrapping up

the storyline in a trilogy. However, in

recent years, Disney announced the next

installment to the seemingly complete


The new movie can go either way

in terms of quality. Regardless, fans of

Woody and Buzz Lightyear will get a

chance to visit these lovable characters

once again.

Tom Hanks and Tim Allen are reprising

their roles of Woody and Buzz, along

with Annie Potts (Ghostbusters 1984)

Keanu Reeves (John Wick) Jordan Peele

(Key and Peele) and Keegan-Michael Key

(Key and Peele).

“Annabelle Comes Home”

June 26, 2019

Summer is not only for big budget

action movies but also horror movies as

well. Annabelle is back with “Annabelle

Comes Home,” a new movie in the Conjuring

Universe, the horror counterpart

of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Annabelle,

the doll, first appeared in “The

Conjuring”, then became the main character

in her own movie and the sequel.

After being locked in the artifacts

room by two paranormal experts, Ed and

Lorraine Warren, Annabelle start reigning

terror on their daughter with other

evil spirits.

The terrifying universe has been hit

and miss, “Annabelle: Creation” got a

70 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The main cast includes Madison Iseman

(Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) Patrick

Wilson (The Conjuring) and Vera Farmiga

(The Conjuring).

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During this academic year, we’ve hidden our mascot Victoria (see image below) in

each cover of The Pioneer magazine. We’re happy to announce that we’re holding a

contest to see if you can find her. If you’ve ever read “Where’s Waldo?” this contest

is similar to that.

How to play:

Using The Pioneer website


copies of the print issue, find Victoria

on each cover. Once you’ve found her

on each cover, come to Cascade 323 to

show us. If you can successfully identify

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