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TCC Magazine

Connecting Tacoma Community College with Community

Fall 2010

H.C. "Joe" Harned makes an investment in potential p. 3 Harned Center for Health Careers to be campus centerpiece p. 6

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President's Message

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Illustrating a New Strategic Plan

At the end of spring quarter, Tacoma Community College adopted a new strategic plan. As this issue of TCC Magazine illustrates, it hasn't taken long to see how much support we receive from our community in fulfilling it. The new plan, titled Commitment to Success, focuses on accomplishing goals in three core areas: Create Learning, Achieve Equity and Engage Community. It was created through a year-long process that involved a cross section of our college community. In the Foundation Annual Report in this magazine, you can find a list of all of the financial supporters of the college who exemplify key elements of our new plan. A person who serves as a striking example is featured later in these pages: H.C. "Joe" Harned. Joe has been a friend of TCC for years. He has funded student scholarships since 2006, and has visited often to learn more about our programs and our mission. He was born in the town of Ursina, located in the Turkeyfoot Valley in Western Pennsylvania, a rural area where money was scarce. Many would consider his life a Great American Dream story. Growing up, he found work wherever he could. He learned to hunt and fish so his family would have food. As a young man, he enlisted in the Navy and served honorably during World War II. When he was discharged, he found work at McChord as a meat cutter, and he saved and invested his money to purchase a home and then a business to put himself through college. His drive and determination led him to become one of the area's most successful real estate investors and developers. You can read a full story of his life on pages 3 and 4. As part of his personal commitment to support his communities, Joe has made the largest private gift in the history of TCC to support the college's new Health Careers Center. When the building opens in 2013 we intend to name it in his honor: The Harned Center for Health Careers. His gift will certainly create learning. His contribution will be used to provide up-to-date equipment in our health training programs that is not covered through state funding. Nursing simulators ­ which are a kind of high-tech mannequin that realistically simulate the

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TCCMagazine Contents

Volume 3, No. 1

Editor Writers

Sidnee Wheelwright Rachel Payne Dale Stowell Sidnee Wheelwright

Future Health Careers Center to be Named after Joe Harned .........3 Harned Center for Health Careers to be Campus Centerpiece.................6 Educating Men of Distinction............8 Everything Good Happens Here!....10 I-BEST Prepares Adults ...................11 TCC by the Numbers ..........................22 Fall Ceramics Exhibition ...................26 Remember when?...............................27 TCC Events Calendar .........................28 Celebrate Success ............ back cover

functions and systems of a human body ­ are one of the things that Joe's gift will provide. Our nursing students have traditionally placed in the top one percent of all two- and four-year school nursing graduates in the NCLEX test--the test that a graduate must pass to get their Registered Nurse certification. These simulators help train excellent nurses. Joe's support of scholarships--both here in Tacoma and in his hometown of Ursina--is a prime example of how we achieve equity. Scholarships make all the difference for some students to complete their higher educations. While Joe is a lifelong avid hunter and fisherman, he considers his "trophies" to be the scholarship recipients whose lives have been forever changed due to the support they have received. Many students are on the way to living their own Great American Dream because of scholarship support from Joe and others. And Joe's long-term interest in TCC exemplifies an engaged community. We're proud of our work at TCC and honored when someone has shown the interest in it that Joe has during all the time we've known him. With demand for our services at record highs and public funding to provide them dwindling at alarming rates, we can't do this alone. Many people in our community know this as well. We are so grateful for Joe's extraordinary support and for the myriad ways that thousands of others support and are involved with TCC. Our new strategic plan is lofty, and it is rewarding to see concrete examples of our progress every day. At TCC, we look forward to living up to high standards and advancing toward meaningful goals. This issue of TCC Magazine shows some of the ways we've done that.

Design Research Photography

Sakura Moses Carly Haddon Julie Kramer Sidnee Wheelwright Rachel Payne Stuart Islett

TCC Magazine is published biannually by Marketing, Communication & Outreach/ IAF, Tacoma Community College, 6501 South 19th Street, Tacoma WA 98466. While every effort is made to ensure accuracy of all printed information, TCC Magazine assumes no liability for errors in editorial content or advertising. No portion of this publication may be duplicated or reprinted without written permission from the publisher. Send address changes to: TCC Magazine, 6501 S. 19th St., Tacoma WA 98466 or [email protected]tacomacc.edu. Be sure to include both old and new addresses.

TCC Foundation

TCC Foundation Annual Report ......12 Taking care of ourselves ... and taking care of others .................14 Doing what you love ..........................16

tcc mission statement:

Foundation Donors 2009-2010 ........17

TCC creates meaningful and relevant learning, inspires greater equity, and celebrates success in our lives and our communities.

Corporate Education

People, Planet, Profit ­Supporting Green Mountain's Triple Bottom Line ..............................24

accreditation: Tacoma Community College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Corporate & Continuing Education Brings Home the ... Peacock ...........25 Regional Clients 2009-2010..............25

Dr. Pamela J. Transue President, Tacoma Community College

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An Investment in Potential

Future Health Careers Center to be named after Joe Harned

Philanthropist and commercial real estate developer H.C."Joe" Harned is an energetic man with a genuine smile and a keen eye for value. At 93 he is still a driver--and not just of his classic cherry red '98 Cadillac convertible. In more than a half century as a Tacoma real estate developer, Harned earned a reputation for seeing potential where few others did, putting himself in the right place at the right time, and having the determination to do something when he got there. He says now that he just understood the value of land as an investment, and that by managing undervalued properties, he could do well by improving them. For the past decade, however, Harned has turned his considerable entrepreneurial abilities to helping students, and the institutions that educate them. He has helped many local students get off to a good start by funding scholarships, and has made major donations that have benefited institutions in a significant way. This summer Joe Harned made the largest donation to Tacoma Community College in its history. The gift will benefit the college's proposed Health Careers Center, which will be named for Joe Harned in gratitude for his faith in the college's potential to change the lives of its students. Harned is no newcomer to TCC. Since 2006 he has funded the Joe Harned Endowed Scholarships through the TCC Foundation. He likes to recognize and help students who remind him of himself - they know how to work hard to achieve success.

Harned hasn't forgotten his hometown, either. He was born in the tiny town of Ursina, Pennsylvania, with less than 250 people--and many young people who were unable to afford education past high school. A few years back Harned established an endowed scholarship through the Community Foundation of the Alleghenies, and to date has funded 22 scholarships there. Says Joe, "It's unbelievable to see how they grabbed ahold of it and went. The kids in that community--they just need a chance." Joe also funded, located the land, and helped design a town centerpiece, the United Community Church of God, a new worship center for his hometown. On the front page of the church website is a link to the H.C. Joe Harned Scholarship. Joe's generosity comes partly from remembering how it was to come up the hard way. Born in 1917 and raised during the Depression, his family had deep roots, but not much else. Ursina was so small that, according to Joe, it wasn't even a spot on the road. "They just kicked the mailbag out of the train on the way by." Joe considers himself one of the lucky ones. He graduated from high school at 16 and got out of town. "I had to leave, because they couldn't find enough food to feed me," he says. "Then you couldn't even buy a job--you would do anything to get a dime or a quarter." After high school graduation Harned was fortunate to land a Forest Service job "out west," then "down south" to reclaim badly

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eroded farmlands. After his Forest Service contract ended, Harned stayed in Virginia and financed his college studies at Roanoke College through work in the florist business, a veterans' hospital and as a conductor/brakeman/fireman for the Pennsylvania Railroad (a grueling "eight hours on eight hours off" job that paid three times what you could get anywhere else). When he was 21 the war broke out. With two years of higher education under his belt, he joined the Navy, figuring he was qualified for pilot training. Instead, he found himself on a carrier, the USS Long Island CVE No. 1, headed for the Panama Canal and the Pacific. For the next three years, home was what he now calls a "flight deck on top of a freighter." In spite of its humble beginnings, the Long Island was a significant part of the war effort and survived the entire Pacific campaign. "In the Battle of Midway we lost all but four of our planes," recalls Joe. At Guadalcanal, the site of one of the most famous conflicts of the war, the Long Island was part of a brutal campaign for an island almost no one had heard of before then. This time, the squadron from his carrier was the first to land on an enemyheld territory in the Pacific. It was his Navy buddies who nicknamed him "Joe" since they couldn't relate to Homer," Joe adds today. "After 70 years, I think I'll keep it." Back home in Ursina, Joe's Mom was a proud "five star mom" with five sons in the military. And she must have been an even more thankful mom to have all five sons return home safely after the war. On the carrier, Joe did just about every job on the ship, from working the catapult to standing radar watch. "I was in the middle of the Pacific when they offered

me shore duty," he says. In April 1945 the ship dropped off Joe and a few of his shipmates in Tacoma where they finished out the war testing catapults in the Navy shipyard on the Tacoma tide flats. He was the first of the naval personnel discharged in Washington state after the war. That's when he decided to make Tacoma home. "This is one of the most beautiful places on the continent," says Joe, recalling that although in Turkeyfoot he had always been a hunter "by necessity," here he could "just go fishing and have my ice chest full of salmon." A favorite fishing spot was in the Puyallup River, and for the last 45 years Joe has made an annual pilgrimage to Alaska to fish for salmon with friends. Things were jumping in Tacoma after the war, and Joe got busy. Right away he found the best-paying job he could get--as a meat cutter for Madigan Army Hospital. His first real estate purchase was a duplex for $2,000--one side to live in, one side to rent. Then he bought a service station business on 6th & M (called `Joe's Richfield') to help pay his way through UPS. "I could almost walk to school from that station." He also got married--to Vida Merle Young, whom he had met at Roanoke College. They had two sons, Lynn Edward Harned, and Keith Wayne Harned. Going to school part time while working full time, Joe graduated from UPS in 1951 with a degree in business. After that, he spent his entire working career in real estate development. He had seen the promise in Tacoma early on and for years he "bought everything in sight," once buying 24 properties in one day - even when billboards were going up saying, "Will the last person leaving Seattle please turn out the lights," says Joe.

Joe's style was to purchase depressed properties with potential and improve them. He was the pioneer developer of the area around Meridian Avenue on South Hill in Puyallup and was the developer of Lincoln Plaza on 38th Street in south Tacoma, current sites of both Costco stores. Joe's most recent venture, his support for Harned Center for Health Careers, fits his style too. He feels the college is a wellpositioned, forward-thinking gem that is already an important community asset. "This school stands out!" declares Joe. "The personnel too! It's hard to find someone in Pierce County that hasn't been here, or knows someone who has--500,000 students have been through TCC since it opened in the mid `60s," he notes.

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How the Center will benefit the community:

· Health care businesses are the largest private employers in Pierce County and part of the fastest growing sector in the Puget Sound region. · As a national leader in human patient simulation, TCC trains area hospital staff and doctors to use this technology. · More than 17 ,000 health care students will use this building over the next two decades. · The new building will allow TCC to meet emerging community program needs in fields like vascular and cardiac ultrasound. · The new building will be a regional resource for collaborative training by neighboring colleges and health care providers. · More than 1,100 TCC students are taking program prerequisites, waiting to begin training.

For more information about The Harned Center, contact Dan Small, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, 253.566.5030 or [email protected]

Joe thinks the site of the future Harned Center for Health careers, a wide, grassy swath of tree-shaded green on the southwest edge of campus, "looks beautiful the way it is." But he also believes the new center will be a tremendous asset to the community. He is especially interested in the simulation labs, which will be the focus of his philanthropy at TCC. "Contributing to education is all about potential," Joe thinks. "I like to tell myself when I invest in education, I'm investing in the potential of our city and nation, maybe even the world." That's what we think, too, Joe.

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Harned Center for Health Careers to be Campus Centerpiece

Tacoma Community College has already set the date for the dedication and opening of the Harned Center for Health Careers, to be the future home of TCC's highly regarded programs in nursing, radiology, ultrasound and medical office specialties. The building will be named for H.C. "Joe" Harned, benefactor of the historic gift. The dedication is set for Sept. 6, 2013, Harned's 96th birthday. When it opens, the new facility will be a testament to the commitment to education of one of Pierce County's most dedicated and hard-working citizens. It will also be testament to TCC and the community of future health care workers it educates. From the medical front office to clinical simulations, the new center will be a model for health care teaching and learning. The center is being designed as an innovative training facility that mirrors the health care settings in which future graduates will work. It is also the beneficiary of the largest monetary gift in Tacoma Community College history.

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In 2006 the State of Washington recognized the critical need for a medical learning center like the proposed Harned Center, and funded a predesign study for a dedicated health professions facility at TCC. The two-year study concluded that while "regional shortages have increased demand for technically prepared graduates in these fields... the college is severely constrained by existing, aging facilities that have come to the end of their design life." In 2009, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges ranked the project design No.1 in its category and awarded the college $2.9 million to complete the design phase for the Center. Now, if state funds are appropriated to the project as scheduled, construction could begin by the summer of 2011. By then, the shortage of trained health care workers--from registered nurses and sonographers, to medical and clinical lab technicians and occupational therapists--is projected to range from 24 to 75 percent, depending on the field.

The Health Careers Center will include:

· Innovative, green design using geothermal heating, energy efficient construction materials and techniques. It will be built to LEED Gold Standard. · Specialty interdisciplinary Human Patient Simulation lab that enhances program training for all health students. · 69,715 square feet of specialized lab spaces, interchangeable multiuse skills labs; shared instructional space, and program support areas including student study spaces, conference and meeting rooms and faculty offices.

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Educating Men of Distinction

David Paige's high school career was marked by major setbacks. ­ most notably a serious car accident which necessitated a long recovery and eventually put him a year behind his original cohort. But he's determined to succeed, so he enrolled in Tacoma Community College's Men of Distinction Program ­ a summer academy for young African-American males. When designing the Men of Distinction program, professor Eric Davis (aka "Professor E") set out to eliminate as many of the traditional stumbling blocks to higher education as possible. Davis knew that one factor that keeps young African American males from getting the education necessary for advancement is the need to work while attending school. When summer job negotiations with a local business fell through, Davis turned to the college for help. Eventually, the request found its way to Will Howard, head of campus security. "I told him I had two jobs available," said Howard. "Then two turned into four, and four turned into seven." This solution is typical of Davis' approach to problem solving ­ and, indeed, to teaching. Brushing aside theories about where his students "should" be and what "should" work for them, Davis opts instead for what he terms "not necessarily Afro-centric, but definitely outside-the-box approaches."

I'm dedicated, I work hard until the job's done, I never complain. I'm never scared to ask for help. The closer I got to my senior year, the more I had to push myself to get done. I was a year late, but I finished it! - David Paige

It's an approach that seeks to understand the reasons why African American males drop out of college at a higher rate than African American female students and Caucasian students--and then eliminate those reasons one by one. David Endicott, Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Tacoma Community College, helped Davis launch the summer academy in conjunction with the Achieving the Dream initiative, funded by the Lumina Foundation. "Its goal is to close the achievement gap and increase success rates for students of color," explained Endicott. "We're looking at their placement scores before and after the program, and we'll be looking at retention after the first quarter of college, and looking at their grades as they proceed."

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Pioneering program promotes college success

Members of the Men of Distinction class tested in at very specific levels ­ just below college level in reading and writing. According to Davis, boosting those skills up to college level is critical for retention. "This population ­ they scored pre-college," said Davis. "The thing is that if you register for college at that level, a student would have to pay tuition for English 85, 95, and then for the first quarter. You could go through a year of college and end up with eight credits and a year of financial aid loans under your belt." Not this group. Tuition was covered by the college, books were donated by publisher Bedford St. Martins, and the TCC Foundation even kicked in some lunch money. And after spending an intense summer quarter studying Reading 95, Writing 95 and HD101 with Professor E., the Men of Distinction will enter fall quarter were college starts for most of the students who end up graduating ­ with college-level work. "I plan on going here for the next two years, get my Associates Degree, go after my goals," said Paige. "If TCC's going to give me a jump start on 13 credits... well, I'm going to take them up on it. I'll probably be taking a quarter of just getting up to college level ­ and then start my college career. Finally." "If the program was all about me, it would have failed a long time ago," said Davis. "The energy is with them. They really, really want to get their lives together." And plenty of people would love to see them succeed. Davis bought the group a big box of snacks with his own money. Incoming Student Body President Martin Fimbres spent the summer sitting in on classes as a supplemental tutor. Lenartha Christian, the paid program assistant, ended up volunteering many recruiting hours. Student mentor Joe Floyd worked with the students all summer and plans to continue mentoring members of the program who enrolled for fall quarter at TCC. Staff and faculty from across campus told Davis they'd be willing to help in any way they could. The Men of Distinction spent the summer surrounded by supporters.

And the Men of Distinction employed by campus security gave back to the campus community with seemingly limitless enthusiasm. "Those guys ­ I can't begin to tell you how much work they did in just a month," said Howard, who noted that their help ripping out tile and moving furniture enabled the TCC Library remodel to be completed ahead of schedule. "If I had my choice they'd be with me all year." "It takes a good amount of courage, politically and institutionally, to do an all-black academy," said Davis, who credits TCC for making what he sees as a politically gutsy decision. Endicott expressed no doubts about the program's value. "We have to educate the entire population, and those from lower economic backgrounds don't get those same opportunities. Many of them come in here not even knowing how to do college." "I think a lot of our kids don't succeed ­ regardless of race or ethnic background ­ because they don't have that support system. Closing the achievement gap is to give everyone the skills to take advantage of those opportunities." And using an approach that some have criticized as "exclusionary?" Endicott's all for it ­ because it works. "I'm a big fan of cohort learning." "One of the Achieving the Dream goals is that participant colleges make decisions based on good data," added Endicott. He believes that data collected from this summer's program at TCC will help other colleges make their own good decisions. "I teach the holistic learning model I learned at Seattle U.," said Davis. "I buy into it completely. I teach to the whole person." "I try to teach the guys if you want something, you've got to go for it," said Christian. "I love them, they love me. It's a great relationship."

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"Everything Good Happens Here..."

Sophomore accounting student Fiona Bao has a love for learning--and a gift for math. I-BEST, an innovative program that gives students job skills and basic skills at the same time, was just what she needed to propel her down a path of academic and professional success. Bao came to the United States from China in 1993 when she was 20. She married and had three children. To assimilate, she attended ESL classes in California. When she divorced ten years later, she moved to Texas with her children, where she became a U.S. citizen in 2004. She says she applied online, preparing herself for the test without benefit of a citizenship class. Although she returned to China for several years afterward, thinking that her family might be a support to her and her children, "I found that wasn't true. They didn't support me." When she returned to the United States in 2009, she chose Seattle, "because it is the shortest distance to the U.S. from China!" This time she knew she needed help, and applied for assistance through DSHS. They wanted her to take ESL classes, but she knew she was ready for more. One day, she drove to TCC and registered. "I used to Google TCC, so I had a map. I was so lucky! TCC gave me tuition assistance; the TCC staff helped me and accepted me." Fiona was in college at last. Although there were no ESL classes available the quarter she applied, "they put me in GED classes." By the end of summer her written English was strong enough to enter the I-BEST accounting office associate program. I-BEST programs are for students who want to improve English language or basic skills and also want to earn a college-level certificate or two year degree. "As an I-BEST student I had two teachers in my class, one professionaltechnical instructor, and one English language or basic skills instructor," says Fiona. When she graduated from I-BEST she was selected the outstanding student in her program. But an accounting certificate was no longer enough. When Fiona was accepted into the college's accounting transfer program, there was no I-BEST study group. So, she studied hard and became a math study group leader. Most of the students in her groups have been native English speakers. "In my study group, they need me and I need them too. They understand me, and say I'm very wise. I am not wise, I just follow my professor! If he can do it, I can do it." Her next goal is to earn a bachelor's degree in accounting from UW Seattle. "I want to become a true professional and team member as an accountant," she says. After that, "I would like to obtain my CPA." Fiona says she feels grateful for the opportunity she was given through I-BEST. "Without my instructors, without my advisor, without the TCC staff, I would not have achieved this much." She has a list of almost three dozen instructors and staff at TCC she would like to thank. "I have been very lucky at TCC, she says. "Everything good happens here...I am very, very proud of being a TCC student."

Accounting student Fiona Bao is working her way through TCC as a work study student in Outreach. "Our office is like a family," says Fiona.

To dream anything that you want to dream, that is the beauty of the human mind. To do anything that you want to do, that is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself, to test your limits, that is the courage to succeed. ­Bernard Edmonds

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Beyond the tipping point

I-BEST prepares adults with real work skills

Underprepared and underserved adults represent the fastest-growing segment of the population. According to research by the Community College Research Center at Columbia University, many adult learners fail to reach the tipping point--the point in their education where they have successfully reached a skill level that significantly impacts their own self sufficiency and moves them into the talent pipeline. To address this problem, the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges created I-BEST ­ an innovative program that integrates job specific and basic skills training in the same classroom. Each I-BEST classroom has two instructors, one professional/technical instructor and one English language or basic skills instructor. Each I-BEST program leads to a certificate in a high-demand field that leads to a job that earns a living wage. The student earns college credit and the same certificate as a regular college student. This instruction prepares students for the first step on a career pathway and it gives them the skills and knowledge they need to continue ­ while also giving them a full range of student support. The program has been so successful that in its first three years I-BEST went from 10 pilot programs statewide to 138 approved programs at all 34 community and technical colleges in Washington State. Tacoma Community College's I-BEST accounting program, one of four I-BEST programs at TCC, includes adult basic education and ESL students along with the adults you would expect to see in a community college classroom. The difference in results between the two groups is significant: 100 percent of I-BEST students completed the program--with an average grade of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale). With the same hours of instruction, 62 percent of I-BEST students make significant gains compared to 44 percent of traditional ABE students. The CC Research Center documents that I-BEST students earn on average 52 credits ­ more than enough to reach the tipping point ­ and faster than traditional students in traditional classes. The success of I-BEST has led to it being seen as a model for adult education programs by the US Dept. of Education, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Community College Research Center at Columbia University, among many others.

SoURCES: Executive office of the President, Council of Economic Advisers: Preparing the Workers of Today for the Jobs of Tomorrow. July 2009. Community College Research Council, CCRC Working Paper No. 20: Washington State's Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training Program (I-BEST): New Evidence of Effectiveness. http://ccrc. tc.columbia.edu/ Tacoma Community College: Career Pathway Training Programs (I-BEST) http://www.tacomacc. edu/academics/adultbasicskills/ Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges: IBEST Fact Sheet.

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TCC Foundation Annual Report

This year, the Foundation allocated over $1,229,237 to support scholarships and critical programs at TCC.

Thank you for supporting ....

On behalf of Tacoma Community College

This past year, in response to the economic challenges in our community, the focus of the Foundation was to improve our processes to better support TCC and its students. We looked for new ways to raise support ­ we implemented online giving and fundraising event ticket purchases ­ and cut spending ­ reorganizing our staff.

Foundation, we are proud to provide this annual report on our progress; and thank you all for your generous support.

We also added new Foundation Board members (see the list at the right), and are thrilled to report that our annual Tacoma Wine Classic raised more than $130,000 ­ the most in its 10-year history. We will continue to look for innovative ways to improve our daily operations and raise funds. We know that every dollar you give, every dollar we save ­ is a dollar that goes directly to support TCC and its students. Without the Foundation, and our supporters, many of these students would be unable to afford a college education. Your investment in them, and by extension, our community, will pay dividends for years to come. In these challenging economic times, your support has meant so much to our students and their families. We thought you might like to hear some of their stories, so we have included a few on the following pages. We hope that you are as inspired as we are by their words. Thank you, again, for your support. Together, we are making a difference.

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Officers

Jennifer Durham President Robert Ryan Vice President Jeanette Lunceford Treasurer Pat Shuman Secretary

Board of Directors

Christopher Algeo Immediate Past President Ed Brooks Dave Edwards Margi Legowik Griselda "Babe" Lehrer Mark Lindquist Sandra Reilley, MD Pamela Transue, Ph.D. Chad Wright Robin Echtle Associate Vice President for Development & Foundation Executive Director

TCCF Mission

The Tacoma Community College Foundation assists the college in its mission by increasing financial resources and expanding educational opportunities through community advocacy, teamwork and innovation.

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Contact information

TCC Foundation 6501 S. 19th Street Tacoma WA 98466 P: 253.566.5003 F: 253.566.5004 www.tacomacc.edu/foundation

Revenue

Contributions and Pledges 69.15% Grants and Contracts 18.37% Special Events 4.65% Realized & Unrealized Investment Gains and Interest 7 .83%

Expenses

Program Support 77.93% Fundraising 15.06% Administrative 7.01%

The firm of Dwyer, Pemberton & Coulson, P .C., Certified Public Accountants, conducts an annual independent audit of the Tacoma Community College Foundation. This report is available for any donor at the Foundation offices at Tacoma Community College. The graphs show the sources and uses of Tacoma Community College Foundation funds as a percentage of the total income and expenses as of June 30, 2010. TCCMagazine 13

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Janita Harris (left) has the support of her mirror twin, Jalisa.

Taking care of ourselves... and taking care of others

Gottfried & Mary Fuchs Foundation scholarship winner Janita Harris and her twin sister Jalisa have always taken care of each other. "We always felt we could handle our stuff," says Janita. Even when they were little, "we had a lot of skills other kids didn't have. We could convince people." "We could sell a story," says Jalisa. They've had many opportunities in their young lives to develop their skills--and their wisdom. They've moved around a lot and have seen a lot...living with immediate and extended family here and in Portland. Their parents - "They had their faults. But even though they had their drug addictions, we were still their priority. They would try for us." Living in Portland as kids, with their birth mom's family and their cousins, there were adventures...like going down to the 7-11 and asking people for money. "No one turned us down" says Janita. "We were adorable." Adds Jalisa: "The guy who owned the store never turned us out. He told us, "You should rub dirt on yourselves!" "So we started acting like we were homeless," says Janita. "At the time it really didn't seem wrong. We just thought--hey, this is another way to make money!"

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"We were putting the real homeless guy out of business... people wanted to give money to the cute little kids instead," adds Jalisa. Other money-making ventures followed. "We had a blackberry picking business," remembers Janita. "We used to make pies and sell them. And we had a candy sale business." "We were top sellers! Adds Jalisa--"we didn't know it was illegal." Finding their way at different schools over the years, they have learned the importance of education and doing well in school. Even so, their survival skills have been tested in the public schools, where they have rarely been happy. "We used to skip school to go to the library-- seriously." Says Janita: "We used to get bullied because we were the twins with buck teeth. You know Chuckie from Rug Rats? We were the black version of that..." At some point middle school became one more environment they needed to get away from. Janita thought that if they went to a school where nobody knew them, they would be safer. Jalisa was opposed. "I thought if we went to Foss, changed our wardrobe, got braces, we'd be popular and we wouldn't have bullying." "But they weren't interested in any of the things we were interested in," says Janita. "You realize, like, if I stay in that environment, that's how I'm going to be." So, says Janita, "I threatened my dad. I said, "Look, we're going to get pregnant and go on welfare, and you're gonna' get stuck with our babies." I wasn't really gonna' go out and do that, but I knew it would grab his attention." It did. They chose Bellermine. Everyone in the family helped out. "Jalisa got a scholarship," says Janita. "And we did work study...and got financial aid... and my dad had two jobs..." The twins had a paper route their entire freshman year.

Still, Bellermine was "like a culture shock," remembers Janita. "Academically we weren't prepared. Jalisa and I are smart, but these kids took it to a whole new level. They knew stuff we'd never learned in our middle school." "Bellermine is willing to go that extra mile to make sure you succeed. If you missed first period, they would call and want to know why you're not there," says Janita. "Bellermine is about people's heritages coming together," says Jalisa. Still, "I've never been around so many white people. At Bellermine you knew you were Black." Says Jalisa: "When we graduated, they told us they didn't think we'd make it." But they did make it. Both were awarded Act Six Washington scholarships to go to college. And both were accepted at Northwest University in Kirkland for their freshman year. According to Act Six Washington, their scholars are "diverse, multicultural cadres of Washington's most promising emerging urban and community leaders." The scholarship funds their education at some of the region's premier private schools, to give students with multicultural backgrounds a strong education, and to increase the diversity of the schools they attend. Act Six students enter college as a cohort, and follow strict rules of scholarship and conduct. Even before they started fall quarter there were problems. One was their jobs. "Act Six wanted us to quit our jobs," says Jalisa. "But Act Six doesn't pay for toothpaste. And we have to support a family... we had two jobs and were on debate team." And they were homesick. They left Northwest at the end of their first semester and enrolled at TCC. Says Jalisa: "Coming back to Tacoma was very hard. Our dad, counselors, mentors--they thought Northwest was our blessing."

They disagree. Says Janita: "In my sociology class here I have learned what an atheist thinks, what a Buddhist thinks... I was telling my dad I really feel like classes at TCC are harder than the classes at Northwest." Coming back to Tacoma was good for them in other ways, too. They take personal responsibility for their young cousin Ronald, who now attends Jason Lee. Says Janita: "Our whole thing is if Ronald fails in life, that's our fault. If we succeed, there's no reason he can't succeed..." Recently they signed on as volunteer tutors at Jason Lee... partly to keep their eyes on Ronald. "He respects us," says Janita. "By the time he goes to Bellermine, I hope we'll have a real job." After their first quarter at TCC, both applied for scholarships through the TCC Foundation. This time, Janita was awarded a scholarship--the Gottfried and Mary Fuchs Foundation Scholarship, which will pay her tuition for the 20102011 academic year at TCC. Both are still working full time--now as nursing assistants on the night shift at a care facility in Tacoma. One day Janita would like to be a lobbyist or a publicist, but more importantly, "I want every person I encounter to leave my presence feeling that I care about them," she says. Janita doesn't just aim to be successful; "I aim to be significant." Jalisa plans to be a journalist. And someday she wants to start a self-esteem mentoring program for girls. Says Jalisa, "I want to inspire others to become educated by being educated myself... and I want to remind other girls that they are beautiful... and that beauty isn't just on the surface. It comes from an attitude you have about yourself."

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Allenmore Foundation Annual Scholarship for Nursing and Ruth Murphy Evans Fund of the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation scholarship recipient

Doing what you love...

Iraq Vet Kevin Lee is a 2010 recipient of the Allenmore Medical Foundation Annual Scholarship for Nursing and the Ruth Murphy Evans Fund of the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation.

When Kevin Lee graduated from Stadium High School in 2001, he wasn't thinking about college. He enlisted in the Marines, and in 2004 was sent to Iraq as an aviation ordinance tech where he was part of the push into Fallujah. Even though he wasn't in a combat unit, it was still plenty dangerous. "We were taking rocket mortar attacks one or two times a week for months," he says. Kevin enjoyed the military, and developed a powerful work ethic while in service. When he got out in 2005, he began his first `civilian' job--building cell phone towers. After that he worked construction, and after that had an electrical assembly job. He slowly began to realize: "Adjusting to civilian life was difficult. I had gotten used to having everything provided to me. As a civilian, I got behind in bills and struggled to pay rent. I finally decided it was time for a change." Attracted to TCC's EMT/Paramedic program, Kevin enrolled in 2007, "still without a clear idea of what I wanted." It was attending his required science classes that things started coming into focus. He was surprised to discover it was in science that his interests and aptitudes came together. "At first I thought I would just go into science," he said. "Then I began to think about nursing as a career, and I got excited."

He applied for a place in the competitive nursing program at TCC, and worked hard to maintain a 4.0 gpa. He was surprised to be chosen for the Nursing program early in the selection process-- and last spring he was awarded an Allenmore Medical Foundation Scholarship for Nursing and the Ruth Murphy Evans Fund of the the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, which will pay his tuition for the upcoming academic year. Kevin works 25 hours a week in the campus Veterans office as a work study student, which is a lot of hours for someone in the nursing program. It's a job he has a passion for, however. Listening to the experiences of the vets from Iraq and Afghanistan who come in for help, "I could see that working with vets you need someone who goes beyond process. You need a people person there for them." Kevin's immediate goal is to pursue UWTacoma's one year RN to BSN program, where he could graduate by 2012. His goal is to apply to be a nurse tech in emergency at Tacoma General and then pursue a masters degree in nursing. "I plan to work toward a leadership and nursing management position within the VA, so that I can collaborate and work with other care providers to ensure that the system is well equipped to deal with the large number of veterans coming home from overseas with both visible and unseen injuries," he says. "As a nurse, I want to be able to show veterans we are thankful for their service by providing top notch service and care to them."

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C.I. Shenanigan's Calla Lily Designs Doug Calvert Gloria H. Campbell Camille Camus Canterwood Golf & Country Club James Carkonen Frances & Richard Carr Maria Caruzo Cascade Construction Company, Inc. Susan Castelin Century Link Combined Fund Drive Chalet In the Woods Gillian & John Chappell Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery Andrea Cheatham Chihuly, Inc. Mary & James Chikwinya Children's Museum of Tacoma Chinaberry Hill Bed & Breakfast The Honorable Shirley Winsley Jill Nordfors Clark & C.W Clark Classified Staff Council Deborah & Matt Cleary Deanna & Robert Cleaveland Scott Cochrane Jeanette & Mark Coil Judy & Frank Colarusso Gertrude & Bill Colby Judy Coleman G.E. Coleman Corinne & Bob Collie Heidi Collier Columbia Bank H.C. `Joe' Harned Fund for the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies Connelly Law Offices Theresa Connor Mr. & Mrs. Coogan Catherin & R.E.L. Cope Kimberly Cordova Ruth & John Corrales-Diaz Pamela & Christopher Costa Mohamed Coulibaly Covington Cellars Craig Cowden & Kurt Laidlaw Dr. Richard Coyner

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Foundation Donors 2009-2010

This donor report acknowledges gifts and pledges contributed between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010. Gifts received after June 30, 2010 will be acknowledged in the 2010-2011 donor report. Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy. If we have misspelled or omitted your name, please accept our most sincere apologies and let us know by contacting the office of Development and Alumni Relations at 253.566.5336 or [email protected]

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Benchmark Event Equipment Randy Benedict Karyn & William Benjamin Diane Hamill Bennion Julie Benson Karen & Ron Benveniste Marit Berg Lois Bernstein & Will Vargish Best Western Wesley Inn of Gig Harbor Bill Acker Consulting Services Charley Bingham Benjii Bittle Cathie Bitz Steffeny & Wade Black Joan & Ron Blair Grant Blinn Blue Mouse Theatre BNY Mellon Wealth Management Kyle Boast Bodegas Paso Robles Sharrie & Blake Bolton Janet & Robin Bolz Marlene S. Bosanko Lance Bowman Jacquie & Conor Boyd Ray Bradford Ben Bradley Gina Breukelman Cathy & Gregory Brewis Duane Briley Brix 25 Broadway Center for the Performing Arts Sue & Roger Brooks Carmen & Ed Brooks Ann & James Brown Patricia & Col. Henry H. Brown Stephen & Paula Brown Steve Brown Hannele Buechner Patricia & Jack Bujacich Dorothy Burkhart Kate & Steve Burnham Valerie Burns Thomas Burrill Lisa Butler Susanna & Jim Buttorff

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Candace Cragg Dr. Lisa Edwards & Charles Crawford Debbie & Frank Crawford Kimberly & Byron Cregeur Mark & Val Crisson Michele & Terry Cronk Elisa & Peter Curiel Cutters Point Coffee Patricia Dailey-Smith Dairy Queen Beth Davis Christyanna Dawson Shogun Japanese Express Karen Decker Ken Delisle Sue & Don Dennis Desert Tan, University Place Dorothy McCuistion Maria Devore Leaza Dierwechter Kyle Dillehay & Alice Di Certo Darris A. Dillingham Sachiko & Royal Domingo Susan Donaldson & John Wrigley Donna's Ark Kathy & Doug Dorr Dumas Station Mike & Liz Dunbar Grace & Richard Dunn Jennifer & Jeffrey Durham Lori & Daniel Durr Dwyer Pemberton & Coulson, P.C. Robin & Edward Echtle George M. Edwards Kelly Edwards Dave Edwards & Pat Shuman Brooke Elizabeth Edwards Elephant Car Wash Esther Ellickson Betsy & Rick Ellingson Jeanne & David Elliott Emerald Downs Sabine & David Endicott Philip Eppright Mary Ellen & Col. Zane Estes, Ret. Robert Ettlinger, MD Sally & Wayne Evenson Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum

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Nick Fairburn Kathy & Mark Falk Dawn Farina Kiril Farkov Wendy & Bruce Fein Sue Summers & Alan Ferguson Sherwin Ferguson Janet Fesq Jonathan Feste James David Field Harriet Fields Dennis Findley Mendy & David Fischer Irmgard Fix Dr. Stephanie D. Flagg Wendy Flores Mary & Dick Foege Meagan Foley & Neil Mac Gray Mary & John Folsom The Forest Foundation Forgeron Cellars Elizabeth Fortenbery Leanne Foster Richard & Cindy Fowler Mary & Kenneth Fox Franciscan Health System Suzette & Ron Frederick Margarete & Greg Freitag Carol & Frank Garratt Lois Garrison Michael Gass Kathleen & Michael Gehrke General Plastics Kenneth & Sylvia Gentili Del & Maggie Garber Phyllis & Bill Gill Mike Gjertsen Jason Gjertson Gretchen & Marc Gleason Don Goethals Paul Goetzinger Alma & William Goetzinger

Tina Gofinch Goldies Brian & Kimberly Golob Arthur Goodson, Jr. Rachel Goon Charlene Gore The Gottfried & Mary Fuchs Foundation Marilyn Gould Brian Graber Cindy Grady Grand Cinema Douglas Granum The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation Jackie Gretzinger Whorton 1st Lt Mary Griffin Heidi & Steve Grimstad Ella Guilford Mimi Hackleman Molly Hagan Amy Tsuchida & John Hagmann Lynn & Eric Hahn Hair & Jeffery, Inc.-Jeffery Scharbrough Nancy & Mark Haley Susan Russell Hall & Dale Hall Patty & Roger Hansen Barbara Hanson Harborstone Credit Union Jan Harding Hargis Engineers Harkness Furniture H.C. "Joe" Harned Ruth Marie Harris Theresa Harris Chalu Harris Harrison Medical Center Paul Hartman Shana Harvey Gina Hatcher Dolores Haugen Kay Hay

Terry Hayes Liz Heath Mollie & Brent Heilesen Leslie Heineman Linda & Gene Heiser Kathryn Held Hello Cupcake Jerry Heuett Beverly & Richard Heydinger HHJ Construction, Inc. Robert Hijiya Kevin Hildebrandt Sarah & Jon Hiller Traci & David Hilligoss Dan Hilligoss Hilltop Artist The Hites Foundation Vivian Ho Gregory N. Hodges Robyn Lindsay & Rick Hoefel Nadine Hoffman Hogan Appraisals Diana & Mark Holcomb Holland America Line Natalie & Matthew Holm Bill & Norma Honeysett Desiree & Vernon Hosannah Host-Hospitality, LLC Hotel Andra Hotel Murano Dale & Gail Howard Jeri & Carl Howell Deborah Hoy Paula Hoyt & Frederick Wegener Mark Hulen John & Sarah Idstrom Martin & Teri Ievers Indochine Seafood & Satay Bar Infinite Soups Anna Inthavong Intiman Theatre Ivar's

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- Steve Maxwell, President, KeyBank South Puget Sound District

TCC Foundation Donors 2009-2010

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Nilsen Woodworks Northwest Cascade, Inc. Northwest Totem Cellars Maris & Thomas Norton Oakbrook Golf & Country Club Karen & Randy O'Brien Terry O'Connor & Janice WatsonO'Connor Allison A. Odenthal Old House Café Janet & Michael Olejar David Oliver O'Loughlin Trade Show Denis Olson Toni & Kevin Olson Nancy Oltman Olympic Eagle Distributing Open Arts Studio Oriental Noodle & Grill - Thai Cuisine Mayra Ortiz Victoria Osmanson Kathy & Sharon Oswalt Dorothy O'Toole JoAnne & Dale Overfield Terry & Gretchen Owen Emma & Reid Ozaki P G Beil Foundation Pacific Lanes David & Lynda Padgett Mariana & Caleb Page Joshua Page & Debbie Moore-Page Jamie Palermo Anthony & Julie Panagiotu Susan Panetta Pantages Theater Dave Parent Jacqui & TJ Parkes Zach Parsons Mary & Philip Pascoe Walt & Debra Patterson Verna L. Patti Fred Paulson Darron & Missy Pease Diane & Loren Pease Pease Construction, Inc. Angela Kaye Peiffer Dave Pelkey & Kayleen Oka Peninsula Gardens Pepper Bridge Winery

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Dr. Paul & Anne Jacobson Sharon Jaffee Rey Javier Rebecca Jayasundara Virginia Jenkins Sue Jensen Jensen Jewelers Laurie Jinkins & Laura Wulf Elaine Joe & Julian Low Arlene Joe & Richard Woo Charles R. Johnson, II Charles & Elisabeth Johnson Diana & Mitch Johnson Melissa & Chad Johnsrud Betty & Gary Jones Dyann Lyon & Wild Bill Jones Kelly Kaiser Paul & Alice Kaltinick Katie Downs Restaurant Winifred Kauth Christine & Donna Keff Emily Wood Keller Constance Kelley Sherrill Kelley Tim Kelly Kelly Foundation of Washington KeyBank KeyBank Foundation KeyBank National Association Alla Khleborod Senator Derek & Jennifer Kilmer Roy & Susan Kimbel Brian King & Sunni Ko D'Ann C. Kirkland Xanthea & Michael Kirshenbaum Jason & Krystle Kitts Kiwanis Club of Greater Tacoma Knapp's Kontos Cellars Brian & Gwen Kosai Laura Koval Christine Koval Betty Kraemer Brian Kruse Ottie & Clara Ladd Meredith LaFlesh Lago & Lago Apparel, LLP Matt Lane Terry Lang

John & Patricia Lantz Wendy Larsen Erik Laurentz Law Firm of Stanislaw Ashbaugh Law Office of Frederick Whang Tammis Greene M. Jane Lawhon Brenda & John Leech Lee & Margi Legowik Kimberly Legowik Griselda `Babe' Lehrer LeMay-America's Car Museum Kenneth & Rhonda Leonard LeRoy Jewelers Debbie & Mike Leslie Cynthia Leung & Dennis Dun Carol & Kirk Lider Mark & Chelsea Lindquist Marsha Tadano Long Janet & John Long Kathryn Longfellow Jim & Debbie Loomis Rebecca & Brick Loomis Bev Losey Camille Lowman Lucky Lady Interactive Events Leonard Lukin Ron & Jeanette Lunceford Kawyne Lund John & Linda Lunkes Renee Lunt Margo & Bruce MacDonald Bret Maddox Ken Madsen Rick & Marcia Mahaffey Marilyn Mahoney Janet Mallorca Jerry & Christine Manley Marine View Beverage - Sumner Gale S. Marten Maryhill Winery Masa 6th Ave. LLC Glenna Mathews Sandra Matthews Lori & Tod Maurmann MAX MPG Scooters Kathy McAuley Juanita McBride Kevin McCann

Joanne H. McCarthy Sharon McCormack Margaret R. McCormick Jerome & Jayne McCourt Carolyn McDougal Michael McGavock McGranahan Architects John McGrath Margaret & Greg McGuire Margaret McKee-Lopez Roger Mclennan Barbara Mead Peggy O'Neill & Gary Meigs Lisa Mellinger June & John Mercer Metro Parks Tacoma Karen Meyer Carolyn Middleton Midway Muffler & Radiator, Inc. Alexander & Debbie Mihali Megan & Brady Miller Roberta & Melvin Miller Mindray Ultrasound Susan & Bill Mitchell Michael & Jennifer Mixdorf Richard & Marcia Moe Monica Monk Michelle Monteith Diane & Don Moseid Braxton & Sakura Moses Janine & Nicholas Mott Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad Greg & Meiman Mowat MRG/Diversification, Inc. Patrick & Jill Mullen Marilyn Mullenax MultiCare Health System Theophilus Mungen Jr. Ingrid & Salvador Mungia Marjorie & Michael Murphy Museum of Flight Cindy & Donald Myers Narrows Plaza Bowl National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation NBBJ Patty & George Nelson Burton Nesset Scott Neste NetMore America, Inc.

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The Pepsi Bottling Group Loyd & Muriel Percy Marla Hunt Peters & Riley Peters Petersen Brothers, Inc. Lois Phelps Wendy Phillips Genevieve Picard Karen & Dick Pickett Steven & Kathleen Pierce Kristine & Randolph Pierce Pierce County Parks & Recreation Sprinker Rec. Center Charlene & Eric Piercy Julie & Laird Pisto PJ Holms, LLC Platinum Salon & Spa Jacqueline Plattner & Charlie McManus Point Defiance Zoological Society Debra Porter Pour At Four Ken & Vicki Powers Thomas & Geralynn Powers Ronald Powers & Zoe Holmes Patricia E. Powers James Powers, Jr. Janet Price & Donald Theiler Primo Grill Cliff Probst The Prudential Foundation Matching Gifts Puget Sound Orthopaedics

TCC Foundation Donors 2009-2010 A lot of TCC students go to school to provide a better life for their families. Many are "first generation" students, meaning that they are the first in their families to attend college. If they have young kids, TCC's Early Learning Center offers top-notch care in a rich learning environment. It struck me recently that the tiny children who attend the ELC are very likely to go to college themselves because of their positive early experiences on the TCC campus. I love it! What could be more powerful than supporting current students and fostering a new generation of college goers?

- Pat Shuman

Jeffrey A. Robinson Mike & Julie Robinson Pamela Robinson Katrina Robinson Margaret Robinson David M. Robles Mary Robnett Michael & Pamela Rocchi Rosedale Gardens, LLC Maggie Ross & Greg Hubbard Gum-Lai Ross Steven & Patricia Rosvold Rotie Cellars Jim Ruffler Donila Rumold Troy Rushforth Mildred Russell Russell Matching Gifts Program Robert & Meg Ryan Kim Nichols Rzeszewicz Selden's Home Furnishings & Interior Design Sequoia Foundation Michell Shaff Salih Shakir Sondra Shaw Shear Magic Bob & Mary Sheehan Shogun Japanese Restaurant Elaine & William Shuman Shutupnfish Guide Service Stanley Sidor Gary Sigmen Teresa & Todd Silver Silver Cloud Inn Silver Reef Casino Linda Sims John Siridakis Morris Skagen Jim Skalski & Csilla Muhl Pat & Jim Skiffington Lee Sledd Dan & Doreen Small Rick Small Mel & Barbara Lee Smith Laura & Daryn Smith Jody & Edward Smith Smith Barney Charitable Trust, Inc. Gregory Sommerville Susan & Philip Sorensen Lee Sorensen Michael & Joan Soronen Soroptimist International of Gig Harbor Patricia Spakes & Jerry Finn Ronald & Nancy Spangler Greg Sparling Cathie & Thomas Spellmeyer Robert & Susan Spellmeyer Kirsten & Timothy Spencer Thomas & Kristin Spilman Angela & Jaron Spoja Rebeccah Sproat Stadium Video Starbucks State Farm Kenneth & Mildred Stenehjem Richard & Insuk Stenstrom Col. Willie & Faye Stewart Jean E. Stewart Dr. Timothy S. Stokes & Family Isabel W. Stout Bruce Stovall Dale Stowell Bill & Barbara Street Pauline & Wendell Stroud Paula Stuart & Philip Lynch Mary & Denny Stumph Sumner Meadows Golf Links Sunset Pacific Superior Linen Service Debra Svoboda Constance Swank Meredith Sykes T Miller Inc. Tacoma Art Museum Tacoma Community College Tacoma Dragon Boat Association Tacoma Glass Blowing Studio Tacoma Little Theatre Tacoma Musical Playhouse Tacoma Opera Tacoma Rainiers Tacoma Symphony Orchestra Hank & Linda Tanz Rodney & Nini Tayet Jackie & Tom Taylor

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TCC Classified Staff TCC Clay Club Josephine Tebano Gail Telsey Phyllis M. Templin Terra Blanca Brenda & Eric Thaut The Art Stop The Berger Partnership, PS The Comedy Underground The Green Cape Cod Bed & Breakfast The Health Connection The Heritage Restaurant The Old Mikwaukee The Pink Paw The Spar The Villa Bed & Breakfast Warren & Linda Thompson Donald & Joan Thompson The Tides Tavern Daniel Tigard Titus Will Families Foundation Tom Douglas Restaurants Tool Town Michael Towey Sandra & Robert Townley Rebekah Townsend Drs. Pamela Transue & Stuart Grover Ron Trapp Carolyn & Alfie Treleven Julie & Kevin Trinque Ed Troyer Lew Trudeau John & Karen Trueman Tulalip Resort Cheryl Turcot Sam Tuttle Twokoi Japanese Cuisine Tye Miller Inc.

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Umpqua Bank Unetixs Vascular Inc. Union Bank of California United Way of Pierce County University of Puget Sound Floyd Urschel Heather Urschel-Speir Diane Valdez Rick & Heather Valtee Kitty-Ann Van Doorninck & John Van Buskirk Linda Van Doren El & Doris Vandeberg Sister Jolene VanHandel Peter & Kathryn Vanwagenen Varsity Grill Peter & Patricia Von Knorring Dr. Keiko Wada Susan Wagner Mary & Fred Wahlgren Richard & Catherine Wakefield Major Jim Waldo Jeff A. Walker Kathryn Walkley Walla Walla Community College Foundation Marilyn & James Walton Kimberly Ward Jack & Lilly Warnick Washington Glass Association Washington State Assoc. for Health Care Recruitment Washington State Historical Society Water to Wine Gail Watters Linda & Jeff Watts Alan B. Waugh Wendey M. Weathers Norman & Olga Webstad Monica & Richard Weidman Frank Weihs Tom & Joni Welch Dave Wellsbury

Janet & Ted Werner Marylyn Westerfeld Annette B. Weyerhaeuser Karyn Whitacre Barb & Bob Wienski Jeff & Judi Wilbert Neitha Wilkey James Will Steven Willey Janice P. Williams Jerilee & Bob Williams Ann Williams Debra & Howard Williams Mona & Dave Willis Darrell Willits Christine Wills Sharon & Rogers Wilson Stacey Wimberley Stanley & Winnie Wong Jessie Woo Lisa Woo Judith & Rex Wood Victoria Woodards Woodward Canyon Winery Woody's on the Water Walter & Margery Worthen The Wright Family Robert & Michie Yamashita Cristy & Emil Yanos Li Yi Sarah Yoseloff Ed & Betsy Zimmerman Zonare Medical Systems Diego Zuniga

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May 7, 2011

for the 11th Annual Tacoma Wine Classic

95 percent of funds go directly to the foundation programs for which they are received.

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Annual Report

TCC by the numbers

2009-2010 OpErATing rEvEnuE

STATE ALLOCATION LOCAL REVENUE Running Start Program Bldg Fee/Excess Enrollment General Fees/Overhead ABE Tuition Tuition/Operating Fees SUBTOTAL TOTAL 1,700,146 310,228 350,520 20,000 12,564,946 $ 14,945,840 $ 22,039,069

The National Science Foundation (NSF)

has awarded a grant of $344,055 to Tacoma Community College to expand its existing Secure Logistics curriculum. The grant will allow TCC to develop continuing education modules for people working in the Secure Logistics field, and to further collaborative efforts with other educational institutions and develop continuing education curriculum in secure logistics and logistics technologies. TCC's Secure Logistics advisory committee, and the Port of Tacoma, have expressed a strong need for more specific training on logistics security at all levels based on best practices and

Enrollment

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industry experiences. The grant is July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2012.

$ 36,984,909

14,567 14,804 15,371

3-year average: 14,914

*Total unduplicated headcount - each student who enrolls at TCC during the academic year is counted as one student, whether he/she takes one class during one quarter, or enrolls for 15 credits all four quarters of the academic year.

2009-2010 prOgrAm ExpEnSES

Instruction & Primary Support Library & Learning Resources Student Services Institutional Support Plant Operations & Maintanence WF/WR Financial Aid TOTAL 19,090,268 915,748 3,945,518 6,747,750 3,513,635 485,417

Student Intent

$ 34,698,336

2009-2010 CApiTAL budgET

REVENUE State Allocation Local Revenue SUBTOTAL ExPENSES Program Expenses BALANCE $ 1,058,344 $ 5,106,238 584,746 $ 5,690,984

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The Washington Monthly, an independent DC

research magazine, has ranked Tacoma Community College as one of the top 30 community colleges in the country (actual ranking was #17)--and number one in Washington state. The purpose of the list, according to the editors, is to determine for citizens and policymakers which of the nation's service-oriented schools were "laying the foundation for the kind of nation we want to become." The magazine measured and quantified how well individual colleges and universities were "meeting their public obligations in the areas of research, service, and social mobility," ranking schools based on the results. For the complete (Sept. /Oct. 2010) report, go to: www.washingtonmonthly.com/.

$14-million math experiment

Tacoma Community College is among 19 community colleges nationwide, and one of only two in Washington state that will take part in a two-year, $14-million experiment aimed at improving remedial courses in mathematics. The other is Seattle Central Community College. Five are in California, three in Florida, five in Texas and four in Connecticut. The effort is being funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Lumina Foundation and The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The math improvement experiement aims to double the proportion of students, who, within one year of continuous community college enrollment, are mathematically prepared to succeed in further academic study and/or academic pursuits, regardless of limitations that they may have in language, literacy and mathematics and their ability, on entry, to

Many more TCC students are enrolled full-time, compared to all community colleges in the state (college/system total = 40%)

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2% Native American/Alaskan Native 3% Hispanic 9% Asian/Pacific Islander 11% African American 13% Other and Multi-Racial

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CORPORATE & CONTINUING EDUCATION

Regional Clients 2009-2010

The Boeing Company Bradken - Atlas BP Chehalis Lucky Eagle Casino City of Tacoma Columbia Bank Community Health Care Concrete Technology Corporation Franciscan Health Systems General Plastics Mfg. Co. Goodwill Tacoma Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) WorkForce Central Metro Parks Tacoma Nisqually Red Wind Casino Orting School District Pierce Transit Port of Tacoma Safeway Schnitzer Steel Industries SEIU Silver Reef Casino/Lummi Commercial Company Tacoma Public Schools Washington State Dept. of Personnel Metropolitan Development Council

People, Planet, Profit--Supporting Green Mountain's Triple Bottom Line

Achieving personal mastery is Oliver Contla's life goal. In pursuit of this goal he has followed many educational pathways, from music studies in high school and college, to sports and physical rehabilitation practitioner and trainer, to being a member of Toastmasters International. "To be well rounded involves physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being," says Contla. After a decade of working and learning, he's now on a career path with a company that resonates--both personally and globally--with how he has chosen to be in the world.

partnering for a Skilled Workforce

evolved this year to provide continuing education across the entire employee spectrum at Green Mountain, not only for workers in Washington state, but also for employees at Green Mountain's Vermont, Tennessee, and California locations.

Career readiness

Last year Green Mountain, WorkForce Central of Tacoma and Tacoma Community College joined forces to provide training and job opportunities for 60 unemployed and underemployed Pierce County adults. Dr. Lisa Edwards, TCC's Dean of Corporate and Continuing Education, says TCC's role has

Oliver Contla is shift coordinator at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters in Sumner, and a member of the safety committee.

Early this year Contla, 28, enrolled at WorkForce Central in Tacoma and was offered Career Readiness training at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters in Sumner. After completing the Career Readiness training in July, Contla was offered a position as shift coordinator at Green Mountain--a supervisory position--and a place on the plant's safety committee, which fits well with his background in sports & physical rehabilitation. "I feel comfortable here," says Contla. "I'm in a leadership position and a helper position. It's the best of both worlds." Green Mountain's corporate culture revolves around continuous learning and fostering personal excellence in each of its employees. The company utilizes Global Corporate College programs for both aspiring workers and current employees at Green Mountain plants around the country.

global Corporate College

Ron Asahara, Director Corporate Education [email protected] 253.460.4469

Global Corporate College unites corporate- intensive colleges and universities around the nation to share curricula, metrics and best practices for the benefit of a broad range of corporate clients with a

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dispersed workforce. TCC is lead college for coordinating learning deliverables for Green Mountain for the first four of 12 contracts at their locations in Vermont, Toronto, Knoxville, Tennessee, Castroville, California and their Washington plant in Sumner. "We deliver training across the footprint of the company," says Edwards.

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2010. Says Contla, "Green Mountain cares about the people who work for them, and they care about people in the world. Their ethics are very high--they're almost too good to be true."

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Corporate and Continuing Education brings home the ... peacock

In July, TCC Corporate and Continuing Education was recognized as one of Global Corporate College's best performing institutions. To mark its stature as one of only two colleges nationwide to win a corporate contract worth over $1 million in 2010, TCC was awarded a glass peacock at an award ceremony in Milwaukee. As one of 38 Global Corporate Colleges in the United States, Tacoma Community College partners with a network of corporate educators, colleges and universities nationwide. TCC's recent $1.4 million training contract with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, is the biggest reason for the award that takes up the top shelf on the bookcase in Dr. Lisa Edward's office in Corporate Education. The $1 million peacock keeps company on the shelf with a cute pink pig, which GCC awards to partners that earn their first corporate contract through Global Corporate College. "With 38 colleges" (in the program) says Corporate Education training director Ron Asahara, "if you're pigless, it's not a great place to be. 2010 " was the first year for TCC. Notes Edwards, "This year we went from no animals to peacock. "

Training for aspiring and incumbent workers at Green Mountain this year was funded through a $309,000 federal Workforce Investment Act grant from WorkForce Central in Tacoma, a catalyst between local employers and a skilled local workforce. A longtime TCC partner, WorkForce Central prescreens potential employees for future jobs training. "We are looking for people who want to grow and learn and be proactive about the help that is offered," says Tim Bartz of Workforce Central. "Individuals who complete training through the grant are not guaranteed a job with the company, but they are guaranteed an interview. If offered a job they will be trained for a specific position." Two years ago Green Mountain purchased Tully's and moved its manufacturing plant from Seattle to Sumner. Green Mountain is expanding quickly (it's no. 2 on Fortune Magazine's list of 100 fastest growing companies) and is preparing for a significant increase in employee numbers by the end of

Fast growth brings challenges-- especially for a company that lists as a core value its responsibility to foster in its employees "a high level of skill, knowledge, self-awareness, self-motivation and respectful intentions toward all" as well as a commitment to "Continuous Learning," inspiring lifelong learners who continually improve and succeed. To this end the company "encourages, enables and funds employees pursuit of excellence in their current position" and supports acquisition of new skills "for any job to which they aspire." Says John Rader, director of operations for Green Mountain's Sumner plant: "One exciting thing about this partnership (with TCC Global Corporate College and WorkForce Central) is that it trains people for positions we'll have in the near future." Says Edwards of the partnership: "It challenges us in a great way to raise our game, our standards, and our performance. This is TCC operating at the speed of business. We are supporting them 24/7."

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Two master potters to show their wares

The work of Tacoma Community College master ceramic artists and art instructors Reid Ozaki and Rick Mahaffey will be the subject of a special exhibition October 25 through December 15 in The Gallery at Tacoma Community College. Mahaffey and Ozaki have together fostered a large and widely respected ceramics program at TCC that rivals many university art departments. Both have taught, lectured, juried and exhibited nationally and internationally for many years; their instructional guidance and personal work has influenced a generation of aspiring local potters, many who have developed into respected artists in their own right. Rick Mahaffey has been a ceramics instructor at Tacoma Community College since 1992, where he is department chair. He shares his explorations and discoveries in ceramics with his students, "taking them to visit pottery centers in the United States and overseas to study the work and techniques of potters in other countries." Says Mahaffey, "No doubt there will be some influence from these trips that will find their way into my work." One of his greatest influences is Japanese ceramics since the Momoyama period, and ware made for use in the tea ceremony. Living and working in Japan has had an important effect on Mahaffey's work, from the form of his pieces to the influence of fire over the finished work. He is a recognized expert in alternative and renewable fuel kilns, especially Raku and Saggar fire. "...the work is unglazed or barely glazed and we count on the fly ash from the wood fire to create the final glaze on the surface of the work. The sense of teamwork and community that comes from working with other artists is one of the most stimulating elements in this process." Reid Ozaki was born in Hilo, Hawaii, and raised in Honolulu. He started working seriously in ceramics at the University of Puget Sound while completing a degree in biology, and continued in ceramics as a graduate student. Besides Tacoma Community College (1996 ­ present), Ozaki has taught at the University of Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran University. Ozaki's current work focusing on table ware and Ikebana vessels was inspired by childhood summers spent in his grandfather's gardens, as well as by his interest in traditional Japanese art. Says Ozaki, "My initial inspiration was in gardens and plants.... This turned into an interest in the art of Ikebana (flower arranging) and then later to Chanoyu (tea ceremony). Considered by many to be a traditionalist, in the last few years Ozaki has ventured from the practical ceramic arts into studies on nature and natural forms. Of more recent work he calls "stone groupings", Ozaki notes: "For the first time, I am abandoning the vessel for a sculptural approach. This work combines the clay and forms of the flower containers and some of the glazes I have been using in the tea ware to create sculptural forms reflecting the natural world."

A reception for the exhibition will be held in the Gallery at a time to be announced in the near future. For more information or to request photos or interviews, please contact Jennifer Olson-Rudenko at 253.460.4306 or by email at: [email protected]

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Remember when? alumni focus

Online Connections: TCC Starts Alumni Facebook Site

Tacoma Community College is looking for a few good alums. The college recently started a new Facebook page just for alumni. TCC uses the site to get timely information about college-related news and alumni-focused events out to alums. Alumni can use it to find and connect with one another ­ and to swap memories. Alumnus Erla Elizabeth Kiteley recently contacted the TCC Foundation, offering to share photos taken in the college's first year of existence (1965-66.) Kiteley, who attended TCC from 1965-68, was a member of the school's "song-leader" squad. She also worked in the library, doing artwork and signs. "I actually did hand calligraphy on diplomas back then," wrote Kiteley in an email to TCC Foundation staff. Also posted on the Alumni Facebook page, the photo here taken during basketball season in December 1966. Pictured (from right to left) are song-leaders Penny Drost, Erla Elizabeth Kiteley, Nancy Parry, Tracey Meyer, and Linda Anderson. "Penny was elected Mayor of DuPont years back," wrote Kiteley. "I flew for airlines 35 years -- now an artist. I heard that Nancy is working in a jewelry department, and I think Tracey works for the Tacoma School system." A photo archiving project is currently underway at TCC, and the college plans to use the Facebook Alumni page to help identify students, staff and faculty in photos that may not have seen the light of day for decades. "Anyone who has attended TCC ­ please join our alumni group!" said Special Events & Alumni Coordinator Jodi Matthews. "And stay tuned, because we have an event coming up that's going to be spectacular!"

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TCC EvENTS CAlENDAR

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October 7

Media Pioneer Chiqui Cartagena has 20 years' experience developing, contributing to and launching some of America's most successful Spanishlanguage products, and has received many honors for her pioneering work. Cartagena is the author of Latino Boom! What Every Business Needs to Know about the US Hispanic Market, a Random House business book that is required reading for many college Hispanic marketing classes. Currently the managing director of Multicultural Communication at Meredith Integrated Marketing, she leads the development and execution of a wide variety of direct marketing programs for clients interested in reaching multicultural consumers.

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Sept. 15 ­ Oct. 15

The gallery at TCC

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11:30am­1pm 11:30am 6:30pm 11am-1pm 11:30am

TCC Campus Student Center primo grill Student Center Student Center The gallery at TCC Landmark Convention Center bldg. 3 Theatre Student Center bldg. 3 Theatre bldg. 3 Theatre bldg. 3 Theatre bldg. 3 Theatre

Oct. 25 ­ dec. 15 3 5 9 17 18 30 5:30pm 7:30pm 11:30am 7:30pm 11:30am 7:30pm 7:30pm

October 13

The Primo Grill has supported Tacoma Community College Arts with this fun and successful event since they opened their doors a decade ago. Call Jacqueline Plattner at the Primo Grill, 253.383.7000, for information or reservations.

October 27

Marc was born with a rare disease that left him with virtually no intestines. Then at age nine, he developed Tourette's Syndrome. He is now inspiring audiences across the country by sharing his life story to convey the value of tolerance and basic attitudes and behaviors that allow us to flourish. Marc's inspiring speech, "What Makes You Tic" is loaded with timely humor, powerful anecdotes, and fundamental lessons of tolerance to encourage audiences to "Live and Let Live," leaving audiences motivated, betterinformed, and reflecting on their own lives.

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Coming in 2011:

Jan. 15­May 3 April 9 May 6-7 May 7 May 16­30 May 25 May 25 June 5 June 11 Materialism/Consumerism Exhibition Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner Clay Club Pottery Sale Tacoma Wine Classic TCC Student Art Exhibition Student Recognition Awards Dinner Distinguished Alumni Dinner Pour at Four Wine Auction Commencement at Tacoma Dome

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Fall Juried Art Exhibition

November 9

An Aboriginal entertainer from the Alexander (Kipohtakaw) Plains Indian Cree Nation, in Alberta, Arcand is best known as a hoop dancer, a motivational speaker and a musician. Arcand has developed a unique singing and songwriting style, `indigenous hip-hop', and performs under the name Kray<Z>Kree. Arcand facilitates workshops for aboriginal people of all ages, speaking on topics that range from self-awareness to personal motivation, to music, to parenting skills.

Joe Harned recognition A&L Series ­ Chiqui Cartagena primo grill Art Auction and dinner 5th Annual volunteer Fair A&L Series ­ marc Elliot - "What makes You Tic?" Fall Ceramics Exhibition (rick mahaffey-reid Ozaki) TCC Foundation Scholarship recognition dinner music dept. Concert: guest piano recital, Amy grinsteiner dallas Arcand music dept. Concert: TCC Orchestra A&L Series ­ Jon Landau TCC Choirs music dept. Concert: TCC Symphonic band Winter break ­ no Classes

November 18

Academy Award and Golden Globewinning producer Jon Landau has produced the two highest grossing movies of all-time, Avatar and Titanic. The combination of Landau's thorough understanding of the most complex state-of-the-art visual effect technologies, his experience working hand-in-hand with the highest caliber of creative talent, and his ability to motivate people, have enabled him to play a significant role in numerous major motion pictures. Landau not only shares insight into the film industry, but also discusses the broader perspective of business management, innovative marketing and motivational philosophies.

October 25-December 15

An exhibition of the work of ceramic artists / college instructors Rick Mahaffey and Reid Ozaki, who have developed a large and widely respected ceramics program at TCC that rivals many university art departments. Both have taught, lectured, juried and exhibited nationally and internationally for many years. While their styles and interests are different, Ozaki and Mahaffey have a common interest in Asian ceramic design and firing methods which they incorporate into their teaching and their own work.

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TCC's 2009-2010 Athletic Season was the best

in school history, according to TCC Athletics Director Carl Howell, with all four sports making it to the NWAACC Championships. Women's volleyball finished 1st in the region, while men's basketball finished 1st in their division and 3rd in the NWAACC championship. Men's baseball was 2nd in league, earning them a chance at the NWAACC finals. Women's soccer finished 1st in league, and men's soccer was 4th in west division. Howell says he is thankful to have such wonderful students playing under him. "The department is at an all-time high," said Howell.

TCC, WorkForce Central, Franciscan Health System and MultiCare are collaborating to form

an international nurse program at TCC to help address the nursing shortage and place local resident immigrants who are skilled in nursing in local hospitals and clinics. The pilot program will provide additional training in U.S. nursing practices, in preparation for the National Council License Examination (NCLEx). A grant from the Promise of Nursing for Washington School Grant Program will pay for the training, with funding from Washington area hospitals and health care agencies, Johnson & Johnson, and other national companies with an interest in support of nursing education. Workforce Central has identified qualifying students and is providing $170,000 in additional funding, while Franciscan is creating clinical training opportunities for nurses who pass the NCLEx.

TCC President Dr. Pamela Transue has been selected as the 2010 recipient of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Pacific Regional Chief Executive Officer Award. The award will be presented at the group's Annual Community College Leadership Congress in Toronto on Oct. 21. She was nominated for the honor by the TCC Board of Trustees, who focused on her skill at community-building in tough times, noting her `caring attitude' toward the board of trustees, administrators, faculty and students" during the state's ongoing budget crisis. TCC was named a "Military Friendly School" for

the second straight year. The honor, bestowed by G.I. Jobs Magazine, places TCC in the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide that are doing the most to embrace America's veterans as students. G.I. Jobs polled more than 7,000 schools nationwide with methodology, criteria and weighting developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Committee (AAC), consisting of educators and administrators from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Toledo.

TCC launched a partnership with Brandman University that could enable a students to earn

a bachelor's degree in as little as three years. The TCC/Brandman Virtual Transfer Program allows qualified TCC students to transfer to the fully online degree programs at Brandman. The program allows students to earn a degree at their own pace, with automatic admission to Brandman for qualified studentss who successfully complete their associate's degree at TCC. The Early Advantage Agreement gives students full access to the academic and student services of TCC and Brandman, including advising and information services, technology support and educational planning, while working at their own pace. Brandman is affiliated with Chapman University.

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