Pierce College, a community college district in Pierce County, Washington, was established in 1967. It has one campus at Fort Steilacoom in Lakewood. The college awards associate's degrees in arts and sciences, as well as a number of certificate programs in social services, early childhood education, and dental hygiene. There are also several continuing education, distance learning, international education, and military programs offered.
The Fort Steilacoom campus came into operation in 1970, and is situated on 140 acres. At this point, the college's name had been changed to Fort Steilacoom Community College. However, as the enrollment figures increased, the name was changed back to Pierce College in 1986.
Pierce College's athletics teams go by the name of Raiders. The college has teams in soccer, softball, volleyball, basketball, baseball and fastpitch.
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2015-16, National Center for Education Statistics, https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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