Graham-Kapowsin now hosting Pierce courses

Brenna Smark, Reporter 

Principal Matt Yarkosky of Graham-Kapowsin High School said the idea of offering Pierce classes at the high school first came up in summer 2015. GKHS’s current student population is 2,000, 130 of them being Running Start students. Administrators recognize that for the Running Start population at GKHS, the 25-30 minute commute to and from Pierce can be inconvenient and strenuous depending on traffic and weather conditions.

Yarkosky said that while these classes are open to all college students, the majority of students to use the classes are adults who have jobs and families. They find that taking  courses at the high school is easier and more flexible with their schedules.

Bethel School District covers 202 square miles and the community has little access to public transportation to counteract this issue. He said plans to put this idea in action began this last fall.

From creating a partnership with Pierce and assigning professors to teach the college courses at the high school to deciding what classrooms were to use fell into place for the program to start this winter quarter.

“The ultimate goal of offering college courses here at the high school is to give individuals a more convenient option for earning some college credits,” Yarkosky said.    “We understand that Graham is generally put aside from Pierce and other colleges, and we hope these courses will help the students gain some relief by meeting them halfway.”

This program especially benefits people who prefer in-person classes rather than online or having to travel to a Pierce campus in Puyallup or Lakewood.

The main goal for this project between Pierce and GKHS is to help students perform at their personal best every day and to help them own their future. Yarkosky said this goal was in the front of their minds when deciding what courses they would offer at the high school. The classes offered were chosen to include general requirements students will need for nearly any career or education pathway they wish to pursue, according to Pierce’s website. The classes chosen were English as a Second Language, college success, English composition, public speaking and psychology.

Free tutoring services will be available on site for any of the classes. The classes are from 4-7 p.m. and meet twice a week. The registration process is the same and students may also be eligible for financial aid.

This collaboration between Pierce and Bethel School District is bringing opportunities for students.

“We’re so excited to collaborate with the Bethel School District to bring more opportunities to the community,” Pierce College Puyallup President Marty Cavalluzzi said. “These courses, combined with our online offerings, increases the community’s access to higher education.”

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Brenna Smark

Reporter at The Puyallup Post
My name is Brenna Smark and I am absolutely honored to be starting my first year at the Puyallup Post as a print reporter. Writing has been a great passion of mine ever since I can remember and the Post has given me the privilege of turning that passion into work. I’m currently working towards my goal of graduating in 2018 with my AA/DTA in Psychology then transferring to UW Tacoma to get my Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice, as my main career goal is to work for the Behavioral Analysis Unit of the FBI. This being my first year here at Pierce I am looking forward to diving into this fantastic and exciting journey, and I’d like to think I’m off to a good start. I hope to finish my years at Pierce as a staff member of the Puyallup Post and I’m most looking forward to building more connections with people. If you see me around be sure to say hi!

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Brenna Smark

My name is Brenna Smark and I am absolutely honored to be starting my first year at the Puyallup Post as a print reporter. Writing has been a great passion of mine ever since I can remember and the Post has given me the privilege of turning that passion into work. I’m currently working towards my goal of graduating in 2018 with my AA/DTA in Psychology then transferring to UW Tacoma to get my Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice, as my main career goal is to work for the Behavioral Analysis Unit of the FBI. This being my first year here at Pierce I am looking forward to diving into this fantastic and exciting journey, and I’d like to think I’m off to a good start. I hope to finish my years at Pierce as a staff member of the Puyallup Post and I’m most looking forward to building more connections with people. If you see me around be sure to say hi!

Graham-Kapowsin now hosting Pierce courses

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