Pierce students live in an area with a strong military presence. Pierce County’s website states that 33,300 uniformed and civilian personnel are employed in Pierce County at Madigan Army Medical Center and Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
About 1,200 students districtwide attend Pierce College on the G.I. Bill. Pierce is ranked 14th out of the top 50 veteran friendly colleges by GI and Military Edge magazines. The college recognizes all military education benefits and students can receive college credit for military experience.
“Pierce College has a long history of serving military students, veterans and their families,” Paula Edelman, program coordinator for veterans’ education benefits at Pierce College Puyallup said. “The college has a strong presence through its military program at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, offering the same degrees and certificates for military members, veterans and their families that are offered at our ‘civilian’ campuses.”
Edelman explains how the Joint Base Lewis McChord campus is different.
“It is designed to service the needs of active-duty military personnel, their family members, VA benefit recipients and civilians in the community,” Edelman said. “Shorter terms, arranged courses, continuous entry courses and online courses meet specific needs of non-traditional students.”
The Veterans’ Services office at Pierce College Puyallup also has a Washington State Vet Corps Navigator, Bea Warner. Warner, herself a veteran of the U.S. Navy, can provide veteran students with other resources outside of their educational benefits. She recently compiled a packet of veteran resources, including veteran discounts, which can be picked up in the Student Programs office in room C210.
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