TCC is governed by a five-member Board of Trustees. Washington State's governor appoints each board member to a five-year term.
Bios of the current board members can be found here.
Our exempt staff provide administrative leadership, managing the college's many functions.
Directors lead non-academic departments. Deans lead academic departments. Other members of exempt staff serve in non-supervisory positions, providing student advising, web design, and other specialized services.
TCC's Classified Staff support student success and keep the college running.
Classified Staff employees provide security, Financial Aid processing, administrative assistance, IT services, and many other services. They keep our offices running, and they keep our beautiful campuses in excellent condition.
Directed by a board of Tacoma-area leaders, The TCC Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit. Every year, the Foundation raises money for student scholarships, the Student Emergency Fund, and other college initiatives. During the 2016-17 academic year, the Foundation distributed more than $450,000 in scholarships to more than 200 students.
The TCC Foundation's flagship fundraiser is the Reach Higher Luncheon, held on campus every year in February.
Since we first opened our doors in 1965, we’ve educated more than half a million students. We educate about 13,700 students per year.
Here’s more about our students:
Here’s what our students are studying:
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100 percent of our students have the full support of TCC’s faculty, staff, leadership team, and Board of Trustees as they pursue their education. That includes undocumented and DACA students, who also have the full support of the State of Washington. In 2014, the state legislature voted to uphold DACA students’ right to attend college and granted them access to state financial aid.
TCC enjoys proximity to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the fourth-largest military base in the world. We're proud to provide resources and support for active-duty military students and veterans:
The College Housing Program, a unique partnership between the Tacoma Housing Authority (THA) and TCC, provides housing vouchers for students who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. As the data from Jan. 2014 - Sept. 2016 shows, it has been stunningly successful:
60 percent of homeless students who received assistance graduated or stayed enrolled, compared to 16 percent of homeless students who did not receive assistance.
3.05 was the average GPA of homeless students who received housing assistance, compared to 2.75 for homeless students who did not receive assistance -- and compared to a 2.97 GPA for the general student population.
This program's incredible success has led to it being viewed as a national model for other communities to emulate. In the fall of 2017, TCC and THA were able to expand the program and simplify the application process, dramatically increasing access for students in need.
Our Open Educational Resources (OER) initiative began in 2011, when students voted to invest in the development of free textbooks. TCC matched the funds the students put up and hired a full-time OER coordinator. She worked with instructors on an opt-in basis to develop OER, starting with our highest-enrolled classes.
To date, we've saved students an estimated $3.5 million on textbooks. And students and teachers agree that the savings are just one benefit of OER. These peer-reviewed materials are flexible, adaptable, and easy to update. They use up-to-the-minute examples and enhance student learning.
Our faculty aren't required to use OER. For some classes, a traditional textbook is still the best solution. But many instructors have been eager to pioneer a practice that helps students afford college. And we are all proud to be nationally recognized as a leader in OER.
Regional health care providers are among the top three employers in the South Sound, and Health Careers education is in demand in the Tacoma region. We meet the community's need for high-quality, affordable health careers education with excellent programs taught by highly qualified faculty in a new state-of-the-art Health Careers facility. Our Health Careers training programs include:
Emergency Management Technician
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Health Information Technology
Our two Bachelor of Applied Science Degrees are in Health Careers. They offer working professionals -- many of them originally trained by TCC -- the opportunity to advance in their careers while enhancing regional health care options:
Health Information Management
Community Health (Coming Fall 2018)
Titan Athletics offers six successful varsity programs:
During the 2016 -2017 season, all six teams progressed to post-season play, and the Men's Soccer team won the NWAC championship!
The new Wellness Center Addition, completed in Spring 2017, offers a double-basketball-court gym as a wonderful venue for our Volleyball and Basketball programs. The new gym is also used by PE students, and the new Fitness Center is available free to students and staff. Learn more about our Titan Athletics programs here.