Resources at Pierce

Amber Gilliland
Special Assignments Reporter

Many resources are available for students at Pierce College that they may not know about. Most are available at little or no cost for enrolled students. For more information on student resources, see the Office of Student Life leaders.


Computer Centers
Pierce College Puyallup has two computer centers that students can use free of charge; all students need is their student ID card.

The computer center located in the College Center building, room 272, has 78 computers for student use. Three scanners are available as well as color and black and white printers. Student lab assistants are on duty at all times to help students with printing and computer programs such as Microsoft Word.

The multimedia center in the Allied Arts and Health building, room 132, offers computers including the Adobe Master Collection so students can use programs such as Photoshop. There are also three Mac computers for those who prefer Mac over PC. In this lab, students can print in both black and white and color, use one of the two scanners available and get assistance from a student lab assistant.

Every quarter, each student is given $10 in printing credit to use in the computers centers, which is automatically loaded onto their Papercut printing account.

The hours of operation for both centers change each quarter. This fall quarter, the Puyallup campus center is open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays. The multimedia center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

Mental Health Counselor
Counseling sessions can be expensive, but, Pierce has a mental health counselor on campus that students can talk to for free.

Located in the Administration Building within the student success center, Elizabeth Scott can provide students with brief personal counseling. She has been working at Pierce since 2006 and has a master’s degree from St. Martin’s University.

Scott will discuss many topics with students such as anxiety, depression, grief, stress, financial and health issues, and relationships. She can provide tips, books, and resources to help students through tough times. She can also provide names of other counselors in the Puyallup area if students decide that they want long term counseling services.

All of Scott’s sessions are free and confidential. Students who wish to schedule a session with Scott can schedule one at the front desk of the student success center, email, or call.

For those students who may feel uneasy about seeing a counselor, Scott wants students to know that it is normal to feel overwhelmed and stressed sometimes. Scott has been through counseling herself and admits that she felt uneasy at first.

“I was embarrassed and was worried that people would think that I didn’t know how to handle my life,” Scott said.

If students are uncomfortable they can email Scott and arrange for her to meet them at the front desk so students don’t have to announce that they are visiting the counselor. Scott can also do sessions over the phone for students who may not want to meet face to face.

If a student needs help they should not hesitate to contact Scott.

She is on campus fall through spring quarters. Her typical hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


The Pierce College library, located on the 2nd level of the Brouillet Library and Science building, has many resources for students.

The librarians help students with things such as locating a certain book, citing sources and with effective research.

Students can check out up to 20 books at a time and rentals are three weeks long. Certain textbooks can be borrowed but they must stay in the library and have a limit of two hours.
Computers are also available inside the library for student use.

If students need to do research, the library subscribes to many databases which can be accessed on the library page of the Pierce website. These databases contain information on a variety of topics. They include magazine articles, videos, scholarly journal articles and newspapers.

A new function on the library page of the Pierce website is called Primo. Systems and Instructions Librarian Lesley Caldwell calls it, “Google for the library.” Primo allows students to enter any search term and it will bring up everything that the library has to offer for that term. It searches through the library catalog and all of the databases that Pierce subscribes to so that students don’t have to individually check each one for their search term.

Inside the library are group workrooms that can be reserved for one hour. Groups who wish to reserve a room can do so at the circulation desk with their student ID card.

Media equipment can also be borrowed from the library. Some of the items that the library lends are digital SLR cameras, microphones, a laptop and video cameras. A full list of items can be found on the library tab of the Pierce website. The amount of time that items can be checked out varies depending on the item. Students will need their student ID to borrow equipment and will be asked to fill out a form at the circulation desk.

The best way to get assistance right away from a librarian is to come into the library during the hours of operation. Students can also call, email, or use the library’s new texting service. If a student has a question for a librarian but is not able to come in, they can send a text to 253-370-8969 and a Pierce librarian will answer their question. The library tab of the Pierce website also has an IM feature to ask questions. Questions can be answered by any librarian across Washington however, so if students have a Pierce specific question, it is best to use one of the other options to get a hold of a Pierce librarian.

The fall hours of operation for the library are Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and starting Oct. 11 Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tutoring Center
Located in room 170 of the College Center building, the Academic Resource Center offers free assistance to all Pierce students.

The ARC has staff that can help with all subjects like math, science, anatomy and also offer study tips.

Inside the center, there are computers for student use as well as textbooks.

For those who prefer hands on learning, the ARC has subject games, skeletons to reference for anatomy work and models for chemistry classes.

If students need help with writing papers, tutors are available in the writing center, which has recently been moved to the library.

Students who need assistance can stop by the ARC at any time during hours of operation. If students would like more time with a tutor, they can schedule an appointment at the front desk of the tutoring center for a one-on-one session.

If students need a place to unwind, they can visit the ARC.

“We always have the coffee on,” peer tutor Natalie Price said.

Tutoring is also available online, so students can get assistance from home. To use the E-tutoring service, students can go to the tutoring center page on the Pierce website.

Fall hours for the tutoring center are Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Campus Safety
Located inside the Administration Building in room A117, campus safety does more than just monitor the campus.
Campus security officers can escort students to their cars and to and from classes if they are feeling uncomfortable for any reason. They can also help unlock doors if students get locked out of their cars. Officers are available to jump dead car batteries as well.
If students need a security offer, they are available 24 hours a day. Call boxes are placed around the school for students who are having an emergency.
Students can get a hold of an officer by calling 253-840-8481 and then pressing 0.


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Resources at Pierce

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