Awards & Recognition

One SPSCC Faculty Member Awarded Tenure

June 15, 2022

South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) and the Board of Trustees awarded tenure to one faculty member at the Board of Trustees meeting on June 14, 2022.

Congratulations to Kamara Taylor (Psychology) on her accomplishments and dedication to SPSCC students and the community. Her tenure will be effective winter 2023.

Meet SPSCC’s 2022 Outstanding Student Award Recipients

June 13, 2022

South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) presented students Molly Echols, Yuho Fujii, and Jemal Ozkara with the 2022 Outstanding Student Award at the SPSCC Commencement Ceremony on June 10, 2022.

Molly, Yuho, and Jemal were nominated by college staff and faculty to recognize each student’s personal growth, academic achievement, and contributions to the college and community during their time at SPSCC. Each student was awarded a $500 scholarship from the SPSCC Foundation.

SPSCC Named 2023 Aspen Prize Finalist

June 7, 2022

The Aspen Institute announced today that South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) is one of ten finalists for the 2023 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. This is the first time the college has been part of this prestigious group.

The $1 million Aspen Prize—once described by former president Barack Obama as “basically the Oscars for great community colleges”—is the nation’s signature recognition of community colleges that are achieving high, improving, and equitable outcomes for students.

Yelm Teen is the Youngest Female Graduate of PLU

June 1, 2022

Excerpt via Nisqually Valley News

By Jacob Dimond

Olivia Coverdale, known as Liv, is set to graduate from Pacific Lutheran University with magna cum laude honors on Saturday, May 28.

At just 16 years old, Coverdale will be the youngest female to graduate in PLU’s 132-year history.

She will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a minor in business administration, stated a news release.

Yelm Teen is the Youngest Female Graduate of PLU

June 1, 2022

Excerpt via Nisqually Valley News

By Jacob Dimond

Olivia Coverdale, known as Liv, is set to graduate from Pacific Lutheran University with magna cum laude honors on Saturday, May 28.

At just 16 years old, Coverdale will be the youngest female to graduate in PLU’s 132-year history.

She will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a minor in business administration, stated a news release.

Meet All-WA Scholar Yuho Fujii

May 6, 2022

“As an international student at SPSCC, I’ve faced many obstacles. Not just a language barrier, but I also had no idea how to write papers, involve myself in a community, or make friends in a different country where people speak English fluently and fast,” said Yuho Fujii. “When I was feeling nervous, the community at SPSCC helped me to overcome these obstacles by providing me so many opportunities.”

Meet All-WA Scholar Dianna Burch

May 6, 2022

“I love working with children and making a difference in their lives,” said Dianna Burch. “I decided to get my Associate of Arts and then transfer to get my bachelor’s degree so I can move up and make an even bigger impact.”

Dianna’s college journey got off to a rocky start when she was 18 years old. After a few years, she decided to try again. This time she was determined to earn her degree. In 2019, Dianna enrolled at SPSCC and began down the Social Services and Education Pathway.

Meet SPSCC’s 2022 All-Washington Scholars

May 4, 2022

South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) today announced its two students being recognized as members of the All-Washington (All-WA) Academic Team: Dianna Burch and Yuho Fujii. The ceremony will honor students from each of the state’s 34 community and technical colleges. It will be hosted virtually on SPSCC’s YouTube channel and the college's All-WA webpage on May 12, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. Dianna and Yuho will be presented with their awards at the Board of Trustees meeting on May 10 before the ceremony.

SPSCC Named One of the Nation’s Top 25 Community Colleges

April 27, 2022

South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) was today announced as one of 25 semifinalists competing for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The $1 million Aspen Prize is the nation’s signature recognition of community colleges that are achieving high, improving, and equitable outcomes for students

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