Awards & Recognition

SPSCC Foundation launches small business loan fund

November 13, 2018

South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) today announced the launch of the Growth & Innovation Fund, a joint effort between the SPSCC Foundation and the Center for Business & Innovation (CB&I). The fund gives entrepreneurs access to small business loans and ongoing support. It aims to encourage entrepreneurship in Thurston County and impact job creation and the local economy.

Associate Dean earns research grant to study heritage arts-based economic development

October 31, 2018
South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) today announced that the work of Associate Dean of Transition Studies Dawn J. Murphy has received a two-year, $200,000 federal research grant through the Corporation for National and Community Service. Murphy, a PhD student at Fielding Graduate University, along with community and university researchers, will develop and implement a Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) project in the Pac5, a five-county region in the Pacific Mountains of Washington State, centered on the Arbutus Folk School of Olympia, Wash.

President Stokes named public relations Pacesetter of the Year

October 15, 2018

South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) today announced that SPSCC president Dr. Timothy Stokes was awarded the 2018 Pacesetter of the Year award by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR), District 7.  He was recognized at an awards ceremony at the NCMPR District 7 conference in Boise, Idaho, on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018.

SPSCC welcomes 16 new full-time faculty members

September 12, 2018

This year, South Puget Sound Community College is delighted to welcome 16 additional members across four divisions to the ranks of its full-time faculty. While some faces may be familiar and others brand new, they all bring a valuable diversity of backgrounds, education, and life experience to the college community.

SPSCC names study room after West Olympia Rotary

August 24, 2018

South Puget Sound Community College the SPSCC Foundation announced today the college has named a library study room in honor of West Olympia Rotary.  The West Olympia Rotary Study Room was revealed during a ceremony on Aug. 21, 2018 at The Center for Student Success at SPSCC’s Olympia Campus.

West Olympia Rotary was one of the first donors to the SPSCC Foundation when it launched in 1982. Since then, the Rotary Club of West Olympia Endowed Scholarship has helped fund the education of 34 Capital High School graduates in professional technical programs.

IGNITE program kicks off in support of underrepresented students

August 9, 2018

The IGNITE program launches this fall to help close the achievement gap for vulnerable SPSCC students.

Twenty-four students applied for the program, including five incoming freshmen, and 20 will enter the program.

IGNITE students get personalized advising, coaching, and a team of advocates and resources to keep them focused and moving toward their goals. The program is designed specifically to help first generation, low income, and students with disabilities to succeed.

Transition Studies recognized as a national leader

June 25, 2018

South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) has emerged as a state and national leader in Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English as a Second Language (ESL). According to 2016-17 Basic Education for Adults (BEdA) performance data, SPSCC ranks number two of out 44 participating adult education programs in Washington State.  Additionally, the college’s Transition Studies faculty have been invited to present at national conferences in 2017 and 2018.


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