Awards & Recognition

Math professor earns Evergreen’s 2016 Teacher Excellence Award

January 26, 2017

One South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) faculty member has earned the 2016 Teacher Excellence Award from The Evergreen State College (TESC).  Math professor Neesha Patel was honored for making a significant impact on the lives of her students.

Each year, the Provost at TESC invites incoming students to nominate a teacher that has made the biggest difference in their education.  This year, SPSCC’s Patel was identified as a winner based on a nomination written by SPSCC graduate John Morris.  Patel was recognized by SPSCC president Tim Stokes and the Board of Trustees at their last board meeting on Jan. 10.

Students honored with scholarships at annual MLK banquet

January 18, 2017

Three students from South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) were awarded scholarships on Saturday evening at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Banquet.  Students Bryan Hooper and Alex Bledsoe were honored by the Thurston Group of Washington State for their academic success, community service, and extra-curricular activities that align with the values of the Thurston Group.  Student Francisco Tamayo, Jr. was awarded by Gateway Rotary Club for his service in diversity and inclusivity.

SPSCC prepares to offer craft brewing and distilling degree

January 10, 2017

Article from The Olympian

A new degree program is brewing at South Puget Sound Community College.

The state recently endorsed the college’s request to offer a for-credit Craft Brewing and Distilling Program.

“That gives us the green light to move forward,” said Kelly Green, a spokeswoman for the Olympia-based college. “Our anticipation is that in fall 2017, we’ll be able to launch brewing and cider, and fall of 2018 would be distilling.”

Study reveals SPSCC generates $316.1 million impact on Thurston County economy

October 13, 2016

South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) today revealed a recent study measuring the economic impact and return on investment (ROI) for the college in Fiscal Year 2014-15.  The study, completed by Economic Modeling Specialists International (Emsi), stated that SPSCC had a $316.1 million impact on Thurston County, which is approximately 2.9% of the total gross regional product (GRP) and equal to 5,223 jobs.

Undergraduate research earns SPSCC a chemistry grant

September 19, 2016
Recent work between South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) and community partners has won the college’s Natural and Applied Sciences division the Collaborative Opportunities Grant. The grant, awarded by the American Chemical Society, will support the ongoing development of undergraduate research opportunities for SPSCC students. This collaborative program enables SPSCC students interact with—and create a bridge to—faculty, four-year institutions, local businesses, and state agencies.

SPSCC awarded $500,000 grant for Guided Pathways program

July 12, 2016

College Spark Washington along with the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges today awarded South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) a grant of $500,000 over five years to develop a Guided Pathways program.  Guided Pathways aims to support low-income students and students of color by helping community colleges develop clear paths to certificates, transfer degrees, or careers.


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