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Building Critical Success Skills for a Fast-Paced Business World

July 28, 2022

Studies in the Business, Finance, and Office Administration pathway include, Accounting, Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship and Office Technology and Administration.  Students can use this platform to gain the hard skills to organize, manage, and prepare for occupations in various industries. 

Learn from Office Administration Faculty Heather Maye how this pathway helps students build critical success skills to graduate and reach bigger career goals.

Class of 2022 Scholarship Recipients Honored with Commemorative Foundation Scholar Pin

June 10, 2022

Our Foundation team is so proud to honor SPSCC's graduating class of 2022. This year's cohort has weathered COVID and navigated a myriad of challenges over the past two years to reach this achievement. At this year's Commencement ceremony we will honor the scholars who have received support from the SPSCC community though scholarships by giving each recipient an SPSCC Foundation Scholar commemorative pin in recognition of their tenacity, commitment, and resilience.

Adán Espino’17: Sharing a Passion for Helping Others

June 9, 2022

Ask middle school students what they want to do for a living, and they might name professions like Veterinarian, Nurse, Teacher, Musician, or Firefighter. Chances are they may not think of Lobbyist as a career aspiration. But for Contract Lobbyist Adán Espino ’17, being a lobbyist is the culmination of many lifelong interests--especially his passion for helping others in his community.

Exploring the Science Behind Community Leadership

June 9, 2022

In a recent interview with South Puget Sound Community College Foundation staff, Political Science Faculty Peter Rex shares how programs within the Government, Public & Nonprofit Administration pathway prepare students to become effective community leaders.

Q: Why is Political Science important to students who aspire to make a difference in their communities?

Exploring SPSCC's Automotive Technology Program With Larry Norris and Brian Eriksen

April 20, 2022

On October 1, 2022, Automotive Technology Program Manager Larry Norris will be retiring from his position at SPSCC after 21years of service preparing students for the industry. Professor Brian Eriksen is a graduate of SPSCC's Automotive Technology Program who worked in the industry for a number of years before returning to SPSCC to co-teach full time in 2017.

In this Q & A conversation, both automotive technology educators talk about their long-standing connection to SPSCC and how this program prepares students to tackle new innovations in the automotive industry.

Welding Program Graduate and Business Owner Talks About His Pathway to Success

April 20, 2022

Leif Christensen is a 2004 graduate of the SPSCC Welding program and the owner/operator of L.C. Welding and Fabrication, LLC. For 8 years, the Tumwater-based company has continued to grow providing welding repair services throughout the Thurston County area. Their team has been involved in significant public works projects, including large-scale renovation projects for Olympia schools. Leif commented, “You can point to almost any school in Olympia and our team has been involved in building, repairing, or remodeling parts of it.”

Nursing Student Shares Perspectives on the SPSCC Nursing Program

March 23, 2022

Entering an academic program as a nontraditional student can be daunting. Returning to school after almost 20 years while providing for a family and raising three children, can seem like a herculean undertaking. But Patrick Santos has successfully overcome hurdles, navigated his way through SPSCC’s rigorous nursing program, and is on the home stretch to graduation and pursuing a long-held dream of becoming an Emergency Room nurse.

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