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Pierce College Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Reaching Their Potential Through Education (ASPIRE)

ASPIRE is a student support program made possible through federal funding from the Department of Education Title III,  Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) grant. The ASPIRE program is part of the of the EDI CARES office, and aims to improve the enrollment, retention and graduation rates of underrepresented Asian American and Pacific Islander students.

The ASPIRE program aims to improve the enrollment, retention and graduation rates of underrepresented Asian American and Pacific Islander students. ASPIRE supports all current and prospective students who self-identify as Asian American, Pacific Islander and/or Pell Grant Eligible attending the Pierce College Fort Steilacoom and Puyallup campuses.

Our dedicated staff and student leaders are here to provide culturally responsive services designed to support each student’s success. No matter what your goal is at Pierce College – language proficiency, GED completion, a certificate, or an Associate’s degree, ASPIRE staff and student leaders are here to help you achieve it.

The ASPIRE program is dedicated to developing a diverse community of learners by creating meaningful engagement and partnerships with our local communities. Throughout the year, we host on-campus opportunities to engage our local communities and explore ways to make Pierce College a destination choice for you. Follow our social media pages for updates on upcoming events.

Learn more about the benefits of participating in ASPIRE

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Who is eligible for ASPIRE?

Students who are currently enrolled at Pierce College to complete a degree, certificate, GED, or High School diploma and self-identify as Asian American, Pacific Islander, income eligible and/or a Student of Color.

ASPIRE Programs

  • Vibranium Lab - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) lab

Request Information

Are you interested in applying for ASPIRE? Complete our EDI CARES interest form to receive more information about this and other EDI CARES programs.

EDI CARES Student Interest Form

If you have more questions about ASPIRE, we are here to help. Email aspire@pierce.ctc.edu to get connected with program staff.