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ASPIRE – Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Reaching Their Potential Through Education

Welcome to the ASPIRE program at Pierce College.

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 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 campus.

Our dedicated staff and student leaders are here to provide culturally responsive support and 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 Wayfinder student leaders are here to help you achieve it.

 Students enrolled in ASPIRE are provided culturally relevant services and resources:

  • Assistance with academic, financial and personal goal setting
  • ASPIRE Wayfinder peer-to-peer support in navigating campus resources
  • ASPIRE STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Math) Center tutoring resources in Rainier Building, Room 338
  • Enriching educational and cultural experiences outside of the classroom

Learn more about ASPIRE Student Services.

If you are a student interested in participating in the ASPIRE program, please complete our online application.