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We cannot accept the following Visas in our program: B-1, B-2, F-1,F-2, M-1, J-1, J-2, W-1, C-1. If a student identifies one of these Visas, they must be directed to Pierce College’s International Education department.

Quarters typically start in January, April, July and September.

Program Information

Pierce College's highly successful, integrated ESL classes are designed to meet the language needs of our immigrant community. Courses include social studies, language, writing, mathematics, reading, history and science. Classes meet 8-12 hours per week and are available mornings, afternoons or evenings. Classes are offered at sites throughout Pierce County and at the Fort Steilacoom or Puyallup campuses.

Pierce College also offers the I-DEA (Integrated Digital English Acceleration) program. Students use technology in the classroom to learn English as a second language. Students improve their English language, technology and career-readiness skills. The I-DEA program is offered at the Fort Steilacoom and Puyallup campuses.

New students need to attend an orientation and be scheduled for state required evaluation. Students are then enrolled in classes based on their skills assessment results.

ESL classes at Pierce College can lead to obtaining a high school diploma, career training or pursuing a college degree. Learn more about ESL Program Pathways.

Contact Us

For questions, more information, or to start your enrollment process, please contact:

ESL Course Locations

In addition to the Fort Steilacoom and Puyallup campuses, Pierce College ESL classes are offered at the following locations:


Tillicum Youth and Family Center

  • 14511 W Thorne Ln SE, Lakewood
  • Monday and Wednesday at Tillicum Youth and Family Center: 9 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday, online: 9 a.m. - 11 30 a.m.
  • Contact: Debbie Murphy at 253-964-6657 or


LNW at Our Savior Lutheran Church

  • 4519 112th St E, Tacoma
  • Monday and Wednesday, online: 6 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday at Our Savior Lutheran Church: 6 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Contact: Debbie Murphy at 253-964-6657 or


Firgrove Elementary School

  • 13918 Meridian Ave E, Puyallup, WA, 98373
  • Monday and Wednesday at Firgrove Elementary: 6 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday, online: 6 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Contact: Christy Crandall at 253-840-8463 or