‘Discover Pierce’ an engaging student experience

Pierce’s motto ‘Soak It All In’ comes to life at Discover Pierce, giving students a glimpse of what it’s like to be a Pierce College student.  

The college administration is hosting Discover Pierce, an interactive and immersive experience where students learn about the college and what there is to offer, on April 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The outdoor event includes tours for groups of students, allowing hands-on experience in different programs like equine studies, counseling, veterinary technology and horticulture.

Dean of Academic Affairs Donna-Mae Villanueva said that Discover Pierce is about interaction and information.

“We got all the academic departments participating, and we’re going to have tours throughout the entire day. One tour, for example, will have students going through the science building,” Villanueva said.

This event’s walking tours will have tornado simulations conducted by the Geography and Meteorology Program, and social experiment activities conducted by the History, Philosophy and Sociology Department.

Discover Pierce is for high school students in the surrounding communities and is also open to the general public.

Villanueva said the concept of the hands-on demonstration tour is “to get the students to see if Pierce is a choice for you—discover the programs that Pierce has.”

Public Relations Manager Doreen Clay said Discover Pierce is also an opportunity for students to engage and get detailed information about the campus.

“In our Great Hall, we’ll have an open Student Services fair where students can meet with administrators, counselors, and faculty to learn more about financial aid, transfer information and picking a major,” Clay said.

Discover Pierce aims to help future Pierce College students make a smooth transition from high school.

Clay said students will learn about “The Promise” to give recently graduated, full-time high school students one full year of free enrollment.

Clay said there will be fun activities at the event, exclusively for students attending. She said there will be a photo booth, carnival games, and the radio station 102.7 KIIS FM will be playing music throughout the day.

Clay said that funding for Discover Pierce was provided by the college’s Budget Committee, who is also providing the 600 students in attendance bus transportation from surrounding high schools.