Pierce College to Offer Students New Honors Program and National Transfer Network

WASHINGTON, February 14, 2014 – Today, Pierce College signs on as the fifth community college in the U.S. to provide students with a rigorous honors program, and access to a transfer network of leading four-year universities.  American Honors is the first national pathway program of its kind that allows students to begin their bachelor’s degree at a community college and then have access to a national network of both public and private universities across the country.

“We look forward to helping our American Honors students achieve excellence at some of the nation’s top universities,” says Pierce College District Chancellor Michele Johnson. “As the lead college in Western Washington for the American Honors network, we are committed to providing a variety of quality educational opportunities for both our students and other colleges.”

Pierce College, in collaboration with Quad Learning Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based education company, will begin enrolling students in the American Honors program for the Fall 2014 quarter. Students in the program take rigorous coursework to prepare them for junior- and senior- level classes for when they transfer. The dedicated Pierce faculty in conjunction with American Honors instructional designers and honors advisors guide students to success both while earning their associate degrees at Pierce and afterwards at top four-year institutions. The American Honors program will provide high-achieving Pierce students with a pathway to complete their degrees at an affordable cost.

“We are excited that Pierce College will join a class of innovative institutions offering the next American Honors program. The college’s longstanding commitment to its community, including young people, adults, active military student, and veterans echoes our mission to provide high-quality opportunities to an outstanding group of students,” says Randi Cosentino, American Honors Chief Operating Officer.

Today, over 30 public and private four-year universities are part of the American Honors transfer network, including several Washington schools such as the University of Puget Sound, Gonzaga University, and Whitworth University. American Honors program graduates have been accepted to Stanford, Cornell, Georgetown, Vanderbilt, Michigan, USC, Rutgers, Purdue, Reed, and Occidental, and have received significant financial scholarships.

Pierce College joins Community Colleges of Spokane as the first colleges in Washington State to offer the American Honors program.  Students interested in applying are encouraged to visit Apply.AmericanHonors.org and email admissions@americanhonors.org with questions. The selection process is holistic and examines candidates’ leadership abilities, extracurricular activities, academic achievements, standardized test scores, and commitment to the ideals of the program.

With over 18,000 students, Pierce College District has been educating both career-minded and transfer-oriented people since 1967 with accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.   The District has colleges in Puyallup and Lakewood, WA, and extensive military and online programs.



American Honors is an honors program offered through the collaboration of Quad Learning and leading community colleges. It is designed to affordably serve students of high motivation and ability for the first two years of their college education. For more information about the American Honors program, and its community college network, visit http://americanhonors.org.