Champions of Sustainability

Champions of Sustainability

We’ve been recognized by McKinstry as a Champion of Sustainability. This award is given to organizations that work towards energy innovation and waste reduction. TCC employs a variety of energy saving techniques. Building 15 has solar panels installed on the roof to provide electricity. The newly opened Harned Center for Health Careers uses 150 underground pipes to provide geothermal heating and cooling to the building. Less exciting, but just as important, are they ways computers are power managed or how the thermostats are set in buildings. We’re committed to a sustainable...
TCC Health Fair

TCC Health Fair

What: Health Fair When: Feb. 17, 10:30am – 12:30pm Where: TCC campus, Bldg. 13, Atrium, Room 120, Room 122 This Health Fair is for the TCC community to increase their health awareness and to motivate people to make positive and healthy behavior changes. At the fair, TCC students, faculty, and staff will be available to discuss health topics ranging from Eating Healthy on a Student Budget to CPR. With over 30 topics covered, there is sure to be something to help make everybody just a little bit healthier. So walk on over to Building 13 and learn something new....
Alumni: Dr. Shawn Nelson Schmitt

Alumni: Dr. Shawn Nelson Schmitt

by Rachel Payne This article first appeared in the TCC Magazine At the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, Dr. Shawn Nelson Schmitt examines patients’ cognitive functions. Some of them have experienced traumatic brain injury (TBI). Others have progressive memory loss caused by diseases like Alzheimer’s. Some have psychiatric symptoms. It’s work he finds fascinating and personally fulfilling. Pathway to a Ph.D. Though academic achievement has always come easily to Dr. Nelson Schmitt, a straightforward path to a scientific career was never assured. He grew up in a single-parent household with limited resources, and English was his second language. His first was American Sign Language (ASL). “My mother was an Alaskan Native who moved to Washington to attend the Washington State School for the Deaf in Vancouver, WA. She was the only Deaf child of twelve siblings.” Dr. Nelson Schmitt came up through Tacoma’s Eastside public schools. “I enrolled in the Running Start program at TCC because I wanted more of an academic challenge. Additionally, I did not fit in well with most of my classmates in high school, so I felt that I would benefit from a different environment. I was particularly drawn to TCC because the student population was so diverse.” In Running Start, Nelson Schmitt found a challenging academic atmosphere – and a mentor who believed he was up to the challenge. “I attribute much of my perseverance to your encouraging words and rigorous academic standards,” he wrote to Running Start Advisor Christy Perotti, who is included in the acknowledgements section of his dissertation. It’s possible for a motivated Running Start student...