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Distinguished Alumni

Each year the Tacoma Community College Foundation celebrates the accomplishments of Alumni who have demonstrated the highest level of professional achievement and service to the community.  

If you would like to nominate someone for the Distinguished Alumni award, fill out the nomination form. You may also submit any additional materials such as a resume, news articles, brief letters of support from a nominee’s colleagues, and other materials.

photo of connie ladenburg2013 Distinguished Alumnus

Connie Ladenburg

Connie Ladenburg has always followed her passion. As a TCC student in 1968-1969 she knew she wanted to get into social work. After marrying her high school sweetheart John Ladenburg in 1969 and raising five children, she knew she was ready to finish what she started.

In her mid-forties Connie went back to school and received her Master of Social Work, then began a very long list of accomplishments in public service. "I am a macro-thinker," said Ladenburg in a recent interview. "I was interested in prevention, in early intervention work - trying to help kids so they don't become involved in criminal activity and at-risk behavior."

Connie Ladenburg has a long history of serving her family and her community, taking on a number of PTA roles. She co-founded Southend Neighbors for Family Safety; co-founded Community in Schools of Tacoma and currently sits on its Board; co-founded the Alliance for Youth of Pierce County; co-founded Tacoma 360 and currently sits on its Steering Committee; founded the Youth Leading Change program at Safe Streets Campaign and coordinated a substance abuse prevention program.

Highlights of her career include her current service on the Pierce County Council representing District 4. Connie served two terms on the Tacoma City Council, providing leadership to the Council in multiple areas. She also held the position of Deputy Mayor in 2005. Connie is a former member of the House of Representatives representing the 29th Legislative District.

Her nomination states, "Connie's dedication to the community is unsurpassed. Her long-time dedication to the people of Pierce County has made great impacts in so many areas and in so many positive ways, including education, neighborhood safety, and her commitment to justice. And she made all these contributions while raising five children. TCC is fortunate to call Connie Ladenburg our Distinguished Alumnus for 2013."

When asked about advice for getting involved in our community she said, "Follow your passion in your involvement."

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