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Outreach Team

Reaching Out to Help You Move UP!

Top Tips for New & Prospective Students

  1. Be tenacious in asking questions
  2. Fill out forms completely and early
  3. Be open minded
  4. Read each class syllabus
  5. Trust the educational process
  6. Make an effective time-management plan
  7. Use your support network... we're behind you 100%!

If you're a new or prospective student at TCC, you probably have a lot of questions. The TCC Outreach & Recruitment team is here for YOU! Tell us about your educational and professional goals and where you want to go ... we'll help you figure out the best way to get there.

How can we help you?

  • Guide you through the application and enrollment process
  • Answer your questions about programs offered at TCC
  • Represent and assist you at campus events and activities

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Contact an Outreach representative today, and start planning the steps to your future! Email or call 253.566.6042.

Keep reading for more tips from each of our team members!

Meet the Team!

Outreach & Recruitment SpecShirley Siloi

Outreach & Recruitment Specialist

A.A.S. (Tacoma Community College);
B.A. (University of Washington-Tacoma)

Why I work at TCC:

I work at TCC because I enjoy speaking with students about college options, programs, financial aid, and everything in between. Let’s have a conversation about what you want to do, and how we can get you there. I was a first-generation and low-income college graduate myself, so I know of the barriers that can prevent students from pursuing higher education. I want to remove as many barriers as I possibly can. Also, as a TCC alumna, I greatly appreciate all of the resources that TCC offers our students and our community as a whole. We are mindful that student success includes everything from their mental well-being to obtaining quality childcare.

One of my favorite things to do: 

I love exploring new places and meeting new people. Growing up as a military brat, I grew accustomed to living in a new place every couple of years. This constant change of environment taught me to be self-reliant in school (ALWAYS being the “new kid” wasn’t very fun, but I adapted), fostered my natural curiosity for things and allowed me to expand my thinking. I developed an appreciation for diversity at a very young age, and have grown to share that appreciation with others.

Tips for Prospective Students:

  • Be proactive and engaged in your education. College is all about learning more about yourself and gaining the skills and knowledge you need to be successful.
  • Deadlines! Deadlines! Deadlines! It is very important to be aware of the different deadlines on campus. Be sure to get an academic calendar for the year. You can find it in a couple of places: your student portal, the TCC website, Enrollment Services or Counseling and Advising.
  • Build relationships on campus. Try to have at least one friend in each of your classes. You will be a great resource for each other. Also, utilize your instructors’ office hours. They have them for a reason!
  • Get involved. Expanding your horizons outside of the classroom creates an enriching college experience.

image of VhondaVhonda McElroy

Program Assistant


B.A. (Washington State University)

Why I work at TCC: I work at TCC because I want to give back to my hometown! I was born and raised in Tacoma and this community shaped me into who I am. I love Tacoma and I believe that the people of Tacoma should be afforded an education that will guarantee their success. TCC offers a multitude of resources, programs and tools to become a successful student. The first step is to try!

One of my favorite things to do: I love to read. I could read books all day long if I could figure out compensation. Other than my active zest for literature, I love taking long walks on Owens beach, staring at the beautiful tip of Mountain Rainer or exploring the castle with my son at Fort Steilacoom Park.

Tips for Prospective Students:

  • Schedule your life! Its easy to get wrapped up in the hoopla of student activities, your job, family and friends but in order to achieve your goals, scheduling is key!
  • With that said, PRIORITIZE your goals. Literally, sit down, and write a list of all of your desires, then put them in order. Remind yourself of what you want to motivate you to push forward when times are rough
  • Treat Yourself! Why wallow in misery when you can soar?! Look into scholarships, tutors, and resources to attain your education?
  • Talk to an Advisor! Sometimes using a helping hand to navigate your journey makes the road a little less rocky. Drop in or call in advance, here at TCC we can help!

image of CoriCori Deverse

Outreach Assistant


B.F.A. (Pacific Lutheran University)

Why I work at TCC: I work here because TCC values every student, no matter their background, age, etc… I strive to be a part of communities that are open-minded (with a focus on learning and understanding) and that help people achieve their goals, whatever those may be. I want to help you find and use all of the resources that you can here at TCC so that you can succeed in school and in life.  

One of my favorite things to do: I graduated Pacific Lutheran University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre (Acting/Directing). Theatre is my other passion. Through theatre I learned that everyone has a story and everyone’s story is worth telling. I enjoy teaching children and adults how useful theatre can be to start conversations, as well as develop skills, such as empathy. I also really enjoy cats.

Tips for Prospective Students:

  • Read Everything! I can’t stress how important it is to read everything you’re given, especially in terms of Enrollment and Financial Aid. The only way to be positive you didn’t miss anything is to read and re-read.
  • Ask Questions! If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please don’t hesitate to ask. Honestly, it’s what we’re here for, and I promise no one will ever get mad at you for not knowing everything!
  • Explore! Whether you know what your passions are, or you are still looking for them you can always learn more by trying new things. Exploring can include classes, clubs, and people. You never know where and with who could find a connection.
  • Enjoy it! As a recent graduate, I can’t say enough how much I miss school. I miss the open environment, the learning, and of course the people. This is probably your only time here at TCC so make it count!

Jordyn VegaJordyn Vega

Why you chose to attend TCC: Being from Hawai'i, I wanted to stay close to home and I knew that I wanted to stay in the West Coast. The biggest reason why I chose TCC was because of an athletic scholarship for the Women's Basketball Team. I never really saw myself playing basketball at a community college, but academically it made sense because I had no clue what I wanted to study anyways. The more I looked into TCC, the more I got interested in it and thought it would be a great experience. Finally, once I got to Washington and went on a campus tour, everything just felt right and I knew this was meant for me.

What you are studying and your plans after TCC: As of right now, I am taking classes that are building me up to receive my degree in Communications. After TCC, I plan on continuing my education onto a four year, but not exactly sure where yet. I eventually want to settle down back home in Hawai'i, where I would launch my career of becoming a wedding planner and creating my own business. 

One of my favorite things to do on campus:My favorite thing to do on campus is drinking coffee and watching netflix in between my classes or on my down time in school. I love that there are so many different places to go and have a quiet area for yourself on campus. But I find myself mostly at the physical education building that has the basketball gym and fitness center because of basketball or at the bookstore because there's food. 

My tips for prospective students are: 

- Start Early! It's never too early to start getting ready. Apply, Complete Financial Aid, Apply for scholarships,everything you need for college, do it EARLY! 

- Learn how to manage your time and priorities. Classes will be hard, but not as hard once you schedule your time wisely.

- Be involved! Try to participate in as many clubs or functions as you possibly can. It makes college so much fun, trust me. I wasn't the most spirited or social person in high school, but if you get involved you'll meet so many new people and create so many memories. Make every moment count!

Thinh BuiThinh Bui

Why you chose to attend TCC: I choose to attend in TCC because this school has a great atmosphere for me to work and study. As a second language student, I know that I need to put more effort in studying than many other students in this school, and TCC gives me an opportunity to obtain all the knowledge and experience. In addition, all the people in TCC are so nice and friendly, they make me feel so comfortable and joyful. I always feel like TCC is my second home.

What you are studying and your plans after TCC:The biggest dream in my life is become a mechanical engineer, and I would like to work at Boeing’s field in the future. The path that lead me to success is studying more and more. I know that my life in the short-term future will be stressful and challenging because I need to take a lot of science and math classes, but I’ll try to work hard in my career.

Tips for Prospective Students:

Read your books! I would recommend everyone to read thier assigned books. It brings a lot of useful knowledge and information.

Get help from tutors: The multiple tutoring centers are especially helpful to all TCC students. They help with English, Math, transfering options, and also host helpful workshops throughout the year.

Be Curious: try to ask others as many question as you can, because they will help you figure out the answer. Plus this action stimulates your brain and propels your thoughts further.

Learn to listen: Sometimes, you will need to put yourself in other’s situations to get the experience and knowledge. Listening to others is also a good strategy for you to study, you will get a lot of information from the people that you listen to.

Have questions?

Contact us: Outreach & Recruitment, 253.566.6042 or We'll walk you through the process of becoming a student at TCC!

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