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Admissions 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 Admissions 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.

meg woolfMeg Estep Woolf

Assistant Director, Outreach & Recruitment

M.P.A. Public Administration(University of Washington—Seattle);
B.A., Speech Communication & Political Science (University of Washington—Seattle)

Why I work at TCC: Access to education is so important. After working at the UW-Seattle for 12 years, I came to realize that there are many students for whom higher education was not a foregone conclusion. I believe that closing that gap between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ of education is critical to a society that is fair and just. Working in outreach at a 2-year community college such as TCC is allowing me to participate in the important work of ensuring students of all backgrounds have access to the education they deserve, to change their lives as they choose.

One of my favorite things to do: I love ceramics. I love to work with clay and make things—vases, plates, bowls, anything! I love the artistic outlet and that cool, calming feeling of wet clay on hands. I’ve taken ceramics classes at both TCC and UW. The ceramics facilities and professors that TCC has are as superior as a 4-year school! It is just one of the amazing resources for students at TCC.

Tips for prospective students

  • Believe in yourself. Sometimes the first is the hardest step to take, but time will fly if you just get started.
  • Trust the process. Going (back) to school can be intimidating and overwhelming; we promise that will pass!
  • Explore. Give yourself permission to explore different classes to find out what you’re good at.
  • Ask for help. Part of being in college is taking responsibility for your own success. So utilize your professors, advisors, TCC staff and especially your outreach staff—we are here to support you through the process!

Louis Tu ChuTu 'Louis' Chu

Student Outreach Assistant (work study)

Graduated from Mount Tahoma HS in 2013.
Attending TCC since summer 2013, and in the process of getting my Associate in Arts and Sciences. My future plan is to transfer to UW Seattle. 

Why I work at TCC

As a first generation college student, and sometimes having trouble communicating with people because of the language barrier (English is not my first language), I experienced that it was not easy to go to college.

Why do I work at TCC? I want to reach students who have faced similar issues that I have, helping them to find their interests and guiding them through the enrollment process. In addition, working in Outreach allows me to open up to people more and improve my English. 

Favorite things to do: 

I love art in general. Anything related to art is my favorite! I like to draw and express my feelings through drawing. I am also in love with fashion. I want to become a fashion designer.

Tips for prospective students

•     You are not alone! Many students worry about college because they do not know where to get help. As a member of the Outreach team, I and others are more than happy to help you to go through the admission process, as well as explore your path. 

•     Pursue your passion. Do what you love to do. Just be yourself, take classes that interest you.

•     Time management. Knowing how to organize your time is the key to success in many situations especially while you are in college.

Liliana Lopez-SaracozaLiliana Lopez Caracoza

Student Outreach Assistant (work study)

Currently a student at Tacoma Community, obtaining an Associate’s Degree with an emphasis on Communications. Future plan is to transfer to the University of Washington-Seattle for the Journalism program.

Why I work at TCC:  Being a student at TCC has taught me different lessons, and given me new perspectives on my future. TCC is a great place to meet and see people from other backgrounds that may have the same perspective as you. That is my main motive for being part of the awesome team in Outreach: to help students like you and me find our passion, and motive in life. We are here for you, ready to learn together and show you what is possible at TCC.

One of my favorite things to do: I love writing about issues that matter and can give people a new perspective on things—a way of change. One of my other loves is talking to other people (getting out of my comfort zone). And ice cream, too. Movies, and discovering new activities are other things I do with my free time. My dream is to travel the world!

Tips for prospective students:

  • Get organized! Use a calendar and figure out the times you are available for different things that are important to you, such as time for school work, family/friends, and other activities in your life. I have learned the hard way that being organized is one of the key skills needed to be a great college student.
  • Make time for you! Taking a break once in a while is one of the best things that you can do as student. Sometimes with a busy schedule we forget about ourselves, even the simplest things like eating. Eat healthy and take care of yourself—and come back refreshed!
  • Be on time—always! This is one of the things that professors value the most. I am still in the process of learning and practicing time management. Just remember life is like a clock, always ticking away…
  • Bilingual students: embrace your roots, and your language! Help others around you that in turn benefits our community here at TCC.  

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!

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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