Excellence and Accolades

TCC is top of the class.


TCC has received multiple awards for its leadership in making a college education accessible to everyone. We’ve been recognized as:

  • An Achieving the Dream Leader College
    We provide a model for other schools seeking to engage students and boost completion rates.
  • A Second Chance Pell Pilot School
    TCC is one of 67 colleges nationwide selected to participate in this Department of Education program, designed to provide better access to education for incarcerated individuals.
  • A Military Friendly College
    This places us in the top 15 percent of schools who embrace America’s service members, veterans and spouses as students.
  • A leader in Open Educational Resources
    Since 2011, TCC has saved students more than $2,000,000 on textbooks through the development and adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER). Find out more!
  • A leader in Affordable Housing
    Homeless and near-homeless students are at great risk of dropping out. TCC's unique partnership with the Tacoma Housing Authority gives them the support they need to graduate and complete their programs. 

Building Guided Pathways

In 2018, TCC was one of five Washington community and technical colleges to be awarded a College Spark Guided Pathways Grant. The $500,000 grant will support TCC’s efforts to implement the Guided Pathways model. This approach has been proven to simplify choices for community college students, so that student choose their programs early and take the right classes at the right time, improving completion and graduation rates.