The Pierce College Adult Diploma (PCAD) program offers a flexible curriculum based on student credit needs that helps students achieve their goals. Regardless of how long it has been since a student’s education was interrupted, students can get back on track, earn college credit, and obtain a Washington state high school diploma. Classes are available mornings, afternoons or evenings. All classes meet four times per week M-Th.
A high school diploma requires 20 high school credits, including the completion of Pierce College’s required courses of College Success and an ITRANS college transitional class in English, reading or math. Graduates from Pierce College’s high school program will have developed college-ready skills.
This program is for adults who are age 21 or older. However, students who are 19 or 20 years old are welcome to take classes, but the high school credits that are earned will not appear on Pierce’s transcripts until the student turns 21.
Students who are 16-18 years old will need a release from their high school to enroll in the GED program.
New students need to meet with a high school completion adviser to evaluate their transcripts (transcripts can be unofficial to enter the program, however, official high school transcripts must be on file before a high school diploma can be issued). After meeting with the advisor, the student will attend an orientation and be scheduled for the state required CASAS testing. Students are then enrolled in classes based on their skills assessment results.
For questions, more information, or to start your enrollment process, please call:
• Fort Steilacoom (253) 964-6657
• Puyallup (253) 840-8455