How Pierce College is Raising the Bar for Student Success

Obtaining a post-secondary education is a big accomplishment, but it can also be a challenging journey for many.  In addition to their academic demands, many students experience unexpected life events that can add a whole new level of difficulty to the process. Many high performing students at local Pierce College have been faced with these unexpected challenges and have been forced to make tough decisions that often directly impact their education. Can you imagine having to make impossible choices like: Rent or tuition? Dinner or daycare? Textbooks or hospital bills?


The Student Success Campaign


As a member of the Pierce College Foundation Board of Directors, I’m involved in an effort to help these students in need called the Pierce College Student Success Campaign. This $3.3 million fundraising campaign focuses solely on ensuring the success of high performing students faced with trying life challenges. Donations to the Student Success Campaign come from a variety of advocates, including alumni, faculty, staff, community members and local grant sources.



The Foundation and Campaign at Work


As an early example of the success of this campaign, I can share a story about a recent nursing school graduate. She was abandoned by her husband in the middle of the academic term, suddenly making her a single mother. Because her classes took place in the evenings, she needed childcare in order to attend. With her change in circumstances, she was unable to afford the necessary childcare.  The Foundation stepped in to pay for her childcare for the rest of the term, allowing her to attend all of her classes and eventually graduate with honors. Because of success stories like this one, which have greatly benefited the lives of its students, Pierce College was recently recognized as one of the top five community colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute.

In addition to its efforts to support the Student Success Campaign, the Pierce College Foundation hosts several different fundraising events throughout the year, including a golf tournament which will be held this year on August 15th, 2019.  Click here for more information and/or to register:  The Foundation also hosts a Distinguished Alumni dinner where supporters and advocates can make donations to support student scholarships and other important student services.



Success Stories


Pierce College focuses on enabling students to achieve their academic goals and broaden their futures, with the hope that they’ll give back to their communities. Pierce College alumni have gone on to contribute to the South Sound community in incredible ways.  One good example is Victoria Woodards, the current Mayor of Tacoma, who is a Pierce College distinguished alum.

More than 60% of the student body at Pierce College is made up of first-generation college students who may have had to beat the odds just to get where they are. This is one of the many reasons the Foundation works so hard to ensure that all students have the tools necessary to succeed.  Many students go on to attend four year colleges in the area, with the majority transferring to UW Tacoma, while others go directly into working in their field of study.

I’m proud to serve on the steering committee for the Student Success Campaign, on the Foundations’ board of directors and on its finance committee. I believe strongly that the success of our community depends on having a motivated, educated workforce, and Pierce College is helping to close the hiring gap for many businesses in our region. It’s really gratifying to serve and support the college and to watch our students go on to become leaders in the South Sound and beyond. 



Please click here for more information about the Pierce College Foundation and the Student Success Campaign:  Feel free to contact me with any questions. Thank you!


Jeff Williams is a top-producing Realtor with Windermere Professional Partners, specializing in residential real estate in Tacoma, Gig Harbor, University Place and Lakewood.
Jeff Williams: (253) 303-1135

Posted on May 24, 2019 at 8:09 am
South Sound Property Group | Posted in Community, Giving Back |

NW Furniture Bank Receives Windermere Donation


Windermere Professional Partners Agents Present $9,000 Check to Northwest Furniture Bank!

northwest furniture bankThis week Windermere Professional Partners agents returned to Northwest Furniture Bank to present them with a check for $9,000. Last time the agents were atNorthwest Furniture Bank they were delivering mattresses, assembling furniture, and painting walls. So what happened?

“Several years ago the WPP Broker Advisory Board (made up of agents elected from WPP offices) took the initiative to select the charitable organization that our company would support on an annual basis,” says Kevin Mullin, Owner and Managing Broker of Windermere Professional Partners. “When we heard Bill Lemke’s story and the reason he and his wife have such a passion for their work, Northwest Furniture Bank was embraced as the chosen charitable organization for WIndermere Professional Partners Realtors.”

NW Furniture Bank works with non profits all over the county to provide new and used furniture to families in need.  Since learning about NWFB, WPP Realtors have held fundraisers, assembled furniture, helped families pick out items for their homes, and loaded furniture into moving trucks to deliver right to people’s homes.

“After a few volunteer days there, we can not say enough about the great things Northwest Furniture Bank does for our community,” says Kevin. “And the fact that we are able to help Bill and his team in those efforts is something all of us at WPP feel good about.”

The check for $9,000 came from The Windermere Foundation. The Windermere Foundation was created in 1989 as a grassroots effort by local Windermere Realtors to serve families in need in Washington State.  Over the past 20+ years the foundation has grown to include every single Windermere office in America.   Over the past 20 years, the foundation has organized donations for more than $21 million dollars to provide shelter, clothing, children’s programs, emergency assistance and other services to those in our communities who need help the most.

Every single home that is sold by a Windermere Realtor includes a donation to the Windermere Foundation, which then goes on to support projects all over the country. 


Posted on March 15, 2013 at 9:18 pm
South Sound Property Group | Posted in Community, Giving Back |