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2020-2025 Strategic Plan


Tacoma Community College has served the community since 1965. More than 500,000 students have earned their associate’s degree to transfer to a four-year university or professional-technical certificate to embark on a new career. Others have come to TCC to learn English, get high school and college credentials or start fresh. Many of our students are adult learners, or people who seek a better life and career through a college education. At TCC, our doors are always open and accessible to anyone who wishes to learn.

Much has changed since we opened the first college building in 1965. But our spirit has remained the same. At TCC, we are welcoming, supportive and committed to student success. This spirit is an important piece of us that continues to lead us into the future. 

Our New Strategic Plan

The 2020-2025 Strategic Plan will be TCC’s guide on how we will forge a strong future for our students and community.

A culmination of a year’s journey, students, staff and faculty came together in focus groups, a “Future Summit,” and work sessions to dream up ideas about what TCC can become in the next five years. This was a highly collaborative effort, where people from all disciplines and departments offered their voices, ideas and opinions, through a collective and intentional process.

This strategic plan is meant to have real impact on our college community. We developed the Core Themes, Goals, Objectives and Action Plans to not only drive our new mission and vision, but to improve TCC and position it well for the future. The Student Experience Statement emphasizes TCC’s most important audience: Our students. And our new Values are the heart and soul of what we do.

Our plan is exciting, fresh and new. It will set the agenda for TCC for the next five years as we build upon six decades of excellence of quality higher education.



 As the community’s college, we create meaningful learning, advance equity, and strengthen student and community success.



We are a premier community college where all students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcomed, appreciated, and valued.
We engage students where they are, leading to equitable opportunities for success in learning, life and work.
We foster vibrant, productive partnerships that benefit our students and strengthen our community.





Student Experience Statement

Tacoma Community College aims to provide a quality education exemplified by a transformative student experience. That student experience is characterized by:

  • an academically rigorous and relevant education that fosters a love of learning and personal growth;
  • a sense of belonging created through meaningful relationships with faculty and staff who reflect the diversity of the student body;
  • personalized and accessible support services that meet the individual needs of each student; and
  • clearly defined pathways to completion, transfer, and career placement.

Tacoma Community College faculty, staff, and administration support this experience with:

  • an inclusive and welcoming community dedicated to equitable educational outcomes for all students;
  • a student-ready institution equipped to serve all learners;
  • an ongoing commitment to eliminating barriers to student success; and
  • a culture reflecting compassion, respect, and continuous improvement in service of the local community.

Core Theme 1: Advancing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

We empower students, faculty, and staff through equitable access to opportunities, knowledge, and resources.

Core Theme 2: Cultivating Exceptional Learning

We encourage and challenge students to excel in a supportive teaching and learning environment.

Core Theme 3: Strengthening Community Partnerships 

The College and the community thrive from intentionally sustained community partnerships

Core Theme 4: Enhancing Institutional Vitality

We build toward a sustainable future by anticipating and meeting the needs of our community. 

Our Team

Sopang Men, Professor, Communication and Transitional Studies
Ashley Caughell, Program Specialist, TCC Athletics 
Analea Brauburger, Dean, Organizational Learning and Effectiveness
Tamyra Howser, Executive Director, Marketing + Communications

Coordinator: Kristen Lawson

Leadership Team: Ivan Harrell, Bill Ryberg, Karl Smith, Judy Loveless-Morris, Patty McCray-Roberts, Marissa Schlesinger

Team Leads: Patrick Brown, Lynette Crumity, Jennifer Fountain, Mary Fox, Char Gore, Katie Gulliford, Dolores Haugen, Stephen Johns, Kelli Johnston, Judy Loveless-Morris, Sharon Rivera, Stephen Smith, Christopher Soran, Katrina Taylor, Candice Watkins

Strategic Planning Committee: Iyad Alaqrabawi; Susan Bennet; Julie Benson; Amber Brock; Walter Chien; Sabine Endicott; John Falskow; Steven Fontana; Krista Fox; Ralph Hitz; Dave Howard; Phil Hunter; Victoria Ichungwa; Joanne Iverson; Melanie Johnson; Clay Krauss; Meredith LaFlesh; Denise Levine; Sarah Lewandowski-Noble; Patricia Mede; James Mendoza; Sakura Moses; James Newman; Mary Jane Oberhofer; Carlos Otero; Scott Perkins; Kenneth Pimpleton; Shannon Pressley; Nora Price; Katy Ray; James Reisdorf; Kelley Sadler; Sultana Shabazz; Amunoo Tembo; Stephanie Thompson; Heather Urschel; Kim Ward; Angela Wheeler

CampusWorks, Inc: Liz Murphy and Kevin David