South Puget Sound Community College ranks second out of 44 participating adult education programs in Washington state, according to a 2016-2017 Basic Education for Adults (BEdA) annual performance report. The ranking is based on measurements that include attendance, pass rates, and skill gain.

Last December, SPSCC opened its Center for Transition Studies, which serves Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language students. The center houses four classrooms, two computer labs, conference rooms, and faculty offices on its Olympia campus.

Since 2014, the college’s Transition Studies program has helped nearly 750 adults earn their high school diplomas and make progress toward career and college goals.

Dawn Murphy, associate dean of Transition Studies at SPSCC, attributes much of the school’s successes in adult education to its faculty.

Staff members including Heather Williams, Julie Williamson, Annamary Fitzgerald, Shanon Millman, Stephen Sadlier, and Joan Lasseter have all either presented or are scheduled to present their work at nationally renowned conferences throughout the country.

“This level of involvement and presentation at national conferences is exceptional.  This means that our entire team of full-time tenured faculty—and some of our adjuncts—are leaders nationally,” Murphy said.

Seattle Vocational Institute ranked No. 1 in the BEdA report. Bates Technical College ranked just behind SPSCC, at No. 3. For more information, visit