image004Tacoma Community College in Gig Harbor presents Harbor Institute, a program for active, engaged, and non-degree seeking adults who don’t want to stop learning! Harbor Institute is a new lineup of courses designed for the curious, the inquisitive, and the academically inclined – individuals seeking ongoing intellectual challenges! Courses are dynamic and topics are inspired. Instructors are talented, highly qualified experts in their fields of study, motivated to share their knowledge and experiences with people who appreciate and crave further awareness about exciting, interesting, and relevant subjects. Participants will continue to learn in an environment that supports face-to-face interaction with instructors and peers, about diverse topics in humanities, science, technology, social science, and public interest – without tests, term papers, or grades!

The Biology of History: Examining DNA and Ancestry

 Have you ever wondered what your DNA has to tell you about your ancestry? Look at the current science and methodologies being utilized by public and private institutions to determine genetic ancestry, and see how anthropologists, historians, and archeologists view this “evidence.” 4 sessions.


Class #: 5929
Dates: Oct 3 – Oct 24
Week Day(s): TU
Times: 10:00a – 11:30a
Instructor: Lowinger
Location: Gig Harbor Campus
Fee: $59

History of Spying II: Cold War to the Present

 This class picks up the history of spying with the disestablishment of the OSS and formation of the CIA. Spying operations, successes, and failures will be explored as well as the intelligence needs that underlie these operations. Discuss current US intelligence structure and the formation of the Counter Terrorism Center. 5 sessions.


Class #: 5822
Dates: Oct 4 – Nov 1
Week Day(s): W
Times: 10:00a – 11:00a
Instructor: Genet
Location: Gig Harbor Campus
Fee: $59

Vienna Through the Ages

Vienna is much more than strudel, coffeehouses, waltzes, and the Blue Danube.Learn about the fascinating history and prominent characters, including Richard the Lionhearted, Sigmund Freud, Klimt, Lenin, and Mozart’s bizarre burial. 4 sessions.


Class #: 5902
Dates: Oct 5 – Oct 26
Week Day(s): TH
Times: 3:00p – 4:00p
Instructor: Dodd
Location: Gig Harbor Campus
Fee: $59

The Viet Nam War: A Discussion of the PBS Documentary

 Part I of a series of classes that will use the Ken Burns/Lynn Novic documentary (broadcast on PBS) as a foundation to explore the political realities surrounding the war. 4 sessions.


Class #: 5938
Dates: Oct 6 – Oct 27
Week Day(s): F
Times: 10:00a – 12:00p
Instructor: Paganelli
Location: Gig Harbor Campus
Fee: $69

Genealogy I: Basics for Family History

Genealogy I will teach you how and where to begin your family search.


Class #: 5911
Dates: Oct 6 – Oct 27
Week Day(s): F
Times: 10:30a – 12:00p
Instructor: Hisel
Location: Gig Harbor Campus
Fee: $59

Genealogy II: Finding Your Family Story

Delve more deeply in Genealogy II: Finding Your Family Story. You will create a family tree that can be easily shared with others. No class 11/24


Class #: 5912
Dates: Nov 17 – Dec 15
Week Day(s): F
Times: 10:30a – 12:00p
Instructor: Hisel
Location: Gig Harbor Campus
Fee: $59

Genealogy Databases

Learn how to use these sources for finding and compiling family information. 1 session ea.

Using US Census Data 1790-1840

Class #: 5913
Dates: Oct 16
Week Day(s): M
Times: 6:00p – 8:00p
Instructor: Hisel
Location: Gig Harbor Campus
Fee: $24

Using US Census Data 1850 – 1940

Class #: 5914
Dates: Oct 23
Week Day(s): M
Times: 6:00p – 8:00p
Instructor: Hisel
Location: Gig Harbor Campus
Fee: $24

Across Southeast Asia, Western Pacific, and Oceania

new class Look at the natural history, people, explorers of the Pacific, migration and colonization, and political and historical events of this region. 8 sessions. No class 11/8 and 11/24.



Class #: 5818
Dates: Oct 6 – Dec 8
Week Day(s): F
Times: 10:00a – 11:30a
Instructor: Chase
Location: Gig Harbor Campus
Fee: $89

What Makes a Museum

new class This class focuses on the history of museums, from the Cabinets of Curiosities and the transformation of the Louvre, to contemporary museum philosophy and exhibition design. 4 sessions.



Class #: 5915
Dates: Oct 6 – Oct 27
Week Day(s): F
Times: 3:00p – 4:00p
Instructor: Innes
Location: Gig Harbor Campus
Fee: $59

Exploring Ancient Egypt: Pyramids, Tombs, and Pharaohs

new class Examine the major issues and theories of modern Egyptology. Beginning with the earliest inhabitants of the Nile and continuing through the fascinating religious and funerary practices that most people have heard about. 6 sessions.



Class #: 5928
Dates: Oct 9 – Nov 13
Week Day(s): M
Times: 10:00a – 11:30a
Instructor: Lowinger
Location: Gig Harbor Campus
Fee: $69

The Ancient Non-Latins of Italy: Etruscans, Samnites and Greeks

new class Have you ever wanted to know more about the Etruscans or the other non-Latin (Roman) cultures of Italy? This class examines the overlooked history and key contributions of cultures that shaped the region. 6 sessions.



Class #: 5930
Dates: Oct 11 – Nov 15
Week Day(s): W
Times: 10:00a – 11:30a
Instructor: Lowinger
Location: Gig Harbor Campus
Fee: $69

Abraham Lincoln: Up Close and Personal

new class Abraham Lincoln looms largest in our historical landscape. Here you will get a deeper understanding of the man who had a profound impact on issues of his time–and ours. 4 sessions. No class 11/22.



Class #: 5906
Dates: Nov 8 – Dec 6
Week Day(s): W
Times: 2:00p – 3:30p
Instructor: Fowler
Location: Gig Harbor Campus
Fee: $59

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