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In the Spotlight

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

We've Moved!

We're pleased to announce that we've launched a new version of In the Spotlight at http://www.blog.cptc.edu/. All the great stories from Clover Park Technical College will now appear over there. Update your bookmarks!

Monday, January 27, 2014

In the Spotlight - Hayes Child Development Center

Clover Park Technical College is invested in the success of our students, both in the classroom and at home. Many students find it difficult to raise a family and attend school at the same time. The Hayes Child Development Center (Bldg. 20) on CPTC’s Lakewood campus exists to help out with that dilemma.

The Hayes Child Development Center provides child care services for children ages four weeks to 12 years old and can enroll up to 107 children. It’s one of seven Pierce County sites accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

There is no crying over spilled milk as kids learn to be responsible eaters.
Along with that, the Hayes Child Development Center acts as a lab site for CPTC programs like Early Care & Education and Nursing, providing students with invaluable real-world experience. It also employs work-study students from all over campus.

The center is participating in Early Achievers, a voluntary quality rating and improvement system for child care centers in Washington. Centers are rated on a scale of one to five based on the quality of their care. CPTC is proud to announce that the Hayes Child Development Center is rated a four out of five.


The Hayes Child Development Center reserves 16 spots for Early Head Start children and 27 spots for Head Start children. The Early Head Start-Head Start Center-Based Child Care Program is a comprehensive infant, toddler, preschooler and family development program that provides many free services to eligible children and their families, including:
  • quality child care;
  • infant, toddler and preschooler development;
    Children learn the value of properly expressing emotions at circle time.
  • family support and health services;
  • education, employment support and job skills training opportunities;
  • enhanced bonding and attachment through continuity of care and parent support;
  • family preparation for kindergarten transitions;
  • nutritious meals and snacks; and
  • networking and partnering with community agencies to meet the ongoing needs of children and their families.
The focus of CPTC’s Head Start program and of the Hayes Child Development Center as a whole is to support all parents and children at the center and help them become lifelong learners.

For more information on how to enroll in the Head Start Program, please contact Judy Harper at judy.harper@cptc.edu or call 253-589-6038. For information on how to become involved with the Hayes Child Development Center please visit their website at www.cptc.edu/childcare.

CPTC Unsung Hero Featured in the Tacoma News Tribune

Clover Park Technical College's January 2014 Unsung Hero, Elnora Medley, was recently featured in an article in the Tacoma News Tribune.
Dr. Howard presents the Jan. 2014 Unsung Hero award to Ms. Medley.
The article profiles Ms. Medley, who was honored as one of CPTC's Unsung Heroes, and focuses on her unwavering dedication to the Cosmetology program and its students. Ms. Medley has been coming to CPTC to get her hair done for 50 years and has sat as a model for 31 students while they took their state board tests.

Check out Ms. Medley's full story in today's edition of the Tacoma News Tribune, or check it out online on the paper's website.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

CPTC Students Can Save Money in 2014 by Signing Up for SALT

Balancing your budget can be hard, especially when you’re paying college tuition or student loans. That is why CPTC has partnered with American Student Association to provide CPTC students with access to SALT.

SALT is a free online program that empowers college students and alumni to confidently approach, manage and pay back their student loans while gaining financial skills for life. 

SALT can provide you with advice and guidance on:
  • locating your student loan information;
  • understanding your loan payment options;
  • what to do if you are struggling to make payments;
  • using deferment of forbearance to postpone repayment;
  • whether loan consolidation is right for your situation.
SALT also offers loan counselors who are ready to answer your financial questions. You can call them at 888-493-5563 or email loanhelp@saltmoney.org. Visit SALT’s website and sign up today!

You can also always call CPTC’s Financial Aid department for help answering financial aid related questions at 253-589-5660, or visit their webpage at www.cptc.edu/financial-aid.

For a taste of the types of resources you have access to through SALT, check out this video on how to repay federal student loans.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Congratulations to CPTC’s Newly Tenured Faculty

CPTC is proud to announce that it awarded tenure to five faculty members over winter break:
  • Barbara Frink, Cosmetology instructor;
  • Bekki Haggerty, Medical Histology instructor;
  • Brenda Lazarus , Nursing instructor;
  • Wendy Noffke, Science instructor;
  • Darryl Owens, Graphic Technologies instructor; and
  • Dan Smith, Sustainable Building Sciences instructor.

Each faculty member had to go through a demanding review process to be awarded tenure. They were required to set up a personal professional development plan with a step-by-step process on how to achieve their goals. Along the way, a tenure committee evaluated their performance and provided guidance and feedback on their progress.

Dr. Lonnie L. Howard congratulates the recently tenured faculty.
 “My tenure committee was both rigorous and insightful,” said Sustainable Building Sciences instructor Dan Smith. “It was a great help to have my fellow colleagues help guide me through the process.”

The tenure process provides instructors with a stable working environment and ensures that our students have access to the highest quality educators. The instructors awarded tenure report that the experience helped hone their teaching abilities and opened them up to new techniques.

Nursing instructor Brenda Lazarus helped sum up the overall feeling of the group:

“I have become more sure of myself over the years as my own education has continued. I truly love teaching and will continue to improve every quarter in order to teach a better class.” 

Friday, January 17, 2014

Cosmetology Staff Named CPTC Unsung Heroes


CPTC's Cosmetology faculty and their students provided 175 free haircuts in August at three "Ready to Learn" events, which help kids in need prepare for the school year. CPTC faculty have participated in the annual event for more than four years.

Ready to Learn, sponsored by Caring for Kids, also provides kids with school supplies, hygiene products, immunizations, sports physicals, bike helmets, free lunch, backpacks and clothing. In 2013 the events helped 3,626 kids in need.

The organizers, in a letter to our faculty, recognized that "haircuts are the best part of the fair, and it makes so many kids happy."

For their responsiveness to the local community and business & industry, the Cosmetology faculty at CPTC are January's Unsung Heroes!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

CPTC Joins Community and Technical Colleges to Form Alliance for Composites Industry

Clover Park Technical College is proud to announce our involvement in "Composites Washington," an alliance of community and technical colleges led by Everett Community College and Skagit Valley College designed to strengthen workforce skills throughout the industry. 
CPTC's Aerospace Composite Program is held at the South Hill Campus

For more information about CPTC's Aerospace Composite Program, visit www.cptc.edu/programs/aerospace. To learn about the new "Composites Washington" alliance, see the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges press release below.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Community and technical colleges form alliance for composites industry 

OLYMPIA, Wash. – From aircraft to boats and wind turbines to sporting goods, Washington’s rapidly growing composites industry is creating new jobs that require skilled technicians. Now an alliance of community and technical colleges called “Composites Washington” has formed to strengthen workforce skills throughout the industry.

The group is made up of community and technical colleges that offer composites training and is led by two Washington State Centers of Excellence: Aerospace and Advanced Materials Manufacturing at Everett Community College, and Marine Manufacturing and Technology at Skagit Valley College. The centers work with community and technical colleges across the state to share curriculum, align education with industry training needs and develop partnerships to support jobs and economic growth.

Participating colleges include Clover Park Technical College, Edmonds Community College, Everett Community College, Olympic College, Peninsula College, Skagit Valley College, Spokane Community College, and South Seattle Community College.

Mary Kaye Bredeson, executive director of the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing, said the alliance was formed to fill an urgent need for qualified composite material technicians in an ever-growing number of industries.

“We knew the timing was perfect to establish this group,” she said. “More than 100 Washington companies are already engaged in composites manufacturing, fabrication, repair and advanced materials research and development. We’re working to keep them strong and competitive and attract new industries to our state.”

While composites have long been tied to the marine and aerospace industries, the evolution of composite technology is also creating opportunities for companies that build other products or supply the tools and materials needed to make them. One of those firms is Janicki Industries in Sedro-Woolley, which designs and builds high-precision tooling for aerospace, marine, wind energy and transportation customers.

“We appreciate the efforts of groups like Composites Washington. A better trained workforce benefits all of us and helps us maintain our competitive advantage here in Washington,” said Tom Doughty, company vice president of administration.

His views were shared by Wes Fridell, human resources and safety manager for New World Yacht Builders, an Anacortes-based company that makes custom high-end composite yachts and commercial vessels.

“The need for the alliance is great. We have benefitted – and will continue to benefit into the future – from a trained composites workforce,” he said. “Having the resources locally to train work-ready employees strengthens not only our company but the marine industry and local economy as well.”

Colleges already teamed up earlier this year to train and certify instructors to teach the latest composites technology. Training was provided by Abaris, the company that trains FAA safety inspectors in advanced composite maintenance and repair.

“The strength of the alliance is the diversity of industry focus and the commitment to standards-based training embraced by each college, and the professional development opportunities we are bringing in for faculty, students and industry partners,” said Ann Avary, director of the Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing and Technology.

Composites Washington plans to host a professional development workshop for faculty this winter and a faculty-industry workshop in the spring with the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA), one of the largest industry trade groups in the world.

Composites Washington has showcased Washington at global trade shows in Paris and Boston organized by the JEC Group, one of the largest organizations exclusively dedicated to the composites industry, and will attend two other international trade shows: SAMPE Tech June 3-4 in Seattle and the Composites and Advanced Materials Expo Oct. 13-16 in Orlando.

Composites Washington is launching a website that will feature education and training opportunities along with industry trends and data.

Composites are used in a myriad of industries, including aerospace, marine, automotive, medical devices, energy, construction, sporting equipment and consumer goods. Boeing 777X wings will be made of carbon fiber composite material.


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