- Cascade Cafe: Open 12/9-12/11 from 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., open for breakfast 12/12 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
- Bldg. 8 Coffee Cart: Closed until 1/2
- Clover Perk Corner: Open 12/9 - 12/10 from 7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
- Bon Sucre: Open 12/11 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m
- Learning Resource Center: Closing at 6 p.m. 12/11, will reopen Jan. 2 at 7:00 a.m.
- eLearning Center: Open 12/12 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., 12/13 from 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., 12/16 -12/20 from 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., 12/30 -12/31 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- Associated Student Government: Closed 12/23-1/1
- Student Programs/Event Services Office will be open throughout Winter break.
- Assessment Center: Closed 12/13, 12/24 - 12/26 and 1/1
- WorkFirst Office: Open 12/23 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Closed 12/24-12/27, Open 12/30 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Open 12/31 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Closed 1/1
- Veterans Resources Office: Open 12/13 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Closed 12/16, Open 12/17 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Open 12/18 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Open 12/19-12/24 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Closed 12/25, Open 12/26 - 12/31 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 a.m., Closed 1/1, open 1/2 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
The following is a list of CPTC programs and services and their adjusted schedules for Winter Break. If you would like to add to the list, please contact Elizabeth Glavish in the College Relations Department at email@example.com.
Monday, December 9, 2013
A group of CPTC HVAC students recently built a machine capable of cooling a can of soda to a temperature of 40 degrees in 10 minutes. Instructor Joe Lyon gave the assignment to the students involved with the project — Robert Renfro, Jan Carlo Villanueva and Jay Areneain — to challenge them to go above and beyond what was required in the classroom.
“Our group was able to finish our final project for this quarter fairly quickly,” said Renfro. “Rather than have us sit around until the quarter ended, Joe came up with this project. He gave us a problem, then said go find the solution.”
Despite being able to cool things so quickly, the machine costs only around three cents an hour to run. To put that into perspective, the machine could run for 12 hours straight and would cost less than a bag of ice.
While the machine runs smoothly now, building it was not without complications.
“The hardest part was finding all the pieces that we needed to work with,” said Villanueva. “Fitting everything together to suit our needs was like putting together a puzzle.”
Despite initial challenges, the team is proud of what they were able to accomplish in such a short amount of time.
“It is great to be able to successfully complete projects that allow you to adapt all the skills you have learned in the program to solving a real problem,” said Areneain. “It reminds you that all the studying is worth it and at the end of the program you will leave with a solid skill set.”
Friday, December 6, 2013
Every year CPTC’s Foundation hosts the Holiday House Program, an annual volunteer activity that distributes December holiday assistance to eligible CPTC students in the form of food, gift cards and holiday gifts.
Holiday House started more than 25 years ago with the goal of easing the strain of the holidays for CPTC students by providing gifts and food to those with financial need.
This year Holiday House Program was able support 72 families, helping 125 children have a fantastic holiday season.
“Anytime you help someone in need, it is a success,” said Instructional Program Assistant Debbie Gurner, member of the Holiday House Committee. “I was a recipient of the Holiday House Program when I was a student at CPTC, and it feels amazing to be able to give back to the program and help current students.”
|Holiday House gifts help make the season bright for CPTC students|
Holiday House is able to continue to bring holiday cheer to students and their families largely thanks to contributions from staff, CPTC programs and community members. For example, every year, the Lakewood Partners in Business holds a Chocolate Auction to raise funds to support Holiday House. Typically they raise about $5,000. These funds come to the CPTC Foundation and 100% go to help fund Holiday House.
People in the CPTC community adopted 37 of the families, who and are now able to enjoy the holidays without worrying about whether they can afford gifts or food.
|Students from the Health Unit Coordinator Program drop gifts off for their adopted family|
“This cherished activity eases one financial stress to help our students to stay in school” said Debbie Ranniger, Vice President of Institutional Advancement.
So we here at CPTC would like to extend our gratitude to everyone who helped make this holiday season a truly joyous one for our students. You all rock!
If you are interested in helping out with next year’s Holiday House, please call the hotline at 253-589-5745.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
It's that time of year again. Snow and ice can be seen on Western Washington roads. Here are some helpful tools to help you prepare for the winter weather.
CPTC School Closure Alerts
- Sign up for our emergency alert system at www.cptc.edu/prepare and receive text message alerts if CPTC is closed or has a late start.
- Call 253-589-5707 to get an update of CPTC's inclement weather message, including school closures or late starts.
- Visit CPTC's homepage at www.cptc.edu and look for a school closure report in our banner located at the top of the page.
- Check Facebook and Twitter regularly for school closure updates.
- Check flashalert.net for updates on CPTC school closures. You can also subscribe to receive email alerts regrading future CPTC closures.
Pierce County Snow Routes
- If you take public transit to school, make sure you visit www.piercetransit.org to check if your bus is running its normal route, or if it is forced to use an alternate snow route.
WSDOT Winter Driving Alerts
- For winter driving tips, weather alerts and traffic advisory visit WSDOT's website at www.wa.gov or tune into your local highway advisory radio station.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
CPTC Communications Studies instructor Dr. Phil Venditti recently traveled to South Korea as a guest of the South Korean government. He and other Peace Corp volunteers were invited back to the country as a way to thank them for helping rebuild the country and to showcase how far South Korea has come since then.
From 1966 to 1981 South Korea had more than 2,000 volunteers serving in their country, and is to date the only country to have hosted this type of revisit. Over the past five years South Korea has held eight re-visits, and Dr. Venditti was able to attend the last trip.
|Zenith Towers in the South Korean city of Busan|
Dr. Venditti spent a week in Korea, where he and other volunteers were able to go back to the sites where they once worked to see the progress of the nation they helped build. Since this was the last trip sponsored by the government, volunteers had the honor of meeting the Speaker of the South Korean National Assembly, Kang Chang-hee.
Dr. Venditti also attended a dialogue with 12 former Korean ambassadors to the U.S. and U.S. ambassadors to Korea, who reflected on their experiences and discussed how the diplomatic relationship between the United States and Korea has evolved over time.
“The whole experience was very rewarding,” said Dr. Venditti. “It was fascinating to see the changes that have occurred in Korea and humbling to know that as a member of the Peace Corps I had a hand in effecting some of that change.”
Dr. Venditti will be giving a presentation on his time spent in Asia, including his trip to Korea, and will discuss the differences in East Asian cultures and how they compare to Western society. Dr. Venditti’s presentation will take place on Dec. 11 at noon in the McGavick Conference Center.
|Dr. Lonnie L. Howard talks with visitors during the Clover Park Technical College Open House on Dec. 3 at the Lakewood Campus.|
|Janet Holm (L), outreach coordinator for Clover Park Technical College, greets Coy Anglin as he arrives at CPTC's Open House event on Dec. 3. The event welcomed Dr. Lonnie L. Howard to the CPTC community.|
On Dec. 3, 2013 the Clover Park Technical College Board of Trustees hosted an open house at the Lakewood campus to welcome Dr. Lonnie L. Howard, CPTC’s new president.
More than 100 people attended the open house, including staff, students and members of the community. Dr. Howard was able to share his goals for the college and gather feedback from individuals that in the coming months will help shape his overall strategic plan for the college.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
CPTC was recently featured in an article by Tacoma News Tribune columnist Dorothy Wilhelm. Dorothy is substituting in instructor Phil Venditti’s public speaking classes, something she never dreamed she would have the opportunity to do. Dorothy mentions how her students have inspired her and how at 80 years old you can still learn a thing or two.
“If you become a teacher, by your students you’ll be taught,” said Wilhelm. “In these times when we’re constantly connected by technology, I’ve been honored to be touched by these amazing people.”
Check out Dorothy’s article on the Tribune’s website!