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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Spring Quarter Scholarships - ACT NOW!

Due by 1/28 @4:00 p.m. Building 19, Room 101. Questions? Call Heather at 253-589-5732. Download the application by clicking on the link below, then go to "scholarships and awards."

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Annual Chili Cook-Off

It’s time again for the Lakewood Chamber’s
Annual Chili Cook-Off

Thursday,February 4, 2010
11:30 am – 1:30pm
Great American Casino

Here is a great chance to show support for our CPTC culinary team and warm up with some great tasting chili! The cost is $20.00. Part of the proceeds from this event go to a scholarship for our students. Note – this year the event is at the Great American Casino.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Beauty IS Skin Deep in Esthetics Program

I am not the type of person who gets pedicures and facials. In fact, I’ve had a pedicure exactly once, at the urging of my adult daughters as a mother-daughter bonding experience. Facials, nada, zip, never. So imagine how pleasant it was when I had my first facial as the experiential part of this blog piece featuring the Esthetics Program. And imagine, if you will, my surprise to find out how deep the knowledge is that goes into seeing to our skin-deep beauty – and derma health.

My time at the fingertips of Maureen Shields, Esthetics instructor, with students looking on, was delightfully fluid. Wearing my fetching pink smock, my bangs held off my face by an equally fetching thick elastic band, I was transported to the Elysian Fields of skin pampering, where all tension is banished and where the skin goes on a tropical vacation of warm towels, lotions, and potions. And while my mask was setting up, even my feet visited paradise with a skin-replenishing massage. Si-i-i-i-i-igh.

Afterward, student Angela Mendoza shared with me a bit about her experience in the program. Students may not be aware when they enroll that what they will learn is much deeper than whether a client has large or small pores. In fact, they will learn about: temporary and permanent hair removal, giving facials and massages, skin analysis, histology of the skin (the microscopic structure of tissue), chemistry, and chemistry of products, makeup, diseases and disorders, safety and sanitation, and anatomy and physiology.

Angela’s favorites were anatomy and physiology and histology of the skin, because of how remarkable it is that all the structures, no matter how small, work together. She also relayed her experiences in class with Maureen Shields at the helm. “Maureen knows her stuff and breaks it down so well,” Angela said. “I can’t tell you how many times I caught myself thinking, ‘Wow, now it all makes sense.’ It’s an incredible feeling to have all the pieces come together, and Maureen did that for me. I feel like I came out prepared for industry.”

And then there’s the real-world application of what these students learn. Angela was able to help her nephew, who suffered from rosacea, by telling his mother what to avoid that contributes to the inflammation that is the hallmark of this chronic skin condition (heat exacerbates rosacea, as do alcohol, spicy food, and exposure to sun).

If you are in the market for a pleasant time of total indulgence and a stimulating education about skincare, visit Building 8, where the Personal Care Services Program, of which Esthetics is a component, is housed. I can assure you that, like me, you’ll be walking around on happy feet all day – and my face has never felt so smooth!

Dianne Bunnell
Clover Park Technical College

Friday, January 8, 2010

The Face of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Student Activities Board


ANTONIO EDWARDS, one of Tacoma’s most sought after poets.
Edwards was named the 2009 Urban Grace Soul of the City Tacoma Poet Laureate. Edwards will deliver a multimedia presentation that artistically focuses on raising the awareness of Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream of equality and civil rights for all people.

January 15th 2010 @ 11:30 am –1:00pm
Student Center, Building 23

Contact info: Sheldon Whiteman
Student Activities Board
Diversity & Social Issues Coordinator

Monday, January 4, 2010

Prepared for Anything at Clover Park

At the November 17 All Staff meeting, Vice President Amy Goings shared information about the CPTC Alert System. This is the campus-wide communication method for alerting us about volcano eruption, fire on campus, or other emergency situations. The emergency preparedness team is working hard to protect us by having a plan in place to quickly assess, get the word out to all of us in a timely manner, and act.

As Amy reminded us, communication is key to handling a crisis in a way that keeps us all safe. And to that end, “go kits” have been developed for Cabinet members to get us through the first minutes of an emergency situation. And thanks to our tech team, a CPTC Alert can be fired off to all of us from any computer and/or blackberry.

If you haven’t already signed up, you can do so by visiting www.cptc.edu/prepare and enter your "outside contact information." You may want to make it your New Year’s resolution. This simple step will allow the college to contact you via email, voicemail, and/or text. Think of it as insurance against coming into work/school when, for example, everyone else has gotten the message to stay home because the sky is falling.

Is there anyone who doesn’t recall the drills we all went through in school from kindergarten on up? It’s amazing how smoothly, almost choreographed, we were when there was an earthquake or fire or even a dangerous person on campus, and all because rehearsing helped us respond confidently rather than in panic. We, and our teachers, knew the drill. Well, heads up. An emergency drill is in the works, and according to Mike Anderson, CPTC will be practicing our response soon.

On another front, we can do our part, too. Use the hand sanitizers and Lysol wipes available in nearly all buildings. Call 589-5529 if you know of any confirmed H1N1 cases, so that the custodial team, which is prepared for a rapid response in such circumstances, can do what they do best to contain the situation.

And last, but not least, the College website is the clearing house for all emergency and hazardous situations: http://www.cptc.edu/prepare

In an unpredictable world, it’s comforting to know others are doing their best to keep us all safe.

Dianne Bunnell
Clover Park Technical College

Steve Spangler, Military Liaison

Steve Spangler talks to everyone from the top brass to the youngest private or airman at nearby Ft. Lewis and McChord AFB. Between the two bases, there are around 40,000 active duty military in the area (as much as a little city) and lots of retirees. His job here at CPTC? Military Liaison, a position which is evolving since he took on the role on October 6, 2009.

Before coming to the Lakewood campus, Steve was Deputy Commander of a Ft. Lewis brigade, having retired earlier this year. He occupies a renewed position at the College, and his duties include providing service to members of the military, answering inquiries, and directing potential students to our campus as they transition from military to civilian life. And it helps that he speaks the same language.

Recently, at a McChord transition center, he gave a talk to airmen who were separating about the offerings at Clover Park Technical College. Whether an active duty soldier is asking about CPTC's Automotive Restoration Program or Architectural Engineering, Steve goes to work for them, putting them in touch with the instructor, explaining the differences between a military timeframe and a civilian one, when dealing with such matters, saving these soldiers needless stress.

Steve also talks with spouses of local members of the military, who have issues of their own. For example, there is a program called My CAA (Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts). This program offers up to $6,000 of financial assistance for military spouses who pursue degrees, licenses, certificates, or credentials leading to employment in "portable career fields" (those areas that can be moved from one post to the next). Clover Park Technical College has programs short enough to allow the spouse to obtain a certificate before the husband/wife is transferred to another base. Steve notes that being involved in such a program helps take the edge off for a spouse whose member of the military is gone for long periods of time.
(For more info www.militaryonesource.com.)

For those with GI bill questions - he has a stack of Glenda Epps' cards in his office. Glenda is the VA Registration Clerk who helps veterans navigate their way from military status to becoming a student at CPTC.

Out of the 40,000 local military, there are always those who will soon be retiring. Steve knows the value of such a pool of talented retiring military who are specialized in areas CPTC may have a future need to recruit instructors for our programs.

If you see Steve crossing campus or in the mailroom, give him a warm CPTC welcome.

Dianne Bunnell
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