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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Cookie Contest 2010


Week 2 of the Clover Park Technical College Foundation's Internal Giving Campaign had all the ingredients for a sweet success with the kickoff of our inaugural Cookie Contest. With 17 entries from across campus, there was no shortage of culinary delights or calories. Over $100 was raised for scholarships, and perhaps most importantly, none of the participants required epi-pens or insulin injections. All in all, it was a great way to show support for our students and share in some well deserved fellowship.

Although there are never any losers in an event where everyone gets to eat cookies, there are some accolades to share.

Without further ado, the judges' selections are as follows:

1. Judge's Selection for Creativity
Winner: Cherie Steele

2. Judge's Selection for Presentation
Winner: Judy MacDougal

3. Judge's Selection for Taste
Winner: Judith Yeatman

Overall 2o1o Judges' Choice
Winner: Judith Yeatman

Deborah's Miracle Cookie

There was also a People's Choice selection for best cookie, and that award went to:

Overall 2o1o People's Choice
Winner: Kathy Smith

Chewy Chocolate Ginger

Congratulations to all the entrants!

Special thanks are owed to our three judges: Vicki Harter, William Jolly and Phil Terry.

Thanks are also due to the hardworking Cookie Committee, chaired by Mandy Miller: Amy Timmons, Laura Edwards, Lisa Beach, Vickie Harter and Georgia Elgar.

We're looking forward to next year's event!


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Preschool Preview Night

Preschool Preview Night

February 27
Clover Park Technical College, 10am - 2pm
Free to the public

30+ programs under one roof!
Preschools, child care, and enrichment classes!
Visit parentmap.com for more Preschool Preview Night details!


Friday, February 19, 2010

Diversity: a Matter of Perception and Practice

When we were in school,” says Shauna Weatherby, Chair of the CPTC Board of Trustees, “our teachers spoke about various nationalities flooding into our country and immigrants ‘melting’ together – with slavery and Native Americans another issue entirely. I held another view: that diverse influxes of people bring their own unique ‘flavor’ to our country in a way that a tasty salad is made up of distinct flavors and textures and colors. It is the variety of ingredients, tossed loosely together, different, yet all of the same bowl, that makes a salad so delicious.”

In the years since this picturesque education of our youth, we have learned to think in a deeper manner about the profile of the human family and have come to understand that diversity is comprised of ethnicity and more, elements such as economic diversity (including homelessness), those with physical and mental disabilities, ageism, and individuals who are GLBT (gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, or transgender).

The over-arching reality on the CPTC campus is a student body made up of people from all walks, whether known to us or not. At a workshop for faculty last fall, a speaker was invited to address the issue of diversity on a campus populated by those who may look different, think differently, respond to situations differently, and have their own issues and concerns that are different from their classmates and instructors (and let us not forget this applies to co-workers as well). The aim of the workshop was to continue the ongoing conversation about creating a welcoming environment for all.
If we are unaware of these important elements, if we do not challenge ourselves to think beyond what we have thought in the past, to tackle subjects in a safe venue that we may not have talked about in the past, then we will miss the opportunity to embark on a journey that will elevate us as we go forward.

This elevation happens through encouraging faculty and staff to go through diversity training where they may learn, for example, to spot unwitting discrimination that occurs in a variety of ways. It may be concerning students who are stereotyped because of their appearance or ethnicity. It could be religious differences or age differences (how does an instructor deal with an older-younger student dynamic?). Or disability-based issues, as in raised tables in the commons that are not user-friendly for someone in a wheelchair. All, examples that may fly below the radar of most people.

As the facilitator at last fall’s workshop noted, you may be surprised at the number of transgender students who have felt the need to leave campus at lunchtime to find a neutral bathroom to use. And yet another example is an organizer at an MLK event rushing to the microphone to instruct African American attendees who remained standing after the National Anthem, as the Negro National Anthem played, that they were to sit down (and later, explained that he wanted them to appreciate the music and lyrics and didn’t want them to be distracted). It may be a homeless student (unknown to instructor and classmates) who comes to class with less than pristine hygiene, covered with mosquito bites, because she is sleeping outdoors at a location near campus.
As Vice President Lori Banaszak puts it, “The barriers and obstacles that come with issues of diversity are often what get in the way of students’ ability to be successful in achieving their educational goals. It’s really a matter of increasing awareness, having our antenna vibrate a little faster and pick up vibes that we might otherwise, in the past, never have been aware of.”

Diversity training does not mean one must necessarily agree with another’s form(s) of diversity (say, if one has a moral conflict), but, also, we must recognize the need to accept and respect people as they are, as well as their right to have the freedom to make choices. It is in the acknowledgement and acceptance of others’ differences that we can find our greatest personal growth, and as a group, also find our greatest strength.

Clover Park Technical College is committed to not only removing barriers, but also to facilitating growth in the perceptions of students, faculty, and staff. This is why the College’s Diversity Committee has developed a plan to take CPTC forward over the next three years with activities such as a reading of and discussions (blog and otherwise) regarding Allan Johnson’s Power, Privilege, and Difference and Dr. Donna Beegle’s See Poverty…Be the Difference. The committee also has plans to put on diversity workshops, and there are plans to bring a well-known speaker, Dr. Margaret Wheatley, to lecture on developing a community of leadership.

The College embraces the notion that change can occur to make programs, courses, and activities welcoming and more accessible, so that more students experience success in the classroom, and, as Vice President Banaszak notes, “Perhaps students can even take what they’ve learned about diversity into the community, for example, researching poverty and then performing a service learning project with a non-profit as a capstone culminating project.”

A premier educational institution is unafraid to challenge discrimination in any form, its leaders assuming the leadership role in dealing with difficult issues. It is proactive, in fact, in meeting challenges associated with raising the institutional consciousness and conscience. And the results are beautiful to behold.

Dianne Bunnell
Clover Park Technical College

Veterans Resource Center, Best Practice for Clover Park

Resources for veterans are plentiful at Clover Park Technical College with the addition of the Veterans Resource Center last fall.

The center is busy serving our military community by providing assistance with online applications for GI Bills, disabilities, VA healthcare, and grant assistance programs.

The center is open to the public Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Building 22, Room 121 253-589-5966.




Thursday, February 18, 2010

Clover Park on KING 5 News

Gary Chittim, Environmental Reporter with KING 5 News, visited our campus yesterday. His story aired on KING 5 news last night.

Click Here to view the story.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

PCA Scholarship Winner

Kristina Bedford, a Clover Park Medical Esthetics student, received a scholarship from Physician's Care Alliance (PCA). Presenting the award on behalf of PCA was Brenda Linday. Also on hand were Melissa Siedlicki, Instructor, and Debbie Ranniger, Executive Director of Resource Development.

In supporting her successful application, Kristina's instructors emphasized her hard work, attendance and cheerfulness. Kristina herself described her intent to use her skills and knowledge in order to make people's lives better.

Congratulations, Kristina, on a well-deserved award!

For more information about PCA, please visit their site.

Brownfields Job Training Program on KING 5 Television

Environmental Reporter Gary Chittim was on campus today to report on our Brownfields Program. The story can be seen tonight on KING 5 News at 5.

Recovery Act's First Year Benefits Pacific Northwest Workers and Environment

In August 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency selected the City of Tacoma for a $500,000 job training grant. The primary trainer is Clover Park Technical College. Free training includes 200 participants, placing 150 graduates in environmental jobs and tracking graduates for a year. The training program consists of eight, 98-hour or 212-hour cycles on four tracks. The fast track will consist of 98 hours of training. Tracks for traditional remediation, green collar and weatherization training will consist of 212 hours. All cycles will include certifications in HAZWOPER, OSHA 10-hour health and safety, first aid/CPR and forklift training.

“The primary focus of what we do is train people for work and this grant is a major support of that,” said Dr. John Walstrum, President of Clover Park Technical College. “Green jobs are a growing segment in the workforce and with our Environmental Sciences & Technology Program and our 110-acre wetland training site, Clover Park is the right place for students to learn.”

Recruitment is managed by the Metropolitan Development Council and focuses on disadvantaged residents who bear a greater share of the environmental and economic burden of brownfields. The city is working with the local Employment and Apprenticeship Training Program, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, and other local employers to place graduates in environmental jobs.

“Pierce County is working to address the impacts of petroleum contamination and other Brownfield sites that urgently need remediation with a trained workforce. The expansion of the Brownfields grant and training partnership is needed to spur economic development and restore our local environment,” said US Congressman Norm Dicks.

The local award is part of a national initiative announced in August by the EPA. Workers across America will have the opportunity to receive job training to help protect human health and the environment. More than $6.8 million provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will be invested to train workers to clean up “brownfields” sites, which may be contaminated by hazardous chemicals or pollutants, turning these rundown areas to revitalized, productive properties.

About the EPA Brownfields Program:

EPA’s Brownfields Program empowers states, communities and other stakeholders to work together to prevent assess, safely clean up and sustainably reuse brownfields. A brownfield site is real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. On February 17, 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Recovery Act is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart our economy, and create or save millions of jobs. This law provided stimulus funds to the Brownfields Program to award grants to train unemployed or underemployed individuals to evaluate and clean up former industrial and commercial sites. Under this law, EPA will provide financial assistance to eligible applicants through four competitive grant programs: assessment grants, revolving loan fund grants, cleanup grants and job training grants.






Event Tomorrow: The African Contribution to World Civilizations

Professor Ron Taplin, Thursday, 2/18, Student Center noon - 1:00 p.m.

A presentation of pre history (history prior to the rise of European civilizations) to the modern era stopping to take a look at African origins of civilization and the contributions of Africans in the development of other civilizations. This is a multimedia presentation designed to inform and enlighten the audience about little know or forgotten aspects of world history which emanated from African people.

Friday, February 12, 2010

CPTC Annual Giving Campaign Kick-Off

Working at Clover Park Technical College is like being surrounded by family, with all of the attendant interplay of personalities and the drama of situations that grip the College as much as any playwright could create for the stage. One example is a fire that brought destruction, but also brought all of us closer together. Another is the Foundation’s Annual Giving Campaign and the poignant stories of great accomplishments of our students despite daunting obstacles. You’ve heard and been warmed by these stories, as I have.

On Tuesday, February 16, at the All Staff meeting from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in the Rotunda, we will have an opportunity to, once again, make a difference in the lives of our students, who have flocked to CPTC in record numbers, due to the ailing economy. In fact, emergency assistance needs by students are up 40 percent over last year.

So come join other CPTC family members on Tuesday, hear the stories from those who have been helped by our generosity. And know that a significant part of our students’ success is because they have the safety net of our hands and hearts, made manifest by our contributions to their future.


Dianne Bunnell
Clover Park Technical College

Diversity in Leadership Conference

Friday, February 19th, 2010
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Bldg. 23 Conference Hall

This is a great opportunity for college 101 students or extra credit for your class!

Healthy Is as Healthy Does - A Creature of New Habits

It’s 2010, a new decade, a time of reflection and resolutions. So let’s start at the beginning. It’s not that hard to change your habits. Really! In fact, the experts say it takes as little as ten days, depending on the repetition, to create a new habit. Repeating it after the habit is formed gives reinforcement, so that the habit becomes even stronger.

You might think that success in changing ingrained habits can happen to somebody else but is out of reach for you. In fact, it’s quite common to find that when we’re totally committed to a goal and focused on it, success happens in small chunks that we don’t usually notice until we look back to note that we’re no longer doing things the way we’ve always done them.

Sometimes, the reasons to change to healthy habits are startling. According to Ryan Whiteside’s article, “The #1 Reason Failure Is So Common,” he states that if eating a candy bar becomes a daily routine after lunch or as a mid-day snack, we probably won’t notice over a month’s time the decrease in our energy level or that we may have gained a couple of pounds. But what happens if our candy bar snack habit celebrates its one-year anniversary? We possibly could be sporting about ten pounds! Over five to ten years, Whiteside says, although we barely noticed it because it happened so slowly and gradually, we’re looking at about an extra 50-100 pounds!

You can give up that (fill in your favorite unhealthy snack here) every afternoon! But then the question becomes what to do when you’re feeling hungry and sleepy? For starters, substitute a good, long drink of water (which is most likely what your body is craving), or a more wholesome, protein-based snack, such as a handful of nuts (rather than refined carbs, such as soda, cookies, or candy, which lift you temporarily with a spike in your blood sugar – until you crash and are tired and starving again). Or maybe a short walk? Another trick is to tug on your ear lobes for a quick pick-me-up – your eyes will pop open and the fog will clear. Try it!

If there’s a reward associated with the new habit, even better for making the new habit stick. Picture in your mind an energetic, healthy you. Open your heart and mind to the idea of questioning the status quo as far as your values and your image of yourself. Make the conscious choice to change, and the changes you desire will happen…and can reinforce the fact that you are the captain of your own destiny. You don’t have to accept things as they have always been.

Now that the new year is upon us, it’s a good time to make the decision to enjoy more good health, have more energy, and generally live a good life. If that sounds appealing to you, keep an eye out for future “Healthy Is as Healthy Does” posts from CPTC’s Wellness Committee.

Life is good!


Wellness Committee

Monday, February 8, 2010

Clover Park on KING 5 TV

Glenn Farley, aviation reporter with KING 5 news, did a story on the Aerospace Composite Technician program at our South Hill Campus on Wednesday evening. It aired Friday, 2/5 at 5PM.

He spent about 2 hours at the facility interviewing Ludwig Heimrath, our instructor, and 5 students. His photographer was able to gather footage of students working in the lab, doing hands-on projects with composite material. Glenn has been a reporter with KING for 24 years and specializes in the aviation industry.

KING 5 story

Friday, February 5, 2010

Adriatic Grill Gala and fundraiser

Saturday, February 27th
Adriatic Grill
6:30p.m. - 11p.m.

Experience the best Chef Bill has to offer at Adriatic Grill's 2nd Anniversary event! Proceeds of this event will fund a new culinary arts scholarship program for Clover Park Technical College.

Reservations Required. $100 per ticket, limited space available. Includes select complimentary wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages, specialty food stations and passed hors d' oeuvres, as well as full premium selection at the no host alcohol bar.

Call 253-475-6000 [Must be 21 and over to attend].

YWCA Healthy Relationship Presentation

February 10th, Wednesday
Bld. 19 Room 124
11:00 -12:30pm

  • Understanding of Domestic Violence
  • Relationships
  • Dynamics of dating
Contact Beth Bailey at (253) 589-6088 or e-mail beth.bailey@cptc.edu for more information.

“Happy Hearts - Caring for Kids” Dinner Auction

“Happy Hearts - Caring for Kids”
Dinner Auction

When: Saturday, February 20, 2010
Where: Clover Park Technical College/Sharon McGavick Center
Time: 5:30 P.M.
Tickets: $35.00

We are an all volunteer organization and the proceeds will go to help kids in need in our community. If you would like to sponsor the auction, donate an auction item or buy tickets please contact Diane Formoso 253-279-9777, carekids@comcast.net. Website carekids.org

We are making a difference!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

KING 5 TV Interview/Aerospace Composite Technology @ South Hill Campus








Reporter, Glenn Farley, who covers aviation for KING 5 News, interviews Ludwig Heimrath, Aerospace Composite Technician program instructor. The new program, located at the South Hill Campus, is in it's second quarter.

Home to the Professional Pilot, Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT), and Aerospace Composite Technician Programs, the South Hill Campus is booming with activity.

The newest addition to South Hill, Aerospace Composite Technician is a two quarter, certificate program designed to cover three significant areas of study:

1. Composite Fabrication - Detailing the materials and process utilized in the fabrication of composite materials.

2. Composite Assembly - Identify and Utilize appropriate materials and processes to assemble structures.

3. Composite Repair - Inspect, test, and repair composite structures.

Meets M-F 4:00 - 8:15 p.m.

Evening Aerospace Composite Technician Program Takes Off

Set foot on the South Hill Campus at Clover Park Technical College and you’ll see and hear the Aviation Industry at work.

Sounds of propellers turning, engines running and planes taking off and landing is music to your ears. Seeing that the campus is located on an airport and that the design is themed with Aviation in mind can only mean one thing – you’re at Clover Park’s Aviation Center.

Home to the Professional Pilot, Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT), and Aerospace Composite Technician Programs, the South Hill Campus is booming with activity.

The newest addition to South Hill is the Aerospace Composite Technician Program. This two quarter certificate program is designed to cover three significant areas of study:

1. Composite Fabrication - Detailing the materials and process utilized in the fabrication of composite materials.

2. Composite Assembly – Identify and utilize appropriate materials and processes to assemble structures.

3. Composite Repair – Inspect, test, and repair composite structures.


Opening career pathways with the evening schedule allows students to honor their day commitments while working toward their certificate.

Keeping a focus on jobs and careers. Clover Park Technical College is committed to excellence, experience, and employment.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Aerospace Composite Program Receives $150,000 Equipment Grant



Clover Park Technical College has received a $150,000 equipment grant from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges to support advanced composites training at the South Hill Campus. The Washington Council on Aerospace emphasizes the need for providing local workers with high quality training and access to cutting edge technology. For the two-year college system, this means updated equipment is a requirement if Washington is to remain at the forefront of the aerospace industry. Aerospace is one of the pillars of our economy, with approximately 160 aerospace companies in Washington State supporting an additional 500 manufacturers with related contracts. In spite of the downshift in the economy, our state still employs over 80,000 aerospace workers, equal to one sixth of all such workers in the nation. Washington is the largest aerospace exporter in the United States.

Additionally, the aerospace industry serves as an economic driver, with each aerospace job generating an additional 2.8 jobs elsewhere within the economy. The equipment grant is being supplemented by donations of equipment from industry partners, including Boeing and Classic Helicopter Corporation, valued at over $50,000, in order to expand aerospace training opportunities in Pierce County.

The Aviation Maintenance Technician Program at Clover Park is an approved FAA program and designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in the Aircraft Maintenance industry. Graduates meet Federal Aviation Administration requirements for the issuance of Airframe and Powerplant certificates. Aviation maintenance technicians are qualified to perform service or make repairs on all types and sizes of private and commercial aircraft including airplanes, helicopters, and their propulsion systems. Related fields include aircraft and component manufacturing. Students are eligible for FAA certification upon completion of required technical credits.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Healthy Relationship Screening



Students will take a brief screening of their current or past relationship.
They will then meet with on of the Human Services students to review their results.

Students that meet the criteria of an abusive relationship will be referred to resources and counseling. Students that are in unhappy relationship will be given information on improving relationships.


Instructors will be emailed the names of students that attended.

Japanese students arrive from Okinawa Accounting College in Japan

A group of three Japanese students and a teacher from Okinawa Accounting College in Japan are visiting us for a two week study tour.

Okinawa Accounting College is a private, two year college with three campuses in Okinawa, Japan. They offer programs that are very similar to Clover Park. Business management, accounting, computer information technology, multimedia, medical/social services, tourism, retail business management to name a few.

Okinawa has been a sister city to Lakewood since 2002. Okinawa is one of Japan's southern islands and is well known for its beautiful beaches and unique culture and history. http://www.okinawa.com/
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