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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Sustainable Building Science program lends hand to Northwest Housing Development

On a cold, dry February day, students in the Sustainable Building Science program at Clover Park Technical College spent the day helping to build houses for the needy in Graham.

“This not only gives the students a chance to give back to the community, it gives them hands-on experience before entering the job market,” said Dan Smith, the program’s instructor.

Northwest Housing Development is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to provide low and moderate income households with the opportunity to acquire new homes and reduce the burdens place upon the government to assist low-income households.

For 40 years, NHD has provided the technical assistance to enable 768 low-income households to become homeowners. NHD has a track record of successful property development, on-site construction, supervision and administration of construction projects.

This unique homeownership program for low-income people began in a donated meeting hall in the little town of Sumner, Washington, in 1969. The people were brought together by community organizers funded by the office of Economic Opportunity, Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church of Puyallup and by their own desire to effect positive change upon themselves and their community.

About the Sustainable Science Program:
For those interested in the current movement toward ‘green’ building practices in the construction industry, the Sustainable Building Sciences program prepares students for careers in this emerging field.

This program is designed to train construction professionals and facilities managers for building applications and systems that consume a minimal amount of non-renewable resources and contribute to environmental and personal health.

The Sustainable Building Science program will prepare graduates for careers in resource energy management, indoor air quality, solar installation, home energy rating systems, and other specialties that support the design, building, and maintenance of sustainable living environments.

The next work day at NHD is scheduled on April 21, 2010 at 9 a.m.

9126 202nd St Ct E
Graham WA 98338

Friday, March 26, 2010

New Website Surveys!

In case you haven’t heard Clover Park Technical College is working on a brand new public website (http://www.cptc.edu/comingsoon/) that will help improve communications across the entire campus community. It has been a whirlwind adventure getting the new website project off to a running start, and here is your chance to get in on the fun.

We’ve created a few short surveys that will allow you to give your feedback on the direction we should take with the new website. Please share these links with anyone that you think might be interested in completing a survey.

This is your opportunity to have your voice heard!
Administration | Faculty | Local Business | Community | Foundation
Current Student | Prospective Student

Special program uses Music and high school students to help lower drop out rates

Janet Holm, Clover Park's Outreach Coordinator and working board member of the Washington Council for High School and College Relations, was interviewed by Q13 Fox News about a program she put together.

Click here to see the video.

College Survival Skills Workshop

College Survival Skills
Where do I start?

Thursday, April 8th, 2010
11:00 am
Lakewood - Student Center Room 302
South Hill - Room 119

What students have said about the workshop…

“A wealth of information.”

“I learned different ways to study and how to apply them appropriately.”

“Everyone should take this skills class!”

“I discovered my learning style!”

For more information, contact Chandra Miller-Starks at 589-5526 or chandra.miller-starks@cptc.edu.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Gates Foundation and WA State Legislature Award two Grants to Clover Park Technical College

A total of $100,000 has been awarded to Clover Park Technical College in the form of two grants designed to expand career pathway opportunities and enhance access and success in high-enrollment courses.

Both grants come from a $5.295 million foundation grant aimed to help break down key barriers to student completion in the community and technical college system.

The first award will help students attain a two-year degree in Architectural Engineering by building upon a successful Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) program in Computer Aided Drafting (CAD).

I-BEST is an instructional model that pairs English as a second language
(ESL)/adult basic education (ABE) instructors with professional-technical instructors in the classroom to provide students with literacy education and workforce skills at the same time.

The second award will lead to the development of digital course in Communications/Public Speaking, with the goal of lowering textbook costs for students, providing new resources for faculty and improving course completion rates.

Both grants are funded through a collaboration between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Washington State Legislature and will support new and promising efforts to improve access and completions for low-income young adults in Washington state over the next three years.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

CPTC CMST& 220 public speaking students as guest speakers to the Lakewood Rotary Club

Below is some basic information about a noteworthy event from last Friday. Four public speaking students, as you can see, presented the program at the Lakewood Rotary Club. An audience of about 75 people, including Dr. John Walstrum, heard the speeches.

CPTC Public Speaking Class: Dr. Phil Venditti, CPTC instructor, brought four of his students to speak before Lakewood Rotary. Physiologists say that people fear speaking in public more than dying, so what better way to test the theory than to throw his students into the lion's den of Lakewood Rotary?

Mary Lineberger's topic was computer programming and that the job market has profiled women out of many job possibilities. Women and technology can definitely go hand in hand, but without funding, she was left with a fellow student holding her visual aids. More than half the students at CPTC are women.

Annalice Hill shared with us that anything's possible if you believe it is! She's a single parent whose day begins at 5:30 am taking care of her two children and barely has time for studying after 8 pm. Listening to her talk gave me reinforcement why Lakewood Rotary gave $35,000 in 2003 to help build the CPTC Child Care Center that Jim McGranahan worked so hard for!

Pam Kirchhofer challenged us to think "green" and conserving resources for the next generation. We are change agents: an idea begins with an individual - spreads to a community - and eventually becomes a norm of society.

Dayna Niedbalski bombed into our meeting with motorcycle leathers & helmet. Interesting, she was very dynamic and didn't really need anything for an attention-getter. She differentiated motorcycle owners from riders and challenged us to come up with some fundraiser that allows bikers to "rack up some miles" and it will be a success! She ended her talk with, "Only a biker knows why a dog sticks his head out a car window!"

More videos from the event here:

You’ll also find some still photos of the event here:

Recruitment Report

Monday, March 22, 2010

Student Grades Online

CPTC delivers quarterly grades only on-line. Winter student grades will be posted and available on-line March 26, 2010, if your course has completed by the last day of the quarter. Please go to www.cptc.edu; select “Enrolled Students” then select “View Unofficial Transcript” and enter your Student ID and PIN. If you need assistance with access to your grade information, please contact Student Records at 253.589.5666.

Students may alsouse the web to register, pay fees, withdraw and inquire about their CPTC information. Simply access the CPTC web site at www.cptc.edu and select “Enrolled Students”. At this site you can access the following:

  • Quarterly Class Schedule
  • Course Catalog
  • MyCC - Student Email
  • Register Online (It's not too late to register for Spring 2010)
  • GEt Schedule
  • Check Wait List
  • Pay Fees
  • Drop Class
  • Change Address
  • Change PIN
  • Check Financial Aid
  • View Unofficial Transcript (Winter grades will be online March 26th)
  • Register to Vote
  • Academic Calendar
  • American Opportunity Tax Credit
  • Associated Student Government
  • FAQs -Frequently Asked Questions
  • Order Transcripts
  • Peer Tutoring Opportunities
  • Phone Directory
  • Student Right to Know
  • Tuition & Fees
  • Tutoring Services
Information may be accessed from any PC with Internet access. Six PCs with direct access to the CPTC web site are available for student use in the lobby of Building 17 from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm, Monday through Thursday and from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm, Friday. Also, the library computer lab has PCs available for accessing the Internet.

Interior Design Portfolio Show March 18, 2010

Congratulation Judy Rose-Bungay

Please join the Health and Human Services division in congratulating Judy Rose-Bungay, in our Nursing Assistant program, for being appointed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing to serve as a member of the upcoming NNAAP Test Specifications team which convenes their meeting in Chicago the latter part of February.

Involvement in the Test Development program for NCSBN is a source of pride for nurses and is indicative of Judy’s commitment to the profession.

In addition to her teaching and coordination responsibilities within the regular Nursing Assistant program, Judy has also been instrumental in helping Basic Skills staff develop our I-BEST Nursing Assistant program and helping Jim Mancuso in the development of the new Northwest Career and Technical High School Nursing Assistant program. She is a tremendous asset to the college and we are delighted the nursing community recognizes her talents.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Open Course Library Project

Congratulations to Dr. Phil Venditti on the selection of his proposal to be funded through the Student Achievement Initiative’s “Open Course Library” project. This project funds the re-design of up to 80 different high enrollment courses within the community and technical college system with the following goals in mind:
  • Improve course completion rate
  • Lower textbook costs for students
  • Provide new resources for faculty to use in their courses
  • Move our college system to fully engage the global open education resources discussion
Dr. Venditti will re-design his Public Speaking course (CMST& 220) to allow faculty across the system to use it in whole or in part in any learning space – face-to-face, hybrid and/or online. The re-designed course will be collectively owned by the college system and will contain an open creative commons license on it allowing it to be shared with the world. The reduced cost to his students and the ability to interact with and benefit from other instructors across the state system and ultimately around the world are valuable outcomes to this effort. Dr. Venditti is to be commended for stepping up to this challenge and hopefully he will serve as a mentor to others who wish to do something similar to their curriculum.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Esthetics Quarterly Event

Please join the Esthetics department for our quarterly make-up event. We will be featuring complimentary cleansing and make-up applications. All Bare Escentuals and Dermalogica products will be 30%* off and a few selected items will be 40% -50%* off.

Friday March 19, 2010
8:30am to 1:30pm
Building 8 - Esthetics

Walk-ins welcome or call for an appointment 589.5741. Thank you for your continued support of our students and our program!

* while supplies last

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Congratulations to Michael Taylor and Shawn Jennison

Please join me in congratulating two recent appointees: Michael Taylor, Director of Information Technology and Shawn Jennison, Director of Marketing and Communications.

Michael Taylor is joining us after nearly a decade of serving as the District Director for Information Technology at Pierce College. He has a bachelor’s degree in Local Area Networking and Telecommunications from City University. Taylor is also a veteran of the US Army.

Shawn Jennison has served for the past six years as the Producer for CPTC-TV and Coordinator for College Relations and prior to that he served as a producer for KSTW-Channel 11.

The Operations and College Relations Department is grateful for the thorough and efficient work done by both search committees and the Human Resources Department.

Thank you,
Amy Goings

Guest Speaker on Campus Today!

Kathleen O’Brien, author of The Green Home Primer, president of O’Brien and Associates, and director of the Sustainable Building Advisor Program will be speaking and answering questions for an hour or maybe longer depending on the discussion.

She is scheduled for 12 PM in building #3, room #507. You and your students are invited to join in.

Phi Theta Kappa News

Please join us in congratulating Duke White who won a Greater Northwest Region Paragon Award for New Advisors at the Greater Northwest Region Awards Ceremony this past weekend at Clark College.

Your Beta Omicron Gamma Chapter has been working very hard and as a result was given “5 Star Chapter” status at the Greater Northwest Region Awards Ceremony.

Please congratulate Lonnie McGowan, Althea Foster, Bob Nelson, Danielle Ridenour, Barry Jones & Kelly McGowan for all their hard work! Special thanks to Althea Foster for organizing our “Diversity in Leadership Conference” this quarter, Claire and Sean for assisting with the workshop and ASG for their support.

We had over 70 students, staff and faculty attend!!!!

For more information check out our website at http://cptcptk.com/

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Interior Design Program Portfolio Show

Interior Design Program Portfolio ShowThursday, March 18, 2010
9:00am - 3:00pm
McGavick Student Center, Building 23

The Interior Design program will hold its annual Portfolio Show. Come visit the displays and see the latest in interior design concepts and creations as presented by CPTC interior design students.

MetLife Foundation Visits Clover Park Technical College

On Wednesday, March 10, representatives from the MetLife Foundation conducted a site visit as part of the process that will determine the 2010 Community College Excellence Award winners.

Clover Park is among 9 national finalists for the award, which is offered every two years. Three winners will be announced at the American Association of Community Colleges Annual Meeting in Seattle on April 18.

Over 50 individuals, including faculty, staff, students, and community partners participated in the day-long site visit, which concluded with a farewell discussion attended by the president and trustees.

The three award recipients will each receive $40,000. All finalists will be featured in publications describing each college’s merits and contributions.

Highlights from the site visit included:
* Interviews with key people involved in the current Brownfields selection process.
* Discussion about the instruction component including the team-based teaching model, real world situations in the classroom, measures of success (student confidence, soft skills improved) and student recruitment.
* Commentary regarding Brownfields partnerships, math and science components and certifications, an employer’s roundtable (how to write a resume, interviewing techniques, etc.) and the applied pieces for Hazardous materials.

More information about the Brownfields program can be found here.

Cosmetology Hair Show Competition Recap

Superbowl Sunday attracts football fans from around the globe to gather in groups and root for their favorite team. Last month, while the game is in progress, another kind of competition is underway – a hair show competition.

Enter Clover Park Technical College cosmetology students Talana Penton, Karen Boyd-Okey and Aashia Cavil (from left to right below).

The first annual hair show competition at the Hair Art & Beauty Supply/Salon in Lakewood is in full swing. The goal – to get experience in a high pressure, real world environment.

“This prepares them for real world auditioning and is really great for their resume,” said Denise Klug, veteran cosmetology instructor. “Everyone that competes is a winner,” added Klug.

And there were lots of winners. “Putting yourself out there is an emotional rollercoaster,” said Aashia Cavil, who was in charge of hair for four of the models. From concept to completion, penton, Boyd-Okey, and Cavil handpicked four models, came up with a theme and with the help of a team, styled hair for each model.

The show teaches contestants how to manage models, team-lead a group of stylists, and conceptualize a unique style.

While there are no large sums of money to win or significant prizes, the girls agree the experience was enough. “I would do it again in a heartbeat,” said Cavil.

So while football fans enjoyed a competitive game, cosmetology students learned a competitive lesson in Lakewood.

“Our students are the best,” said Klug.

Photos from the event:

Monday, March 15, 2010

Pierce County READS 2010

“Garlic and Sapphires” by award-winning author Ruth Reichl. Enjoy a free talk and book signing by Ruth Reichl: Clover Park Technical College, Lakewood, March 27, 7 p.m.

More info @ http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/
Also a good article written by the Puyallup Herald.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Peer Mentor Program Development Training Opportunity

Campus Community,

Mentoring is a time proven strategy that can help students achieve their potential. A Mentoring Program within your program could assist you in addressing specific challenges in retaining students and/or address specific personal/academic challenges that your students often face. If you would be interested in attending a hybrid workshop to develop a peer mentor program in your academic program (and receive Professional Development Units!), please mark your calendar with the dates below. More information will follow soon about how to register for the course.

Developing a Peer Mentor Project in Your Program

In this Hybrid training you would learn about how Peer Mentoring could be beneficial to you, your program, and to your students. During this training you will learn of other successful models of peer mentoring in professional/technical programs and other college populations, be given resources and tools to develop objectives, and actually develop a model for peer mentoring in your program.

Tentatively -30 hrs/Skill Standards C, E, D for faculty

April 15th-May 13th

April 15th and May 13th- will meet 4pm-7pm, bldg 17, room 230
All other hours will be conducted online through Angel.

And it's free! But space will be limited. More information regarding registration coming soon!

Sponsored by TLC

Clover Park Technical College students named to 2010 All-Washington Academic Team

Two Clover Park Technical College Environmental Science students will be honored as members of the 2010 All-Washington Academic Team March 25 at noon on the campus of South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia.

The ceremony recognizes top scholars from Washington State community and technical colleges with scholarship prizes.

Jennifer Vasquez, 30, is a displaced master mason and construction superintendent who began the Environmental Science program at Clover Park in January 2009. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and president of the EcoClub.

Vasquez is interested in storm water management, especially as it relates to rain gardens and sustainability education. She plans to attend Evergreen State College and hopes to work as an environmental educator. Vasquez is also a devoted wife and mother.

Martina O'Neil, 48, is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and the EcoClub, and she previously worked for a HUD-sponsored community revitalization project.

Martina also worked as a Community Liaison for the Tacoma School District and as a volunteer for Portland Community Center. O'Neil is active with the Washington Clothing and Textile Advisors of Pierce County. She will attend Evergreen State College in the fall and she is also a full-time grandmother.

Vasquez and O'Neil, by virtue of their inclusion on the state team, will receive $750 scholarships from Key Bank and the National Education Loan Association, and they are now nominated for the 2010 All-USA Academic Team. Officials from Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for students of two-year colleges, will select students for the All-USA team.

For more information on the All-Washington Academic Team and the ceremony, visit www.spscc.ctc.edu/allwa.

Wellness Workshop -- Eat Well, Move Well, Think Well – Learn How to Unlock Your Body’s Secret Healing Powers

Wellness Workshop -- Eat Well, Move Well, Think Well –
Learn How to Unlock Your Body’s Secret Healing Powers
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
12:00 – 1:00 pm
The Student Center, Room 302

You are welcome to bring your lunch and join us.


Dr. Vince Leone is a native of the Northwest. After being raised in Puyallup, he attended the University of San Diego for his undergraduate work and received his doctorate degree from the prestigious Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas TX.

The Leone family has been helping to improve the health of the people in Tacoma for the last 42 years. Dr. Vince joined the practice in 2007 and immediately began getting involved by speaking in the community at local schools, serving on the state association’s advisory board and regularly attending continuing education classes to hone his craft.

Dr. Vince has dedicated himself to learning about the human body and how to achieve optimum health – and then turning around to educate his practice members and community. Whether it’s through Social Media such as videos on Youtube or Tweets on Twitter to published articles and his BlogTalk Internet Radio Show, Dr. Vince continues to push the envelope on educating the community about the wonderful options they have to improve their health naturally.

From fibromyalgia to migraine headaches, weight loss to stress management, back pain to sports injuries – Dr. Vince is fast becoming the doctor that the people of Tacoma are trusting to improve their health and habits naturally.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

“Garlic and Sapphires” Book Discussion

"Garlic and Sapphires" Book Discussion

Monday, March 22, 2010
12:00 - 1:oo
Library Conference Room, Building 15

Additional information about Pierce County Reads is available in the CPTC Library or on the Web at http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/reading-books/2010-pierce-county/Default.htm

Monday, March 8, 2010

Feeling Stressed Out?

Feeling Stressed Out?

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010
Student Center Room 302

Combating Anxiety Workshop

Combating Anxiety Workshop

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010
2pm - 3:15pm
Bldg 22 Room 121

The Veterans Resource Center is conducting its third and final workshop for Spring 2010 quarter.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Environmental Science program conducts "waste audit"

Rummaging through a very large garbage bin isn't what most students expect to do during class.
On Thursday morning, the Environmental Science students in conjunction with Pierce County Solid Waste (a division of Pierce County Public Works and Utilities) and LeMay Enterprises, conducted a "waste audit" on the Lakewood Campus of Clover Park Technical College.
"This gives students a truly hands-on view of municipal solid waste. It's an excellent demonstration of what we can do in our homes and businesses," said Kathy Smith, Environmental Science Instructor.
Municipal waste streams come from non-industrial businesses and homes.

Students here are helping the college determine how much recyclable material is being thrown away on a regular basis. "LeMay, as our garbage hauler, is working with the college to try to reduce the amount of waste we send in as landfill space is at a premium," Smith said.
Bob Dieckmann, project coordinator with Pierce County Solid Waste, was on site to help students learn about what can be recycled. "Pierce County Solid Waste has a 25 year goal of reducing waste by 75 percent. Right now every person discards about 4 1/3 pounds of waste daily. We want to reduce that number to just over a pound per person, per day by the year 2035," said Dieckmann.

Students weighed the amount of recycled material that was thrown away and the amount of garbage that can't be recycled. The goal is to show how much the college can recycle and ultimately save landfill space while reducing its carbon footprint. Students will present these findings at the WA State Recycling Association annual conference in May.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Japanese Students Visit Clover Park Technical College

A group of 33 medical lab students and their professor are visiting Clover Park from Osaka Jikei College in Japan.

This annual, three day study tour (March 1-3) allows the Japanese students to visit our campus and study in our Medical Laboratory Technician program.

Clover Park Technical College and Osaka Jikei College established a partnership four years ago.

During the three-day period, the students will participate in Anne O’Neil’s Hands-On Hematology class, visit two clinical sites (Cascade Blood Center & St. Joseph Hospital) and the State Capital in Olympia, and have two guest lectures offered by the local medical professionals. The students also present their research.

Girls Fight Back

Girls Fight Back Self-Defense SeminarTuesday, March 9th, 2010
6pm - 7:30pm
Student Center Conference Room (Bldg 23)
Admission is free

The students of the Campus Activities Professionals (CAP) would like to invite you, as well as your friends and family, to attend their Girls Fight Back seminar on March 9th in the Student Center at 6pm. The Girls Fight Back seminar is a 90-minute, interactive program addressing women's safety and self-defense. The presentation combines cutting-edge safety training, empowerment and simple techniques that are easy to remember. The program is delivered in a comedic fashion, using a practical and down-to-earth approach to women's safety and self-defense. This program has received national awards and has been featured on CNN, FOX News, CBS and NBC.

This event promises to be an amazing and empowering experience for those that attend. While the program is focused on empowering women, the seminar is open to all, regardless of gender.

Please see the website for more details: http://www.girlsfightback.com/

Monday, March 1, 2010

Black Tie & Blue Jeans Ball

Partners For Parks
Black Tie and Blue Jeans Ball
March 6th, 2010
6:00 pm
CPTC's McGavick Student Center
$50 per person

Dinner, Live Music, Dancing, Raffle and Dessert Auction

For ticket info, check out www.partnersforparks.net or call 253-906-0932.

Domestic Violence Presentation

" Bringing Change..Out of Tragedy"

March 5th, 2010
11am - 1pm
McGavick Student Center
Clover Park Technical College

This is a topic that is rarely discussed - due to the stigma, as well as many male victims do not report that they are victims of domestic violence hence they continue to live in the cycle of emotional and physical abuse (suffered by women and men alike).

Questions? Contact Duke White at 253-589-5827.

Investment in Technology

When asked if Clover Park Technical College lives up to the word, "technical" in its title, most people agree that technology in the classrooms and on campus can always improve.
January 27, 2010 - Graphic Technologies Instructor Darryl Owens checks out a student project on a new MAC. 35 MACs were purchased for his classroom as part of a 600 unit computer purchase in late 2009.

Enter college leadership. In this New Year, in the midst of financial hardships, the college made a commitment to our students by replacing 25+ percent of our computers with new machines using one-time excess tuition revenues.

This effort not only facilitates learning in the classroom, it helps instructors keep current with industry. It also sends the important message of priority, which is our students and their learning experience.

From new MACS, to new PCs, Clover Park is continuing to move in the right direction despite tough times.

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