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Friday, April 30, 2010

Sustainability Survey - Clover Park needs your help!

This is your chance!

Please fill out the sustainability survey (link below) by next Friday May 7th. The College is very interested in expanding our efforts to become more environmentally sustainable as a workplace and educational institution.

The information gathered from this survey, along with information gathered by a recent garbage audit conducted by the Environmental Science Program, will serve as baseline information for our future sustainability task force and strategic goals focused on recycling, energy efficiency, and environmental stewardship.

You can complete the survey by connecting to this web address: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/greenbestpractices.

Special thanks to Jennifer Vasquez (Environmental Science student and Sustainability Intern) for her assistance with developing this survey.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

WAVE Awards Announced, 3 Clover Park Students Selected

The Washington Award for Vocational Excellence (WAVE) selection committee has chosen the 2010 WAVE winners. Subject to final authorization by the Governor, these WAVE scholars will be recognized in an upcoming awards ceremony.

However, due to the current economic climate, only the top scoring scholar from each legislative district will be eligible for a scholarship during the upcoming budget year (July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011).

The clover Park Technical College students selected for this award are:

Martina O'Neil, District 27, Environmental Sciences & Technology


Lesley Hogue, District 28, Environmental Sciences & Technology


Ordella Archer, District 31, Environmental Sciences & Technology

Congratulations to our WAVE scholars.

Clover Park Technical College Staff Offer College Leaders Newest Strategies to Reach Baby Boomers

Helping Mature Students Amid Economic Crisis a Focus of National Meeting

Seattle, WA – Today’s community colleges face an influx of baby boomers seeking job training amid the aftershocks of the economic recession, but community college leaders don’t have to scramble to understand how to help this non-traditional student population. They can get help from community colleges already working with baby boomers, like Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood, WA.

Staff from Clover Park were part of a presentation at the 90th annual convention of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) last week called, “Plus 50 Initiative: What Have We Learned so Far?”

Brandon Rogers of Clover Park presented with Mary Sue Vickers, director of the Plus 50 Initiative at AACC in Washington, DC. The education professionals discussed standards of excellence or success factors that can serve as a foundation for programs that successfully serve baby boomers.

Rogers and Vickers advised colleges to: (1) tailor programs to meet the needs, interests and objectives of plus 50 students, (2) provide faculty and staff with professional development to help them teach courses and provide services effectively for plus 50 students, (3) market courses without the “senior” label, (4) publicize success stories of plus 50 students (5) set up an advisory committee that includes community partners and aging experts and (6)build an internal campus constituency to ensure program sustainability.

“Community colleges are on the forefront of efforts to help displaced workers in today’s stressed economy and they are actively seeking advice on how to reach baby boomers and meet this student population’s needs,” said Mary Sue Vickers, director of the Plus 50 Initiative at AACC.

She noted that plus 50 adults often have different needs from traditionally-aged college students. It may be difficult to locate transcripts from 35 years ago or navigate a registration system designed for 19-year-olds that grew up living and breathing the Internet age. Community colleges can take strategic and cost-effective steps to help baby boomers going back to school after a job layoff and decades away from campus.

She added that the Plus 50 Initiative program at Clover Park is particularly innovative and has worked hard to get out-of-work baby boomers re-trained for new careers, esp. in green jobs. Clover Park joined with other two Washington community colleges this year to offer a conference to help more than 22 community colleges in Washington and Oregon better support programs for plus 50 adults.

The presentation by Rogers and Vickers was one of three presentations offered at the AACC convention in Seattle, Wash. by colleges participating in the Plus 50 Initiative. Two colleges in north central Florida, Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Fla. and Central Florida Community College in Ocala, Fla., also presented information at the convention about their work with plus 50 students.

The Plus 50 Initiative is a three-year initiative sponsored by the AACC with a $3.2 million dollar grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies, offering tools to help colleges meet the needs of students age 50 and up. More information and resources to help community colleges implement plus 50 programming is available at http://plus50.aacc.nche.edu/

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About AACC
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the American Association of Community Colleges is the leading advocacy organization representing close to 1,200 community, junior and technical colleges nationwide. Community colleges are the largest and fastest growing sector of higher education, enrolling 11.7 million credit and non-credit students each year. To learn more about the AACC, visit www.aacc.nche.edu.


About Clover Park Technical College:
Clover Park Technical College offers more than 50 career training degree and certificate programs in the areas of business, computer information and technology, allied health, manufacturing, construction and trades, multimedia design, and personal care services. The College also offers certification, online and distance learning, as well as continuing education courses.
For more information call 253-589-5800, text TECH4U to 41513 or visit www.cptc.edu

AACC Feature on Clover Park Student

Cyndy Patzman, a student in the environmental sciences program, shares her story with American Association of Community College's Plus 50 project. Check it out at http://plus50.aacc.nche.edu/ss-Cyndy-Patzman.html.

Eating Disorder Screening Next Week

Eating Disorder Screening
Wednesday, May 5th, 2010
Student Center, Room 302
11am-3pm


15% of women ages 17-24 have disordered eating.
91% of women in college have attempted to control their weight through dieting.
54% of men are unhappy with their appearance and wish their bodies were different.

For more info contact Chandra Miller-Starks at 253-589-5526

Walk-in anytime! No appointment necessary.

Green and Clean!

Did you know that Clover Park has a 110-acre outdoor environmental laboratory across the street from the main Lakewood campus?

Take a look at what the College has been preserving for years.


Inside these tubes are the newly planted trees to help with the preservation of the wetlands of this area. Planted by students in the Environmental Sciences & Technology program.


One of the last stand of Garry Oak Trees in the area.


Last memories of a fire on the property several years ago. It is important today allowing nature to takes it's course.


Lower wetland helps with wildlife refuge for many birds, reptiles and more.


Puget Sound Energy Distinguished Faculty Award Nominations

Just a reminder that nominations are due Friday . . .

Puget Sound Energy Distinguished Faculty Award Nominations

If you know a faculty member who exemplifies excellence in the classroom, on campus, in the community, or with professional development; please consider making a nomination for the Puget Sound Energy Distinguished Faculty Award.

This award will be given at the 2010 Commencement ceremony and comes with a $2,000 grant to be used for professional development activities and/or to support acquisition of equipment, supplies or other items for the recipient’s program.

If you would like a nomination form, please email Heather Ervin at heather.ervin@cptc.edu. The nomination form is due back to the Foundation by 4:30 p.m. Friday, 30 April 2010.

eLearning Open House and You're Invited


Thursday, May 6th, 2010
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Building 16, Room 101

Friday, April 23, 2010

Annual Career Conference

Thursday, May 13, 2010
9:00a.m. – 1:00p.m.
McGavick Student Center, Building 23

For more information, go to http://www.cptc.edu/career.

18th Annual Peoples Choice Car & Bike Show


Thursday, May 13th, 2010
9:00 - 2:00p.m.
4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW Lakewood, WA

For more information, please call 253-589-5608.

CPTC's McDonald Takeover






Wednesday night students from CPTC got together from 5-8pm at the McDonald's over off Custer Rd in Lakewood to take orders, serve food, and paint faces :) In return McDonald's donated a percentage of the proceeds to the Student Helping Student Scholarship program.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

DUI : Find out if the risk is worth it!

Environmental Science Students Give Back on Earth Day

Environmental Science Students Give Back on Earth Day

Clover Park Technical College program EcoClub will engage in campus beautification

Lakewood, WA – On Thursday, April 22, 2010 (Earth Day) from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., students in the EcoClub will engage in a campus beautification project that includes noxious weed removal efforts and cleanup of trash.

Trash cleanup will occur along the fence line of the Flett Wetlands Laboratory (the 110 acre college-owned outdoor environmental science laboratory, across the street from the main Lakewood Campus) as well as other areas of campus. Noxious weed removal will be on the Oak Savannah property removing scotch broom.

The removal of scotch broom is an on-going process in the program’s overall restoration efforts to the flett Wetlands Laboratory, which contains one of the last stands of Garry Oak trees in the area.

“We hope to help others understand that small activities can make a difference in keeping our environment clean and healthy,” said Kathy Smith, Environmental Sciences & Technology program instructor. “Cleaning up trash on campus may remind others to use appropriate receptacles for their waste and recyclables.”

Clover Park Technical College is proud to incorporate sustainable practices in the classroom and workplace. The College was recently named as one of three national winners of the prestigious 2010 MetLife Foundation Community College Excellence Award for service to communities.

Clover Park is successfully addressing demographic and economic change in its community through its Brownfields to Green initiative. The program combines environmental mitigation with opportunities for older adults and veterans to retrain for future employment.

“I am proud of our college for rising to the top in a very difficult economic time,” said Dr. John Walstrum, president of Clover Park Technical College. “Clover Park, in collaboration with the City of Tacoma, Metropolitan Development Council, and Workforce Central, continue to demonstrate excellence through opportunities like the Brownfields job training program. The primary focus of what the team has done is to train people for work and this grant is a major support of that effort.”

The winners of the award competition, which is administered by Jobs for the Future and sponsored by MetLife Foundation, were selected after a careful review process, involving a National Advisory Review Panel of experts and Jobs for the Future staff. Two hundred fifteen applications were received, and then narrowed down in stages to nine finalists for site visits. Based on this rigorous process, the three award winners were selected.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Bake Sale Success







The bake sale that the Senior Human Services students put on last week at CPTC to help raise money for the children of Carol Parson's (who was murdered last March) was a huge success. We brought in $1,000 that day.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Sustainable Building Science Students Give Back

Clover Park Technical College program partners with Northwest Housing Development
to help build homes for the needy

Graham, WA – On Wednesday, April 21, 2010, students in the Sustainable Building Science program at Clover Park Technical College will spend 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 prepares 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

Have You Seen These Great Pics?


These students are BUG-EYED for butterflies!!










These beautiful butterflies and more can be found at the "Butterfly Exibit" at The Pacific Science Center in Seattle!


We now have proof that it doesn't always rain in Seattle. This picture was taken from an LG vue to celebrate Spring time 2010.

Photos from “Multicultural Club Drive,” April 16, 2010.






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