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Friday, May 28, 2010

Financial Aid: Important Information for Students

The Financial Aid Office will have limited service at the front counter from

Tuesday, June 1 through Friday, June 11, 2010.

This change in operations is necessary due to the large number of financial aid application for summer quarter. Staff will be reviewing and processing files during these nine days. Every effort is being made to accurately process each student’s file that made the May 14 deadline.

Thank you,

June Stacey-Clemons, Vice President of Student Services

Phi Theta Kappa Orientations

Please share the flyer and let your students who are enrolled in degree programs know that they are eligible to join Phi Theta Kappa if they have a cumulative grade point of 3.5 or above. We would encourage then to join quickly if they are graduating as there is a time deadline to have their names included, in the graduation program.

Students who are not walking this June in the graduation ceremony can continue to submit their applications until the end of the quarter.

If you are interested in having a Phi Theta Kappa member provide an orientation in your classroom, please let me know the days and times you have available and we will get one set up for your class.

Thank you for supporting your Phi Theta Kappa Chapter!
The Beta Omicron Gamma Executive Board Officers and Advisors

For more information: Visit our website at http://www.cptcptk.com/

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The 2010 WAVE Awards Event

Three! Of the six recipients of the 2010 WAVE awards for Pierce County, three of them were from Clover Park Technical College.

Martina O’Neil, Lesley Hogue, and Ordella Archer are the CPTC students who swept the WAVE Awards at the May 20 event at Bates Technical College. Equally impressive is that the three awardees were from one program, Environmental Sciences & Technology.

The WAVE (Washington Association of Vocational Educators) award recognizes the occupational proficiency, leadership, and community contributions of outstanding vocational-technical students. The recipients receive grants for six quarters of tuition and fees, and students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in order to continue receiving the award.

Also recognized from CPTC were Fran Hunter, Dental Administrative Specialist Instructor, and Jim Mancuso, Principal of Northwest Career and Technical High School, honored as Educator of the Year and Special Honoree as retiring administrator, respectively.

Congratulations, all!

In the Spotlight: Jim Mancuso and Northwest Career and Technical High School

Northwest Career and Technical High School (NWCTHS) and Jim Mancuso, its principal, are closely intertwined. In 2003, Jim was hired out of retirement by the College to work with a development team on the feasibility of a high school on the Clover Park Technical College campus, then was asked to stay on to run the new program. That was seven years ago, when there were 20 students. In the fall of 2009, there were 252 students. In June 2010, Jim plans to retire from NWCTHS.

“We had nothing,” Jim says. “No office, no furniture, no curriculum, no system for managing grades, diplomas, transcripts – to fit the statewide high school system – no anything. We had to create it from scratch.” Soon, Debbie Gurner was hired, and the two created the bones and guts of the Northwest Career and Technical High School, no longer a dream, but a living, fully-accredited high school, one of only two high school programs on college campuses in the state.

Today, there are two options for high school students:

Option A allows students to earn a high school diploma while they earn a college certificate or degree from approximately 44 offerings, from Aviation Maintenance Technician to Massage Studies to Graphic Technologies, and more).

In Option B, students enroll in academics from 1-3:00 p.m. and in a career path with high school students from 3-6:00 p.m. in one of the following areas: Automotive, Cosmetology, Construction, Media, or Nursing Assistant.

A third option is the Adult High School. Students who are at least 20 years of age can earn a high school diploma recognized by the State of Washington. Interestingly, a byproduct of the tough economy is an influx into the high school of older teens and adults who are coming back for a diploma, saying, “I can’t get a job anywhere without a diploma.”

Currently, NWCTHS has students from 33 different high schools ranging in age from 16 to 50. The 50-year-old is here because of a challenge issued by his son: “Quit bugging me about getting a high school diploma when you don’t have one.” After two years of working on his high school credits, this father will receive his diploma along with his son at next month’s commencement.

Many NWCTHS students have struggled with their education and find at this high school they are not judged on past performance.

“Because of the way we approach the kids and our instruction here,” Jim says, “we have virtually no discipline issues; there was one last year and two this year.”

This is the kind of situation most teachers and principals would kill for. Jim’s theory for such an unusual record? First, students choose to come to NWCTHS (they even have to arrange for their own transportation). Second, instructors are here to coach students through their career at the high school rather than refereeing them through their career. Think of it: the only time you hear from a referee is when you do something wrong. But a coach tells you when you’re right and wrong, and tries to help you improve. In a traditional high school, students are often told, “don’t run in the halls, don’t talk too loudly, don’t skip class,” in contrast to NWCTHS’s philosophy that if you want to skip class, you can – you won’t pass, but you can skip. In addition, the adult environment on campus contributes greatly to the high school environment.

Jim praises the teachers at the high school as a great team that embraces the philosophy of coaching students. “This is the secret of our success.” And for the students’ part? Jim says, “All we expect is for them to 1) show up and 2) try. It’s that simple.”

Most importantly, NWCTHS is relevant, a concept that students and parents appreciate. Perhaps for the first time, high school is not about what students might be doing in the future (cross your fingers), or hope they might be able to do. NWCTHS requires students to complete their culminating projects focused on career paths and a job shadow – that they arrange.

Jim says, “I’ve been fortunate. At NWCTHS, I meet with every student who wants to enroll – and when I’m not here, Debbie meets with them.” Again, a departure from traditional high schools, where typically, the only time students see the principal is when they’re in trouble.

“I cannot emphasize enough Debbie Gurner’s contributions to the success of this program,” Jim adds. “Debbie is always polite, relates well to everyone (which means she doesn’t get people upset and yet nobody messes with her either), and knows every nook and cranny of this campus because she’s been at CPTC for a long time.”

After their culminating project, students are asked for suggestions for making NWCTHS better. One student said it all: “If it was any better, it wouldn’t be free.”

With graduation on June 17, the school year, and a unique career, will come to an end. And a new beginning: Jim plans to go back to some consulting work, when he’s not traveling with his lovely wife Mary. And he will have the satisfaction of leaving behind the legacy of Northwest Career and Technical High School.

Good luck, Jim!

Dianne Bunnell
Clover Park Technical College

Friday, May 21, 2010

Leading Well in Chaos: The Role of Communication, Community and Clarity

Lakewood, WA – This is the age of uncertainty and opportunity, exploration and exhaustion, chaos and order. Leadership has never been as challenging and perplexing as it is today; and never have we needed good leadership more.

From her work with formal and informal leaders around the world, Meg Wheatley will invite us to consider what truly works well in this current environment, drawing on all of our experiences.

Event: “Leading well in Chaos: The Role of Communication, Community and Clarity”
Speaker: Margaret (Meg) Wheatley, Ed.D.
When: Thursday, May 27, 2010
Program: 4:00 p.m. networking, 4:30 p.m. program, 6:00 p.m. book signing
Where: Clover Park Technical College, McGavick Conference Center, Building 23 map


Margaret Wheatley writes, teaches, and speaks about how we might organize and accomplish our work in chaotic times. She invites us to attend to the quality of our relationships to weather the increasing turbulence. She knows that whatever the problem, community is the answer. Meg has been an organizational consultant and researcher since 1973 and a dedicated global citizen since her youth. Her first work was as a Peace Corps volunteer in Korea and a public school teacher and urban education administrator in New York. She has been Associate Professor of Management at the Marriott School of Management, Brigham Young University, and Cambridge College, Massachusetts.

Since 1973, Meg has worked with an unusually broad variety of organizations on all continents. Her clients and audiences range from the head of the U.S. Army to twelve year old Girl Scouts, from CEOs to small town ministers. This diversity includes large corporations, government agencies, healthcare institutions, foundations, public schools, colleges, major church denominations, the armed forces, professional associations, and monasteries. All of these organizations are wrestling with a common dilemma—how to maintain their integrity and effectiveness as they cope with the relentless upheavals and rapid shifts in these chaotic times. But there is also another similarity: A common human desire to live together more harmoniously, more humanely.

She co-founded The Berkana Institute in 1992, a charitable global foundation that works in partnership with a rich diversity of people around the world who strengthen their communities by working with the wisdom and wealth already present in their people, traditions and environment. The Institute has worked in dozens of countries, most of them in the Third World, and has discovered that the world is blessed with tens of thousands of courageous, life-affirming leaders. They are young and old, in all countries, working in all types of organizations and communities. www.berkana.org.

She has served in a formal advisory capacity for leadership programs in England, Croatia, Denmark, Australia and the United States, and through her work in Berkana, with leadership initiatives in India, Senegal, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mexico, and Brazil as well as Europe..

Meg’s path-breaking book, Leadership and the New Science was first published in 1992, and has been translated into more than 20 languages. This book is credited with establishing a fundamentally new approach to how we think about organizations. It is a standard text in many leadership programs, and has won notable awards, including “Best Management book of 1992” in Industry Week, Top Ten Business Books of the 1990s in CIO Magazine, and Top Ten Business Books of all time by Xerox Corporation. Two subsequent editions have been published in 1999, and 2006. The video of Leadership and the New Science, produced by CRM films, has also won several film awards.

A Simpler Way, co-authored with Myron Rogers, (1996, 2nd edition 2009) uses photos, poetry and prose to explore the question: How would we organize human endeavor differently if we understood how Life organizes?

Turning To One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future (2nd expanded edition 2009), proposes that it is the simple, familiar act of conversation that offers the most hope for changing the world. This book is being widely used by communities, schools, religious organizations, and social change efforts. An expanded second edition will be published January 2009.

Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time (2005, Berrett-Koehler Publishers) is a collection of her practice-focused articles, where Meg applies the themes addressed throughout her career to detail the organizational and personal practices and behaviors that bring them to life.

Meg draws her ideas from many places, beginning with the discoveries in new science that profoundly shift our worldview. To her science background, she adds the perspectives and wisdom from many different disciplines, cultures and spiritual traditions that she has learned from. She writes frequently for professional journals and magazines. These articles can be downloaded free at www.margaretwheatley.com. A list of training DVDs, CDs, and other resources is also available.

Meg received her doctorate from Harvard University’s program in Administration, Planning and Social Policy. She holds an M.A. in Communications and Systems Thinking from New York University, and a B.A. in History from the University of Rochester. She has received several awards

and honorary doctorates. In 2003, The American Society for Training and Development honored her for “distinguished contribution to workplace learning and development” and dubbed her “a living legend”. In April 2005, she was elected to the Leonardo Da Vinci Society for her contribution to the development of the field of systems thinking. This society was created by the University of Applied Technology, Phoenix, AZ.

In awarding her their highest honor, ASTD, noted: “Meg Wheatley gave the world a new way of thinking about organizations with her revolutionary application of the natural sciences to business management. Her concepts have traveled across national boundaries and through all sectors. Her ideas have found welcome homes in the military, not-for-profit organizations, public schools, and churches as well as in corporations. Through the Berkana Institute, a charitable foundation which she started in Provo, Utah, Wheatley is supporting the development of local leaders in over 40 countries to foster societies that tap and evoke the best of human capability. Through her interdisciplinary curiosity, Meg Wheatley provides new insights into the nature of how people interact and inspires us to build better organizations and better societies across the globe.”

Meg grew up on the East Coast, in New York City area and then Boston. In 1989 she moved her family to the mountains of Utah, where she has been happily living ever since. She has raised a large family of two sons and five step-children who have now produced 17 grandchildren (still counting). She travels the world willingly and often, to return to the peace of wilderness in Sundance, Utah where she relishes her family, mountains, horses and life.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Taylor McGovern recognized at 3rd Annual Passport to College Conference

Since 2008 Clover Park has been partnering with the Department of Social and Health Services and the Higher Education Coordinating Board to identify and support former Foster Youth who may be eligible for additional funding assistance to help make students more successful and stay enrolled in classes to graduate with a certificate or degree.

Recently, Taylor McGovern, Counselor in the Advising and Counseling Office, and Wendy Joseph, Assistant Director in the Financial Aid Office, attended the 3rd Annual Passport to College Conference where Taylor was recognized for his outstanding work with the former Foster Youth who attend Clover Park. Some of the activities that Taylor has implemented are designed to keep this student population engaged in school and get to graduation. He has created a blog for the students to stay current with resources, a lending library of text books, facilitated group activities and built great relationships with the students on campus.

Check out the blog here – www.cptcsolidstart.blogspot.com

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Annual Career Conference to Attract 1,500 High School Juniors & Seniors

Activities include motivational speaker, career workshops, program displays, car show

LAKEWOOD, WA – On Thursday, May 13, the main Lakewood campus of Clover Park Technical College will host its annual career conference titled, “Take the leap, find your passion.” The event is projected to attract 1,500 high school juniors and seniors. It is free and open to the public.

From 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. students will experience a variety of activities, starting with a motivational speech from local Seattle comedian Kermet Apio.
Activities include:
* motivational speaker
* car show
* career workshops
* program displays
* program demonstrations
* financial aid information

“It’s a chance for high school students to participate in hands-on learning on a college campus,” said Janet Holm, outreach coordinator and career conference event manager. “More than 1,500 students have registered to attend, and most of our 47 training programs will be open, many with hands-on demonstrations.”

In addition to the program displays, career and financial aid workshops will be taking place as well as a car and bike show in front of the automotive building.

“This is a community event that encourages people to experience what it’s like to learn at a technical college,” said Dr. John Walstrum, president of Clover Park. “It is a demonstration of the wide range of programs offered in allied health, technology, skilled trades, and business fields.”

Visit www.cptc.edu/career for more information and to see a promotional video.

This Isn’t How We Did It In The Service! Adjusting to College

This Isn’t How We Did It In The Service! Adjusting to College

This Wednesday May 12th, 2010

1400-1530 hours (2:00-3:30pm)

Presented by Annemarie Solbrack

This workshop will look at issues and strategies for veterans transitioning from the military to college.

Japanese Culture and Communication

Multicultural Colleges are on the rise and Clover Park Technical College is no exception. Stop by today and listen to Carmen Sterba talk about culture and communication styles.
In the Library at noon.

Carmen Sterba (shown above) is our International Programs ESL Instructor and haiku poet.

Carmen's instruction often highlights the differences between the cultures and communication styles of Japan and the United States. She frequently references clothing styles with traditions.

On April 29th, some ESL students were present.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Career Conference Thursday, you won't want to miss it!

Local comedian, Kermet Apio is worth seeing in person.

Thursday, May 13th at 9:00 a.m. McGavick Student Center (Building 23), join the crowd to see Kermet in action.
Kermet's bio:

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Kermet Apio enjoyed a childhood in paradise. He spent his time watching television, playing, and procrastinating everything else. To this day, he still does all three extensively.

After graduating from high school, Kermet went to Seattle to attend the University of Washington. Seattle became home. In the winter of 1988, Kermet did his first open mike night at the Comedy Underground in Seattle. Comedy was a great hobby. In May of 1990, he quit his job, said good bye to health care and benefits, and took the leap to performing full time. It is still his only job skill.

Kermet is married and the proud father of two wonderful children. He enjoys his family, baseball, and pie. He does not enjoy opera, sitting in traffic, and writing about himself in the third person.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Rainier's Tickets for Sale

We are pleased to announce a couple of events in cooperation with the Tacoma Rainier Baseball Club, to help raise funds for student scholarships. Club S.E.C.U.R.E. here on campus has organized two games in which a portion of ticket sales will be donated to the program. The two games will be held on May 27th @ 700pm, which is the Thursday before Memorial day weekend and Aug. 15th @115 pm, which is Sunday. Tickets for the May game are currently on sale during lunch every day at the student center

We are also very happy to offer a program called "Take A Soldier to the Ballgame". In which $10 donations can purchase a ticket for a soldier recently returned from deployment overseas in either Iraq or Afghanistan. The soldiers are primarily from joint base Lewis-McChord but we are working on taking the fund to other venues.

Please feel free to invite family and friends as this is a social event were all are welcome. We have reserved a whole section in the stadium and would really like to fill it and show our support for the school, scholarship programs and as many troops as we can bring with us. What a great way to start the Memorial weekend!

You will find the event flier attach to this mailing. It contains information on ticket prices and a secure ordering link. So if you make your purchase or donation online, then all you need to do is print your confirmation and come choose your seats.

Come join us for a fun night at the Ballpark!


Roy O'Mary
Club President

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

In the Spotlight: Environmental Sciences & Technology

If protecting and replenishing the many and various ravages to Mother Earth count for anything, those activities should go a long ways toward ensuring a certain serenity of mind in individuals who choose a career in such a field.

It may come as no surprise to those interested in keeping the environment healthy that Clover Park Technical College’s Environmental Sciences & Technology’s six-quarter program (including a three-month internship arranged by the student, usually with a potential employer) is dynamite.

Besides the two classrooms, the program also has a 110-acre outdoor classroom across the street from the main campus consisting of three distinct areas: a large wetlands, a little strip of conifer forest on the slope, and an oak woodland, savannah-style.

“There are two components to this program,” Instructor Kathryn Smith says. “We call them the green side and the brown side. Many students come into the program thinking they want to work in a green field, then realize over time that the brown side is green as well. They begin to see the overlap.”

Green side refers to the natural resources classes taught by Instructor Andrew Fritz, while the brown side covers Kathryn’s classes on pollution and clean-up. As a whole, the program, which was created 17 years ago in 1993, includes courses such as protecting the environment through monitoring and checking the quality of air, soil, and water (for example, when a sample of well water is taken back to the classroom lab for analysis). Habitat restoration is another area of training. At the brown end of the spectrum is training to enable the cleanup of a major environmental catastrophe, such as a hazardous material spill in the waters of Puget Sound.

Andrew adds, “Those who complete the program and end up with an Associate’s degree, a Hazmat certificate, they’re definitely employable and can go right to work in the brown side; those who hold out for the green side find it a bit more competitive and may need to invest in more education.”

And as if in answer to that need, a transfer agreement was recently arranged with the University of Washington at Tacoma (UW/T). This agreement allows CPTC students to transfer to UW/T and seek a four-year degree, which often translates into higher-paying jobs.

With the current attention to cutting-edge “green” training, lauded by President Obama as important for rebuilding the job market, future job seekers in this area feel their efforts will be rewarded. Students in this discipline are rewarded in other ways, as well: the program has the distinction of having seven WAVE (Washington Award for Vocational Excellence) and four All-Washington Academic Team recipients over the past four years. Always good for the résumé.

At a time when the economic climate is not especially reassuring, the bottom line for students is employability. Graduates of this program in the past have found positions with state agencies such as the Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Natural Resources, and Department of Ecology. On a local level, there’s Pierce County Department of Public Works and the City of Tacoma. There are also private corporations such as Boeing; Weyerhaeuser; or paper mills, which must have permits and be in environmental compliance; and private companies, large and small; environmental consulting firms that help projects by handling their environmental impact statements; or the planning and work that go into projects such as building bridges down to small projects such as consulting about filling in a wetland in a backyard to accommodate an addition to a house. There is also a lot of funding to monitor and fix salmon habitat. Others find opportunities working in laboratory analysis or environmental monitoring of forests, fish, and ecosystems’ health.

And talk about a shining star: the Environmental Sciences & Technology Program has garnered its share of fame, through its Brownsfield Program, by contributing to the College’s recent receipt of MetLife Foundation’s Community College Excellence Award (one of three colleges selected from over 250 nationally). The award includes a $50,000 grant, which will be used for future-oriented job retraining for older adults and veterans, which, in turn, results in sustaining and strengthening service to the community and the region.

In the end, not only is it “not nice to fool Mother Nature,” but “it pays (nicely) to be nice to Mother Nature,” and we are finding that if we take care of her, she will take care of us.

Dianne Bunnell
Clover Park Technical College

eLearning Technology Center Open House

Do you know where the eLearning Technology Center is located on campus?

Tomorrow, Thursday, May 6, from 2:00-4:00 p.m., you have a chance to find out not only the location (which is a bit tricky), but all of the services available, at the Center’s Open House. The tricky part? Room 101 in Building 16 is not accessible through the main entrance, but through a separate entrance on the east end of Building 16, on the side that faces Building 11.

So why should you check out the eLearning Center? Carol Orr, Kelly Meeusen, and Cindy Overton (known as the eTeam) are pleased to introduce the campus to the new eLearning Technology Center’s computer lab, filled with ten computers to help not just faculty, but staff and students, also. However, if you are an instructor and have a passing interest in the ANGEL Program, on Friday, May 7, you may join the ranks of 83 ANGEL-certified instructors who’ve taken the ANGEL Fundamentals class.

That ANGEL Fundamentals class (a learning management system, akin to Blackboard) will begin on Friday, May 7, online, for a total of 30 hours over four weeks. For those instructors who are toying with the idea of jumping on the ANGEL bandwagon, but can’t make Friday’s class, there will be one more class offered in late summer. So, if you’d like to be able to start the school year with ANGEL to assist you (which translates into easy assignments, tests, and grades back to students in a flash), sign up now for ANGEL Fundamentals.

In addition, on Friday, May 7, there will be a “Deans Workshop,” same location, 9:00 a.m.

The Center is not only available to help staff brush up on the PowerPoint skills they learned in a class months ago and then forgot the fine points of due to lack of consistent use, but can also proctor exams, hold classes for students and staff, and workshops for instructors, helping virtually everyone with the new technology, whether they come from the Lakewood or South Hill campuses. In addition, the Center is available for orientations of entire classes – just let one of the eTeam know when you’d like to have your students signed up for an orientation that will help them navigate the ANGEL system. And if it doesn’t work out for your class to take time for this type of group activity, the Center also runs orientations at the beginning of every quarter, as well as having the capability to meet with individual students as the need arises.

Soon the Center will be posting more workshops for faculty and staff, such as Elluminate training and classes for instructors beyond ANGEL basics, such as SoftChalk, also known as Lesson Builder. This can be used to break a course into short lessons, bringing in media pieces, pictures, which can then be uploaded to ANGEL very simply – for students to access, from anywhere they have internet. Flexibility-wise, instructors and students have never had it so good!

The College currently has over 80 fully-online courses. Many more instructors use ANGEL in the classroom, but not exclusively online. This is a tremendous boon for those students who want to work with a CPTC instructor and can accomplish the coursework by the end of the designated class time. It accommodates their preference to not have to drive to campus, and it allows them to arrange their schooling to coincide with their own schedules.

So tomorrow, come on down to Bldg. 16, east entrance, and check out the eLearning Technology Center, find out about the computer lab, the programs, the staff to support your needs, and walk into another aspect of the 21st century.

Dianne Bunnell
Clover Park Technical College

Margaret Wheatley comes to Clover Park Technical College

You are invited to attend an extraordinary event – an in-person presentation by Margaret Wheatley – right here at Clover Park Technical College!

Internationally renowned speaker, author and philosopher Margaret Wheatley will be on campus at Clover Park Technical College on May 27th, 2010. Meg Wheatley is the author of five books, nine DVDs and numerous audio books and podcasts. She’ll be talking with us about Leading in Chaos: The Role of Communication, Community and Clarity. Meg has a doctorate degree from Harvard, in Administration, Planning and Social Policy. She holds a Masters in Communications and Systems Thinking from New York University, and a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Rochester. The American Society for Training and Development awarded her their highest honor by dubbing her “a living legend.” In April 2005, she was elected to the Leonardo Da Vinci Society for her contribution to the development of the field of systems thinking.

Meg has worked with an unusually broad variety of organizations on all continents, from large corporations, government and healthcare agencies to churches, associations, foundations, the armed forces and monasteries. All of these organizations were wrestling with a common dilemma – how to maintain their integrity and effectiveness as they cope with the relentless upheavals and rapid shifts of these chaotic times. With our state budget cuts, unemployment, and a host of other problems facing both leaders and community members at this time, Meg Wheatley will provide us with the guiding principles for leading our own lives, our families, our organizations and our communities.

Get your tickets at www.cptc.edu/meg. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime event! Become the leader that you, your family, your community and your organization need you to step up and be. The Early Bird Discount has been extended through NOON tomorrow, 5/6.

Networking and hors d'oeuvres will begin at 4:00 p.m., and Meg will speak from 4:30 to 6:00. Book signing will be from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

May your leadership leave a legacy for many generations to come.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

CPTC's Health and Wellness Fair - Tomorrow

Clover Park Technical College’s Health and Wellness Fair will be on:

Wednesday, May 5th 2010
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Building 23, The Atrium

There will be health screenings, wellness information and so much more.


Our very own Chandra Miller-Starks will be offering an Eating Disorder Screening in Room 302.


Staff members, please come out and enjoy this event and faculty members, please release your students so that they can take advantage of the services that will be offered. Last year we had a great turn out and active participation keeps the vendors coming back to us.

Clover Park Technical College selected to help expand Plus 50 Initiative

More Plus 50 Adults Turn to Community Colleges for Job Training and Career Jumpstarts

LAKEWOOD, WA – Community colleges around the nation are turning to the Plus 50 Initiative at the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) for help in designing programs for baby boomers, who are increasingly returning to campus for job training and to makeover careers waylaid by the economic recession.

One of the colleges involved in the initiative’s expansion efforts is Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood, Washington. The College will serve as a Learning Partner for the other community colleges in Pierce County.

Clover Park will work with Bates Technical College, Tacoma Community College, Pierce College District 11 which includes Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom and Pierce College-Puyallup.

Clover Park Technical College is one of four colleges designated as learning partners to help six community colleges implement plus 50 programs helping baby boomers return to campus for job training and to improve their skills.

“With President Obama calling on our nation’s community colleges to help unemployed and laid off Americans get back to work, we are seeing increased demand from college leaders for support in structuring effective programs for plus 50 adults,” said George R. Boggs, AACC President and CEO. “This expansion effort will share best practices with more colleges and help them more efficiently work with baby boomers.”

Four additional community colleges will serve as Plus 50 Initiative Peer-to-Peer Ambassadors or regional conference host working to expand the network of plus 50 colleges by reaching out to 26 additional community colleges. They will share information about how to start and sustain a quality educational program for plus 50 students. They will also invite the new colleges to participate in national discussions on effective programming for plus 50 students.

Thirty-two additional colleges will join the initiative through the 2010 expansion. The initiative started with 15 grantee colleges in 2008 and expanded its work to include 12 additional community colleges in 2009. The expansion pairs existing and more experienced Plus 50 colleges with additional community colleges that will become “affiliates” of the Plus 50 Initiative.

The Plus 50 Initiative began its efforts to help community colleges faced with an expanding baby boomer student population by focusing on learning, training and career development, and volunteering. The three-year project is sponsored by the AACC with a $3.2 million grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies.

For 90 years, the AACC has been the leading advocate for the nation’s community colleges, which currently number more than 1,173 and serve close to 12 million students annually. Its membership comprises 90% of all public two-year colleges – the largest, most accessible, most diverse sector of U.S. higher education. As institutions committed to access, community service and lifelong learning, community colleges have long-focused on the needs of adults who are already in the workforce, many of whom are seeking new skills and knowledge for changes in their lives and careers.

To learn more about the Plus 50 Initiative, visit http://plus50.aacc.nche.edu. To learn more about the AACC and The Atlantic Philanthropies, visit www.aacc.nche.edu and www.atlanticphilanthropies.org.
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