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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Metlife Award Presentation to the Tacoma City Council

Clover Park Technical College President Dr. John Walstrum made a Metlife Award presentation to the Tacoma City Council last night.

Watch it here. Video Internet Explorer is required. Click on "2010 Metlife Foundation Community College Excellence Award."

Network services fully restored

The college network services have been fully restored. Thank you for your patience.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

CPTC network services are temporarily down

Due to unexpected heating and air conditioning problems affecting our servers, we will be experiencing intermittent outages and loss of service throughout the day. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. We will provide more information as it becomes available.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Summer 2010 - College Knowledge Workshop Series

We have been offering this workshop series for a year now and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive from students and staff.

These workshops are still aligned with the College Core abilities and attendance at these workshops can assist students in acquiring these important abilities. Please share these opportunities with our students.

Please note that all of these workshops will be ITV’d to our South Hill campus.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

New Student Advising Workshop - Summer Quarter

NOTE NEW TIME: New Student Advising Workshops will now be at 2:00 on Wednesdays.

Workshops held in Building 17, Room 230

July & August Dates
September Dates

July & August 2010

Date Day Time

July 7th Wednesday 2:00pm

July 14th Wednesday 2:00pm*

July 21st Wednesday 2:00pm

July 22nd Thursday 10:00am Morning

July 28th Wednesday 2:00pm*

August 4th Wednesday 2:00pm

August 11th Wednesday 2:00pm*

August 18th Wednesday 2:00pm

August 19th Thursday 10:00am Morning

August 25th Wednesday 2:00pm*

*Followed by Individual Program Information Sessions at 3:00

Instructors Please Note: We want to thank you all for supporting this workshop and directing students to attend after the Program Information Sessions, but In response to feedback from students we have changed the time for our workshops on Wednesdays to be before the Program Information Session instead of after.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Clover Park Weatherization and Sustainability Expo an opportunity to learn what recovery investment is accomplishing in Pierce County

How are weatherization programs and the careers they create shaping up in Pierce County? How can individuals receive training in weatherization, or apply to have their homes weatherized? What part is weatherization playing in the development of a sustainable local economy? Learn about these issues and more at Clover Park Technical College’s Weatherization and Sustainable Careers expo on June 30, 2010.

Weatherization is a hot topic; Washington has received $30 million in recovery funds to improve the energy efficiency of the built environment. In April, Governor Gregoire announced an additional $30 million in federal funding for weatherization training and programs, bringing federal investment in the energy efficiency of Washington homes to nearly $60 million. Pierce County has received a share of this money to fund local programs and training.

Pierce County Community Action program, which has received $3.9 million for its weatherization program will be on hand along with Tacoma’s Metropolitan Development Council to answer question about their programs. Local businesses engaged in weatherization and other sustainability sectors will also be on hand to answer questions, demonstrate products, and describe their services.

Brandon Rogers, Clover Park Technical College’s Grant Development Coordinator, states that Washington State’s two-year colleges have been recognized for anticipating the current move towards sustainability. In March, Clover Park received the MetLife Community College Excellence Award for service to the community through its Brownfields Job Training program, which emphasizes green jobs training.

Highlights of the expo include:

  • A hands-on demonstration of cutting-edge weatherization techniques by RetroTech
  • Representatives from Pierce County agencies that provide weatherization services on hand to explain their programs, and provide information on applying for weatherization assistance.
  • Career-building experts from WorkForce Central’s Business Connections will conduct break-out sessions to help you prepare for and land a job in weatherization and other sustainability fields. These sessions begin at 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.

The expo will run from 10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. at Clover Park Technical College’s McGavick Student Center. Admission and parking are free. Further information and directions to the center are available at cloverparkeventcenter.com.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Graduation - Nursing Assistant certified program, NWCTHS June 10, 2010

Beginning in late January, we partnered with Steilacoom High School for our first ever Nursing Assistant certified program exclusively for high school students. This June, we graduated our first class of students who earned their Nursing Assistant Certification. On June 10th we held a special graduation ceremony for the NAC graduates for their families and friends. Each graduate received a Nursing Assistant pin and a certificate.

Friday, June 18, 2010

CPTC Tutoring Center

Have you ever sat staring at school work, knowing that trying to do that math problem one more time was not going to yield a correct answer? And then you think, “I am so in trouble – there’s nobody around here I can ask for help.”

Help is here! The Clover Park Technical College Tutoring Center, recently relocated to the old Boardroom space in the Library in Building 15, is like the cool big brother or sister you never had, who was patient, kind, great at explaining things, and best of all, a math wiz. And that goes for help with your writing assignments, too – however, the pie chart below shows that, by far, it’s math that stumps most students.

The eight computers in the Tutoring Center are equipped with HAWKS software that allows CPTC students to self-study in math. The most popular aspect of the Center, of course, is the five staff tutors available to help students with their school work. No appointment necessary, and the services are completely free to students. You can come in as often as you wish.

These staff tutors (who are not instructors, with the exception of Sam Parnell, who runs a Math Lab in the evening), are wonderfully helpful, experienced tutors who have two- or four-year degrees. Spring quarter was the first time the Center also utilized three student tutors, who’ve been very well received. So well received, in fact, that the Center is looking into more for the future.

So just walk in – no appointment needed – sit right down – and then, prepare to be successful!

What is eTutoring?

Also available is 24-hour eTutoring on a variety of topics (anatomy and physiology, accounting, math, a writing lab, biology, statistics and more…). If you’re at home or off campus, consider getting the help you need…it’s only a click away.

The online writing lab allows you to ask for specific feedback and get your work back with a tutor’s response within 24-48 hours. The tutor will not edit, correct, or rewrite your paper, but will help improve your work and writing skills.

Live tutoring via eChat is also available, where you can meet with an eTutor in one-on-one tutoring sessions via a fully interactive, virtual online environment.

To use eTutoring services, go to www.cptc.edu and click on the My Clover Park Technical College Connection logo to sign in from there, or go directly to www.etutoring.org and log in with your My.C.C. account name and password. Then click…

Learning Resources

  • Tutoring

  • Link to eTutoring

  • Log in with your CPTC email username and password

Log-in Problems?

Your user name:

Your last name and the last four digits of your student ID number

(Example: smith1234)

Your password:

Your birthday, in this order: year, month, day, as YYMMDD.

(Example: 830201= February 1, 1983)

June 2010 Graduation Photos

Become a Tutor at the Tutoring Center!

A student tutor is a paid position and falls under the umbrella of on-campus, part-time work-study employment. Student Activity fees support this program. CPTC students who are interested in becoming involved in such a capacity should access the Peer Tutoring Opportunities link on the College website, complete the application, and request a trusted instructor to complete the confidential reference form on your behalf.

Basic qualifications for these positions are strong math and/or English skills demonstrated by an unofficial transcript either from CPTC or another college, dependability, and a desire to help other students be successful. Once your application packet is complete, you will be contacted for a personal interview.

Peer tutoring hours can be scheduled around your class schedule. Work assignments generally range from 5-10 hours per week with a minimum one-quarter commitment. For more information, please email Carmen Croppi, Basic Skills Director (carmen.croppi@cptc.edu).

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Internet Dangers

The Associated Student Government, Internet Dangers. The event was presented by the (CNISS) Computer Networking Information System Security instructor Kelly Hollewell. The presentation had brought the attention of both faculty and staff this presentation was presented at both Lakewood and South Hill campus. Kelly had made it very important touch on issues that affect us today, issues such as Spyware, Adware, Security breaches on all Network site example MySpace, facebook and Twitter and many more. The event drew a lot of questions from the massive crowd who attended. The expertise’s of our own Campus instructor and his presentation has many taking a different look at how security on their computers should be handled. The Associated Student Government will like to thank Kelly Hollewell for his time and effort in conducting these presentations for us.


A group of 15 CPTC public speaking students visited the Lakewood Kiwanis Club Tuesday, 15 June. These four individuals spoke to the club:

  • Rhiannon Cupps--Esthetic Sciences: "Empowering Women for the Workforce"
  • Lisa Brooks--Medical Esthetics: "The Special Olympics"
  • Jenn Lawson--Histology Lab Technician: "Barrel Racing"
  • Anthony Collins--Barbering: "Choices and Consequences"

Kiwanis President Chris Guppy praised the students for their poise and knowledge. The encounter was the fourth event since last fall in which Clover Park's students have visited community organizations to demonstrate their public speaking skills. Previous groups have included Lakewood United, the Lakewood Rotary Club, and the Lakewold Gardens docent staff.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

In the Spotlight: CPTC Library

When I walk into a library, there’s a part of me that feels awed by the stores of knowledge and entertainment in tangible form all around me. So much so, that I ensured that my children were enticed by books at a very early age, taking them into the community library, settling my three-year-old daughter with a few picture books and then spreading a few thick-paged (non-edible) books on my one-year-old daughter’s stroller tray.

The Clover Park Technical College Library, located in Building 15, is even more awesome. And with summer coming, students and staff will be happy to know that while some libraries shut down over the summer, the hours and services offered by the CPTC Library are the same as during the rest of the school year – and that includes being open Saturdays, 9:30-2:30 p.m. However, it will be closed to students (and open to faculty and staff) after June 17 until summer classes begin on June 28. They also provide service to the South Hill campus, mostly online, but every other week, a librarian goes out to the South Hill campus and is available from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

There may be some services the Library provides that you are not aware of. One, for example, is a Library orientation for an instructor’s entire class (helping students get a library card, or helping them learn to use the online catalog, or lessons in better web searching, or word processing, for starters). All of the Library staff are very helpful (library techs Marilyn Lee, Nancy Garcia, and Cecile Alexander; and lab techs Gina Hughes and RJ Hike), as are the librarians, Doug Ammons and Elaine Holster, who are happy to work with faculty to present workshops on topics chosen by instructors.

In the past, Elaine and Doug have put on résumé-writing workshops (the Library has lots of books on résumés and interviewing), as well as a WOIS (Washington Occupational Information System) workshop, where students can: access information on occupations particular to Washington residents; set up a WOIS portfolio to store résumés and cover letters; check on job outlook and occupation salary scales for a future career; and also, identify job titles that may not have occurred to students as within their area of study, “Wow – I never would’ve thought I’d qualify for that job.”

Elaine and Doug also work with faculty on specific assignments to help students find resources, or with individual students who can’t find their lesson on Angel (or once they find it, can’t remember how to submit it), or for those students who’ve never touched a computer before, they can help them with computer basics (Word or PowerPoint, for example), or give tips on citations or formatting – and even do a little proofing.

And talk about catering to your wish list – did you know our librarians (insofar as recent budget constraints allow) invite faculty to let them know about videos, DVDs, and books in their area they might like the Library to purchase? This goes for every program. Same for students – aside from texts, if a student has a suggestion for the Library collection, he or she should let our librarians know what they’d like to see added to CPTC’s collection.

If an instructor requests, the Library will place books on reserve for that instructor’s students. Each month, a list of recent purchases is sent to pertinent instructors. For example, a list of books that have just arrived on welding is sent to welding instructors.

The Library has a writing lab with 28 seats. Altogether, the Library has five printers, one color printer, two flat-bed scanners, and 37 computers in an open computer lab, available for students to write research papers or check email (or email instructors) – and they can get help with their campus email account, too. Wireless is also available to those who want to work on their personal computers (however, it’s not possible to print from a computer that’s not on the network). In addition, media equipment is available for instructors to borrow: VCR and DVD players, overhead projectors, a few laptops, and digital cameras.

QuestionPoint is a fairly new Library service. To access this wonderful high-tech feature, go to the Library homepage (www.cptc.edu/library) and click on the QuestionPoint link. Type in your question, and the worldwide cooperative of university and college libraries will help you seven days a week, 24 hours a day – as in, a librarian somewhere in the world is sitting in front of the computer waiting to answer your question. E-chatting was never so educational, or personal.

There is also a Tutoring Center in the Library, recently relocated to the old Boardroom (and the old tutoring space is being converted to quiet study space). If math or English are tough for you and you’d like to get some individual help, drop in and check out the Tutoring Center or go to the Library homepage and click on e-tutoring. More on the Tutoring Center in a follow-up article…

Our Library is there for us. And for our part, we would all be well served to create the bond, become a Library user for life – whether we began the journey in a stroller or right here at Clover Park Technical College.

Dianne Bunnell
Clover Park Technical College

1st CPTC International Club Essay Contest Winners

Photos of the June 7th ceremony.

Monday, June 14, 2010

The Celebration of Cultures - Multicultural Club Event Images

The Multicultural Club had its first event last Wednesday June 9th –entitled The Celebration of Cultures (The month of June is Asian-Islander/Gay/Lesbian/Transgender month).

From 11:00 - 12:00 pm
  • The Samoan Dance Troupe’ provided a brief history of the Island of Samoa.
  • Then they performed in the atrium to a rather larger and attentive crowd with their Samoan traditional dances and songs.
  • The fire dancer was able to perform outside and for being only 14 years old –he did an absolutely great performance.
  • Some of our CPTC students join in the dancing lessons.
  • It was a great time had by all.
From 12:00 - 2:00 pm
  • The Gay/Lesbian/ Transgender speakers provided new and valuable information to students and instructors who attended the 12 – 2 pm session of events.
  • Lastly, although the 12 -2 pm. session was a sensitive subject of the afternoon - the overall the response from CPTC students/instructors was indeed well received (we had a 15 - 25 students and a few instructors in and out during this session).

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Program Information

Get information on your training program(s) of interest!

Program Information Sessions provide a unique opportunity to meet with faculty and visit the training areas!

For more information, go to http://www.cptc.edu/pdfs/program_information_sessions.pdf

Monday, June 7, 2010

Multicultural Club Newsletter


The Winners of the 1st CPTC International Club Essay Contest

The CPTC International Club will present awards on Monday, June 7 to the winners of our essay contest in the atrium of Bldg. 23 at 12:30. The judge, Dean Marcia Somer will give a speech about the winning essays and we will award three prizes. Please come and join us to congratulate these three students:

Kristina Bedford, Amber Brennan and Kayla Lannom.

Important Information for Students


CPTC delivers quarterly grades only on-line. Spring student grades will be posted and available on-line June 22, 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 also use 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 E-mail

Register Online (It is not too late to register for Summer 2010)

Get Schedule

Check Wait List

Pay Fees

Drop Class

Change Address

Change PIN

Check Financial Aid

View Unofficial Transcript (Spring grades will be online June 22nd)

Register to Vote

Academic Calendar

American Opportunity Tax Credit

Associated Student Government

FAQs – View 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.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Student Veterans Resource Workshop--Next Week

Student Veterans Resource Workshop
Tuesday June 8th, 2010
1400-1600 hours (Presentation Starts at 2:00pm)
Location: Veterans Resource Center Building 22, Room 121

Feel free to contact Annemarie Solbrack with any questions about this event at annemarie.solbrack@cptc.edu or 253.589.5881.

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