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Friday, July 30, 2010

In the Spotlight: Interior Design Setting the Bar Higher

All of the interior design instructors at Clover Park Technical College (CPTC) hold the prestigious National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) certificate, a rare distinction for the only Interior Design Program in Pierce County. The certification matters to discriminating students looking to choose an excellent course of study and to clients shopping for top-quality interior design services.

NCIDQ certification means the holder is trained in the protection of public health, safety, and welfare as it relates to building interiors. It means a minimum of six years of specialized education and experience. It means successfully completing a rigorous two-day exam. CPTC’s own Interior Design instructors, Sunny Houser and Julie Watts, recently passed the exam in their first sitting, a rarity for most who take it.

Interior Design Instructions (left to right) Michael Bowman, Julie Watts, Sunny Houser

The exam is composed of three sections:
  • Section 1: Codes, Building Systems, and Construction Standards
  • Section 2: Design Application, Project Coordination, and Professional Practice
  • Section 3: Interior Design Practicum
The NCIDQ Certificate is required for professional membership in the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), and Interior Designers of Canada (IDC).

It takes designers three years of education and three years of experience in order to qualify to take the NCIDQ test. CPTC Interior Design students can accumulate the required time with any of the College’s three certified instructors who have been through the six-year NCIDQ process.

Architects write much of the NCIDQ test, and many take the test as well, adding to the hand-and-glove relationship between architects and interior designers. NCIDQ certification indicates extensive, measurable knowledge of and experience in not simply the aesthetic component, but the building codes component of interior design, as well.

In a down economy and a crowded employment field, NCIDQ certification, quite simply, gives an edge in a competitive job market, a market that is international. Those at home or abroad interested in high caliber interior designers can check to see who has NCIDQ certification through the website, www.ncidq.org.

Students at Clover Park Technical College who complete the Interior Design Program may go right to work, but they also have the option of transferring to Evergreen State College or Bellevue College to complete a four-year degree, or to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising located in San Francisco or L.A. In addition, for those who may not stay in the state of Washington, it is important to note that successful completion of the NCIDQ examination is required for professional registration in 26 states and Canadian provinces that have enacted licensing or certification statutes.

Once the Interior Design Program is completed, CPTC graduates’ hardest task is deciding which career path to choose. Whether working in the public sector (hospitality, healthcare, retail, government, etc.), or private (residential), the options are many. For example, from redesigning the emergency departments of a hospital to working with restaurants, hotels, or resorts, the creative professional challenges are exciting (see sidebar, “Interior Design Career Paths”). With skills that are transferable and the variety of areas that call for interior design talent (and NCIDQ certification), few lines of work could boast being more recession-proof.

According to industry officials, a 19 percent growth rate is forecast for the interior design industry for the next eight years. While many areas of the economy are languishing, the trend seems to be to do more with scant budgets – redesign!

So for the newly-certified Interior Design faculty, Julie Watts and Sunny Houser (and let us not neglect to mention Michael Bowman, who already has his NCIDQ certificate), kudos, applause – and one great huzzah!

Dianne Bunnell
Clover Park Technical College

COMMERCIAL DESIGN AREAS OF PRACTICE:

CORPORATE
AREAS OF PRACTICE
* Financial Institutions
* Professional Office Space
* Industrial Facilities/Complexes
* Public and Community Spaces
* Transportation Terminals
* Healthcare Systems
* Civil Engineering Systems

FACILITY PLANNING & DESIGN
AREAS OF PRACTICE
* Corporations
* Medical Institutions
* Educational Institutions
* Tenant Improvement Management
* Interior Design Construction
* Architecture/Engineering
* Operations Management
* Risk Management

HEALTHCARE
AREAS OF PRACTICE
* Hospitals
* Surgery Centers
* Specialty Outpatient Facilities
* Cancer Centers
* Senior Living Communities
* Wellness & Rehabilitation Centers
* Satellite Hospitals
* Children’s Hospitals
* Women’s Centers
* Clinical Research Buildings

HOSPITALITY
AREAS OF PRACTICE
* Hotels
* Resorts and Retreats
* Restaurants and Bars
* Country Clubs and Athletic Clubs
* Trains, Cruise Ships and Airplanes
* Amusement Parks and Entertainment Venues
* Convention and Conference CentersProfessional Office Space

INSTITUTIONAL
AREAS OF PRACTICE
* Schools
* Colleges and Universities
* Museums
* Libraries
* Recreational Areas
* Family Service Centers
* Religious Facilities

RETAIL
AREAS OF PRACTICE
* Shopping Centers
* Food Courts
* Theaters
* Lifestyle Villages
* Retail Management Offices
* Spas and Salons
* Restaurants
* Specialty Stores
* University-Related Retail

OTHER SPECIALTIES
* Sustainable (Green) Design
* ADAAG Specialist
* and more…

Information from www.iida.org

PTK News


We wanted to send a short reminder that we are holding a Phi Theta Kappa Orientation in Bldg. 23 at noon on Monday and our induction ceremony will be Tuesday, August 3rd at 5:00pm, in the Bldg. 3 rotunda.

For events, executive board positions
, projects and more, check out the PTK newsletter.
PTK Newsletter July 2010

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

On-campus Employment Opportunity for Students


The Student Programs office is hiring 3 students to work as Lead Mentors in the new S.T.E.P. Center, which is being created on the Lakewood campus. These students would be responsible for connecting students to college and community resources, planning and participating in college events, and empowering their fellow students to reach their goals. Students hired as Lead Mentors would staff the S.T.E.P. Center for 12 – 19 hrs per week, and will be paid $10.43 per hr. Applicants must have completed 12 credits at CPTC with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in order to be eligible.

Job Description
Application Form

If you could post them in your area, it would be a great help! If you have any questions, please call Sean Cooke at 253-589-5734.

Stress Management Workshop ENCORE!!


Last week we had so many students interested in the stress management workshop that we ran out of chairs! So I have scheduled an “Encore” Stress Management Workshop for this Thursday the 29th at 11am in room 212 of the student center.

Contact Chandra Miller-Starks at (253) 589-5526 or chandra.miller-starks@cptc.edu if you have any questions.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Free Computer Classes at Pierce County Libraries

Visit a Pierce County Library this August through September to learn everything you need to know about computers. Learn the basics about using a computer, downloading audiobooks and e-books, communicating via e-mail, navigating the Net and creating a website. Get started using Excel, Word, Publisher and PowerPoint or find answers to questions during drop-in help. Discover Library e-sources for job searchers, small business owners, investors and antique collectors.

The classes are part of Pierce County Library System’s services to help people find and get jobs, as well as start and retain small businesses during the economic downturn.

The Library will offer classes at Bonney Lake Pierce County Library, 18501 90th St. E.; Buckley Pierce County Library, 123 S. River Ave.; Gig Harbor Pierce County Library, 4424 Point Fosdick Drive N.W.; Graham Pierce County Library, 9202 224th St. E.; Lakewood Pierce County Library, 6300 Wildaire Road S.W; Parkland/Spanaway Pierce County Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S.; South Hill Pierce County Library, 15420 Meridian E.; Summit Pierce County Library, 5107 112th St. E.; Sumner Pierce County Library, 1116 Fryar Ave.; and University Place Pierce County Library as well as the Bonney Lake Senior Center, 19304 Bonney Lake Blvd.

Register for classes at a Pierce County Library.

Computers for Beginners

  • Lakewood Library, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 8:45 – 10 a.m.
  • Gig Harbor Library, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Buckley Library, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Sumner Library, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
  • South Hill Library, Saturday, Aug. 7, 9 – 10 a.m.
  • Parkland/Spanaway Library, Wednesday, Aug. 11, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Summit Library, Thursday, Sept. 9, 5:45 – 7 p.m.
  • Graham Library, Monday, Sept. 13, 10:30 a.m. – noon
  • Bonney Lake Senior Center, Monday, Sept. 13, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Lakewood Library, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 8:45 – 10 a.m.
  • Graham Library, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
  • University Place Library, Saturday, Sept. 18, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Sumner Library, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Computer Lab: Basics and E-Mail

  • Graham Library, Monday, Aug. 2, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Computer Lab: Excel and Word

  • Graham Library, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Computer Lab: Resumes

  • Graham Library, Monday, Aug. 9, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Graham Library, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Create Your Own Website

  • South Hill Library, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 9 – 10:30 a.m.

Downloading Audiobooks

  • Parkland/Spanaway Library, Wednesday, Sept. 1, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Lakewood Library, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Drop-In Help

  • Buckley Library, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Buckley Library, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2 – 4 p.m.

E-Books and E-Readers

  • Parkland/Spanaway Library, Tuesday, Sept 28, 2 – 4 p.m.

E-Mail for Beginners

  • Buckley Library, Thursday, Aug. 12, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Lakewood Library, 6300 Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Parkland/Spanaway Library, Thursday, Aug. 26, 9 – 9:55 a.m.
  • South Hill Library, Saturday, Aug. 28, 9 – 10 a.m.
  • Gig Harbor Library, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2 – 4 p.m.

Excel 2007 for Beginners

  • Graham Library, Wednesday, Aug. 11, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Lakewood Library, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Sumner Library, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Lakewood Library, Friday, Aug. 20, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Parkland/Spanaway Library, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 9 – 9:55 a.m.
  • South Hill Library, Tuesday, Sept. 7, 9 – 10:30 a.m.
  • Lakewood Library, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Lakewood Library, Friday, Sept. 17, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Excel 2007 II

  • Sumner Library, Thursday, Aug. 5, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Sumner Library, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Investing: Morningstar Investment Research Center

  • Parkland/Spanaway Library, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m. – noon

Investing: Value Line

  • Parkland/Spanaway Library, Tuesday, Sept. 7, 10 a.m. – noon

Job Search Resources

  • Sumner Library, Wednesday, Aug. 11, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Buckley Library, Thursday, Sept. 9, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Job Search Tips

  • Gig Harbor Library, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Gig Harbor Library, Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Buckley Library, Thursday, Sept. 16, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Job Search Tips and E-Mail Help

  • Bonney Lake Library, Saturday, Sept. 18, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Marketing Databases

  • Parkland/Spanaway Library, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2 – 4 p.m.

Navigating the Net: Internet for Beginners

  • Lakewood Library, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 8:45 – 10 a.m.
  • University Place Library, Friday, Aug. 6, 1:30 – 3 p.m.
  • Parkland/Spanaway Library, Thursday, Aug. 19, 9 – 9:55 a.m.
  • South Hill Library, Saturday, Aug. 21, 9 – 10 a.m.
  • Parkland/Spanaway Library, Wednesday, Sept. 8, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Lakewood Library, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 8:45 – 10 a.m.
  • Parkland/Spanaway Library, Thursday, Sept. 30, 9 – 9:55 a.m.

PowerPoint 2007 for Beginners

  • Lakewood Library, Friday, Aug. 27, 9 – 10 a.m.
  • Bonney Lake Library, Monday, Sept. 20, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Lakewood Library, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Pricing Your Collectibles

  • Lakewood Library, Monday, Aug. 23, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
  • Sumner Library, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Gig Harbor Library, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Gig Harbor Library, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2 – 4 p.m.

Publisher 2007 for Beginners

  • Lakewood Library, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Resume 101

  • Graham Library, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Gig Harbor Library, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Sumner Library, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Buckley Library, Thursday, Sept. 2, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Gig Harbor Library, Tuesday, Sept 14, 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Graham Library, Monday, Sept. 27, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Word 2007 for Beginners

  • Parkland/Spanaway Library, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Sumner Library, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Graham Library, Monday, Aug. 16, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Buckley Library, Thursday, Aug. 19, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Lakewood Library, Thursday, Aug. 26, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Lakewood Library, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Summit Library, Thursday, Sept. 16, 5:45 – 7 p.m.
  • South Hill Library, Saturday, Sept. 18, 9 – 10 a.m.
  • Lakewood Library, Monday, Sept. 20, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Graham Library, Monday, Sept. 20, 10:30 a.m. – noon
  • Graham Library, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Parkland/Spanaway Library, Thursday, Sept. 23, 9 – 9:55 a.m.

Word 2007 II

  • Sumner Library, Thursday, Aug. 19, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Sumner Library, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Operations/College Relations Summer Update from Amy Goings

Hello colleagues,

Here is a quick snapshot update of the many operations/facilities/ and information technology initiatives currently underway on campus. I will strive to update you regularly. As always, if you have questions please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.

Facilities
Building 14: Emergency repairs are on schedule and due to be completed mid-September. In an effort to make our facilities more energy efficient, we received state approval to increase the roof insulation as part of the roof repairs. This 1980 building will get a makeover soon with a fresh coat of paint and trim color.

Library: Renovation work is set to begin this fall to transform Building 15 (former cafeteria) into a new science laboratory. This project will be funded with local and grant monies. Additional library resource center renovation funds have been requested as part of our 2011-13 capital budget submittal. Also, we are including the Allied Health Building project in this submittal. If approved, the facility will be built on the east side of the student center, breaking ground in July 2011.

Facilities improvements: Contracts are now being negotiated to make important mechanical, roof and exterior repairs to buildings 10, 16, 19, and 31. As the contracts are finalized and start dates identified, I will keep you posted.

Summer/fall moves: Facilities and instruction are working to identify program and office moves during the summer quarter and prior to fall quarter.

Fort Lewis campus: Will be vacated by the College at the end of September. The Roofers Apprenticeship program will be relocated near building 5 on the Lakewood campus and the greenhouse will be relocated next to building 29. The Landscape Management program has already been moved to Building 25.

College Relations
KVTI contact change: Now that the Radio Broadcasting program has closed, the radio station will be managed by Washington State University/ Northwest Public Radio (NWPR). NWPR will be renting studio and office space from the College. In addition, College Relations will relocate to the KVTI office area. Shawn Jennison and Sean O’Connor will be available at their new location beginning July 26. Information about KVTI can be found here www.cptc.edu/kvti

Emergency Preparedness
Cabinet training: In a continual effort to keep emergency preparedness and personal safety top of mind, the Cabinet will be taking an Incident Command System (ICS) 100 refresher course this summer as well as working with Carol Orr to become certified at the ICS 200 level. Visit www.cptc.edu/prepare for more information about emergency preparedness.

Aid agreements: Our college has agreed to signing both Mutual Aid and Shelter in Place agreements with the City of Lakewood. In addition, our college is currently mapped for first responders in the county.

CPTC Alert: The College Crisis Communications team will be putting out another test of the CPTC Alert system in the next few weeks.

Sustainability
Next task force meeting: The Sustainability Task Force met for the first time in July to review what “green” efforts are currently underway on campus and began putting together short and long term goals for the campus. Our next meeting is this Thursday, July 22nd, 1:00 p.m. in Building 19, Room 107 if you would like to join us.

Information Technology
Computer replacements (Round 2): The IT Department is working with Instruction and administrative offices to determine the priority list for the second round of computer replacements on campus. This funding is made possible through one time funding resulting from additional students. Round 1 took place in late 2009. See this blog post for the story and a graph to show where the computers went. http://cptcinthespotlight.blogspot.com/2010/03/investment-in-technology.html


Amy Goings, MPA | Clover Park Technical College
Vice President for Operations and College Relations |
4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW | Lakewood, WA 98499
p 253.589.5845| www.cptc.edu
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Redefine Education at Clover Park Technical College

Clover Park college student back from month helping in Gulf

Oil spill: once a truck driver, he now wants an environmental career.

David Winters in the red hat above.

Published: 07/20/1012:05 am | Updated: 07/20/10 6:48 am

Read entire article on The News Tribune's website here

Seeing a turtle or pelican drenched in oil is enough to move most people to anger, some people to tears and some to a charitable donation.

The same pictures moved Tacoma’s David Winters all the way to New Orleans.

After just a year in the environmental sciences and technology program at Clover Park Technical College, and after a lifetime of seeing oil’s effects, Winters was one of two students to head to the Gulf Coast to assist with recovery efforts after April’s massive oil spill.

The other student, Ordella Archer, left after Winters and is still on the Gulf Coast.

Not two days after he first saw the devastating images out of the Gulf, Winters was in Louisiana working as an environmental technician for a government contractor from Eastern Washington.

Using the training he received at Clover Park, he worked through the month of June as an environmental trustee. He collected samples and did site assessments to try to determine the environmental impact the oil from the Deepwater Horizon was already having.

The impact on Gulf Coast residents was palpable early on.

“I could really see how much this oil affects their way of life and culture,” Winters said. “Their two main industries are oil and seafood …their lives were so dependent on that oil.”

But time for reflection was limited. The hours were grueling — some weeks, he and his co-workers would log up to 100 hours, as many as 19 in one day — and high temperatures ranged between 95 and 115 degrees.

Winters was working alongside Ph.D.s with years of experience, but he said he felt equal to the task. He credits his instructors in Pierce County for providing him with a top-notch education.

Like so many of today’s community college students, Winters is a displaced worker. And at age 40, he has years of maturity compared to many of his college peers.

Once a long-haul truck driver, a divorce made his occupation difficult to maintain – he wanted to stay close to his two teenage kids – so he turned to Clover Park, where he could study something that had long intrigued him.

Growing up in inner-city Los Angeles meant trees were few and far-between — so sparse they were often used as landmarks, he said. He remembers how he and his friends would get irritated when they found dabs of oil on the bottom of their feet after leaving dirty L.A. beaches.

So when Winters moved to the Puget Sound region in the late ’80s, he was happily shocked by the greenery and clean environment.

Students like him have flocked to Clover Park’s environmental science program since the economy turned sour, said instructor Kathy Smith.

The program, which started in 1993, has 20 students in two sections (hazardous materials management and green environment practices) and a wait list of four to seven students each quarter.

Because of its popularity, it was saved from the chopping block as the college made cuts this year.

“Green jobs are the way of the future,” Smith said.

Winters said citizens can expect the Gulf cleanup to continue for decades; the oil from the much smaller 1988 Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska, he notes, still hasn’t gone away entirely.

He’s already completed the requirements for the program, and will wrap up other core classes at Clover Park by the end of the summer.

If finances allow, he hopes to transfer to The Evergreen State College to continue studying the environment.

Archer graduated from Clover Park last spring and will continue her studies in the fall at University of Washington Tacoma.

Danny Serna: 253-274-7341
danny.serna@thenewstribune.com

Monday, July 19, 2010

Tutoring/ e-Tutoring Information

The Tutoring Center flyer and e-Tutoring flyer are now available.

Please note that Saturday tutoring is not available at this time.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Watch TV Segment, Weatherization and Sustainabililty Expo

Pierce County News, a production of Pierce County Television (PCTV) did a story on the Weatherization and Sustainability Expo, held on June 30 at Clover Park Technical College.

See the story here

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

New "Plus 50" videos

These are exciting times for people over 50 who are upgrading their work skills, preparing for a new career or finally taking the opportunity to learn something they've always dreamed of doing.

Clover Park Technical College is one of only 15 community and technical colleges in the country participating in an initiative to work with this critical and large part of our workforce.
The plus 50 program is for people who want to be re-wired, re-hired and re-inspired. It's a program of ageless learning and endless opportunity.

See new videos, visit www.youtube.com/cloverparktech

Photos: Dance Video Production

The making of our 2010 dance video in May. Special thanks to the step team at Washington High School for leading the crowd.









The making of our 2010 dance video in May. See the video here. www.youtube.com/cloverparktech

Building 14 Remodel Underway

Building 14, Clover Park's Health Occupations facility, is in the middle of a much-needed renovation.

Thanks to the State's capital projects emergency fund, the $1.5 million dollar makeover will give the old building a new look inside and out, updated safety features, and energy efficient accessories.
The college is hoping to have the building complete by the start of Fall Quarter.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Fall Quarter Scholarships


It’s scholarship time again.

Complete applications for Fall Quarter are due to the Foundation office (Building 19, Room 101) by 4 p.m. on Thursday, 15 July 2010.

Applications are available here.

If you have any questions, contact Heather K. Ervin at 253-589-5732 or in Building 19, room 101.

Student Veterans Island-Style BBQ


Please remind your student veterans that there will be an island-style BBQ held in their honor tomorrow at the Veterans Resource Center. We will have an entire roast pig for them as well as some potato salad, coleslaw, and drinks. The BBQ will take place from 11:30 – 1:00 at building 22, room 121.

CEU Class July 24th, 2010

Attention All: Please note that I will be offering an 8 hour CEU class on NEC 2008 Code Change Saturday July 24th 2010.

Please see flyer for more details and how to register.

As always free Coffee and Doughnuts will be provided.


Jim Gordon, Instructor EFST
Phone: (253) 589 5696
Email: Jim.Gordon@cptc.edu

Northwest Public Radio now serves South Puget Sound

The WSU station will use a new partnership to offer classical music and talk radio across the state, including Tacoma and Puyallup.




Northwest Public Radio at WSU expanded its service area to include the South Puget Sound, thanks to an agreement with Clover Park Technical College.

Read more.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Multicultural Club Newsletter - Summer Quarter

The officers and students of the Multicultural Club would like to share our newsletter entitled – “Cultural Connections”.

This student driven newsletter will showcase the many upcoming ASG/campus events - as well as local & national Multicultural events. It has also included the history of said holidays and events.

And YES! - Multicultural recipes from students and faculty.

Starting in the fall quarter - this newsletter will highlight some our club members , their programs, comments & experiences while here at Clover Park Technical College.

Healthy Is as Healthy Does: The Healthy Bones Game

Our friend, the sun, is finally teasing us with the prelude to our beautiful, temperate summers: a few sunny days here, a few there. I had to laugh at a conversation I recently overheard. Here’s a snippet:

“So the sun’s out today,” said a woman, “but the news says it’s after a record-breaking streak of low temps and cloudy days, one after another, since last September. Makes it hard to keep the ol’ vitamin D levels up.”

“Tell me about it,” her companion, a young man, said. “I had my vitamin D level tested recently, and according to the results, I have the same level as an 80-year-old man who lives in Denmark.”

There are definitely benefits to living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, but an abundance of sunshine isn’t one of them. So the usual natural source of vitamin D may be out of sight for much of the year, but we can supplement, and reap the benefits that a good store of vitamin D can bring our bodies, and specifically, our bones. In fact, it may be advisable to get vitamin D levels checked, because some people need stronger supplementation to get caught up if they have a severe deficiency.

According to Dr. Andrew Weil, Calcium and vitamin D are important nutrients for healthy bones. Calcium helps build bone mass and slow bone loss, while vitamin D helps the body properly absorb calcium.

You can get both of these critical nutrients through daily supplements. Women should aim for 500-700 mg. of supplemental calcium every day for a total of 1,000 to 1,200 mg. from all sources. Men probably do not need to supplement with calcium, and instead, should get their recommended 500-600 mg. of calcium daily from food. Both women and men should aim for 1,000 IU of vitamin D daily.

To increase your intake of calcium and vitamin D-rich foods, try the following:

1. Calcium: Eat more low-fat dairy foods, dark leafy greens such as kale and collards, broccoli, canned salmon with bones, sardines, and dried figs. Also, look for calcium-fortified foods such as orange juice and cereals.

2. Vitamin D: Get more oily fish (wild Alaskan salmon or sardines are good choices), fortified soy milk, orange juice, and whole grain fortified cereals into your diet.

Dianne Bunnell
on behalf of Wellness Committee
Clover Park Technical College

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Printing efficiencies will save thousands of dollars and dozens of trees

When our new Information Technology Director, Michael Taylor, began taking inventory of printers on campus he had one question, "How much money are we spending on paper?" The answer is not easy. The solution isn't either.

In response to state-mandated paper-saving legislation, beginning next week, the college will start the process of evaluating how much paper we use, how much toner we buy and ultimately deciding how we can cut back.

One popular solution involves placing large copy machines in central areas on campus, eliminating the need for desktop printers, which are up to 10 times more expensive to use.

Look for future updates on how this process will begin to roll-out and feel free to contact Michael Taylor if you have any questions.

michael.taylor@cptc.edu

College Closed on Monday, July 5

The college will be closed on Monday in observance of our country's 234th Independence Day.
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