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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Late Summer Operations Update

Hello colleagues,

Here is a quick snapshot update of the many operations initiatives currently underway on campus. Below is the information I shared at the August 30th, All Staff Meeting.

I will continue to strive to update you regularly. As always, if you have questions please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.

New Allied Health: New allied health building construction postponed one biennium resulting in further tightening of space on campus and lack of state of the art training areas for our health care students. Planned funding has been postponed to 2011-13 biennium.

Hospitality: New hospitality institute replacement construction project (includes demolition of 18 and 22) is postponed, construction timeframe unknown. The postponement of the construction of this facility translates into the college being unable to replace two 1940-era facilities with a state of the art institute to house our outstanding culinary, computer and information systems security, as well as electronic fire and security programs.

Campus investments: Because we were able to secure $1.7 million last year in emergency appropriations to repair Building 14 we are now playing catch up and implementing nearly four years of much needed repairs on campus, totaling $2.260.000 of state capital funding investment on the Lakewood Campus. These contracts will be finalized before the end of November so that they will not be in jeopardy of being returned to the State.

Facilities Director, Mike Anderson and I are keeping these projects and others which I will discuss in a moment. These projects include:
  • Upgrading original electrical and heating elements in Building 5
  • Making mechanical upgrades to Buildings 10, 11, 22, 31
  • Replacing the exterior of Building 19 and upgrading the second floor HVAC system in 19
  • Replacing the HVAC system in Building 14
Mike and I are working with four different architectural/engineering firms on these projects. The result will be that our buildings will have up to date HVAC and electrical system, making the indoor heating cooling and air handling systems more effective and energy efficient.

Building 15/ Roofers: The Cabinet has at this time set aside local (excess tuition revenues) funds to transform the former kitchen in Building 15 into a general purpose science lab for high school and college students. In addition, we are partnering with the Joint Apprenticeship Training Council of the Roofers to renovate Building 6 to house the Roofers Apprenticeship program next year.

Looking to the future: Since being asked to step into this role over a year ago, I have been working with the president and facilities team to find energy savings and efficiencies in all of our projects. We have made small steps toward doing so, including adding insulation on Building 14 when the roof was replaced a few months ago, placing recycling bins throughout campus, etc.

On a much larger scale, we will be auditing the energy usage for the 1980 – era buildings at the core of our campus including Buildings 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 19. We are in need of an energy efficiency make over which will begin this fall with comprehensive energy usage auditing through the State’s Energy Services Performance Contracting program by hiring an Energy Services Company (or ESCO), offered through the state General Administration office.

Our goal is to identify significant energy savings through targeted facilities improvements and then borrow against the quoted savings to make energy efficiency upgrades. We will also apply next month for matching energy efficiency funds through a Department of Commerce grant. The bottom line is that we are anticipating making important energy efficiency upgrades to our aging facilities without impacting the College’s bottom line.

Thank you,

Amy Goings
Vice President for Operations & College Relations

3rd Annual Health and Wellness Fair

Tuesday, October 19, 11:00am—3:00pm
Location: Student Center, Building 23 Atrium

There will be vendors providing health and wellness screenings and information about fitness and your health.

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.

Please contact Shema or LiLi at (253) 589-5583 if you have any questions.

Apprenticeship program helps student’s mother, community

Nancy Forgerson hired a contractor to remodel her house. He did about half the work and then disappeared leaving the house unsafe. That was several years ago.

Enter the ANEW program led by instructor Jim Jones. ANEW, or apprenticeship for non-traditional employment for women, took on Forgerson’s home via local program, Project Rebuild South Sound.

ANEW Students and instructor
Top from left:
Poli Villami, Michelle Scafaro, Angelica Watson, Ashley Lehman, Oliver Kilifi, Jim Jones
Bottom from left:
Meili Chen, Tracy Oster, Kim Garcia, Blanca Curtis.

Project Rebuild South Sound seeks out contractors to volunteer their time and materials to repair homes owned by the elderly and those on a fixed income. Jones and his students performed a “blitz” on the house and accomplished a majority of the unfinished work.

The impression the students left with the homeowner, Nancy Forgerson, was priceless. “The students and their instructor were professional, courteous, and enthusiastic about their work,” said Forgerson.

Nancy Forgerson’s daughter, Jennifer Justice, is a student in the Environmental Sciences & Technology program at Clover Park Technical College, where the ANEW program is housed. She is also ASG President. “As a fellow Clover Park Technical College student, I am honored to be associated with such high quality people.”

Friday, August 27, 2010

Free CPR Training

Sunday, October 10, 2010
Henry Foss High School
2112 South Tyler Street

CPR Sunday Flyer

Pierce County Department of Emergency Management is proud to be a sponsor of CPR Sunday. This is a great opportunity to receive free training in infant, child, and adult CPR as well as defibrillator practice. You will earn a CPR card upon successful completion of the class.

CPR Sunday is annual even put on by Tacoma Fire, MultiCare Health System, Rural Metro Ambulance, Pierce County Fire district 10, and many others. To reserve a space in one of the classes register online at www.CPRSunday.net or call 253-594-7979.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Leading the online class revolution with Quality Matters Certification

Fran Hunter, instructor for the Dental Administrative Specialist program is training to become a Quality Matters Master Reviewer.
She runs the online version of her program and plans to use this training to help the Dental Administrative Specialist program become QM Certified.

Quality Matters (QM) is a faculty-centered, peer review process that is designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses.

QM is a leader in quality assurance for online education and has received national recognition for its peer-based approach and continuous improvement in online education and student learning. QM subscribers include community and technical colleges, colleges and universities, K-12 schools and systems, and other academic institutions.

Technology in place of text books

The way the world gets its information has changed. But not for many students. Text books are still dominant in classrooms. Enter the Amazon Kindle, a popular bookreader.

During summer quarter, Environmental Science students have been studying their course material using the Kindle, saving reams of paper and resources.

Thanks to a grant from the Institute for Sustainability, the Kindles are used by the program in the classroom. Loaded with HAZWOPER (hazardous waste operations) student manuals, the program is saving approximately 4 cases (or 20,000 sheets of paper) for summer quarter alone.

This is the instructor's copy of the manual from last year. It is made up of approximately 500 sheets of paper.

President Walstrum tries hazmat suit, learns how it works first hand

It was a different kind of suit. One that he wasn't used to wearing. For about 30 minutes on Tuesday morning, Dr. John Walstrum, president of Clover Park Technical College decided to give a hazmat suit a try.
The adventure began with an invitation from Environmental Sciences & Technology instructor Kathy Smith (in the blue suit below).

Below, President Walstrum, right, sees Vice President Amy Goings in passing on Tuesday morning.
Getting ready took about 20 minutes.
Taking the suit off took less than 10 minutes.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Clever Couture Fashion Show Today

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010
In the Atrium, Building 23

Come and check out the Fashion Show today!

Building 14 construction - making serious progress

Let the painting begin! The remodeled facility is scheduled to open fall quarter.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Annual end of the year celebration at Hayes Child Development Center

Jungle theme. From face painting to the ceremonial grand opening of a new garden - fun for everyone today!

Special thanks to instructor Dan Roberts and his Landscape Management students for constructing the new garden for the kids and their families.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Public Auction Saturday, Preview Friday

Looking for great deals on used equipment? Check out our auction on Saturday August 21 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Building 22 (warehouse). Click here for directions.

Preview on Friday, August 20 Noon - 4:00 pm.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Job Search Workshop

Where: In the Student Center, Room 212 and
ITV’d to SH Campus, Room 119

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010.
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

This is a reminder of the College Knowledge Workshop – Job Search, that will be offered by Harry Vye tomorrow, Wednesday, August 18th, 2010.

Faculty members, this workshop meets core abilities 1, 2, and 3. So, this is an excellent opportunity to release students for an out of class assignment.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Insurance Option for People Not Eligible for PEBB

The Washington Health Care Authority would like your help in spreading the word about a new option for uninsured individuals and families. Washington Health Program offers a new low-cost health insurance program that may be attractive to part-time employees who are not eligible for PEBB coverage and other uninsured friends and family members. It also provides an option for laid-off workers who cannot afford to take advantage of their COBRA plan.

The state of Washington launched this new non-subsidized program July 1 to expand access to uninsured individuals and families, many of whom are among the 120,000 people on Basic Health’s wait list. Because Washington Health is not subsidized by the state, there is no income requirement but enrollees must be Washington residents.

You can learn more about Washington Health and apply online at http://www.washingtonhealth.hca.wa.gov/. Washington Health customer service representatives are available to answer questions via an online chat or by telephone at 1-800-660-9840.

Check Out the Bookmobile

The Pierce County Bookmobile Visits Clover Park Technical College
Every Friday from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

You can find the Bookmobile in the parking lot between Buildings 25 and 26P.

Services and resources to staff and students include:

* Adult and children’s fiction and non-fiction
* DVDs for adults, families and children
* Special order reading materials for staff and students
* Get a Pierce County Library card—CPTC students residing outside Pierce County are eligible for a library card because they attend our College.
* It’s fun and convenient!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Multicultural Event 8-12-2010

Thursday August 12th the Multicultural Club is having an event over at Bldg 23 from 11:30 to 1:30pm. Come on out, grab a sno-cone, some popcorn and groove to the sounds of BT Rhythm. Have some fun and try your hand at drumming. 

For more information check out August's Cultural Connections Newsletter

Friday, August 6, 2010

Students increasingly depend on emergency assistance endowment for help during tough times

Sign of the times. So far this year the Clover Park Technical College Foundation has granted almost $12,000 to help dozens of students who have had some kind of financial emergency.

Every quarter, students seek temporary assistance to meet short-term needs that no other sources of financial aid can cover. Last year, 93 students were helped with a total of $17,243 provided. This year, to date, 72 students have been helped with a total of $11,872.

“This year, we are seeing an increased number of students come into our Foundation office seeking emergency assistance or what I like to call a safety net,” said Dr. Debbie Ranniger, Executive Director for Resource Development.

“From rent and utilities to transportation needs, medicine, groceries and even clothing for interviews, students sometimes find themselves needing to survive in order to stay in school. That’s what this endowment is designed to do,” Ranniger said.

Supporting the emergency assistance endowment
Already in 2010, groups such as South Tacoma Rotary and the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe have stepped up to contribute. Community partners and alumni seeking a way to have a profound impact on the lives of those we serve can now participate in several ways, including online giving.

Find out more by visiting www.cptc.edu/foundation or call 253-589-5732.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

All-City Tailgate Event Friday, September 17

Mark your calendars! Harry E. Lang Stadium (6615 111th St SW, Lakewood) is the place to be Friday, Sept. 17 when Clover Park School District hosts its sixth annual All-City Tailgate Event. The event is designed to celebrate the beginning of a new school year, acknowledge the cooperative relationships the district has with local partners, showcase students and school programs and have fun!

All Lakewood and Joint Base Lewis-McChord community members are invited to attend. Festivities will take place from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., prior to Clover Park High School’s football game against Franklin Pierce.

A variety of entertainment and activities will be part of the event, including $1 hotdog meals—while supplies last! Participants are encouraged to wear their school colors.

For more information about the All-City Tailgate Event, call the district’s community relations office at 583-5040.


Who: All Lakewood and Joint Base Lewis-McChord community members as well as Clover Park School District students and employees and local non-profit organizations are invited to attend.

What: The sixth annual All-City Tailgate is an event for the whole family. In addition to live entertainment, a variety of booths sponsored by student and community groups and activities will be available.

When: Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Where: Adjacent to Harry E. Lang Stadium, 6615 111th St. SW in Lakewood.

Purpose: To celebrate the beginning of a new school year, acknowledge the cooperative relationships the district has with local partners, showcase students, school programs and have fun!

Cost: FREE!

Food: Hot Dog Meals (a hot dog, potato chips or pretzels or carrot sticks and a bottle of water) will be for sale for $1. Some community groups may also have food items for sale as fundraisers.

For more information contact Clover Park School District’s Community Relations Office, 583-5040.
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