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Friday, January 28, 2011

General Science Lab Takes Shape

Interior photos of Building 15. A work in progress.

Multicultural Club Valentine's Special

Have a special friend, teacher, co-worker or loved one you’d like to buy a valentine for?

The Multicultural Club will be taking orders for Valentine’s balloons from Feb 1-10th.

Prices are as follows:

1 Mylar balloon: $1.00
2 latex (red and white): $2.00
1 Mylar + 2 latex balloons: $3.00

All balloons will be filled with helium, and come with ribbon ties and a small card. And if you’d like, We will hand deliver your balloon purchase to anyone on campus on Valentine’s Day!! You can also purchase them to take home.

Look for our table over in the student center where we will be taking orders. Or, you can e-mail Stacy at s-johnson@comcast.net to place your order. Orders must be pre-paid!

Multicultural Club Winter Newsletter 2011

Hello fellow students and faculty members!

Here we are once again dropping in to let you know what is happening around campus with the Multicultural Club's Winter Newsletter.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Website Outage for Sprint Customers

Over the last few weeks we've been getting reports of Sprint customers experiencing problems viewing the Clover Park Technical College website. We are currently working with Sprint technical support and hope to have the issue resolved shortly.

In the meantime if you are a Sprint customer experiencing this issue we urge you to call Sprint at 1 (866) 639-9565. You can also stay up-to-date with the latest at Clover Park by viewing our Facebook, Blog, or Twitter sites as well.

Thanks - Sean

Lakewood Lions Club Open House

The Lakewood Lions Club is hosting an open house on the campus of Clover Park Technical College. Tuesday, February 8 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Building 3, Rotunda.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Diversity Book Discussion Group

Looking for some reading material for the winter break??

Consider reading the book See Poverty, Be the Difference by Dr. Donna Beegle and joining the Diversity Committee for a book discussion group during winter quarter.

This book provides a foundation for understanding poverty and addressing its impact. We will meet three times during the quarter to discuss the book and the impact of poverty on our students.

Credit is available for both faculty and classified staff for participating in the discussion groups. Faculty should register through the TLC; classified staff can register at the first meeting. Copies of the book are available in the CPTC library and via the TLC. You may also purchase a copy from Dr. Beegle's website: https://combarriers.com/node/49

We will meeting in Building 23/Room 212.

Meeting Times:
January 25, 12:00-1:00 - Discuss Section 1
February 8, 12:00-1:00 - Discuss Section 2
March 1, 12:00-1:00 - Discussion Section 3

If you have questions about the book or the discussion group, please contact Valerie Sundby-Thorp at valerie.sundby@cptc.edu or (253) 589-5767. I hope to see many of you there!

Even if you haven’t had a chance to finish the chapter, I encourage you to join us for the discussion.

I hope to see many of you next week!

Photo Update: Construction Progress

Building 19 siding progress includes a complete exterior “overcladding” - a process that is the most environmentally sensitive (i.e.; no impact in our local landfill) and the least expensive. During this construction period we will also replace the second floor HVAC system in Building 19.

Renovation is well under way on the Building 15 general-purpose science laboratory (the former cafeteria kitchen area). The project is scheduled to be complete prior to Spring Quarter.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

CPTC Ask Me Center

Hello Everyone,

I am happy to announce the opening of the CPTC Ask Me Center. You are probably wondering what is the Ask Me Center? This center is a new Student Services endeavor that will provide students and potential students with information and direction on how to get started and how to stay enrolled at CPTC. This center is located in the lobby of Bldg 17, across the hall from Student Records and Financial Aid.

We have 2 new workers that are located in this area; Patrick Yelladay and Jessica Moore. Jessica is employed by the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) but is assigned to work off site here at our campus. Jessica assignment is the result of a partnership between CPTC and EOC and is of no cost to the college. It is expected that we will also have Peer Mentors available within this space to assist students.

Referrals for Jessica can be directed through the Counseling office and we will schedule appointments for her beginning next week the 24th of January, 2011. Jessica’s contact information is as follows:

Jessica Moore, Education Advisor

Work Hours: M, T, W & Th - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Friday's from 10:00 am to 12:00 am. Her lunch hour is from 12:00 to 1:00 pm.

Jessica’s primary responsibilities are helping people with career selection, filling out Federal Financial Aid Forms, resolving loan default issues and possible financial waivers for Admissions and COMPASS assessment fees; based on established income guidelines.

Patrick Yelladay our Student Services Intern, is working with students to provide basic Student Services information to help with admissions, registration and retention. Patrick’s information is as follows:

Patrick Yelladay, Student Services Intern

Work Hours: M,T, W, Th & Friday 7:30 am to 8:45 am and 12:00 to 3:00 pm

So, please join me in welcoming these two new staff members and please feel free to direct and refer students to this new resource. If you have any questions please contact Shema Hanebutte at shema.hanebutte@cptc.edu or (253) 589-6066. Welcome Patrick and Jessica!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Deadline for Attending the Statewide Student Rally is Friday, Jan 21st

Next Thursday, January 27th, students & faculty from over 30 of Washington’s community and technical colleges will commence on the steps of the state capital with an urgent request to our legislators:

We must preserve programs and student services at the community/technical colleges!!

In the face of the current budget crisis, state senators and house representatives are being forced to make deep and lasting cuts in valuable public services to Washington residents. Our education should not be on that list!

On Governor Christine Gregoire’s website, it states the governor “believes Washington businesses should be able to find the world’s best-educated workers among our state’s own citizens rather than importing workers from other states.. Without a trained workforce and educated students Washington State will suffer in the global economy. An education increases the chances of a job – the unemployment rate for those with a college degree is half as high as the unemployment rate for those without. We can’t have a system of education have and have-nots”.

Furthermore, according to a recent report from the Washington State Board of Community and Technical colleges,

· State funding has been reduced by $127 million (17%) over the last two years.

· Middle-skills jobs, which require at least one year of college, have been forecasted to account for 42 percent of job openings through 2017. CTCs are the leading training providers for these jobs.

· Despite high unemployment rates, a recent survey* of Washington employers found employers are struggling to find job applicants with occupational-specific certificates that require the very training community and technical colleges provide.

(*Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board’s Employee Survey released 9/23/10)

Will you join us to defend student rights to higher education and the hope of a brighter future?? Sincerely, Cindy Miller, ASG Senator

All interested students and faculty are invited to register as soon as possible at the ASG office in building 23. The registration will be open until this Friday at 5pm.

We will leave Clover Park Student Center, Building 23 at 12:00 next Thursday, January 27th by bus and will return around 3pm. Lunch and T-shirts will be provided for the first 100 to sign up.

PTK/Game & Craft Drive for Adams Street Youth Center/ Scholarships & More!

Phi Theta Kappa News

Welcome to Winter Quarter Phi Theta Kappa Members!

We have been asked to assist with the Game & Craft drive for the new Adams Street Youth Center.

They need donations of:
  • Construction Paper
  • Staplers
  • Paint/Paint Brushes
  • Glue/Glue Sticks
  • Colored Tissue Paper
  • Sticky Tack
  • Tape
  • Markers/Crayons
  • Yarn/String
  • Beads
  • Melty Beads
  • Craft Kits
  • Board Games
  • Binders
  • Cards
  • Brain Teaser Gamers
  • Educational Computer Games
Please drop by any donations that you can make to the ASG office in Bldg. 23 or to Bldg. 10 by Friday!

Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Training from 9:30-1:30
January 22nd in Bldg. 10, room 205
Open to Everyone! Please email kathleen.hathaway@cptc.edu if you want to attend.

It is our pleasure to announce the CPTC nominations for the 2010 All-USA/All-State Community College Academic Team:
  • Mr. Ernie Ransom is a Phi Theta Kappa Executive Board member and a student in the Human Services program.
  • Mr. Benjamin Wells is a student in the Environmental Science Technology program

Need Scholarship Information? Check out CollegeFish.org today! CPTC Scholarships are now available. To Apply: Go to www.cptc.edu/foundation

A BIG Phi Theta Kappa Thank You to all of the members and helpers who assisted us with College 101 & Club Daze!!!!!!! You are truly service leadership in action and are really appreciated by the PTK Executive Board!

*For information on scholarships and more.... check out:

Your Phi Theta Kappa Executive Board Officers & Advisors thank you for all you do! Keep up the good work!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Friday, January 14, 2011

Closed on Monday, January 17 - Closure Checklist for Energy Efficiency

New Scholarship Opportunity for Clover Park Students

Great news! New Michael W. Smith Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

We're excited to announce that the Beta Omicron Gamma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa just established the Michael W. Smith Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship at Clover Park Technical College Foundation!

We wanted to make this opportunity available to students right away, so we have updated our online scholarship process and notified students who have already applied of the change.

If you have students that may meet the criteria (below) who have not yet applied for a scholarship, we hope you will encourage them to do so.

About the new Michael W. Smith Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

This scholarship was established in honor of Michael W. Smith, the first Beta Omicron Gamma Chapter President of Phi Theta Kappa at Clover Park Technical College. The scholarship will be awarded annually for spring quarter to a student who embodies the mission of Phi Theta Kappa.


Enrolled in a full time degree program, 3.5 GPA, active in campus or community service, and has successfully completed one quarter of degree program or 12 credits of college-level prerequisites for the degree program.*

*Students do not need to be a member of Phi Theta Kappa to apply.

If you or your students have any questions, please feel free to stop by, call, or send an e-mail to Heather Ervin at 253-589-5732 or heather.ervin@cptc.edu.

An list of available scholarships for Spring Quarter 2011 can be found here.

Craft Supply & Game Drive

Our Craft Supply & Game Drive is underway in conjunction with the ASG and MLK week of service for Tacoma Rescue Mission's Adam Street Youth Center. It is going on this week through next Friday, January 21st. We are asking donations be brought to the ASG office, we also have a drop box in Bldg 10, Room 102. We are even willing to pick UP donations that programs may collect in their classrooms!

Android App

Last quarter, three students under my leadership started an internship with a Redmond based company. They worked on an Android app for the company. The name of the company is yubiT http://www.yubit.com, serves small companies or businesses, advertising deals for them.

I am very excited to announce the release of our first Android app into the marketplace. It is called yubiT and you can find it in the Shopping category. It is free to download and has coupons or deals for businesses in the Seattle, Renton, and East side so far. If you have an android phone, please check it out and let me know.

Menaka Abraham
Bldg 16, Rm 116

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Join ASG -Attend a Statewide Student Rally

Do you feel like tuition, textbooks and class selection are important issues? Come together with students from all 34 community and technical colleges around the state to rally at the State Capitol ensuring the student voice is heard!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday January 27th 1:00 -2:30

Sign-up in student center bldg 23, at the rally table to take the free bus. Bus will depart from Building 23 at 12:10 and return to campus about 3pm.

First 100 students to sign-up and attend will receive a CPTC T-shirt and lunch.

For more detailed information contact Josh Ericksen, Vice President of Government Affairs for ASG at 253-589-4522 or email asg.vpga@cptc.edu

CPTC Students Wow Legislatures

Igea Mack, Peer Mentor and Cosmetology Cadet Student and Jennifer Justice, Associated Student Government President and Environmental Sciences Student along with three other college students presented their story and insights of attending the states community and technical colleges to the House Higher Education Committee.

View their testimony at
House Higher Education Committee held on January 12, 2011 8:00am
Work Session: Who Are Our Students in Higher Education?, Overview: Students in our Higher Education System., Public Baccalaureate student profiles., Private career schools., Students at Community and Technical Colleges., Independent colleges.

Please click here to watch video or paste this url into your browser address bar: http://www.tvw.org/media/mediaplayer.cfm?EvId=2011011038

Monday, January 10, 2011

Film Screening

As part of MLK service week we will be showing two films about social and environmental issues at the Sharon McGavick Student Learning Center.

Everyone is invited to view these films and to join in a discussion period after the screening.

Hope to see you there.

Taking Root
Date: January 18th, 2011
Time: 9:00 - 10:00 am
Location: Student Center, Bldg. 23 Room 301

Garbage Dreams
Date: January 20th, 2011
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Student Center, Bldg. 23 Room 301

Friday, January 7, 2011

New Online Scholarship Process - Time for Spring Quarter 2011 Applications

Danielle Ridenour, Rebekah DiBenedetto, Althea Foster, Kristi Woodward: 2009-2010 Scholarship Recipients

CPTC Foundation Implements New Online Scholarship Process

Beginning 6 January 2011, the CPTC Foundation scholarship application will now be an online process. Applicants will no longer need to print out or pick up a paper application. The process not only helps Clover Park Technical College with efforts to be Green and use resources wisely, but it also allows students greater flexibility in applying for scholarships and the opportunity to update applications rather than reapply each quarter.

To apply for Spring Quarter 2011, go to http://www.cptc.edu/index.php/about_cptc/foundation/scholarship_application read the directions, and select the "apply online" link. Make sure to have your application complete, including all attachments, by the deadline of 28 January 2011.

If you have any questions, please contact Heather Ervin, the scholarship coordinator, at heather.ervin@cptc.edu or at 253-589-5732.

Many thanks to the Finance & Budget and Information Technology offices, as well as the Webmaster whose collaboration was vital in bringing students this new service.

MLK Day Events

Hello CPTC Campus Community,

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. we celebrate his legacy by participating in MLK day of service.

On Saturday, January 15, Clover Park will hold the 8th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.

Saturday, January 15
Clover Park Technical College
Sharon McGavick Student Learning Center
Lakewood, Washington
10:00 a.m. - Noon

For more information on the celebration, please check out this flyer.

Life's most urgent question is: What are you doing for others? - Martin Luther King, Jr.
As AmeriCorp Members here at CPTC, serving in Vet Core for our student veterans, Retention Project for peer mentoring & Service Learning, we encourage you to participate in upcoming events organized by your local AmeriCorp members to serve others in our local community. Please review the service opportunities and contact Althea Foster to sign up; space is limited so please respond quickly!

Tuesday, January 18
Puget Creek Restoration Society
9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Wednesday, January 19
L'Arche Farms
9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Thursday, January 20
Tacoma and Food:
Creating a Food Equitable City
9:15 AM-1:00 PM

Free Film: "For Once In My Life"
WA State History Museum
6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Friday, January 21
Habitat for Humanity (2 Sites)
Construction Site
8:30 AM-2:30 PM

Habitat for Humanity Store
(D Street and Puyallup in Tacoma)
9:30 AM-1:30 PM

Saturday, January 22
Tacoma Rescue Mission
Adam's Street Family Shelter

Host Youth Event Activities
4:30pm- 6:30pm

Serve Dinner in Kitchen

Host Family Fun Night
For TRM Residents

If time doesn't allow you to serve, please consider giving to our "Craft supply and game" drive for the Adam's Street Youth Center January 10th - 21st, 2011. Drop items to ASG offices in bldg 23 on or before Jan. 22nd, 2011.

You will see some flyers around campus for these events - but in effort to save paper we are attempting to advertise electronically. Please share this information in your program or department!

For further details on these service projects or any other questions, please contact Althea Foster at (253) 589-5728 or althea.foster@cptc.edu

Thank you in advance for your willingness to serve and give!

Note about the Artist for MLK image: Born and raised in the wine country of Northern California, Timothy Teruo Watters. TTW began feeding his hunger for creativity and expression by drawing in sketchbooks during family dinners and teaching himself painting as a teenager. Today he occupies the title of Chief Creative Officer and Head Designer for Teruo Artistry, a creative lifestyle clothing brand. For more information on his work, contact TTW at tim@timothywatters.com

Need Volunteers for Science Fair at Mann Middle School


My name is Tamara Montanya and I am one of the Science Coordinators for Mann Middle School. This year we are having our 2nd annual ALL student, ALL school Science Fair. As our expectation is that all students participate, we are in need of many people to be volunteer judges for our school. Will your organization help us out? If appropriate to your organization, extra or alternative credit could be offered to students volunteering their time.

No experience is necessary as we will provide a short training on the day of the Science Fair. We will even feed you lunch afterwards.

When: February 9th , 2011 from 8-12:00
Where: 11509 Holden Road, Lakewood, Wa. 98498

Please consider joining us and THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU,

T. Montanya (253) 576-6169

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Student Leaders Attend Leadership Retreat

Student Leaders who serve in a variety of roles for the Associated Student Government attended a leadership retreat during the winter break.

To better serve CPTC students, the leaders spent time learning interpersonal leadership skills, planning projects for winter and spring quarters. Through a variety of team building exercises this group of student leaders strengthened their effectiveness as a team.

Please stop by the Associated Student Government offices located in the Student Center, (Building23) Room 209! Students can volunteer and learn about opportunities for involvement!

Your involvement=your success!

Office of Student Programs

ASG Officers: Jennifer Justice, President; Josh Ericksen, VP of Government Affairs; Angela Mayes, Secretary; Patrick Yelladay, Senator; Danielle Perkins, Senator;Kuil Park, South Hill Campus Senator Cindy Miller, Senator; Ken Ludwick, South Hill Campus Programmer; Rozneik Darling, Entertainment and Recreation Programmer; Jessica Roberson Diversity and Social Issues Programmer; Crystal Almanza; Health and Wellness Programmer

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Important Information for Students

Student Records Office Hours

Student Records is open 7:30 am to 7:30 pm, Monday through Thursday, and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Friday.

We will also be open the first Saturday of the quarter, January 8th, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Student Withdrawal Reminder

Students who must permanently leave a class are reminded to officially withdraw through the Student Records Office. Withdrawals may be made by:

1. Completing the Official Add/Withdrawal form in the Student Records Office
2. Telephoning Student Records at 253.589.5666
3. Faxing to Student Records at 253.589.5852
4. Submitting online to Student Records at www.cptc.edu/register during the first five days of the quarter or online at www.cptc.edu/drop after the fifth day of the quarter

Failure to officially withdraw from a class may result in:

a. a failing grade
b. loss of a possible refund
c. overpayment of funding resources

An "official withdrawal" is notification to Student Records by the student on the day of withdrawal. Notification from faculty or other sources is considered "unofficial".

Important Dates to Remember If Your Program Started on January 3, 2011:

January 2, 2011 Last day to withdraw with 100% refund.
January 7, 2011 Last day to withdraw with 80% refund.
January 24, 2011 Last day to withdraw with 40% refund.
February 22, 2011 Last day to withdraw with a "W" grade.

Cost of Training

The State of Washington contributes approximately 68 percent of the cost of students' education through support of the basic instruction costs. Students are responsible for the remaining 32 percent. In addition to the state support of the basic instructional cost, students may also receive state supported financial aid if eligible.

Winter Application for Graduation Award Deadline: January 31, 2011

Students who expect to graduate during the winter quarter (January 3rd through March 22nd) must complete Step 1 of the Application for Graduation Award and pay the $20.00 Application Fee by January 31, 2011. Application forms are available on the Student Records counter in Building 17.

Student Information Online

Students may use the web to register, pay fees, withdraw and inquire about their CPTC information. Simply access the Current Students section of the CPTC website.

Student grades will be posted and available on the web on the 3rd day after the end of the quarter if the class has completed by that date. Winter grades will be available on-line June 21, 2011. If you need assistance with access to your grade information, please contact Student Records at 253.589.5666.

Information may be accessed from any PC with Internet access. Six PCs with printer access and 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.

Worker Retraining Assistance

Are you receiving unemployment benefits from Washington State? Have you exhausted those benefits in the past 2 years? Do you anticipate a job layoff? Are you an unemployed veteran who has been honorably discharged within the last 24 months? Are you a displaced homemaker, a vulnerable worker or were you self-employed but lost your business due to general economic conditions? If you answered yes to any of these questions, please go directly to the Advising/Counseling office for further assistance and possible financial aid grant eligibility.

SAVE THE DATE - Mon Jan 17th MLK -Tacoma Dome

City of Tacoma, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 2011

On Monday, January 17, 2011, the City of Tacoma Human Rights & Human Services Department will host the 23rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration. This tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has evolved into one of the largest indoor community celebrations of its kind in the state of Washington.

Dr. King often said that he had an “abiding faith in America and the future of mankind.” This year’s theme, This Land-Our Land is reflective of his faith in our ability to embrace the City’s shared civil rights legacy, its diversity, cultural heritage, and sense of place. Our keynote speaker is author, educator, and civic entrepreneur, Eric Liu. His first book, The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker, was a New York Times Notable Book featured in the PBS documentary “Matters of Race.”

Bring your family and friends to the Tacoma Dome on Monday, January 17, 2011

Live the dream, Respect the sacrifice, Get involved!

Monday, January 3, 2011

New Year Operations Update

Submitted by Amy Goings, MPA Vice President for Operations & College Relations.

Happy New Year to you! Personally, one of my new year’s resolutions is to seek out and promote more good news about our students, staff, and college and to promote it! So here is a New Year –Good News Update about Operations and College Relations happenings on campus.

November/December utility savings-your diligence is paying off: A big thank you from the Sustainability Task Force to the entire college community your willingness to turn off the lights, computers, small appliances, etc. is paying off.

From 11/12/10 to 12/13/10 electricity consumption was down 36,000 kWh and our electricity bill was approximately $2,000 less than this time last year. Keep up the good work. I am optimistic that next month’s bill will also yield savings given our proactive winter closure.

A few programs were moved during the winter quarter break to better accommodate their students and instructional programs:
Human Services is now located in Building 10, Rooms 205, 219, 220.
Computer Information Technology is now located in Building 16, Rooms 110, 208
The STEP program coordinators are now located in Building 10, Rooms 101 and 102

A big thank you to the Facilities and Information Technology staff for their good work in making those moves a reality during the break.

A minor construction glitch: With the exception of the minor construction projects below we did discover some asbestos during minor construction that occurred during the break in Building 31. This asbestos was located in the flooring and is not and was never airborne. We expect that the Building 31 restrooms will be restored at the end of the month. The original construction has been postponed to spring break.

A big thank you to the Culinary Arts faculty for their patience as we try to restore Building 31 as quickly as possible.

Remaining minor construction repairs continue to be right on schedule: a great deal of work has gone on during the break to quickly complete the following minor repair projects (funded by state capital dollars). Here is another quick rundown of those projects:

Building 5 -Electrical and mechanical systems replacement.

Building 6 - Renovation by Roofers Apprenticeship program to create classroom and outdoor instruction area.

Building 14
-Replacement of HVAC system and some interior improvements to prepare for collocation of NWCTHS and CPSD high school classes.

Building 15
- Renovation will also begin on the Building 15 general-purpose science laboratory (the former cafeteria kitchen area) which will be completed prior to Spring Quarter 2011.

Building 19
- Renovation to include a complete exterior “overcladding” of Building 19 - a process that is the most environmentally sensitive (i.e.; no impact in our local landfill) and the least expensive. During this construction period we will also replace the second floor HVAC system in Building 19.

A big thank you as well for your patience as parking will be temporarily impacted by construction crews.

Thank you, as always if you have questions please contact me directly at amy.goings@cptc.edu.

Financial Aid Checks for Winter Quarter

Winter Quarter financial aid checks are ready for pickup Monday, January 3 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m in the Student Center Auditorium (Building 23).

Here's what you should bring:
  • Picture ID
  • Attendance verification form completed and signed by your instructor
Please be patient as lines will be long.

*Please note, checks will also be available after 5:00 p.m. in the Cashier's Office in Building 17. Hours of operation are Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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