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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Summer Quarter Scholarship Application Cycle Now Open

CPTC Foundation is now accepting online scholarship applications for Summer Quarter 2011. In addition, scholarship applications are now being accepted for 2011 graduating high school seniors who will attend Clover Park Technical College during the 2011-2012 academic year.

Available scholarships list, eligibility and scoring criteria, instructions, and more are available at www.cptc.edu/scholarship. Make sure to have your application complete, including all attachments, by the 22 April 2011 deadline.

Need more help with your application? Workshops will be offered several times during April. See http://www.cptc.edu/pdfs/foundation_scholarship_workshops.pdf for dates, times, and instructions.

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

Friday, March 25, 2011

Photos from recareering @ 50+ Expo

Special thanks to Janet Holm for capturing these outstanding images.

Rev It Up! Workshop

Re-envision and revise your job hunting and personal skills.

Whether you are here for a refresher class or training for a new career you are taking a step in the right direction. WorkSource counselor, Sue Sharer, will present topics to help you prepare reenter today’s competitive employment market.

More information for Rev It Up!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Clover Park Technical College students named to 2011 All Washington Academic Team

Ernie Ransom, Phi Theta Kappa, Human Services program, and Benjamin Wells, Environmental Science & Technology program, have been named to the 2011 All Washington Academic Team.

Both students are excellent representatives of the College and were nominated because of their academic achievement, community service, and strong work ethic.

In her letter of recommendation, Human Services Instructor, Kathleen Hathaway described Ernie Ransom as an outstanding student who maintains a consistently high level of quality work in the classroom. "He demonstrates a good work ethic and is an organized team player who takes an active role in the leadership of the classroom," said Hathaway.

Ransom is in the last quarter of the Chemical Dependency Specialist Certificate and his third quarter of his associate’s degree program.

"As a role model for other students, he never fails to have a positive attitude and a kind word for others. He has a background in working with the mentally ill and brings a wealth of real-world experience to the classroom," she said.

Ernie Ransom, Phi Theta Kappa, Human Services program

"Ben Wells is a natural leader who demonstrates his leadership with a calm demeanor," said Kathryn Smith, Environmental Science Instructor. Wells is a member of the EcoClub at Clover Park. Wells also devotes his time and energy to a variety of habitat restoration projects in the Puget Sound area including performing salmon counts and invasive species eradication.

Wells plans to transfer to the University of Washington - Tacoma where he will pursue a degree in Environmental Studies with a focus in Urban Planning specific to water treatment/delivery.

Benjamin Wells, Environmental Sciences & Technologies program

Members of the 2011 All-Washington Academic Team will be honored in a recognition ceremony Thursday, March 24 at noon. Honorees will receive medallions from their college presidents and Gov. Christine Gregoire. The Governor will deliver the keynote address.

In 2011, the All-Washington Academic Team project includes 63 students representing 33 community and technical colleges in Washington state. The program has become the showcase for Washington’s community and technical colleges because it honors the academic high achievers, the men and women who have demonstrated a commitment to success in the classroom and in the communities in which they live. This recognition demonstrates the state’s commitment to scholarship and community service on the part of those attending the state’s public community and technical colleges.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

District and Technical College Solidify Alternative Learning Partnership

The alternative learning partnership between Clover Park School District (CPSD) and Clover Park Technical College (CPTC) was publicly acknowledged as leaders from both entities signed a memorandum of agreement in a small ceremony March 22. Debbie LeBeau, superintendent of CPSD, and John Walstrum, president of CPTC—along with representatives from their institutions—celebrated the new partnership, which has been in the works for more than two years.

“We are very proud of our relationship and partnership with the technical college,” said LeBeau. “This agreement signifies both educational institutions working together for the benefit of our students.”

In December 2008, an Alternative Learning Task Force, convened by CPSD, recommended partnering with the technical college to provide more career and technical programs for students at Alternatives for Individuals (AI) High School. Most notably, AI moved into building 14 on the CPTC campus to share space with Northwest Career and Technical High School (NWCTHS). AI students will be granted entrance into NWCTHS to earn their 11th- and 12th-grade credits to enter a career pathways program. Additionally, students can earn Tech Prep Dual Credits, college credits and even an associate’s degree from CPTC.

“Partnerships like this help Clover Park Technical College create efficiencies that benefit the students, the community and both organizations,” said Walstrum. “The high school students will have a unique opportunity to be on a college campus and be exposed to career training programs that will enhance their educational experience. It’s mutually beneficial for everyone.”

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Recareering @ 50+ Expo

Thursday, March 24, 2011 2-7 p.m.
Clover Park Technical College - McGavick Center

About this Expo…

The 2011 Recareering @ 50+ Expo is designed to be an interactive event. You can choose to:
  • Attend all or part of a workshop hosted by experts in business, networking and more
  • Sit down with a career or college expert for one‐to‐one career counseling or resume preparation
  • Work in the Computer Lab with a techie who can help you establish an email, Facebook or other social media account
  • Visit with our many exhibitors whose services range from education, lifestyle and employment
There are TWO Welcome Sessions at 2:15pm and 5:15pm – you can choose to attend which one best fits your schedule. At these sessions, you will hear from event sponsors and local employers who are here to share their insights, humor and wisdom about the 50+ professional.

Take in all we have to offer ‐ meet people, gain resources, and build on your professional strengths and goals!

Recareering 50+ Program Agenda

Monday, March 21, 2011

Student Leaders Lobby in Washington DC

While attending the American Student Association of Community Colleges, National Student Advocacy Conference in Washington D.C., student Leaders (Jennifer Justice, Cindy Miller, Geno Ransom and Marcie DuVernay) lobby your congressional leaders to protect Pell Grants and encourage legislation for a grace period extension on Direct Loan programs.

Students have brought the needs of CPTC students to the forefront of Congressmen Norman Dicks, Adam Smith, and Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell. They have met other student government organizations from across the country to discuss national student issues. And heard from labor leader Christine Chavez, consumer advocate Ralph Nader and the Assistant Secretary of Postsecondary Education Eduardo Ochoa.

(Top: Student Leaders; US Capitol Building) (Middle: Meet and Greet with Ralph Nader) (Bottom: Student Leaders Entering the Rayburn Congressional Building)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

CPTC Students Speak to Lakewood Rotary Club

Josh Riden, Computer Information & Systems Security: “Tech Tools for Rotarians”--A description of practical computer programs to assist with business and home activities.

Diane Cox, Medical Assistant: “Share the Road!”--An explanation of what people know, don't know, and need to know about long-haul truck driving.

Grace Christie, Human Services: “Culture Shock--A Jamaican immigrant's impressions of three challenges associated with relocating to Washington State.

Rosemarie Decosta, Medical Assistant: “Circumstance, Choice, and Change”--A description and analysis of extraordinary behavior under extreme pressure by three famous historical figures.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Spring Quarter 2011 Scholarships Awarded

Congratulations to Spring Quarter 2011 Scholarship Recipients!

Debbie and Heather would like to thank everyone on campus in supporting us with the transition to online scholarships and would like to send an extra big THANK YOU to:

Faculty for your wonderful letters of recommendation and support of your students.

Wendy Joseph in Financial Aid for coordination of Financial Aid Information.

Robert Erntson and IT for support and implementation of our new online scholarship software.

Cindy Rainier for setting up student scholarship accounts.

Marcia Tolson for helping our South Hill students with their applications.

Yuko Chartraw
for supporting our International students.



Bruce, Richard
Jim McKay Memorial, funded by the Washington Ford Retractable Club
Automotive Upholstery & Glass Technician

Eades, Eric
CPTC Deans
Medical Histology Technician

Faraca, Kellie
Massage Envy
Massage Studies

Justice, Jennifer
Michael W. Smith Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
Environmental Sciences & Technologies

Kang, Byung-Kyu
Hamilton Family
Aviation Maintenance Technician

Klebe, Rachel
The Boeing Company
Aviation Maintenance Technician

Lewis, Shane
Key Bank Retention
Environmental Sciences & Technologies

Liu, Yuzhu
CPTC Merit
Aviation Maintenance Technician

Ludwick, Kenneth
Key Bank Retention
Professional Pilot

Martin, Danielle
Hamilton Family
Esthetics Sciences

McMullen, William
Classical Glass Corvette Club
Automotive Restoration Customization / Finishing

Moreno, Yolande
Key Bank Retention
Esthetics Sciences

O'Mary, Roy
Lakewood Chamber of Commerce
Computer Network & Information System Security

Sar, Molidy
Key Bank Retention

Shuffelen, Talea
Al Green Memorial
Pharmacy Technician

Songao, Kenneth
The Boeing Company
Aviation Maintenance Technician

Wells, Benjamin
Environmental Science
Environmental Sciences & Technologies

Wilcher, Amber
CPTC College Now for CPTC GED Recipients
Human Services

Zheng, Jia
CPTC International
Aviation Maintenance Technician

Zou, Hang
Hamilton Family
Aviation Maintenance Technician

Phi Theta Kappa Induction Today

Phi Theta Kappa Induction Ceremony
Friday the 18th at 5:00 p.m./Bldg. 3 Rotunda

Our induction ceremony is tonight and if students want to join but can't pay now, or until the first, let them know it's no problem. I will be holding those students applications until they are able to pay but we don't want them to miss out on our induction ceremony that is held during the winter & summer quarters.

Students need a 3.5 overall GPA and be pursuing a degree. We now have two grants available that students will be able to apply for this spring to pay their $60.00 one time fee, to join Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Applications and information are below or can be retrieved from www.cptcptk.com or www.ptk.org or kathleen.hathaway@cptc.edu

Please have interested students e-mail kathleen.hathaway@cptc.edu if they can attend the ceremony!

Applications and Information:
About Phi Theta Kappa Membership
Phi Theta Kappa Membership Application

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Interior Design Student Portfolio Event Today

Join the Interior Design students and instructors today at the McGavick Conference Center from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. as they display their portfolios. This is a great opportunity to listen to student presentations and to network.

More information about the Interior Design program can be found here.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Clover Park Technical College & Clover Park School District Form Partnership, Sign Agreement on March 22

Clover Park Technical College & Clover Park School District Sign Agreement,
Create Opportunities for High School Students
Partnership provides efficiencies, alternative learning programs for CPSD students on campus

Lakewood, WA – Nontraditional high school becomes a reality for Clover Park School District students on the campus of Clover Park Technical College.

To make it official, a signing ceremony will take place on Tuesday, March 22 at 4:00 p.m. in Building 14.

Clover Park School District (CPSD) superintendent Debbie LeBeau and Clover Park Technical College (CPTC) president John Walstrum will officially sign a memorandum of agreement detailing how alternative learning programs in the school district will operate on the college campus and how CPSD students can access CPTC career-focused programs through the college’s Northwest Career and Technical High School.

The agreement also specifies how the two organizations will manage and share facilities on the CPTC campus.

“We are very proud of our relationship and partnership with the technical college,” said LeBeau. “This agreement signifies both educational institutions working together for the benefit of our students.”

“Partnerships like this help Clover Park Technical College create efficiencies that benefit the students, the community, and both organizations,” said Walstrum. “The high school students will have a unique opportunity to be on a college campus and be exposed to career training programs that will enhance their educational experience.” “It’s mutually beneficial for everyone.”

The two educational organizations have worked for more than two years on specifics of the agreement. In December 2008, an Alternative Learning Task Force, convened by CPSD, recommended partnering with the technical college to provide more career and technical programs for alternative learning students.

“We took those recommendations to heart,” noted LeBeau. “And, our students are benefiting.”

Monday, March 14, 2011

Japan Quake Update: Nuclear Incidents

Information below from the State Department of Health:

The gripping photos and video from Japan have made the dramatic aftermath of last week's earthquake more real for all of us. It's hard to grasp what the people there are going through, yet I'm sure we all feel a sense of their desperation, and our hearts go out to them. The news of problems with the nuclear reactors in the area is also raising concerns among many people in our state about radiation coming to Washington. From the start, our Department of Health Radiation Protection staff has been monitoring the news out of Japan, and consulting with state and federal partners.

We have air monitors that sample the air in our state for radiation daily, and we're watching them closely. It's important to note that the nuclear events in Japan pose no health risk to people in our state. We don't expect radiation levels to increase in Washington but will continue to monitor things closely. Even if radioactive material is released from those reactors, the radiation would be diluted before reaching Washington and no protective action would be necessary.

We're continuing to monitor the readings, as well as coordinating with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency, our federal partners. We're working to provide additional information on our website, and will have a Frequently Asked Questions page online today to keep people informed as events continue to unfold in Japan.

If you have questions about this, please contact the state Department of Health emergency preparedness e-mail address, prepare@doh.wa.gov

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Students Act Now

It’s time to take action! Education provides opportunities and changes lives. Legislators are planning to increase tuition by 13%! Students must Act Now to tell their legislators to protect Higher Education funding and keep tuition affordable.

Student Leaders will be on hand to help students contact their legislators and tell their stories!

Lakewood Campus:

Where: Building 23

When: Wednesday, March 16 from 10:00am to 2:00pm

South Hill Campus

Where: Student Lounge

When: Wednesday, March 16 from 11:00am to 11:40am

Sponsored by the Associated Student Government

Friday, March 11, 2011

Financial Aid Workshop

Looking for funding to pay for your education? Need assistance with submitting your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

Come join us for a presentation on the basics of Financial Aid:

Date: April 7th and May 26th
Time: 3pm-4pm
Location: Building 15, Room 101

Workshop Agenda:
Learn more about Financial Aid opportunities available to you.
Ask questions and get answers about CPTC’s financial aid steps and deadlines.

Following the presentation, receive assistance completing your 2011-2012 FAFSA but you must bring the following items:
  • Your Social Security number.
  • Your driver’s license number, if applicable.
  • Your 2010 Federal Income Tax return and 2010 W-2 forms.
  • Your current bank statements and records of stocks, bonds
    and other investments.
  • Your records of other untaxed income received, such as Social
    Security, Temporary Assistance to Need Families (TANF), welfare
    or veteran’s benefits received in 2010.
  • Your business or farm records from 2010, if applicable.
  • Your alien registration number, if you are not a U.S. citizen.
If you are a dependent student*, you also will need:
  • Your parent(s)’ Social Security number(s) and date(s) of birth.
  • Your parent(s)’ income and financial records (as listed above).
*Not sure if you’re a dependent student?
Visit: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/help.htm to determine your status.

Contact Jessica Moore with the Educational Opportunity Center for more information:

Office: Building 17, main floor
Phone: 253.583.8823
Email: Jessica.Moore@cptc.edu

Need $? Apply now for Financial Aid

The 2011/2012 Academic Year is fast approaching. Don't delay! Get started with your financial aid application today. www.fafsa.ed.gov

2011/2012 financial aid covers the following quarters: Summer 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012. Need help? Visit www.cptc.edu/financialaid. Under "helpful links" click on 5 Steps to Apply for Financial Aid (2011/2012)

Front row left to right: Cassandra Sanders, Wendy Joseph, Andrea Chafe
Back row left to right: Kimberly Ulsh, Glen Boje, Deidra Norgaard, Kristi White

Still need help? Stop by the Financial Aid Office in Building 17 or call (253) 589-5660.

Important Financial Aid Deadlines:
  • Summer Quarter 2011: May 6, 2011
  • Fall Quarter 2011: August 19, 2011
  • Winter Quarter 2011: December 2, 2011
  • Spring Quarter 2012: February 24, 2012
Financial Aid Office Hours:
  • Monday: 7:30 - 5:00
  • Tuesday: 7:30 - 12:30
  • Wednesday: 10:00 - 5:00
  • Thursday: 7:30 - 12:30
  • Friday: 9:00 - 5:00

Spring forward this weekend!

Just a friendly reminder from your Human Resources staff that daylight saving time begins this Sunday (March 13) at 2 am.

Remember to set your clocks FORWARD one hour!

Recareering @ 50+ Deciding What's Next Expo

Thursday, March 24, 2011 2-7 p.m.
McGavick Center
Clover Park Technical College
4500 Steilacoom Blvd. S.W.
Lakewood, Washington

Join Pierce County's community and technical colleges, employers, state agencies, and a host of community organizations at the "Recareering @ 50+: Deciding What's Next Expo, March 24, 2011, 2-7 pm, Clover Park Technical College, McGavick Center. It's free, with lots of resources and attendance prizes. The Expo is a joint Pierce County Colleges' Plus 50 project, in collaboration with AARP and other community partners, as part of the American Association of Community Colleges Plus 50 Completion Initiative: Take Your Knowledge To The Next Degree!

Please post and share with students, advisory committee members, organizations, friends and family. Come and spend the entire time or just pop in for a few of the activities planned..employer panels & exhibits, workshops, career counseling, resume assistance, job search, computer tutorial, and much more!

It's free. But space is limited and registration is required, so reserve your seat today. RSVP online at www.aarp.org/wa or by calling 1-877-926-8300.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

College Promise Coalition: Can you help save a college education?

Let your voice be heard! Join in the conversation Thursday, March 10 from 7:00 - 8:30 PM at Mt. Tahoma High School. www.collegepromisewa.com

If current budget proposals are enacted, funding cuts to our state schools could reach 50% meaning fewer Washington kids will get into public schools and more families won't be able to afford college.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Early Spring Operations Update


In keeping with my regular operations updates, I have dubbed this the early spring update as I believe we are all anticipating a quick end to winter. With that said, I hope you will have a chance to catch a sun-break and venture out on campus to see the changes that the Operations team has been working on during the winter months.

Here is a status update on our facilities improvement projects on campus, in addition to information technology update, and some important campus safety information.

Building 15 Science Lab: The finishing touches are now being placed on our newest general purpose science laboratory. I know you will be pleased with how the College has transformed an unused former cafeteria kitchen into a state-of-the-art science laboratory.

When you see the science laboratory you will have a glimpse into the future as the lab was modeled after the state-of-the-art science labs planned for the new Allied Health Facility. The Building 15 lab was renovated using one-time excess tuition funds and it will be available for spring quarter classes.

Building 19 Exterior Improvement and HVAC Upgrade: I have re-attached plans for Building 19 that you can reference as you literally see this building transform before your eyes. Using exterior paneling consistent with Building 23 and exterior colors similiar to Buildings 14 and 25, Building 19 will get a much needed exterior facelift. This renovation (paid for with state capital funds) will preserve the exterior for years to come in a way that is the least expensive and limits landfill waste.

One final note on Building 19, the contractor will be replacing the second story HVAC system during spring break to limit the impact on programs located in 19.

We continue to make progress on these facility improvements as well:

Energy efficiency overall (ESCO) - awaiting utility incentive approval then Phase I of exterior lighting replacement will begin.

Building 5 - electrical and HVAC replacement set to begin next week.

Building 6 - Roofers Apprenticeship renovation will conclude by the end of April.

Building 22- Fire sprinklers are being placed in the maintenance offices to meet the current fire code.

Building 31- grease interceptor work will be completed during spring break. Please note the Building 31 parking lot will be closed until approximately April 1st.

Information Technology Update: Significant changes are currently underway for our entire two-year college system. The infamous HP 3000 (which has housed student, financial and personnel information for over 30 years) will be replaced during a process that you may have heard referred to as Lift and Shift. Additional information technology changes are now being debated within the system to determine the new platform or ERP (Enterprise Resource Program) onto which our colleges will store and use our administrative and instructional data.

Michael Taylor, Information Technology Director, will be updating the College on Lift and Shift at the March 15 All Staff Meeting.

Additional information will be forthcoming about the second round of computer replacement. This round will be focused on replacing outdated lab computers, as well as outdated computers for faculty and staff.

March 23 Campus Safety Training: Please join us for an important campus safety training exercise on March 23 from Noon to 3:00 p.m. in the Rotunda. This training will allow you to meet your Building Safety Captains and work with Lakewood Police Department Lt. Steve Mauer to better prepare your offices, classrooms, and buildings for campus violence and/or a natural disaster.

One final note, I wanted to thank and congratulate the Achieving the Dream Task Force led by Dr. Debbie Ranniger for their good work which has led the College to receiving this prestigious grant. We are all here because we strive to make the dreams of our students attainable and this grant will strengthen the College’s effort to do so.

Thank you,

Amy Goings, MPA
Vice President for Operations and College Relations
Clover Park Technical College
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