Friday, April 29, 2011
There are still 145,000 Japanese living in relocation centers in Japan. If you have been wanting to donate to the Tsunami Relief, please make a donation May 2-5 in the cafeteria.
International Club President: Josh Jones
South Hill Representatives: Hang Zou and Yu Wei
Japanese student instructor: Haruna Hori
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
By John W. Walstrum, president of Clover Park Technical College
This Harvard study cites what many of us already know: The path toward the middle class must include some post-secondary education. The 70,000 students attending Bates and Clover Park technical colleges and Pierce and Tacoma community colleges don’t need convincing that they need cutting-edge, applicable skills to ensure their success in attaining positions in the post-recession economy.
High school dropouts, graduates, displaced workers, over-50 workers and even retirees are rushing to our colleges to prepare for their personal economic recovery and a chance to realize their American dream.
In Pierce County, more than 40 percent of residents receive some form of public assistance. The barriers for them to achieve not only self-sufficiency but a more solid and comfortable lifestyle are insurmountable without some form of occupational certificate, apprenticeship training or associate’s degree.
Their pathway toward the middle class has been derailed by this lack of opportunity and is an additional strain on our nonprofit agencies and local and state governments.
The pathway for students who are able to achieve an associate’s degree is clearly marked. Community and technical college graduates earn 73 percent more annually than those peers who did not complete high school ($42,000 vs. $24,300).
Opportunities available at local two-year colleges include: career training, academic transfer preparation, apprenticeship, basic skills, high school completion, English as a Second Language and noncredit continuing education. All are important components to our colleges’ offerings.
For example, when Fiona Bao was accepted into the I-BEST program at Tacoma Community College, it was the end of a long journey and the beginning of a new one. As an immigrant from China, she was able to enter the I-BEST Accounting Office Associate Program for students who want to improve English language skills and earn a college-level certificate or two-year degree. She graduated in 2010, the outstanding student in her program.
Fiona is now working on her accounting transfer degree, with her sights set on a bachelor’s from the University of Washington.
“I want to become a true professional and team member as an accountant. After that I would like to obtain my CPA.” She says I-BEST gave her the opportunity she needed to succeed. “Without my instructors, without my adviser, without the TCC staff, I would not have achieved this much.”
Yet during our state’s economic crisis, our colleges are struggling to keep the doors open to those students who need us now. The Legislature is finalizing additional cuts to the budgets of community and technical colleges (up to 30 percent in three years) while, again, increasing tuition for students who are suddenly unemployed in the economic downturn or who work full-time and are struggling to pay basic bills.
Granted, the state has dire budgetary concerns. However, the graduates that colleges train will provide an influx of much-needed cash into state coffers and free up unemployment benefits they were reliant on, which will help pull the state out of its downward spiral.
The state’s community and technical college system is a means to lift individuals out of poverty and help them find their way into the middle class where they can lead productive lives, which, in turn, can bring life back to an ailing state budget.
The economic prosperity of our nation and the preservation of the middle class depend, to some degree, upon whether or not community and technical colleges can provide the opportunity for more than five million Americans who come to our campuses each year to succeed.
Now is not the time to allow potholes and detours along the pathway to prosperity. Now is the time to strongly support our community and technical colleges to widen this pathway, for the sake of our state and our nation.
John W. Walstrum is president of Clover Park Technical College.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Denise Vilvado, seasoned food professional with 20+ years of experience served as a guest speaker to the Culinary/Restaurant Management program on Tuesday, April 12. A well received presentation.Denise Vivaldo has catered more than 10,000 parties and has cooked for such guests as George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Prince Charles, Bette Midler, Suzanne Somers, Merv Griffin, Cher, Aaron Spelling, Sly Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Maria Shriver.
She began her culinary training at the Ritz Escoffier and La Varenne in Paris, and then graduated Chef de Cuisine from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. Denise spent numerous years as a professor at UCLA’s Culinary Program and at her alma mater, The California Culinary Academy.
Thank you to all who participated! We had a total of 98 participants. That includes the 47 children and 13 adults from the childcare center. A big thank you to Surgical Technology – outside of Environmental Science they were the biggest group! Also, thanks to John Ruiz for manning the table so I could teach my classes today…
We gave out 44 bags – several were reused as well. Also, scotch broom and other invasive plants were removed at the Flett Property.
Again, thank you for supporting us. Previous story here.
Local leader from Clover Park Technical College shares strategies to help baby boomers
Lakewood, WA – A local leader from Clover Park Technical College (CPTC), Mabel Edmonds, recently delivered a presentation on helping baby boomers improve their job skills, at the 91st annual convention of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) in New Orleans.
In the workshop, “Plus 50 and Completion” convention attendees learned about the new Plus 50 Completion Strategy that is expanding workforce training for baby boomers. The initiative is focused on helping students complete degrees, certificates and not-for-credit credentials in high growth fields and high demand jobs.
As the dean of workforce development at CPTC, Edmonds spoke about the real-life lessons the college has learned while helping hundreds of baby boomers re-energize their futures. Rosemary Dillon, dean of health sciences, social science and human services at Cape Cod Community College located in West Barnstable, Mass., also spoke about the nuts and bolts of helping plus 50 adults chart a new direction in life.
CPTC has long been a leader in offering programming for plus 50 students and serves as a mentor college within AACC’s Plus 50 Initiative to other colleges seeking to work with this growing non-traditionally aged student population, noted Mary Sue Vickers, director of the Plus 50 Initiative at AACC.
CPTC is a founding college within the Plus 50 Initiative, a grant-funded demonstration effort begun in 2007 and operated through the AACC. The project offers tools to help colleges meet the needs of students age 50 and up, who have been coming to community colleges in increasing numbers during the economic downturn.
“Many baby boomers are updating their job skills and completing their educations at community colleges,” said Vickers. “Increasingly, colleges are tailoring their programs to suit plus 50 adult needs. Many baby boomers plan to stay in the workforce and need new skills to enhance their opportunities for success.”
About the Plus 50 Initiative
The Plus 50 Initiative began its efforts in 2007 to help community colleges faced with an expanding baby boomer student population by focusing on learning, training and career development, and volunteering. The three-year project is sponsored by the AACC with a grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies. With an additional grant from Lumina Foundation for Education, the initiative will continue its work through 2014 and focus on
increasing the number of plus 50 students completing credentials and degrees. To learn more visit plus50.aacc.nche.edu.
About the American Association of Community Colleges:
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the American Association of Community Colleges is the leading advocacy organization representing close to 1,200 community, junior and technical colleges nationwide. Community colleges are the largest sector of higher education, enrolling 12.4 million credit and non-credit students each year. To learn more about the AACC, visit www.aacc.nche.edu.
About Clover Park Technical College:
Clover Park Technical College offers more than 50 career training degree and certificate programs in the areas of business, computer information and technology, allied health, manufacturing, construction and trades, multimedia design, and personal care services. The college also offers certification, online and distance learning, as well as continuing education courses.
For more information call 253-589-5800, text TECH4U to 41513 or visit www.cptc.edu
For many students this is the first time anyone has applauded them and told them they are worthy and capable and can realize their dreams. Sometimes people don't realize that a small gift to the foundation can signify a great change in the life of a student. A scholarship is not only a gift of funds, it's a self-esteem builder.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 photos by David Lobban, Lobban Photography, Inc.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
April 20, 2011
Submitted by Amy Goings, MPA Vice President for Operations and College Relations
In honor of Earth Day (April 22), I thought I would share with you the expanded sustainability effort underway in the Operations and College Relations Department.
Paper Reduction Efforts and Rightsizing Copier Usage: In just one year, our campus has made great strides toward reducing paper usage and reducing printing costs. During the past year the College community has worked collaboratively with Information Technology to accomplish the following savings:
- Reduced desktop copiers by 47
- Reduced toner costs by 40%
- Reduced the size of the printed quarterly class schedule from 60 to 16 pages and reducing the number of catalogs printed from 10,000 to 1,000 (25,000 160-page catalogs were printed in 2008 and 10,000 were printed in 2009).
- Reduced paper usage by 280 cases
In addition, we have renegotiated our copier contract and upgraded our multifunctional printing devices on campus while saving the College $25,000 annually on our contract. A special thanks to Kate Puratich for her assistance with this project.
For over a year now, Michael Taylor, IT Director, has been working with both the Sustainability Task Force (www.cptc.edu/green) and the Pay to Print Task Force to develop guidelines for transitioning student printing from a free, unlimited service to a nominal pay to print program.
During the break between spring and summer quarters we will be transitioning to a new system which will allow students to purchase print cards and pay to print in the library. Our goal is that this new system will allow students to print their assignments as needed while limiting excessive printing that is at this time a significant cost to the College. I would also like to thank Librarians Doug Ammons and Elaine Holster for their contributions in making this transition a seamless one for students.
Making our Campus Energy Efficient: This year, as a campus we have come together to decrease utility costs on this campus, saving over $30,000 in electricity costs this year alone. With that said, there is always more we can do to make our infrastructure more efficient. Here is a quick summary of our projects to date that are intended to improve existing buildings and make our campus more efficient.
Energy Efficiency Upgrades (ESCO): Through the awarding of an $800,000 Department of Commerce efficiency grant and over $100,000 in utility incentives, the College is able to leverage state capital funds to make a $2 million energy upgrade. Upgrades include replacing all exterior lighting with energy efficient bulbs and motion sensors, some indoor motion sensors and HVAC upgrades to buildings 10, 11, and 14.
Building 19: Renovation includes 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). The second story HVAC system has been replaced during this construction period.
A Campus Thank You: In honor of Earth Day, I would like to thank the members of the Sustainability Task Force for their leadership this year in motivating the campus community to reduce, recycle, and conserve. They are among the unsung heroes on this campus. In addition, I would also like to thank our innovative students for their leadership through the EcoClub who work diligently to make sure our campus is as sustainable as possible.
If you would like to give back on Earth Day, the members of the Eco Club are leading a campus clean up this Friday April 22.
Thank you, as always if you have questions please contact me directly at email@example.com.
Eco Club and Sustainability Taskforce join forces for campus beautification project on Earth Day, Friday April 22
Attention students, staff and faculty! Looking for a fun, safe, project to celebrate Earth Day on Friday?
Join Eco Club and Sustainability Task Force members and pick up garbage and recyclables on campus.
Event: Earth Day Campus Beautification Project
When: Earth Day - Friday, April 22
Where: Building 16, Room 102
ETC: The Eco Club will provide garbage bags and latex gloves for all volunteers from
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
There is no minimum time requirement. Help out when you can and do as much work as you want. All we ask is that you sign in and dispose of your collected garbage properly.
This kind of work is always more fun to do with friends. So choose someone, have fun, and make a difference.
Contact Eco Club President Kailene Sparrs at firstname.lastname@example.org
Other important information:
- Volunteers are encouraged (but not required) to bring garden or leather gloves for additional protection.
- Taking two bags is a good idea - one for trash and one for recyclables.
- Volunteers must sign in so we can have an official count.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
12 - 1pm
Building 23, Room 302
The ASG Peer Mentors will be presenting a Domestic Violence Awareness presentation on Wednesday, April 27th in building 23, room 302 from 12 to 1pm in honor of a fellow student, Carol Parsons. Carol Parsons was a student here at Clover Park Technical College and was expected to graduate from the Human Service class in June 2010. Unfortunately on St. Patrick's Day 2010, her ex-husband shot and murdered her during a family counseling session. Carol left behind three children who her mother is now raising. Now, for the first time, Carol's mother will speak about her daughter's tragic story, right here at Clover Park Technical College. Lisa Moore and Roberta Hays (Carols Mother) will be our guest speakers, and they will be telling the story of Carol Parsons, and Randy Ferguson, two victims of domestic violence.
Friday, April 15, 2011
I-BEST is not just for ESL students!
Students are a good fit for I-BEST if they:
- Are currently working towards GED attainment or have been released from High School (Age 18 and up) OR
- Have completed ESL, level 6 with an accredited institution OR Have been out of high school for several years OR
- Never felt like high school was a "good fit" or they struggled with grades in academic environments AND
- Are able to attain qualifying CASAS scores in Math and Reading (Between 221-256) AND
- Are DETERMINED to complete a three quarter program with the potential for a two year degree that offers a higher living wage
Monday, April 11, 2011
Tuesday, April 12th from 11am to 2pm-Student Center
Join the ASG, President John Walstrum, State Board Representative Erin Brown, and Washington Student Association, Mike Bogatay to learn about how these budgets effect your college, your financial aid funding and more....
Wednesday, April 13th 11am to 2pm- Student Center
Volunteer Fair- Over 30 vendors will be offering students exciting opportunity to serve your community through volunteering and internships. Some of the vendors will be Habitat for Humanity, Ameri Corps, Goodwill, Citizens for a Healthy Bay, and Boy Scouts of America.
Thursday, April 14th 11am to 2pm -Student Center
Take Action and Contract your Lawmaker! Computers and volunteers will be on hand from 11am to 2pm to help you send emails and make phone calls to your legislative representatives.
Student leaders will be promoting and answering questions regarding the current on-campus employment opportunities for students. Applications will be available-deadline is April 22nd.
March 29, 2011 - Last day to withdraw with 100% refund.
April 5, 2011 - Last day to withdraw with 80% refund.
April 18, 2011 - Last day to withdraw with 40% refund.
May 17, 2011 - Last day to withdraw with a "W" grade.
Spring & Summer Application for Graduation Award Deadline: April 27, 2011
Students who expect to graduate during the spring quarter (March 30th through June 16th) must complete Step 1 of the Application for Graduation Award and pay the $20.00 Application Fee by April 27, 2011. Application forms are available on the Student Records counter in Building 17.
Students who expect to graduate during the summer quarter (June 28th through August 30th) AND want to participate in the All College Graduation Ceremony at the Tacoma Dome on June 17th, must also complete Step 1 of the Application for Graduation Award and pay the $20 Application Fee by April 27, 2011.
Student Information Online
Students may also use the web to register, pay fees, withdraw and inquire about their CPTC information. Simply access the CPTC web site at www.cptc.edu and select "Current Students". At this site you can access the following:
Register Online (It is not too late to register for Spring 2011)
Check Wait List
Change Contact Information
View Unofficial Transcript (Spring grades will be online June 21, 2011 )
Order an official transcript
Current Class Schedule
American Opportunity Tax Credit
Clubs and Organizations
FAQs - View frequently asked questions
Student Right to Know
Tuition & Fees
Peer Tutoring Opportunities
Information may be accessed from any PC with Internet access. Six PCs with direct access to the CPTC web site are available for student use in the lobby of Building 17 from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm, Monday through Thursday and from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm, Friday. Also, the library computer lab has PCs available for accessing the Internet.
CPTC delivers quarterly grades only on-line. Spring student grades will be posted and available on-line June 21, 2011, if your course has completed by the last day of the quarter. Please go to www.cptc.edu; select "Current Students" then select "View Unofficial Transcript" and enter your Student ID and PIN. If you need assistance with access to your grade information, please contact Student Records at 253.589.5666.
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.
Here is the updated Spring Quarter of the College Knowledge Workshop Series.
Due to an increasing expressed interest, the Gardening on a Budget workshops on 4/13 and 4/27 location has changed to the Student Center, room 212.
4pm - 8pm
Moctezuma's Mexican Restaurant
4102 S 56th St
Tacoma, WA 98409
PLEASE--invite all friends, colleagues and your family members to attend with you.
Available scholarships list, eligibility and scoring criteria, detailed instructions, workshop information, and more are available at www.cptc.edu/scholarship. Students will need to complete their applications, including all attachments, by the 22 April 2011 deadline*.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact Heather Ervin at email@example.com or 253-589-5732.
* You may wish to set your own deadline with students for when you will accept recommendation requests.
Friday, April 8, 2011
11am - 2pm
Sharon McGavick Student Center
You can get 70% to 90% off savings certificates for spas, restaurants, comedy clubs and more! 20% of the proceeds are donated to the CPTC Foundation. More information will be available next week.
You can pre-order your certificates before the event by visiting: http://www.
This is a great event for friends, family and co-workers!
Here is the Spring Quarter of the College Knowledge Workshop Series. There are quite a few exciting things on the horizon for Spring!
Tutoring Center (15- 108) Hours
Mon - Thurs 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Math Lab (15-103)
Mon, Wed 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Tues, Thurs 4:00 - 6:30 pm
TUTORING IS FREE AND DROP IN --- NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED!
Get help with Math, English, Computer Literacy, Anatomy & Physiology, Chemistry, Biology, Statistics, Accounting and more...
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Dr. Venditti described the Open Course Library Project for which he is developing a speech communications course.
He described the initiative—funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Washington State Legislature—in which 81 high-enrollment courses, those that most students must take to earn a degree, will be developed by college faculty.
The 81 courses enroll 320,000 students a year, with students spending upwards of $50 million each year on textbooks. The initiative will reduce student costs with open textbooks, course packs, existing library resources, and other open educational resources.
The courses will be digital resources that faculty can use in whole or in part (or not at all). The courses can be continually improved, shared throughout the college system, and with the rest of the world.Phil Venditti, Communications faculty at Clover Park Technical College, is recognized for his ongoing leadership as president of FACTC; as a leader, instructor and mentor to his students; and as an innovator engaged in developing a Speech Communications course for the state-wide Open Course Library project.
Students went through a 20 yard dumpster. The goal was to give them a hands-on view of municipal solid waste (waste that comes from non-industrial businesses and homes). Students are helping the College determine how much recyclable material is being thrown away on a regular basis. LeMay, the College's garbage hauler, is working with Clover Park to try to reduce the amount of waste sent in as landfill space is at a premium.
Bob Dieckmann, project coordinator with Pierce County Solid Waste was on site to help students learn about what can be recycled. According to Dieckmann, Pierce County Solid Waste has a 25 year goal of reducing waste by 75 percent. Right now every person discards about 4 1/3 pounds of waste daily. Pierce County Solid Waste wants to reduce that number to just over a pound per person, per day by the year 2035.
Students weighed the amount of recycled material that was thrown away and the amount of garbage that can't be recycled. The goal is to show how much the College can recycle and ultimately save landfill space while reducing its carbon footprint.
Monday, April 4, 2011
Join the 2011-2012 Student Leadership Team
Click Here for position applicationhe applications, or the application process,
For more information:
Angela Mays at (253) 589-6050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, April 1, 2011
Above is a flyer for volunteer opportunities in National Service Week. The activities are part of the STEP Peer Mentoring Program and Washington Campus Compact Retention Project.
For more information, contact Althea Foster at email@example.com.
Our peer mentors are here to support you and your students! Please help us spread the word about the CPTC peer mentoring program by sharing this. Research shows that students perform better and achieve their goals faster with the support from peers!