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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Safety Tip of the Week

Often times even the most safety conscious individuals are hesitant to report their observations because they are not sure what they saw was actually suspicious and/or they don't feel they have enough information to make a useful report. The best course of action is to trust your instincts. If you felt the activity was suspicious, report it. If it is a life threatening situation call 9-911 from a campus phone or 911 from a cell phone, then and call Campus Security when you complete the 911 call. If it is non-life threatening situation call Campus Security at 589-5682 (or 5682 from a campus phone). It would be great if you could have all of the information listed below, but even the best observers cannot get everything, so please report whatever you have. All information is good information.

Try to get as much of the following information as possible:
  • The nature of the incident (crime, accidental injury, suspicious activity, etc.)
  • When and where the activity occurred
  • The number of persons involved and descriptions (name; sex; ethnicity/race; height; build; age; hair color and style/length; clothing; distinctive characteristics such as scars, tattoos, facial hair, glasses, physical defects, CPTC student or not, etc.)
  • Direction of travel and method (on foot, skateboard, bicycle, motor scooter/motorcycle, bus, car/truck/van)
  • Vehicle(s) involved (color, type, make, model, license plate number, decals, bumper stickers, damage, distinctive characteristics)
  • If incident is a theft describe the stolen property (item, manufacturer, serial number, model number, color, estimated value)
  • Any other information that you observed or may feel is important
If you are in a position to do so, making written notes immediately is very helpful. With notes you can organize your thoughts and have a moment to let stimulated nerves relax. You will then be less frustrated answering the questions of the emergency responders you are reporting to. In 30 years of law enforcement work I never encountered the perfect witness, so please do your best and be proud of your contribution to campus safety and security.

Summer Fee Payment Deadline is Extended until 5:00 PM, Thursday, June 2nd

Due to extenuating circumstances, the summer fee payment deadline has been extended to 5:00 PM, Thursday, June 2nd. Students with fees due as of the end of business hours on May 26th have been sent reminder emails.

Lakewood 101

Are you interested in learning more about how
your city works for you?

Sign up now for Lakewood 101!

Thursday, June 16th, 6-8:30pm*
Council Chambers at 6000 Main St. SW.

You are invited to learn more about core city services such as streets, parks, and police and about the exciting challenges of economic redevelopment. Please consider participating in this new and informative “short course” in city government.

To RSVP, please call Rebecca Hendricks at 983-7829 or email rhendricks@cityoflakewood.us

*Doors open at 5:30pm and refreshments provided

Graduation Information

This is just a friendly reminder that caps and gowns are now available for purchase at the College Bookstore. Price is 21.99 plus tax.

Graduation is scheduled for 6:00 pm, June 17, at the Tacoma Dome Arena. The rehearsal, for graduates only, begins at 4:00 pm.

Students that are currently enrolled can pick up the graduation material in the lobby of Bldg. 17.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

"Lift and Shift" Important Information

Over the past 18 months, there has been much work and preparation accomplished at SBCTC to prepare for the hardware migration that they are calling “Lift and Shift”. The following email will outline what “Lift and Shift” is, what it means for CPTC, what we need to do to prepare for it, and when it is scheduled to occur.

The “Lift and Shift” project arose from hardware restrictions of the existing HP3000. The HP3000 was originally released in 1973, and as of December 31st 2010, HP is no longer supporting it. New replacement hardware is not available, and as a result, it was determined that maintaining antiquated hardware was not an acceptable business practice.

What is “Lift and Shift”?
  • It is nothing more than a migration of all the job processes (SMS, FMS, PPMS, and PMS) and CSA( FAM, Degree Audit, WTS) to a new server housed in Olympia WA. 

Who will be affected by “Lift and Shift”?
  • Everybody who accesses the aforementioned processes. 

How will this affect you?
  • The transformation will be seamless to the primary users. 
  • Students will experience some interruption in services. For the complete list of services, please visit the website http://www.cptc.edu/migration

Things you will need to know to be prepared.

Information Technology Department will be installing Secure92 on users computers before we go live. We will be in communication with all users as this project progresses to ensure nobody gets left behind. In the meantime, everything is business as usual.

When will “Lift and Shift” occur?

The “Go Live” date is scheduled for May 27-29.

Where can you get more information?

CPTC has a website outlining all the information I covered briefly in greater detail at http://www.cptc.edu/lns

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Monday, May 23, 2011

Nominations now open for Puget Sound Energy Distinguished Faculty Award

Students, faculty, and staff:

Now is your opportunity to nominate a faculty member to receive the Puget Sound Energy Distinguished Faculty Award. This award recognizes a faculty member for distinguished service to technical education through outstanding teaching and professional, campus or community involvement.

The award winner will be recognized at commencement and will receive $2,000 for professional development activities and/or to support acquisition of equipment, supplies or other program items.

Nomination forms are available in Building 19, Room 101 or by e-mailing heather.ervin@cptc.edu. Nominations must be received by 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, 31 May 2011.

For questions, contact Heather at 253-589-5732 or Debbie at 253-589-5782.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Clover Park Technical College announces 2011 Excellence Award Recipient

Clover Park Technical College is happy to announce that Kelly Hollowell, Computer Network & Information Systems Security Instructor, has received the 2011 NISOD Excellence Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) at The University of Texas at Austin.

Recipients in attendance at the NISOD International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence—the largest conference focusing on community colleges—will be celebrated throughout the three-and-a-half-day event May 29 – June 1, 2011.

Kelly Hollowell was introduced to the Computer field when his mother, A key punch operator, gave him his first computer at the age of 14, and has been working in the IT industry ever since. Kelly has been an Instructor of Information Technology at clover park technical college for 10 years and has taught Information Technology continuing education classes at Clover Park Technical College and other local community colleges.

Kelly has a degree in Computer Science and is working towards a Masters Degree in Information technology. He has over 21 industry and IT certifications including, Comitia A+, Net+, Linux+ and Security+. He also holds several Microsoft, Linux and Novell Certifications. He also has a Microprocessors and Controllers Certification and holds multiple FEMA Certifications.

Kelly is also a managing partner in Computer Security Services in Tacoma, Washington and was a peer counselor for the amputee coalition of America. Kelly was one of the Lead Instructors to bring the National Security Agencies (NSA), Committee on National Systems Security (CNSS) 4011 National Training Standards for Information Systems Security Professionals certification to Clover Park Technical College for the benefit of his students.

In 1989, NISOD hosted its first ceremony to honor and name faculty, staff, and administrators who are innovators in teaching and learning. Early each academic year, NISOD member presidents select individuals at their colleges who have defined the best in teaching and learning practices that encourage student achievement. These individuals are subsequently honored for their contributions at NISOD’s International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, held each May in Austin, Texas. From harnessing the power of social networking media to using learning communities and other mediums to make learning more accessible and meaningful, to thoughtful advising and forward-thinking leadership, NISOD Excellence Award recipients represent the best in community college education.

Dr. Evelyn Waiwaiole, Suanne Davis Roueche Director of NISOD says, “The Excellence Awards are an annual recognition of what is good about community colleges. Celebrating those individuals who have contributed to student success and their colleges’ mission is something we look forward to celebrating each year.”

NISOD is proud to congratulate the 2011 Excellence Award recipients. For more information on Clover Park Technical College, please visit www.cptc.edu. To learn more about NISOD, please visit the NISOD website at www.nisod.org.

About the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development
Since 1978, NISOD has been dedicated to the professional development of faculty, administrators, and staff; and to the continued improvement of teaching and learning, with the ultimate goal of student success. This year marks the 33rd annual NISOD International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, honoring over 1,200 dedicated community college educators for outstanding contributions to the field. More than 700 community colleges around the world are NISOD members, including almost every large community college district, the majority of urban and technical colleges in the United States and Canada, and more than 200 small, rural colleges around the world. NISOD is a service and professional development initiative of the Community College Leadership Program (CCLP) in the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin. CCLP is a doctoral-level program training community college chancellors, presidents, vice presidents, and deans for 65 years.

Furlough Day Friday, May 27, 2011

College Closed
Furlough Day Friday, May 27, 2011

Memorial Day Closure May 27-30

State budget reductions directly affect employees and services

Clover Park Technical College employees will be taking their fourth furlough day on Friday, May 27, the fourth of four scheduled furlough days during the current fiscal year ending June 30, 2011.

In response to the Governor’s Executive Order to reduce costs during the current fiscal year (July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011), all union employees and unrepresented staff agreed to voluntarily cut their pay by four working days this fiscal year in order to temporarily postpone the need for additional layoffs.

  • No college services will be provided on all scheduled furlough days with the exception of the Center for Business Development.
  • Previously scheduled events in the McGavick Conference Center will proceed as scheduled.
  • In addition to salary savings from the furlough day, this closure is an attempt to save on utility expenses. Maintenance will be proactively reducing temperatures and turning off lights.

Normal operations will resume
Tuesday, May 31

New Club for the Entire Campus - Commit to be Fit

Commit To Be Fit Club. This is a great way for students and faculty to get moving! It's FREE!!

Empirical Evidence Says New Science Lab Is a Winner

The new general science lab located in Building 15 is up and running. This sparkling new facility, which was renovated using one-time excess tuition funds, is not only beautiful to look at and functional, but it serves a range of sciences that are taught at Clover Park Technical College (CPTC): biology, chemistry, natural science, physical science, and anatomy and physiology.

“The College is evolving,” says President John Walstrum. “The growth of enrollment in our Allied Health programs and the transferability we offer students to take their education further make it more important than ever to offer the best in the sciences to our students who will be vying for top jobs in today’s competitive workforce.”

Approximately double the size of the former science lab, which required an instructor to cart microscopes from one end of campus to the other for evening and weekend classes, the new lab benches hold 24 students and have outlets in the center of the expansive table tops to allow students to plug in microscopes. There are also data ports for hooking up computers. A bonus to instructors is the ability to project from a microscope so that the class is able to easily see a demonstration or PowerPoint during a lecture.

And no lab would be complete without scientific-looking gadgets, right? One item is an atomic absorption spectrophotometer, which can be used to measure copper or lead in drinking water or soil. Another is the gas chromatograph (which measures organic solvents, things like gasoline and oil spills that may be leaking into water or soil, or low levels of pesticides). There are also two large incubators that are used by microbiology to grow cultures at specific temperatures. All of this equipment was brought over from the old lab.

Two chemical fume hoods humming quietly offer the ultimate in desired protection level. Andrew Fritz, instructor, lifted the hood of the venting system to illustrate how effectively air is blown out, saying, “If you’re pouring chemicals and a toxic acid is spilled, then fumes are immediately sucked up by the hood and taken out.”

In the back room are plenty of locked cupboards for chemical storage with cautionary signage reading, “Flammable – Keep Fire Away! Acid. Corrosives.” This roomy area is the place where chemistry labs are set up by instructors. Nearby is an autoclave for sterilizing. De-ionized water is also produced for microbiology and chemistry.

Instructor Fritz placed his hand on a sink, saying, “This is an ADA sink (Americans with Disabilities Act), so a student can roll a wheelchair under there and have access.”

Kathy Smith, co-instructor with Andrew Fritz, says, “I’m so excited about the ability to teach without having to wait for Andy to be out of the classroom on, say, a field trip; no more wet labs in my classroom without a sink!”

Remember Bunsen burners in your high school science class? This lab has taken those nostalgic memories a few steps further. Ring stands are located in the middle of each spacious lab bench and work in conjunction with Bunsen burners that can be hooked into gas that is piped right into the bench. So picture these little devices that hold the Bunsen burner plates, students conducting experiments, and then writing up their scientific observations on their lap tops right then and there. Pretty cool. Or should it be: hot stuff?

At CPTC, we’re keeping pace with a cutting-edge science facility and the latest that science and technology have to offer. Excellence. Experience. Employment… and let us not forget Experiments!

Dianne Bunnell
Clover Park Technical College

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Congratulations to Summer Quarter 2011 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the following outstanding students who were selected to receive scholarships for Summer Quarter 2011.

Mark Andrew, Computer Network & Information System Security - Hamilton Family Scholarship

Daryl Antonio, Aviation Maintenance Technician - The Boeing Company

Adam Baydo, Aviation Maintenance Technician - The Boeing Company

Grace Byon, Nursing - Nursing Assistant -CPTC High School Transfer

Shuyi Chen, Aviation Maintenance Technician -CPTC International

Jennifer Dilworth, Construction - Sustainable Building Science -Key Bank Retetion

Michael Dusek, Automotive Technician -Classical Glass Corvette Club

Kellie Faraca, Massage Studies -Massage Envy

Robert Horne, Aviation Maintenance Technician - Key Bank Retention

Rachel Klebe, Aviation Maintenance Technician - Key Bank Retention

Mary Jane Lustick-Conley, Human Services - US West

Moliday Sar, Cosmetology - Key Bank Retention

Carin Seaburg, Business Support Services - CPTC High School Transfer

Ruslan Shevchuk, Aviation Maintenance Technician - Hamilton Family

Kailene Sparrs, Environmental Sciences & Technologies, Environmental Science

Igor Tekmenzhi, Architechtural Engineering Design - CPTC High School Transfer

Aubrey Woll, Nursing - Practical Nursing - Hamilton Family

Jia Zheng, Aviation Maintenance Technician - Hamilton Family

Hang Zou, Aviation Maintenance Technician - CPTC Merit

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Free haircuts for anyone who is registered with Worksource.

Monday, May 23, 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Monday, June 6, 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Barbering Program, Building 8.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Osaka Jikei Students on Campus This Week

We will be hosting 57 special guests on our campus this week. Starting early Wednesday morning Medical Lab students from the Osaka Jikei College in Osaka, Japan will be participating in a study tour.

Yuko Chartraw and Sheli Sledge have designed a wonderful three day study and cultural tour for the students.

Thank you greetings go to many who have helped to make this possible. I would especially like to thank Mikelle Newry, Instructor, who will be working with the students in the lab setting, LaRita Mandley, Lori Banaszak, Evan McGovern, Carmen Sterba, Yuko Chartraw and Sheli Sledge. Thanks to the Culinary Arts Program, Dean Massey and William Jolly for their special preparation for the meals.

Please welcome the students when you see them on campus.

Safety Tip of the Week

Tip #1 is that emergency preparedness here at CPTC actually begins at home. If you have emergency plans and preparations in place at home it frees you up to concentrate on your responsibilities while you are here at CPTC. Additionally, when hearth and home are in order you will be free to come to work knowing that your family and pets are in good shape. It is not necessary to be on a constant state of high alert, but everyone should be alert to their surroundings at work, and that does not happen when we are worried about issues at home. Try to ensure that you have enough water and food to be self-staining for at least 72 hours at home. Make sure those items, as well as flashlights, batteries, blankets, first aid kit, and other supplies are stored in a safe, secure location. These are just a few steps you can take to be prepared at home and you can easily find additional information at your local library or on the internet.

Congratulations iPad2 Winner - Stephanie Turner '08

Congratulations, Stephanie Turner '08, Pharmacy Technician program, who won an iPad2 by sharing her Clover Park story with us. We'd also like to thank all the alumni who participated and shared stories about their time at Clover Park. We're having a great time reading about their experiences and the wonderful instructors who made their time special.

Friday, May 13, 2011



A diverse team from Clover Park Technical College made a 90-minute presentation to the Pacific Northwest Higher Education Assessment, Teaching, & Learning Conference in Spokane Thursday, 12 May. President John Walstrum was joined in the effort by Claire Korschinowski, Jennifer Justice, Danielle Perkins, and Phil Venditti.

The session, entitled "Get Clear and Get Involved! Transparency and Student Involvement to Promote Teaching and Learning," described collaborative actions by the President's Office, the Office of Student Programs, and the general education faculty to involve staff, faculty, and students in positive learning experiences. Ms. Justice and Ms. Perkins described their personal and educational journeys, including challenges they have overcome and life skills they have acquired through participation in student government.

This was the fifth straight year that CPTC has sent students to the ATL Conference, each time with support from the Associated Student Government. Our college is the only one of Washington's 34 two-year colleges to claim this distinction.

2,600 teens weigh career options at 10th annual career conference at Clover Park Technical College

Cue the sunshine, open the doors, bring in the hot rods, setup the BBQ, and showcase the career training programs.

That about sums up the experience of approximately 2,600 middle and high school students on Thursday, May 12 for the 10th annual career conference at Clover Park Technical College.

From King, Pierce and Thurston Counties and the Cities of Wenatchee, Bremerton, Rochester, Winlock, Shelton, Yakima, Morton, Carbonato, and Elma students came from all over to experience college and think about post high school plans.

“The event is designed to help students get the process started,” said Janet Holm, career conference organizer and outreach coordinator. “Many middle and high school-aged students need to weigh their options now in order to see themselves in a specific career later,” said Holm.

The event accomplished that.

Activities included an eco-fair complete with rock and mineral identification, periodic table bingo, hazard waste site demonstration, benthic macroinvertebrates identification and more. Student also experienced program demonstrations, a hot rod car show, career workshops, program displays, and financial aid information.

Titled, “From high school and beyond, what’s in your plan,” Clover Park handed out career conference work books with planning worksheets. After the students filled out the worksheets, they were instructed to go to www.cptc.edu/pathway to complete the career pathway project. Many schools required this to be turned in as an assignment, further stressing that planning for post secondary education is critical.

“This is a community event that encourages people to experience what it’s like to learn at a technical college,” said Dr. John Walstrum, president of Clover Park. “It is a demonstration of the wide range of programs offered in allied health, technology, skilled trades, and business fields.”

Visit www.cptc.edu/outreach for more information about future events.

Lift & Shift Shutdown

The Lift & Shift shutdown will be from Friday May 27 through Monday May 31. All systems requiring access to the administrative server will be offline. The specific student services affected are:

Admission Application

Career Training

Change Your Address

Change Your PIN

Check Wait List

Check Your Financial Aid

Class Information

Drop a Class

Faculty PIUs

Instructor Briefcase

Leave & Earnings

Pay Fees On-Line

Program Status

Register On-Line

Schedule Planner

Tuition & Fees

View Your Schedule

View Your Transcript

Web Admissions

These services will go offline at 9 PM Friday evening, and remain down until 8 AM Tuesday morning.

2 more days to enter to Win an iPad2 in our Alumni Share Your Story Campaign

Just a reminder that alumni have 2 more days to share their stories.

If you are an alumnus yourself, please consider entering!

Did you attend Clover Park Technical College, Clover Park Vocational Technical Institute or the War Production Program here at Clover Park? If so, we'd love to hear about your time here and how it has impacted your life. We hope you will go to www.cptc.edu/alumni and share your CPTC story with us. If you do so by May 15th, you'll be entered in a chance to win an iPad2. We also welcome any pictures you would like to share, which can be sent to alumni@cptc.edu. Questions or comments can also be directed to alumni@cptc.edu or Heather Ervin at 253-589-5732.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Record 2,600 students to attend 10th annual career conference Thursday, May 12

2,600+ teenagers will swarm Clover Park Technical College for 10th annual Career Conference on Thursday, May 12
Record 2,600 students are registered to attend career workshops, program demonstrations,
eco-fair, and financial aid workshops

LAKEWOOD, WA – Clover Park Technical College is opening its doors a little wider on Thursday, May 12, making way for a record, 2,600+ teenagers.

Students are coming from King, Pierce and Thurston Counties and the Cities of Wenatchee, Bremerton, Rochester, Winlock, Shelton, Yakima, Morton, Carbonato, and Elma.

Thursday, May 12 marks the 10th annual Career Conference, put on to help teens think about post high school plans.

“The event is designed to help students get the process started,” said Janet Holm, career conference organizer and outreach coordinator. “Many middle and high school-aged students need to weigh their options now in order to see themselves in a specific career later,” said Holm.

This event accomplishes that.

From 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. students will experience a variety of activities including:
* An eco-fair with the following activities:
o rock and mineral identification
o periodic table bingo
o hazard waste site demonstration
o benthic macroinvertebrates identification and more
* program demonstrations
* car show
* career workshops
* program displays
* financial aid information

Titled, “From high school and beyond, what’s in your plan,” Clover Park will hand out career conference work books with planning worksheets. After the students fill out the worksheets, they are instructed to go to www.cptc.edu/pathway to complete the career pathway project. Many schools are requiring this to be turned in as an assignment, further stressing that planning for post secondary education is critical.

“This is a community event that encourages people to experience what it’s like to learn at a technical college,” said Dr. John Walstrum, president of Clover Park. “It is a demonstration of the wide range of programs offered in allied health, technology, skilled trades, and business fields.”

Visit www.cptc.edu/outreach to download the career conference workbook.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Graduation Material Available

The information for the 2011 all campus graduation ceremony is available for pick up in the lobby of building 17. Graduates please fill out the RSVP card and leave it in the graduation drop box.

Caps and gowns will be available at the Bookstore beginning May 23rd. Cost is 21.99 plus tax.

Graduation is June 17, 2011 at the Tacoma Dome Arena. No tickets are required for guests to attend.

Rev It Up Workshop: Interviewing

Learn helpful techniques and tricks to enhance your interviewing skills. Practice interviewing today!

Rev It Up Workshop, by WorkSource representative Sue Sharer
Tuesday, May 10, 3:00pm-4:30pm
Location: Building 19, Room 124

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