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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Apply Now for Fall Quarter 2011 Scholarships

The Foundation is excited to announce that we have a record number of 50 scholarships available for Fall Quarter 2011, totaling $27,000. Students may apply between 28 June and 15 July 2011 for Fall Quarter Scholarships by going to www.cptc.edu/scholarship, reading the directions, and following the link to the online scholarship application process.

We will be offering two workshops in the computer room (122) in Building 19, where students can learn about the online process and fill out an application at the same time. The workshops will be held on Thursday, 30 June from 3-4 p.m. and on Monday, 11 July from 3-4 p.m. For more information on what to bring in order to complete an application during the workshop, follow the workshop link at www.cptc.edu/scholarship.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Safety Tip of the Week

This week's tip has to do with motor vehicle use on campus.

1. Report all suspicious persons or vehicles around parking areas to the Campus Safety Department at 5682 (or 589-5682 from a cell phone) immediately.
2. Keep your vehicle locked and the windows rolled up tightly.
3. Never leave your vehicle running when unattended.
4. When parking, choose a well-lit, heavily traveled area.
5. Packages, luggage, and other valuables should be locked in the trunk.
6. Stereo tape players and C.B. radios should be mounted either out of sight or with slide-out brackets.
7. Consider having your vehicle ignition, doors, and trunk keyed differently.
8. Keep spare keys in your wallet or purse, not inside the vehicle where a thief can easily find them.
9. Keep a record of your vehicle identification number (VIN), registration plate number, and title certificate number.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Student Printing Information

The ink is dry, it’s official - pay for print rolls out on June 28

Get your FREE ‘pay for print’ card while supplies last

Welcome to Summer Quarter. Even though the sun hasn’t been shining much lately, here is some bright news. Each enrolled student can pick up a FREE pre-loaded $5.00 pay for print card in the Student Center on June 28 courtesy of your Associated Student Government.

In an effort to reduce paper consumption, waste and promote environmental responsibility and
sustainability, Clover Park has a new print management system.

Effective June 28, Equitrac, the software that will manage student printing, has been installed in the Library.

Equitrac is designed to better serve the printing needs of all students while at the same time, reducing waste.

After the free $5.00 card is used, students will be required to purchase a pay for print card in the library in order to print. A single print/copy will cost .05 cents for B&W and .10 cents for color. Duplex (2-sided) mode will run .08 cents for B&W and .15 cents for color. Charges will be deducted directly from pay for print card accounts.

Pay for print cards are available for purchase in the library. The free $5.00 pre-loaded card is limited to one card per enrolled student. If this card is lost or stolen, students can purchase a new card in the Library.

For more information about printing: http://www.cptc.edu/pdfs/Student_Printing.pdf

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Operations Update - Summer Quarter Edition

Submitted by Amy Goings, MPA
Vice President for Operations and College Relations
June 24, 2011

Welcome back from summer break. Here are a few updates that I wanted to make sure you were aware of at the start of the quarter.

Summer Quarter Program Moves
During the break between spring and summer quarters, the following program moves took place:

Basic Skills program, administration, instructors, and classrooms moved to Building 37. Phone numbers will remain the same. Please check in at the front desk in Building 37 (west entrance). Visible entrance signs will be placed on Building 37 within the next few weeks. New college signage has already replaced the outdated A-I signage.

WorkFirst administration and classrooms have moved to Building 16 (Rooms 105 and 118). They are now located in the former offices of the NW Career and Technical High School.

Building 16 Repair and Repaint Project
Building 16, not unlike Buildings 14 and 19, is nearly 30 years old and in need of minor patching, repairs, and repainting. This minor project will preserve the exterior of the facility and prevent future leaks until the state funds exterior improvements similar to those recently completed on Building 19.

Once again, this project will be paid for by state capital funds that cannot be used for operational purposes.

You will see the paint crew cleaning the building, repairing the building and repainting the building in the coming weeks. If their work will impact classroom instruction, which we do not believe it will, we will certainly let you know.

Energy Efficiency Upgrades (ESCO)
Through the awarding of an $800,000 Department of Commerce efficiency grant and over $150,000 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.

For those of you who have indoor motion sensors in your offices or classrooms, please note that you do not need to turn off your lights, they will do so automatically. When you do turn off your lights, the sensor is disabled and your lights won’t turn on the next time you enter your area.
Thanks also to the student Eco Club, which contributed $1,500 toward additional motion sensors throughout the campus.

You should see a marked improvement in the lighting across campus as the fixtures have been replaced and more energy efficient bulbs have been installed.

Student Pay to Print Now in the Library
As the College continues to move forward with its paper-reduction strategies, students will now be required to pay a nominal fee to print documents the library. All students will be issued a one-time print card pre-loaded with a $5 credit that is courtesy of Associated Student Government.

If students have questions, they can consult with staff in the library for additional help.
Thank you to the Information Technology Department, led by Michael Taylor, and the Pay-to-Print Task Force (Doug Ammons, Elaine Holster, Kate Puratich, Kathy Yost) for their great work in making this initiative a reality. I know first-hand that they worked diligently for over a year to put this process in place.

Thank you,

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


The following public speaking students from Clover Park Technical College shared practical, fun information to members of the Lakewood Kiwanis Club at the club's meeting Tuesday, 14 June:

9:00—Leah Aqua—Pharmacy Technician: “Fencing”
11:00—Beth Allen—Pharmacy Technician: “Summer Activities for All Ages”
13:00—Alysha Cavelti—Dental Assistant: “Teens Against Tobacco Use”
14:00—Kim Johnson—Pharmacy Technician: “Amping Up Your Barbecue”

This month's "Multi-Class Community Speech Event" is the latest in a series of visits by public speaking students since fall 2009 to community organizations in the Lakewood/Tacoma/University Place area. Selected students exploit the opportunity to demonstrate their presentation skills to an unfamiliar audience, whereas members of civic groups learn about CPTC and about the topics which students share with them.

Past community speaking venues for CPTC public speaking students have included Lakewood United, the Lakewood Rotary Club, several Pierce County Toastmasters Clubs, and Lakewold Gardens.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Environmentally-conscious speakers set for Friday commencement

Congressman Jay Inslee and All Washington Scholar Benjamin Wells to address record number of Clover Park Technical College graduates

Leadership comes at many levels.

Fortunately for the record number of students graduating from Clover Park Technical College on Friday at the Tacoma Dome, many will take in some timely advice from one of their own and Congressman Jay Inslee.

Although both Wells and Inslee come from very different backgrounds, both are success-driven, environmentally-conscious leaders.

When Benjamin Wells first began college it was a rough road. The now straight ‘A’ Environmental Sciences & Technology Graduate began at the University of Kentucky right out of high school but realized the timing wasn’t right and went to work.

After working on a ranch in Wyoming, building boat docks in Florida, and working at a ski resort in Colorado, Wells moved to Tacoma with his fiancée where he worked at Chambers Bay Golf Course for a year before deciding to come to Clover Park. In his time at the College, he has been on the President’s List every quarter and is graduating with a 4.0 GPA.

Ben is a member of the 2011 All-Washington Academic Team and is a winner of the 2011 Washington Award for Vocation Excellence (WAVE). Ben will start at the University of Washington Tacoma in September where he will pursue a degree in Environmental Studies with a focus in Urban Planning specific to water treatment/delivery. Wells is also a finalist for a 2-year tuition waiver at UWT.

"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. He 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.

Congressman Inslee, whose background and career is well known, will address the crowd of more than 400 graduates who chose to walk during the ceremony. Clover Park has a record high 1,900+ students graduating in June.

The College invited Congressman Inslee to speak a few months ago in part because of his vision for a clean energy future.

Clover Park has a strong commitment to our environment. Last year, Clover Park became the first technical college and the first college from Washington State to win the MetLife Community College Excellence Award. MetLife recognized the Brownfields partnership for its outcomes in placing nearly 80 percent of graduates into jobs.

The Brownfields program provides no-cost environmental training to low-income residents, representing a successful, longstanding partnership between the College, the City of Tacoma, Workforce Central and the Metropolitan Development Council. Last year, the Brownfields Job Training program was also nominated for the Community College Futures Assembly’s Bellwether Award. The award recognizes programs that are on the forefront of innovation.

Facts about the 2011 Commencement:
  • A record 1,242 students are graduating in June. More than 400 will walk
  • Congressman Jay Inslee, Representing Washington’s 1st Congressional District will address the graduates
  • Benjamin Wells is the student speaker
  • The ceremony begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, June 17 at the Tacoma Dome
  • No ticket is needed to attend

Jane Elliot - Nationally Known Diversity Speaker Coming to CPTC - Friday July 29th, 2011

The Officers of the Multicultural Club & the Administrators of Clover Park Technical College Multicultural Student Services are extremely excited to announce that we have contracted with a nationally known diversity speaker who will appear on our campus on July 29, 2011.

We have two presentations occurring on the day of the event

Friday July 29th, 2011

The student/all campus presentation
from 11 am - 12 pm
Bldg 23

The community evening event (cost of $25.00)
from 6 pm - 9 pm
Bldg 23

For information regarding online purchasing of tickets: (www.cptc.edu/jane)
A link for more information on Jane Elliot: (www.janeelliott.com)

This nationally known speaker - Ms. Jane Elliott - is noted for her infamous "Brown Eyes/Blue Eyes" cultural diversity experiment after the 1968 shooting death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

For Ms. Elliott, the end result of this experiment was highlighting the many injustices that were occurring during and after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and how "race & prejudice" was a factor in some areas of the United States of America during that time.

Ms. Elliott has an extensive resume' in providing diversity trainings to business, organizations, colleges and communities around the world. Her first national exposure came when she appeared on the CBS television show 60 Minutes in 1968.

She has been featured on PBS FRONTLINE, ABC - TV's "Person of the Week" and last but certainly not least, she appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show in 1992 and made a distinct impression on Ms. Winfrey -- Ms. Winfrey was so moved by Jane Elliott's appearance on her show that Ms. Winfrey considered this event as one of her TOP 20 MOMENTS of 1992.

Lastly, on this past Martin Luther King Jr., holiday - Ms. Winfrey replayed Ms. Elliott's appearance on her show.

Please mark your calendars for this exciting event for our CPTC campus and for the Greater Pierce County Region.



Operations Update-Commencement Edition

Operations Update-Commencement Edition
Submitted by Amy Goings, MPA Vice President for Operations and College Relations
June 14, 2011

Upon the eve of Commencement, I wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate our record number of graduates and the faculty and staff who guided them toward this important benchmark along their path of lifelong learning.

In addition, as the end of this month grows near, the Operations Department will bring to a close two biennia worth of projects that ranged from emergency repairs (Building 14) to bolstering the energy efficiency of the campus. Our focus in the Operations Department is to leverage state and private resources to keep our aging infrastructure current for instructional needs and to improve the energy efficiency of our campus so that every available state resource is focused on supporting our students and their learning needs.

Here is a brief recap of our $2 million energy-efficiency project and a brief recap of the work done on campus this year using state capital funds.

Energy Efficiency Upgrades (ESCO)
Through the awarding of an $800,000 Department of Commerce efficiency grant and over $150,000 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.

Thanks also to the student Eco Club, which contributed $1,500 toward additional motion sensors throughout the campus.

Program Moves
During the break between spring and summer quarters, the following program moves will take place:

Basic Skills program administration, instructors, and classrooms will move to Building 37.
WorkFirst administration and classroom will move to Building 16 (Rooms 105 and 118).

Year-End Facilities Improvement Recap
Here is a status update on our facilities improvement projects on campus to date.

Building 5: Electrical and HVAC replacement set to be completed by the end of the month.

Building 6
: Roofers Apprenticeship renovation is near completion.

Building 15
: Science Lab: Our newest general purpose science laboratory is now complete. 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: 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.
Building 31: The College replaced the grease interceptor that ensures our College is up to Pierce County sewer code.

A Bright Spot Ahead
The College will receive on July 1 funding to construction a new Health Sciences facility next to the McGavick Student Center as well as a minor renovation to the Library. More information will follow in the next Operations Update about these two exciting projects.

Thank you,


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

Monday, June 13, 2011

Safety Tip of the Week

This week's tip is general in nature. It is a basic reminder that applies to all of us.

1. Recognize your vulnerability. Be alert to who is nearby and what is going on around you.

2. Report all suspicious persons, vehicles, and activities to the Campus Security Department immediately by dialing 5682 from a campus phone or 589-5682 from a call phone. Suspicious circumstances by their nature tend to end quickly, so do not waste time thinking about calling - if your instinct says "trouble" call immediately.

3. Use the "buddy system" and watch out for your neighbor. The buddy system applies to more than just going out to your car at night. If you need to meet with a co-worker or student over an issue that could be contentious you should bring someone else along. If you are carrying valuables or money on campus you should have an escort, or better yet ask for a security escort.

4. Keep your doors locked whenever you find yourself alone in a building or room.

5. Report lights that are out and any hazardous conditions immediately to the Physical Plant Office at 5560.

6. If you see someone being victimized, get involved and notify the Campus Safety Department. Unless you feel confident that you can successfully deal with the incident physically, do not put yourself in physical danger. You might be the only witness and then there would be nobody to report the problem. "Get involved" generally means to call for help and then do whatever you safely can to distract or discourage the aggressor. Even if the aggressor runs away never to be caught, at least you will have prevented further harm. Describe the aggressor as best you can.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Parking Decal and Photo ID Hours of Operation for June and Early July 2011

Need to pickup your photo ID or parking decal? Swing by the security office located in the Student Center, Building 23, Room 211.

Days and hours of operation:

June 13 - 17
June 20 - 24
June 27 - July 1
July 5 - 8

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
1:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Staff Awards 2011

Special Thanks to Janet Holm for volunteering to be the event photographer. Hats off to Sleli Sledge who also took a few.

All Staff Appreciation 2011

The Chuck Wagon

Georgia Elgar, Teresa Curry, Kristy Crosby enjoying (root) beers

Nick Darling, Chris Ridler, Art Sandor

Wendy Joseph

BOT Robert Lenigan and Dr. Walstrum

Debbie Chase-Dietrich and Carol Holland-O'Hern

Sean Cooke and Sean O'Connor practicing their archery skills

Clover Park Classics - JJ Kranz, Mike Anderson, Darryl Owens, Dean Lamb

Karen Alexander and Jim Tuttle playing a game of horseshoes

Cindy Schaffer

1 Year Pin: Sean O'Connor, Kathy Yost, Ray Zeck, Debbie Ranniger, Amy Smith

5 Year Pin: William Jolly, Steve Ellis, Andrea Chafe, Morris Miller, Roberta Johnson, Brittany Bowman, Shema Hanebutte, Heather Ervin

10 Year Pin: Marshall Collins, June Stacey-Clemons, Cindy Schaffer

15 Year in: Loree Chiaro

20 Year Pin: Dot McLain, Mike Anderson, John Moyer, Carol Holland-O'Hern, Dean Lamb

Ann Bergeron receiving her retirement clover leaf from Dr. Walstrum and Ron Wright

Classified Staff Member of the Year: Karen Alexander

Exempt Staff Member of the Year: Joyce Loveday

Faculty Member of the Year: Greg Doyon

Program of the Year: General Education, accepted by Teresa Curry

Department of the Year: Instruction, accepted by Chris Lewis and Joyce Loveday

Staff Appreciation Committee: Sean O'Connor, Jim Tuttle, Sheli Sledge, Susan Bushey, Brandon Rogers, Johnny Ignacio, Karen Alexander

Deidra Norgaard and her trusted steeds

Sean O'Connor saying "Howdy, partner"

Marshal Mike Miller - Aiming for the shot

A fun time at the pony races

Ron Wright relaxing with his pony

Glenda Epps

Kathy Yost
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