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Friday, July 29, 2011

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Regarding CPTC’s Health Sciences Facility

Prepared by Amy Goings, MPA Vice President for Operations and College Relations
July 29, 2011

How is the Health Sciences Facility funded?
Over six years ago, the College submitted a request for a new health sciences facility to house our growing health care training programs. This June, Clover Park Technical College was one of five community and technical colleges that received construction funding during the 20011-13 biennium. The Legislature funded this project solely out of the capital budget - no operating funds were used by the State to fund this project.

The College requested approximately $24 million during the 2011-13 biennium for construction. The Legislature cut our budget by 15 percent. The College is looking at a combined approach to bridge that gap without reducing the size of the Facility.

Why is this Facility necessary?
Clover Park Technical College instructs the largest number of health care related programs within Pierce County. Our 11 health training programs have long since outgrown Building 14 built in 1981. Building 14 is approximately 22,000 square feet and our new Facility will be twice that size to accommodate the 2,166 full-time equivalent students whom we currently serve in our health care training programs.

Where will the Facility be located?
The Health Sciences Facility will be located in the now vacant lot between Buildings 16 and 23 directly to the south of Building 18.

What size will the Facility be?
55,562 square feet, with two floors.

When will the Facility begin construction?
Approximately January 2011.

When will it be completed?
Approximately June 2013.

Which building number will the Facility be allocated?

Which career training programs will be moved into Building 21?
Nursing Assistant Certified, Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse, Surgical Technician, Medical Histology Technician, Medical Lab Technician, Pharmacy Technician, Health Unit Coordinator, Medical Assistant, Hemodialysis, and Central Service Sterile Processing.

How many classrooms?

How many computer laboratories?

How many general purpose laboratories?
Two general science labs in addition to the laboratory spaces dedicated to the career training programs previously mentioned.

How many conference rooms?

What is unique about the Facility?
This is the College’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Certified Project. In order to meet the LEED standards, the College included features such as a patio/roof garden, herbal garden, landscaping using native plants, energy efficient lighting, HVAC, and plumbing features.

The program laboratory learning spaces will reflect current industry standards. These spaces will also include learning spaces that operate simulation mannequins (“SimMans”) and capture this instruction on a live feed that is shown to a larger student audience elsewhere in the Facility.

Two classrooms will include interactive television capability and wireless internet access will be available throughout the building.

The Facility will also have state-of-the-art security and remote lockdown capability in the event of an emergency.

Anything else?
The College is planning to demolish Building 18 in concert with the project. The demolition of this 70-year old facility will allow for a future College commons and additional parking.

What will the Facility look like?
Please visit the July Operations Update for more information and initial renderings of the Facility. http://cptcinthespotlight.blogspot.com/2011/07/july-operations-update.html.

If you have more questions, please contact Amy Goings, MPA, Vice President for Operations and College Relations at amy.goings@cptc.edu, 253-589-5845.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Jane Elliott of, “Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes” to speak at Clover Park Technical College July 29

Jane Elliott of, “Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes” to speak at Clover Park Technical College

Friday, July 29 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Lakewood, WA – The Multicultural Club at Clover Park Technical College is proud to bring Jane Elliott to the Lakewood Campus. Jane is an internationally known teacher, lecturer, diversity trainer, and recipient of the National Mental Health Association Award for Excellence in Education.

Jane Elliott has been seen on Oprah’s Top 10 Moments, 60 Minutes, and PBS Frontline. Jane has been named ABC Television’s, “Person of the Week.”

For more about Jane Elliott, visit http://www.janeelliott.com

Proceeds from the event will go to the Clover Park Student-to-Student Scholarship Fund.


When: Friday, July 29, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Where: Clover Park Technical College

4500 Steilacoom Blvd. S.W.
Lakewood, WA 98499
Building 23, McGavick Conference Center

Cost: $25.00 per person

www.cptc.edu/jane, tickets are also available at the door.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Attention students: FREE money for printing

Get your FREE pre-paid card today!

As some of you have noticed there is a new printing system on campus. Student printing in the library is now on a pay for print basis. The good news is your Associated Student Government is providing each current student with a free $5 pre-loaded printing card. These cards are available for pick up at the front desk in the library. ASG is providing these onetime only and the cards are re-loadable, so don’t lose it!

We have around 4000 students on campus this quarter and only about 800 have picked up their cards. Help us spread the word!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Zero Energy House Progress

For more information visit www.cptc.edu/zero

Brownfields Grant Announcement at Clover Park Technical College

Clover Park Technical College held a recognition ceremony on Wednesday, highlighting the new 2011 Brownfields Job Training Grant awarded to the City of Tacoma. The city will receive $300,000 in EPA Brownfields grant funding to provide job training to assess, manage and clean up solid and hazardous waste sites. Clover Park is the primary trainer.

Celebrating their fifth EPA financed job training program, the city and its partners boast a 75 percent placement rate for its graduates at an average wage of $13.74 per hour.

Brownfields was originally focused on training workers to transform rundown, largely urban, industrial real estate eyesores into revitalized, productive properties. Recently the program has expanded to provide workers job training to assess, manage and clean up a broader universe of contaminated sites in a variety of venues.

The city and Clover Park Technical College plan to train 90 students with the latest grant and expect to place a minimum of 65 graduates in environmental jobs. The graduates will be tracked for 1 year. The training program consists of five sessions of a 110-hour core curriculum, followed by three supplemental tracks: a 54-hour life-cycle assessment track, a waste-water treatment apprenticeship with 5,000 on-the-job and classroom hours, and a 40-hour green site remediation track.

The core curriculum will include 40-hour HAZWOPER, forklift certification, and underground storage tanks/leaking underground storage tanks awareness.

Students will be recruited from a pool of low-income, unemployed residents of the target areas. Tacoma will work with environmental employers in Pierce County and the local workforce investment board to place graduates in environmental jobs.

Jerremmy Miller, University of Washington, Tacoma Senior and Graduate of the Brownfields training program and Environmental Sciences & Technology at Clover Park Technical College.

At podium, Glenn Dooley, Vice President at NW Etch, with Phillip Hill, graduate and employee at the company.

Chris Goodman, Brownfields Instructor

Phillip Hill, Brownfields graduate and employee at NW Etch in Tacoma

Dennis McLerran, EPA Regional Administrator

Lauren Walker, Deputy Mayor of Tacoma

Peter Guzman, City of Tacoma LEAP Brownfields Program Manager

Dr. John Walstrum, president of Clover Park Technical College

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

July Operations Update

Submitted by Amy Goings, MPA
Vice President for Operations and College Relations
July 19, 2011

Last week I had the privilege of providing a brief Operations update to the Board of Trustees, which I will share with you today. Please review the following PowerPoint presentation.

In addition, I wanted to remind you of some movements you will see in the next few weeks around Building 16. Here is a brief summary of that project.

Building 16 Repair and Repaint Project

Building 16, not unlike Buildings 14 and 19, is nearly 30 years old and is 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, repairing, 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.

If you have any questions about the information presented please let me know. You can reach me at amy.goings@cptc.edu.

Good Afternoon,

I would like to give you a brief update on the facilities work that has been completed in the past two years and a glimpse on the work scheduled for the year ahead.

The Capital repairs during the past two year were overshadowed by the July 2008 failing of the 30 year old Allied Health Building, 14. My predecessor held tight to two biennia worth of minor repairs in order to make sure that we had emergency repair funds in place first for 14. During the 2009 legislative session, under President Walstrum’s leadership we received $1.7M in emergency funds to repair 14 which we did on time and nearly $1M under budget.

That was the good news. The subsequent challenge was that we had two biennia worth of repairs that were funded, needed on this campus, and were in jeopardy of being swept back by the Legislature this year. So we rose to the task and completed these projects totaling $3.3M in repairs and the ESCO project. I am happy to say that we did not return a dime to the state.

Thanks to Mike Anderson and the diligent work of his maintenance staff.

One project that I am particularly proud of is the over-cladding project were we updated another 30 year building and preserved the exterior in a process that protected our infrastructure in the least expensive and most environmentally sound way.

In addition, we leveraged some repair funds with an $800,000 grant from the Department of Commerce and a $150,000 utility incentive to complete a $2M energy retrofit. Motion sensors and energy efficient fixtures.

LEED Silver Building

55,000 sq foot building

Arrived at strategies to meet the $1.8M budget cut without compromising the scope. When those design changes are made I would like to have our architects provide you with an in-depth presentation on this facility perhaps during your September study session.

Upgraded to meet new energy code and efficiency standards in place with LEED.

But that is not all….requested Minor Works for $600,000 for Library renovation. We will begin the stakeholder assessment of the needs in Building 16 within the next few weeks.

Thank you.

Clover Park - an Achieving the Dream Institution

Signifying a strong commitment to student success and completion, Clover Park Technical College is now one of thirty community colleges nationwide selected for the Achieving the Dream 2011 Cohort. Clover Park is now identifying strategies to improve student success, close achievement gaps, and increase retention, persistence, and completion rates.

Achieving the Dream FAQ

Fact Sheet

Q: What is Achieving the Dream?
Achieving the Dream (ATD) is built on the belief that broad institutional change, informed by student achievement data, is critical to significantly improving student success rates.

Today, Achieving the Dream’s network includes 130 institutions in 24 states and the District of Columbia, impacting 1.6 million students. Clover Park Technical College is one of 10 colleges in Washington State to receive grant funding and join the network as part of the 2011 cohort.

Q: What exactly are we doing?
We will be tracking the progress of students as they move through classes to see where they are successful and where they are not.

This means we are using the data we have more intentionally and, in some cases, gathering new data to help us better understand what keeps students on our campus and what causes them to leave. We will focus on measurable outcomes, particularly closing achievement gaps. We will adopt new practices or expand existing successful ones that will help more students – particularly students of color and low-income students – complete courses, earn certificates and earn degrees.

Q: How will we do it?
We will:
* Use data to drive change within our college.
* Seek to augment knowledge about policies and practices that increase student success.
* Expand public support for raising post-secondary attainment levels.

The Achieving the Dream Grant will take place over the next four years

Year 1: Planning
We will be rolling out Achieving the Dream (ATD) to the college and our community stakeholders with a series of focus groups and meetings on September 22, 2011 and September 23, 2011 during Opening Day. Our assigned ATD coaches, Brenda Beckman – Core Team Coach, and Mark Figueroa – Data Team Coach, will be on campus to introduce themselves and talk about the national initiative. They will be our partners, mentors and coaches for the duration of the grant. During the planning year, the College will identify student success and retention initiatives that are already successful, consider new ways to evaluate and measure success, and explore possible new strategies or ways to scale-up existing efforts to a broader student population.

Year 2: Implementation
In year two, we will test and measure some of the ideas and strategies identified in year one.

Year 3: Implementation
In year three, we will refine strategies based upon data driven results, put into place best practices and/or begin to scale up strategies to a broader population.

Year 4: Implementation and Evaluation
During this last year of the grant, we will evaluate our success, make future plans for institutional transformation and bring to scale across campus student success strategies that have been measured, tested and proven to make a difference in getting students to the finish line and achieving results.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Safety Tip of the Week

If you come face-to-face with someone threatening you with a gun, knife, or other weapon, there are steps that you can take to make the situation less dangerous.
  1. Stay calm. If you get the opportunity, quietly signal for help.
  2. Maintain eye contact with the assailant.
  3. Stall for time until help arrives or you can try to escape.
  4. Keep talking, but follow instructions from the person who has the weapon. Let the person know that you are cooperating.
  5. Do not try to grab or take away the weapon unless you have been trained in ways of doing so.
  6. Watch for a possible chance to escape to a safe area.
  7. Do not be a hero and risk harm to yourself or others.
  8. Do not verbally or physically challenge the person with the weapon.
  9. Make no sudden moves. If you need to move, tell the person with the weapon first.
  10. Do not resist.
  11. Be prepared to give the assailant your cash, wallet, jewelry or other valuables. It is not worth the risk. Your life and safety are more valuable than material possessions.
  1. Try to remember the assailant's appearance and clothing, but do so carefully, without staring.
  2. After the confrontation call 9-1-1 as soon as possible. Notifying the police quickly will increase the chance of apprehending the suspect and preventing future victims.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Medical Program News Story on Lakewood Patch

Clover Park Medical Lab Technician instructor Mikelle Newry, center, stands with her students on what will be the new footprint of the Health Sciences building next to the McGavick Center in the background. Construction is expected to begin later this year and will be completed in 2013. The new facility will help fill the growing demand of students interested in the school's technical medical program. Read the Lakewood Patch article.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

IBEST Nursing Assistant - Certified Recruitment

For more information, contact Patricia Lange, IBEST program specialist, at 253.589.5524 or Bldg. 37, Office (Room 17) E-mail: Patricia.Lange@cptc.edu

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

New Videos now on YouTube

CPTC has just released some new videos on our YouTube channel.

Come check them out at www.youtube.com/cloverparktech
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