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In the Spotlight

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Exchange Student Ramona Kohlmeier

Earlier this week, CPTC welcomed Ramona Kohlmeier, the exchange student from St. Leon-Rot, Germany, a small town near Heidelberg.

Ramona was selected to attend CPTC through the exchange program called Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX), which is a reciprocal scholarship program funded by the U.S. Congress and German Parliament (Bundestag). After arriving in NY in the beginning of August, Ramona traveled to Iowa and Florida for three weeks before arriving in Tacoma, WA.

In the fall quarter, Ramona will study Graphic Technolgies under the instruction of John Moyer and Darryl Owens, and will engage in internship from January through June 2012 before she goes back to Germany.

Back in Germany, Ramona studied Graphic Design for three years and completed an apprenticeship as a media designer. Ramona is an avid sport fan, especially the Adler Mannheim - the best ice-hockey team in Germany. She is looking forward to watching Seattle's local sport games, as well as going on excursions in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

While attending CPTC, Ramona will live with her host family Brendon Pedro (our CNISS student) and his wife Chelsea.

Please give Ramona a warm welcome!

Monday, August 29, 2011

International Students End-of-the-Year BBQ

The International Student Programs and the Student Services Office organized an end-of-the-year BBQ for faculty, international students and their host families August 17 at South Hill campus. Over 45 students and guests attended the event. All students introduced themselves and their host families. Many of them expressed their gratitude for their learning experience at Clover Park Technical College. They also gave heartfelt thanks to their host families for their help in becoming familiar with customs in the United States. Ryan Strayer and Gary Robotkay from the International Club also participated and gave a welcome to the international students. Thanks to the Foundation for making the BBQ possible. The pulled pork sandwiches and potato salad made for an all American picnic. The International Club treated everyone to cake for desert. Wesley Coffee, custodian was especially helpful with the set up for the outside event.

Other staff participants were June Stacey-Clemons, Yuko Chartraw, Sheli Sledge and Carmen Sterba.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Deadline

Check out this short film made by members of CPTC’s Associated Student Government, reminding students not to miss the financial aid deadline! Don’t let The Deadline catch you!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Congratulations Fall 2011 Scholarship Recipients

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

Matthew Ainsley, Aviation Maintenance Technician, Key Bank Retention Scholarship
Mark Andrew, Computer Network & Information System Security, Key Bank Retention Scholarship
Leah Aqua, Pharmacy Technician, CPTC Merit-Mt. View Funeral Home Scholarship
Majda Darling, Massage, Massage Envy Scholarship
Lauren Dawson, Practical Nursing, Student for Student Scholarship
Joseph Diaz, Automotive Technician, Sonntag Family Memorial Scholarship in memory of Dick and Jack Sonntag
Heather Dougherty, Graphic Technologies, KVTI Scholarship
Wade Funkhouser, Architectural Engineering Design, James McGranahan Memorial Scholarship
Daniel Gorbun, Aviation Maintenance Technician, Senator Shirley Winsley Scholarship
Anna Marie Grantham, Early Childhood Education, Key Bank Retention Scholarship
William Hall, Computer Information Technology, The Boeing Company Scholarship
Maki Hatakenaka, Interior Design, Jim and Dorothy Harkness Memorial Scholarship
Philip Hilty, Automotive Restoration, Clover Park/LeMay Vehicle Restoration Scholarship funded by the Collectors Foundation
Joshua Holden, Professional Pilot, CPTC Merit-CNR Inc Scholarship
Xiuyi Huang, Aviation Maintenance Technician, Hamilton Family Scholarship
Beverly Johnson, RN, CPTC Merit-McGranahan Architects Scholarship
Yijie Kang, Aviation Maintenance Technician, Phil and Sally Hayes Scholarship
Cai Li, Aviation Maintenance Technician, Hamilton Family Scholarship
Yuzhu Liu, Aviation Maintenance Technician, Hamilton Family Scholarship
Brandon Logsdon, Aviation Maintenance Technician, Rainier Pacific Bank Scholarship
Kenneth Ludwick, Professional Pilot, Rotary Club of Tacoma South Scholarship
Mary Jane Lustick-Conley, Human Services, Partners in Lakewood Rotary Scholarship
Leanna Maxwell, Automotive Technician, Classical Glass Corvette Club
Catherine Morris, Computer Network & Information System Security, CPTC Deans Scholarship
Kevin Peterson, Automotive Technician, CPTC Automotive Scholarship
Thomas Piwonski, Environmental Sciences & Technologies, Environmental Science Scholarship
John Randall, Computer Information Technology, College Now Scholarship for GED recipients
Rimma Reed, Massage, Massage Envy Scholarship
Diego Reza, Aviation Maintenance Technician, The Boeing Company Scholarship
Ricky Sablan, Architectural Engineering Design, Dean Lamb Architect: Architectural Opportunity Scholarship
Molidy Sar, Cosmetology, Atoa Toni Cosmetology Scholarship
Ruslan Shevchuk, Aviation Maintenance Technician, Rotary Club of Clover Park Scholarship
Kenneth Songao, Aviation Maintenance Technician, Ken Bank Retention Scholarship
Sharon Stamper, Professional Pilot, Dr. Sharon McGavick Scholarship
Cassandra Thompson, Early Childhood Education, Leila Bishuti Lee Memorial Scholarship
Rashida Ullah, Practical Nursing, CPTC Merit-Harborstone Credit Union Scholarship
Tannis Walton, Business Support Services, Jim and Dorothy Harkness Memorial Scholarship
Yu Wei, Aviation Maintenance Technician, CPTC International Scholarship
Ti Wicklund, Dental Assistant, Lovina Goranson Memorial Scholarship
Heather Wilson, Medical Assistant, CPTC Merit-Northwest Commercial Bank Scholarship
Aubrey Woll, Practical Nursing, CPTC Merit-Ikon Office Solutions Scholarship
Jeremiah Zharinger, Human Services, Hamilton Family Scholarship
Hang Zou, Aviation Maintenance Technician, US West Scholarship

Friday, August 19, 2011

Last Chance for Haircuts

Attention all CPTC students:

It's the last chance for hair cuts in the barber shop for summer quarter. Call (253) 589-5623 to make an appointment or stop by bldg. 8 during our shop hours from 9:00am until 1:30pm. Hope to see you soon.

Thank you,
Barber students and staff

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

End of the Year Celebration Photos

Hayes Child Development Center, "End of the Year Celebration." Friday, August 12, 2011

Monday, August 15, 2011

Phi Theta Kappa Induction Invitation

Friday, August 19th at 5:00pm
Building 19, Room 124

Aerospace Composite Technician Photos

Safety Tip of the Week

It has been a while since there has been any training or discussion about lockdown situations, so that is the subject of this week’s tip.

If you remember only one thing I hope it is this: Every crisis is different and no planning/training process can cover every scenario that may occur, so use your training and awareness as a guide and DO WHATEVER IS NECESSARY TO SURVIVE.

Some events that may cause a lockdown:
  • Police in area looking for a criminal suspect
  • Violent crime occurs near your workplace
  • A report of a person in possession of a weapon in (or near) your workplace
  • An active shooter in your workplace
  • Credible threats to students or staff/faculty

Staff/faculty responsibilities during a lockdown:
  • Check quickly outside of your office/classroom/safe room and bring non-threatening people inside
  • Encourage non-threatening people to join you in the room, but do not attempt to force them in against their will
  • If you can safely do so, close and lock the exterior doors closest to you before locking your office/classroom/safe room
  • Lock the door (from inside if possible). Many doors on campus unlock from the outside with a key. Keep these doors ajar, but with the lock in the locked position, during the times the room is in use. If a lockdown occurs, you will gather non-threatening people from outside the room and pull the door closed. It will be locked as well as if it were locked from the inside.
  • Cover the door window and any other windows
  • If there is something available to use as a barricade you can barricade the door
  • Get everyone to gather against the door wall and as far from the door as possible. Have them lie down or sit.
  • If possible, have one person call 911 from a cell phone or 9-911 from a campus phone.
  • Take a silent roll call. Report the roll call via computer to the main office, if possible.
  • Keep people quiet
  • Do not relax the lockdown status until you get the all clear form a trusted source

Friday, August 12, 2011

New Student Advising Workshop Schedule: Aug 31- Dec 2011 Building 15 room 101

Do you ever get asked any of these questions?

“How do I get enrolled at CPTC?

“How do I get started?”

“How do I apply for Financial Aid?”

We have a workshop that answers all these questions and more.

Please help spread the word and direct all prospective students to attend a workshop
where they can get all their initial questions answered in one place.

New Student Advising Workshop - Wednesdays at 2:00

Topics Covered at this workshop:
  • College enrollment/admission process
  • Career exploration resources
  • Federal Student Financial Aid application process (FAFSA)
  • Scholarships & Educational Resources
  • COMPASS Assessment process
  • Cost for tuition/fees
Upcoming dates and locations

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Child Development Center Annual "End of the Year" Celebration

Theme, "Under the Sea" Friday, August 12 from 10:00 - 12:30 Hayes Child Development Center

Clover Park Technical College Foundation receives gift from Key Bank

Clover Park Technical College Foundation receives gift from Key Bank

Funds to be used to support student scholarship

Lakewood, WA – Seven thousand five hundred reasons to be thankful today.

Clover Park Technical College Foundation has received a gift of $7,500 from Key Bank for the Key Bank Retention Scholarship.

The Key Bank Retention Scholarship helps students stay in school in order to complete their programs of study.

Key has supported scholarships at the College since 2007 bringing their grand total to $26,000 to date.

“We are fortunate to have such generous institutions like Key Bank, that recognize the importance of what we do,” said Dr. Debbie Ranniger, Executive Director of Resource Development. “The need to support our students in their efforts to get quality training and education is important, especially when they can lead to good jobs.”


About Clover Park Technical College Foundation:

The Clover Park Technical College Foundation was founded in 1992. The Foundation is a public, non-profit corporation. Clover Park Technical College and its Foundation have assisted thousands of individuals to successfully obtain their educational and career goals. Clover Park Technical College offers more than 50 career training degree and certificate programs in the areas of business, computer information and technology, health sciences, 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. www.cptc.edu/foundation

Friday, August 5, 2011

Update from your CPTC EOC Representative! Upcoming Workshops!

I hope you are all enjoying your summer so far! Just a note to give you an update on what's new through the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) here on campus. What is the EOC? We are a federally funded TRiO program administered through MDC, a Tacoma non-profit. Our mission is to help first generation and low income potential college students overcome barriers to achieving enrollment and excellence in higher education.

Here at Clover Park the EOC is partnered with the Counseling and Advising office and I work with students from my desk in the "Ask Me Center" in Building 17. The EOC provides a variety of services for prospective students, but I spend much of my time assisting students with navigating the financial aid process and completing FAFSA applications on an individual appointment basis.

Along with individual appointments, we provide group workshop opportunities on-campus for students to learn more about the federal financial aid process and CPTC financial aid steps. I encourage you to get the word out about the upcoming workshops listed below to any prospective students you come in contact with.

FAFSA Workshop- August 10th (8am-10am & 10:15am-12:00pm) Library, Building 15, Rm 101

-This workshop includes detailed information about the federal financial aid process and Clover Park's financial steps and deadlines. It also provides students with the opportunity to complete their FAFSA application online during the workshop with guidance from me. Please encourage students to arrive on-time for this workshop and to bring all of their personal financial information needed to complete their FAFSA.
FAFSA Checklist Reminder

New Student Advising Workshop- Every Wednesday at 2pm!
August Locations
September Locations

-During this workshop I present a section all about financial aid- what it is, how to apply, and a review of the CPTC financial aid steps and deadlines. The NSAW workshop is HIGHLY recommended for all prospective students. Along with an overview of the financial aid process, participants receive essential information from CPTC Counselors regarding the steps for admissions and resources to help them succeed as they navigate the college experience.

If students need additional assistance beyond a general workshop, they are encouraged to call the Counseling and Advising office at (253) 589-5548 to schedule an appointment with me. I can also be reached directly at (253) 583-8823 (dial X 8823 from an on-campus phone).

I take individual appointments on Monday and Wednesday from 1pm to 5pm, and Tuesday and Thursday from 9am to 5pm. Students may meet with me on a walk-in basis on Monday and Wednesday from 8:30am to 12:30pm.

Along with general educational and financial aid advising, the EOC is currently able to provide partial funding assistance for:

* GED test fees
* the COMPASS test fee
* admissions application fee

All funding is income contingent and requests are reviewed on an eligibility and funds available basis.

Please feel free to call or email me with any questions about EOC services and thank you for being such an awesome group of people to work with as we help students take steps toward meeting their educational and career goals!!

Jessica Moore

“It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times”

No question, it has been a very difficult year. Yet, great things have been going on here at Clover Park Technical College.

Below is an impressive summary of notable accomplishments, showing the hard work that has taken place over the past year or so at CPTC, despite unprecedented state budget cuts. As I gathered the information for this blog piece, the Charles Dickens’ quote above came to mind, and I couldn’t help but be impressed and proud of the work we do at this college.

If you know of newsworthy accomplishments for a follow-up article, please contact Shawn Jennison with the details (contact information on the right side of the blog).

* Clover Park Technical College (CPTC) was awarded the prestigious MetLife Foundation Community College Excellence “Service to Communities” Award in 2010, which recognizes the important work of the College’s Brownfields Program and its collaboration with several community partners: the City of Tacoma, Metropolitan Development Council, and WorkForce Central.

* The College had a successful accreditation visit by the Northwest Commission on Colleges & Universities (NWCCU).

* Northwest Public Radio (NWPR) joined together with Clover Park Technical College and Washington State University to create a new broadcast reality. In this joint venture, WSU operates the station and Clover Park retains the license and ownership of this important community asset. It is expected that this new partnership will evolve into more partnering activities between the university and our college.

* A new class on hybrid vehicles opened recently in our automotive technician program.

* Materiel Science/Non-destructive Testing Program - recently approved.

* Signifying a strong commitment to student success and completion, Clover Park Technical College is one of thirty community colleges nationwide selected for the Achieving the Dream 2011 Cohort.

* CPTC is one of four colleges designated as learning partners to help six community colleges implement Plus 50 programs, helping baby boomers return to campus for job training and to improve their skills.

* Pierce County colleges have formed a collaborated partnership called Invista Performance Solutions which will provide corporate training in Pierce County and beyond. This self-support operation will eliminate competition amongst the colleges and allow it to join with other community colleges throughout the country through the corporate college network.

* Our first true science lab has been created, which will allow an increase in the number of science classes that utilize the lab space in Bldg. 15: Chemistry, Biology, Microbiology, and Anatomy & Physiology.

* I-BEST: Washington State is nationally recognized for its integrated basic education and skills training (I-BEST) concept. Clover Park offers I-BEST sections of Nursing Assistant and CAD Drafting, a portion of our Architectural Engineering program, and the Chemical Dependency Specialist Certificate. Also, the College was one of a few pilot colleges selected to offer I-BEST developmental education hybrid courses.

* We have several faculty pursuing their associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees. In addition, one faculty member is a contributing author to an industry textbook. All three of our Interior Design Program instructors now possess the coveted and rigorous NCIDQ certification – National Council of Interior Design Qualifications. In addition, one instructor is pursuing a LEED certification - Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, an internationally recognized green building certification system, another mark of distinction.

* The College continues to build upon our commitment to partnering with, and supporting, our community. One of the most successful partner-ships this year is with The Boeing Company through our Composites Program, solid recognition by Boeing of the value of our programming and the College’s responsiveness in addressing their needs.

* CPTC is focused on student success initiatives and has instituted a multicultural awareness requirement, a peer mentoring program, College 101 to serve new students, and a service-learning effort, building upon success in the state’s Student Achievement Initiative. Our 2009-10 total achievement in the various momentum points was 64% greater than our baseline figures from 2006-07, which was 31% higher than the state system average. Our greatest achievement gains were in the completion benchmark (certificates, degrees, apprenticeship), where we gained 84% in the same time period.

* Recent grants for the College include:

* Health Education & Employment Training (HEET)............ $140,000

* Weatherization.................................................................. $140,000

* Special Equipment, Aviation.............................................. $150,000

* Sound Energy Efficiency Development (SEED)...... $180,000

* JBLM.............................................................................. $1,300,000

* Commerce Grant................................................................ $800,000

* Changes in the Library to better serve CPTC students:

> A Media Room was created for students to work on multimedia presentations without disrupting other patrons.

> A new computer lab is being created which will contain 40 computers.

> Tutoring Center expansion and Peer Mentoring Program.

* A partnership with Clover Park School District has been achieved to combine the College’s Northwest Career and Technical High School (NWCTHS) with the school district’s AI program, which will open opportunities for school district students to investigate career opportunities and transition into NWCTHS.

* CPTC has, once again, been ranked a Military Friendly school as it has, year after year, by GI Jobs Magazine.

* Because the College has been designated a Military Friendly school, W.W. Grainger, Inc. chose CPTC as one of 25 schools to partner with for their scholarship program, “Tools for Tomorrow,” which will offer two $2,000 scholarships to veterans who meet the program’s criteria.

Dianne Bunnell
Clover Park Technical College

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Volunteer Mentors for Youth

Seeking volunteer college students to mentor youth!!

We are beginning a new avenue to our peer mentoring by connecting college students to youth in Fall Quarter 2011.

This will be a great opportunity for those students who have an hour or two between classes, a desire to help others and they won’t have to go to another location to serve. If you have any questions or would like more information – please contact Althea Foster at 589-5728 or athea.foster@cptc.edu.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Clover Park Technical College Foundation receives grant from Collectors Foundation

Funds to be used to support automotive students and program

Clover Park Technical College Foundation has received a $6,000 grant from the Collectors Foundation to support the College’s automotive restoration program. The money will be used to purchase equipment and for student scholarships.

“This is a great opportunity for the College and for students,” said Dr. Debbie Ranniger, Executive Director of Resource Development. “We need private donations now more than ever so we can keep our programs current with state of the art equipment and support the growing number of students who need money for school.

The Collectors Foundation is an educational grant-making organization funded by collector vehicle and classic boat enthusiasts to serve youth development and the long term interests of the collector vehicle and classic boat communities.

With shrinking budgets there is less money to purchase needed equipment for the highly technical and ever-changing equipment needs of programs like Automotive.

“Knowing that part of this money will cover some automotive program equipment needs is a real gift,” said Lori Banaszak, Vice President for Instruction. “Hands-on education is what we teach and students and faculty deserve to have what they need to meet and exceed industry standards.”

About Collectors Foundation:
Collectors Foundation is an educational grant-making organization funded by collector vehicle and classic boat enthusiasts to serve youth development and long-term interests of the collector vehicle and classic boat communities. More information can be found on its website: www.collectorsfoundation.org

About Clover Park Technical College Foundation:
The Clover Park Technical College Foundation was founded in 1992. The Foundation is a public, non-profit corporation. Clover Park Technical College and its Foundation have assisted thousands of individuals to successfully obtain their educational and career goals. Clover Park Technical College offers more than 50 career training degree and certificate programs in the areas of business, computer information and technology, health sciences, 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. www.cptc.edu/foundation

Hayes Child Development Center Invites You

To attend & participate with the annual CPTC Head Start & the Hayes Child Development Center ‘End of the year Celebration’ on Friday, August 12. Our theme this year is “Under the Sea.” Please mark your calendars and plan to come join all of our little fish for a fun filled day of events and activities. Lunch served buffet style at ~11 am out on the playground.
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