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Friday, September 30, 2011

Thursday, Oct. 6 - 1,200 8th Graders to attend, "Math to Careers Conference" @ Clover Park Technical College

6th Annual “Math to Careers” conference reaches critical audience – 8th graders
Thursday, October 6 - 1,200 13-14 year old Middle School Students to experience
hands-on math event at Clover Park Technical College

October 6, 2011 - Lakewood, WA – It’s titled, “Math is what you do” and for middle schoolers, math may be the deciding factor if they graduate from high school and go to college.

“Kids decide early,” said Janet Holm, outreach manager and math conference coordinator at Clover Park Technical College. “I visit more than 80 schools in our region and teens often tell me if they are college bound. Math gives them confidence. It is a big part of a student’s success in high school and beyond,” said Holm.

The event, on October 6, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., will draw 1,200 students from Clover Park, Eatonville, and Bethel School Districts. Students will participate in 36 real-world math workshops like the Puget Sound Energy Wildhorse Wind and Solar Facility, Sumo Robotics, and the City of Tacoma’s EnviroChallenger. Other participants include, The Home Depot, West Pierce Fire and Rescue, the Lakewood Police Department, Adriatic Grill, the Port of Tacoma, and more.

Using campus-wide workshops, hands-on exercises, face-to-face interactions, and small group activities, Clover Park instructors and community and business partners will showcase how math skills are vital to a successful career.

High school career counselors will be on site to meet with 8th graders and talk about the transition from middle school to high school. Students will have a chance to meet with traditional high school counselors while exploring non-traditional options such as the Lakewood Career Academy, Pierce County Skills Center, and Northwest Career and Technical High School.

“The goal is for students to understand there are many options for high school and dropping out is not one of them,” said Holm.

Nationally acclaimed speaker Dr. Arthur Benjamin, “The Human Calculator,” will inspire and entertain students during an amazing, “Mental Calculation” presentation. Dr. Benjamin will demonstrate and explain his secrets for performing rapid mental calculations faster than a calculator. Kicking off the event will be a math rap video titled, “Math is What You Do” geared for the younger audience, produced by Zach Holm, graduate of Emerald Ridge High School who now attends WSU.

The video is available on YouTube in QuickTime, AVI and/or MP3 formats.  Great photo opportunities exist as students will be participating in hands-on projects.  To arrange interviews or photos, please call Shawn Jennison, 253-820-5904.

World Premiere of PAINT. Directed by Mick Flaaen. Graduate of Media Design and Production

PAINT is a short documentary about graffiti and street art in Tacoma.

Monday, October 10 · 4:30pm - 5:30pm

The Grand Cinema
606 South Fawcett
Tacoma, WA

Tickets can be purchased online at the Tacoma Film Festival/Grand Cinema. 6.50 student 6.00.

Also playing on Oct. 11th. at 1:30 P.M

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Paint-a-short-film/183711361693608

Mick’s film will also be shown at the Tacoma 2011 Film Festival,
The Gig Harbor Film Festival and Facebook’s first film festival, Onecloudfest.

College Knowledge Fall 2011

We have added some exciting workshops that target how to access Scholarships and other forms of Financial Aid, Test Anxiety as well as job hunting workshops. ASG Leaders, please share these opportunities with your peers and Faculty, please share this information with your students; College 101 instructors, please feel free to use these workshops as class assignments. Thank you all for your support and let me know if you have any questions.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Photo ID Cards & Parking Passes - Location and Hours

The Security Office in building 23 will resume normal office hours on Tuesday, October 4. Swing by anytime between the hours of 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays to pickup your parking decals and photo ID Cards.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Peer Tutor Openings Available

The on-campus tutoring center is seeking qualified students to serve as peer tutors in math, English and other specific subjects. These are part-time paid positions for currently enrolled students.

For more details and application forms please go to Peer Tutoring Opportunities page.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Flu Vaccination Clinic Schedule for CPTC

The clinic will be held in Building 19, Room 107.
Thursday , October 27, 2011
09:00 AM - 11:00 AM

If you allow family members to participate, we vaccinate children as young as 12 years of age with parental consent. We can also vaccinate children as young as 9 years of age with written pediatrician's order. The child must be cooperative or will be referred back to their pediatrician.

We accept both WA State Insurance Plans: Uniform Medical (administered by Regence BlueShield) and Group Health Insurance. These individuals will not need to pay, but will need to show their insurance card and complete the insurance form.

Flu Facts Sheet
About the Flu Vaccine

Monday, September 26, 2011

Safety Tip of the Week

This week’s tip is more of an update. As mentioned in a previous tip the college has four AED’s. One will go to the South Hill Campus, another to building 8, and another to building 31. The last AED is now being deployed in the security vehicle of the on duty security officer. If you have an a potential need for the AED simply call security at 5682 from a campus phone (or 589-5682 from a cell phone) and the on duty security officer will respond to your location with the AED. The day shift and swing shift security personnel have been trained in the use of the AED. You will be notified when the other three AED’s are deployed to their designated locations. I will be arranging the training soon for building captains and any other individuals who are interested in being approved to use the AED’s. The training takes about 15 to 20 minutes.
An AED is an Automatic External Defibrillator and it is used to restart the heart of an individual who is unconscious and has no sign of a pulse or breathing. It has two adhesive pads connected by wires to a machine that produces an electric charge that is intended to restart the heart. The pads adhere to the patient’s chest against the bare skin and the machine goes through an automatic protocol to determine whether a shock is appropriate. If so, it warns people not to touch the patient and then administers the shock. It is a potentially life-saving addition to CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation). The AED’s that CPTC has purchased give the user voice instructions once the lid is opened and the machine will not deliver a shock unless its automatic evaluation process determines that a shock is appropriate. The AED’s are part of CPTC’s overall safety commitment and we owe thanks to Amy Goings for making them a budgetary priority.

Campus Tutoring Center will open Monday, October 3

Need Help with Math and Writing Assignments?

Tutoring Services begin Monday, October 3rd.

Located in Bldg. 15-108
No Appointment Needed

No Cost for CPTC Students

To Access eTutoring from www.cptc.edu
Click on:
Log in with your CPTC email username and password

Tutoring Center services are supported by funding from Carl D. Perkins and the Associated Student Government (ASG).

Friday, September 23, 2011

Back to School Operations Update

September 23, 2011
Submitted by Amy Goings, MPA, Vice President for Operations and College Relations

2010-11 Getting our “House” in Order

Thanks to the hard-working staff of the Operations and College Relations Department, the College realized the following goals during the 2010-11 academic year:

Nine repair projects were completed resulting in $3.3 million in repairs to the campus from state capital monies (funds that cannot be spent on personnel).

$2 million investment was made in energy-efficient lighting (from capital monies, grants, and utility incentives) totaling a guaranteed annual ongoing utility savings of $60,000.

Approximately $150,000 was saved in utilities. A special thanks to the entire campus for contributing to this outstanding effort.

Forty-seven desktop copiers removed; toner costs reduced by 40 percent; reduced the size of the printed quarterly class schedule from 60 to 16 pages; reduced paper usage by 280 cases. Students are now paying their fair share of printing costs in the Library.

For the Operations and College Relations Department the 2010-11 academic year was focused on getting our house in order so that our buildings are repaired and efficient as funded by the state capital budget. We were also focused on leveraging state capital and grant funding - making a $2 million investment in energy-efficient lighting and HVAC systems.  Streamlining campus utility costs, printers, and toner usage was also a top priority.

2011-12 Preparing for our Future Competitiveness:  During the next academic year, our Department will be focused on the following key projects aimed at supporting instructional excellence and strengthening our competitive-edge as enrollments begin to return to normal levels, and we begin to compete for students once again.

Health Sciences Facilities: Thanks to the innovation and assistance from the health sciences faculty and administrative staff, we have worked in conjunction with our architects to update our building design in a manner that meets the 15 percent budget cut determined by the Legislature. We are still on track to have a contractor on board by the end of this year with construction beginning shortly after the New Year.  Estimated completion is June 2013.

Library Renovation: The Library is the College’s learning hub and we are currently leveraging a state capital allocation to ensure that our 30-year old facility is keeping pace with today’s student and faculty demands for information and literacy resources. 

Technology Upgrades: The IT division is working diligently to roll out our upgraded phone system (referred to VOIP: Voice-Over Internet Protocol) and the second phase of computer replacements, funded by one-time, excess tuition funds. We hope that you attend today’s Open House for more information.  It will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 pm in the Building 11 Radio Conference Room.

Safety and Security: Security and emergency preparedness remains a top priority on campus. Continued training, drills, and safety planning will continue to be led by Security and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Mike Miller.

Welcoming Environment: You may have noticed colorful welcome and building signage banners on campus.  These were funded by student government to create a welcoming atmosphere for all students.  These banners are also helping the College to prepare for our upcoming 70th anniversary year beginning January 2012.

Summer Moves Update

The following programs and individuals have moved over the summer break.  Here is a listing of where these programs/individuals are now located:

Barbering classroom to Building 8, Room 102

Massage theory space to Building 8, Room 108

Core Allied Health, Computer Applications and Medical Terminology formerly in Building 10,122 are now 
located in Building 37 Room 217

Fran Hunter’s Office to Building 14, Room 217

Marie Freyre’s Office to Building 37, Room 216

Dental Assisting to Building 10, Room 111

Business Support Specialist to Building 10, Rooms 120 and 122

Landscape Management to 30 Portable

Materials Science-Non-destructive testing to Building 25 Room 107

Thank you, I strive to update you quarterly if not more frequently as to Operations Department projects.  You can find the complete listing of the Operations Updates and specific listings by visiting www.cptc.edu/blog and searching for Operations.  If you have questions please contact me directly at amy.goings@cptc.edu.  Welcome back. 

Important Information for Students

Student Records Office Hours
Student Records is open:
7:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
7:30 am to 7:30 pm, Wednesday
9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Friday.

We will also be open the first Saturday of the quarter, October 1st, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Student Withdrawal Reminder

Students who must permanently leave a class are reminded to officially withdraw through the Student Records Office. Withdrawals may be made by:

1. Completing the Official Add/Withdrawal form in the Student Records Office

2. Telephoning Student Records at 253.589.5666

3. Faxing to Student Records at 253.589.5852

4. Submitting online to Student Records at www.cptc.edu/register during the first five days of the quarter or online at www.cptc.edu/drop after the fifth day of the quarter

Failure to officially withdraw from a class may result in:
a. a failing grade
b. loss of a possible refund
c. overpayment of funding resources

An “official withdrawal” is notification to Student Records by the student on the day of withdrawal. Notification from faculty or other sources is considered “unofficial”.

Important Dates to Remember If Your Program Started on September 26, 2011:
September 25, 2011 - Last day to withdraw with 100% refund.
September 30, 2011 - Last day to withdraw with 80% refund.
October 14, 2011 - Last day to withdraw with 40% refund.
November 15, 2011 - Last day to withdraw with a “W” grade.


The State of Washington contributes approximately 68 percent of the cost of students’ education through support of the basic instruction costs. Students are responsible for the remaining 32 percent. In addition to the state support of the basic instructional cost, students may also receive state supported financial aid if eligible.

Fall Application for Graduation Award Deadline: October 24, 2011

Students who expect to graduate during the fall quarter (September 26th through December 15th) must complete Step 1 of the Application for Graduation Award and pay the $20.00 Application Fee by October 24, 2011. Application forms are available on the Student Records counter in Building 17.

The Clover Park Technical College 2011-12 All College Graduation will be held, Saturday, June 16, 2012, at the Tacoma Dome. Beginning March 2012, be sure to check the CPTC web site for announcements regarding graduation participation deadlines.


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”.

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 5:00 pm, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm, Wednesday 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. Fall student grades will be posted and available on-line December 20, 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.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Saturday - Lakewood International Festival at Clover Park Technical College

Looking for something fun and entertaining with great food and in-person social networking? Stop by the McGavick Center on Saturday at 11:30 a.m., bring a friend, and get ready to have a great time.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Health and Wellness Fair

CPTC will be hosting its 4th Annual Health/Wellness and Transfer Fair on Tuesday, the 18th of October from 11:00am to 2:00 pm in the Atrium of the Sharon McGavick Center. Community vendors will be offering screenings, demonstrations and health assessments to promote health and wellness within our community. In addition to free health related items you can try Zumba or be a part of a Belly Dancing Demonstration! There will also be transfer Advisors from Capella, DeVry, Eastern Washington, and Embry-Riddle University to talk about educational opportunities. This Fair is free and open to the public, please call 253.589-5583 for additional information.

Safety Tip of the Week

One of the most common types of crime is theft. If you have something of value, or you are responsible for something of value that belongs to CPTC, it is a good idea to make sure those items are marked. This can be by engraving, writing on the item directly, printing a label for the item, or any other way you can think of. When it is possible, it is smart to place an identifying label or mark inside the item or somewhere that someone who might steal the item would not think to look. Some part of the labeling should include your name and address so that it is clear where to return the item. This makes it easy to return the item to you once it has been recovered. Thieves often pass on the opportunity to steal items that are tagged or marked. People who take the time to mark their valuables usually have taken other steps as well to reduce the likelihood of being a target. Another good idea is to photograph your valuables. Try to get multiple angles and to include the brand name, model number, and serial number in the photographs.

Hopefully, you will never be a victim of theft, but if you mark your valuables there is a much higher chance of getting them back if they are lost or stolen.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Recent graduate earns scholarship to the University of Washington

Ben Wells, a recent graduate of the Environmental Science program at Clover Park Technical College receives a two-year All Washington Academic Team Scholarship to the University of Washington.

"Ben Wells is a natural leader who demonstrates his leadership with a calm demeanor," said Kathryn Smith, Environmental Science Instructor. 

Wells is set to begin his Junior year at UW Tacoma this fall and will pursue a degree in Environmental Studies with a focus in Urban Planning specific to water treatment/delivery.

Zero Energy House Photos

Free CPR training opportunity!

Pierce County Dept. of Emergency Management is asking you to help spread the word to your communities about CPR Sunday. This event, free to the public, instructs citizens in the life saving technique of CPR. This year, CPR Sunday will be held on October 9, 2011 at Henry Foss High School (2112 South Tyler Street).

Public education is the single most important key in improving a patient’s outcome when their heart stops beating. Whether it is a heart attack, stroke, choking, cardiac arrest, or performing basic first aid, a citizen certified in CPR will increase the likelihood of saving an individual’s life. This is your opportunity as a community leader to strengthen relations with your town or city and to provide valuable information to community members.

Key Sponsors: Tacoma Fire Department, Rural Metro Ambulance, Pierce County Dept. of Emergency Management, MultiCare Health Systems, and many more.

Visit www.cprsunday.net for additional information on this event.

VoIP phone - coming to your desk

A new phone system is currently being installed. Sign up for training today!

What is VoIP? 
  • VoIP, (Voice Over Internet Protocol), is a new technology that uses the Internet to make phone calls.
What does this mean for you? 
A sea of VoIP phones ready to be installed
  • You will have a new IP phone at your desk to replace the one you currently use. The new phone has a modern design with programmable buttons and many features. All phones come with buttons already programmed for 911 and CPTC Security.
IP Phone Training is available and highly recommended. Click here to enroll. www.cptc.edu/voip

Training Location: Building 11, Radio Conference Room

Training Schedule:

Monday September 19
9:00 – 9:45
10:00 – 10:45
11:00 – 11:45
1:00 – 1:45
2:00 – 2:45
Tuesday September 20
9:00 – 9:45
10:00 – 10:45
11:00 – 11:45
1:00 – 1:45
2:00 – 2:45

NOTE to faculty and Staff: If you unable to attend the scheduled sessions due to the break, please drop in for training on Friday, September 23 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the 
Building 11 Radio Conference Room.

Questions? Contact Kendra Fitch: kendra.fitch@cptc.edu 
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