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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The International Club Presents the Cosplay Caffe'

At the CPTC Lakewood Campus, the  Cosplay Caffe’ will be on Thursday, December 8th, 11:30-2:00 in the Atrium in Building 23 Room 302!

There will be Italian Sodas, Baked Goods and Rice Balls for sale. Come and hang out with the International Club students and stay for a while. Costumes are optional, but if you want to come as your hero or an anime character, please do.

At CPTC  South Hill Campus, the Cosplay Caffe’ will be on Friday, December 9th at 11-00 to 11:30  with baked goods and rice balls.

Cosplay Caffe' Flyer

International Club officers: Josh, Nathaniel, Ryan, Kyle, Cai, Lui, Chrissy and Chris

Welcome to AmeriCorps VISTA Lucy Pick

I’d like to introduce you to Lucy Pick who is the new AmeriCorps VISTA service learning specialist on our campus.  Through the coming year, Lucy will work to broaden awareness of service learning on our campus, further the learning students receive from serving those in need within their community, support faculty in utilizing service learning modules within their programs, and strengthen partnerships with community service organizations.

Lucy will be continuing the good work that John Ruiz began this past year during his term as an AmeriCorps VISTA service member. Her office is located in Building 10, Room 103, and you may reach her at extension #5790 or lucy.pick@cptc.edu.  I’ve attached a picture of Lucy so you’ll know her when you see her.

Lucy has completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science from Western Oregon University with an emphasis in Anthropology. Her future plans include pursuit of a master’s degree that will prepare her for work in the field of student services.

Please join me in welcoming Lucy to our campus.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Safety Tip of the Week: Winter driving

Winter driving presents challenges that we seldom face throughout the rest of the year.  As a result your driving awareness may need a little refresher.

Never drive through standing water that is more than 2 or 3 inches deep, and if you must go through shallow water drive slowly.  The most common problems are water getting into your brake lines and causing brakes to fail, and water getting into your intake manifold and ruining your engine.  Less common problems are losing control in the puddle and not being able to avoid a collision, and driving into water that is deeper than you think and getting stuck.

Driving in inclement weather and on wet, icy roads is dangerous.  Lower traction causes sliding, skidding, and inability to stop.  The best solution is do not drive unless it is necessary.  When it is necessary to drive, plan your route to consolidate trips, avoid dangerous hills, and use roads that are less congested.  Try to avoid driving after dark when hazards are more difficult to see.   

Carry a flashlight, flares, a blanket, drinking water, gloves, a warm hat and coat, an umbrella, a fully stocked first aid kit, boots or water resistant shoes, some extra gas, a roll of duct tape, and anything else you think you might need if you get stuck or broken down.

Make sure your car battery, cell phone battery, and your vehicle’s coolant levels are all properly charged.

Check basic items of your vehicle’s equipment to be sure they are in proper working order: windshield wiper blades, all lights, front and rear defrosters.

If you carry traction chains be sure they are the right size for your vehicle and that you know how to put them on.  Remember that chains and studded tires can help you get moving, but do not help you stop your vehicle.

Never drive your car before the windows are fully de-iced.  In bad weather and roadway conditions you need all of the visibility you can get.

Warming up your car is a great idea, but do not leave it unattended while warming up.  Someone else might find it too good a deal to pass up.     

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Handling grief and loss during the Holiday Season

The holidays, which are normally a festive time, can be filled with anxiety and feelings of despair for those that are grieving losses. Knowing the pain that the holiday season can bring, the Wellness Committee has scheduled two workshops to support you.

A workshop targeted at students has been scheduled for 12:00 pm on Tuesday the 22nd of November in the Student Center – Room 212.

There will also be a workshop for staff and faculty for 12:00 pm on Tuesday the 6th of December in the Student Center – Room to be determined.  The workshop for faculty and staff will be provided by a representative from our Employee Assistance Program (EAP).  Please contact me if you have any questions, Shema Hanebutte, 253.589.6066.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Photos of health sciences facility groundbreaking ceremony

Special thanks to photographers Brandon Rogers and Janet Holm for their contributions today

Amy Goings, VP of Operations and College Relations

Dr. John Walstrum, President of Clover Park Technical College

Senator Derek Kilmer, State Senator, Chair Senate Capital Budget Committee

Veronica Marohn, Aide to Governor Gregoire

Charlie Earl, Executive Director, State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

Matt Lane, Principal, McGranahan Architects

Left, Trustee Mary Moss with Cherie Steele, Executive Assistant to the President

Full year scholarship study abroad opportunity in Germany

In celebration of the International Education Week (November 14 – 18, 2011), International Programs Office is happy to inform you of some great study abroad opportunity in Germany for our students who are US citizens or permanent residents (green card holders) between 18 – 24 years of age.

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) for Young Professionals is a reciprocal scholarship program sponsored by the U.S. Congress and the German Parliament (Bundestag) and is operated by Cultural Vistas in NY. Every year, 75 young Americans study & work for a year in Germany as well as 75 young Germans coming to the U.S. through the CBYX.

This fall, CPTC is one of the 59 participating colleges in 32 states that are hosting a German student through CBYX. The student is currently studying in the Graphic Technologies program under John Moyer and Darryl Owen and is doing her internship with ASG as a graphic designer. She is really enjoying her time in the US as well as at CPTC and hopes that our students, too, can study in Germany through CBYX.

Here is the program overview and highlight:

Program Overview
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) for Young Professionals is a full-year work-study fellowship program with a strong focus on cultural exchange. CBYX annually provides 75 young Americans with an understanding of everyday life, education, and professional training in Germany. The program begins in July and includes two months of intensive German language training in Germany (no prior German language knowledge required), four months of classroom instruction at a German university or college of applied sciences, and a five-month internship in each participant’s career field.

The CBYX for Young Professionals program is intended primarily for young adults in business, vocational, scientific, engineering, technical, and agricultural fields, though applicants from all fields are encouraged to apply. Participants actively participate in securing their internship positions with assistance from our partner organization in Germany, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, and are expected to cover incidental expenses as well as represent the U.S. diplomatically while abroad.

Program Highlights

 *   Full-year scholarship including round-trip transatlantic flight, university tuition, language training, living stipend, and program-related travel costs in Germany
 *   Health and accident insurance
 *   Two-months German language training in Germany
 *   Four months of study at a German university or university of applied sciences
 *   Five-month internship in a German-speaking work environment
 *   Accommodation in a German home or student residence
 *   Orientation, midyear, and final evaluation seminars in Washington, D.C., New York City, and various German cities
 *   Support provided by a network or regional German offices throughout the course of the program
 *   Membership in the CBYX Alumni Network

The CBYX flyer and the PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded from the links below:

Power Point Presentation

Any interested person can apply on-line from the CBYX Website. The deadline for application is December 1, 2011, so please encourage your students to apply early.

If you or your students have any questions, please contact Yuko Chartraw at 253-589-6089 or yuko.chartraw@cptc.edu. My office is in Bldg. 22, Rm. 102.

For more information on CBYX, please visit their Website at http://www.cdsintl.org/fellowshipsabroad/cbyx.php.

Thank you for reading and I hope our students can study in Germany and have the experiences that will last forever!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Health sciences facility groundbreaking set for Wednesday afternoon

The ceremonial gold shovels will dig on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. as Clover Park Technical College celebrates the groundbreaking of its new health sciences facility located at the center of campus.

Highlights of the ceremony include remarks from President Walstrum, Senator Derek Kilmer, Chair of the Senate Capital Budget Committee, Veronica Marohn, Aide to Governor Gregoire, Charlie Earl, Executive Director of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, and Matt Lane, Principal at McGranahan Architects.

Clover Park Technical College instructs the largest number of health care related programs within Pierce County.  The College’s 11 health training programs have long since outgrown Building 14, built in 1981. Building 14 is approximately 22,000 square feet.

The new health sciences facility will be twice that size in order to accommodate the 2,166 full-time equivalent students whom the College currently educates in our health care training programs that vary from Surgical Technician to Registered Nurse.  Students will have the opportunity to learn in a LEED silver, state of the art facility which includes laboratories that resemble current health care industry standards.

Health occupations are one of the few area industries that continue to see job openings even during economic downturns with vacancies at the highest of any occupation.

Health care careers represent one of the best pathways to prosperity for Pierce County residents. Since they also pay family level wages, they are equally critical to individuals seeking economic self-sufficiency.


About Clover Park Technical College:
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.
For more information call 253-589-5800, or visit www.cptc.edu/careers

Frequently asked questions:

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 2011-13 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.  The College’s 11 health training programs have long since outgrown Building 14, built in 1981. Building 14 is approximately 22,000 square feet.

The new health sciences facility will be twice that size in order to accommodate the 2,166 full-time equivalent students whom the College currently educates in our health care training programs that vary from Surgical Technician to Registered Nurse.  Students will have the opportunity to learn in a LEED silver, state of the art facility which includes laboratories that resemble current health care industry standards.

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?
November 28, 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.
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