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Friday, December 16, 2011

New Scholarship Video Contest from theWashBoard.org

TheWashBoard.org Scholarship Video Contest is a joint effort by theWashBoard.org, Scholarship Junkies, College Spark Washington, and the Northwest Education Loan Association (NELA) to encourage students to engage more actively in their own scholarship search.

Students are invited to create a 60 second video that answers the question Why are scholarships important to you?

Washington high school seniors, or current college students, who will enroll in college at least half-time beginning fall 2012, are eligible.

Entries may be submitted starting December 15th; the deadline is January 31, 2012.  FAQs, the submission form, and scholarship rules can be found at  www.thewashboardcontest.org.

Questions? Email info@thewashboardcontest.org.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Aerospace liaison appointed, composites and material science programs take off

Clover Park Technical College is pleased to announce the appointment of Andy Bird, Instructional Dean for Technology, Transportation and Science/Engineering as the new Aerospace Liaison.

Dean Bird’s new area of responsibility includes directing the more than $2.2 million in federal and state aerospace grants recently awarded to the College. In addition to membership on several community committees dedicated to promoting the growth of the aerospace sector Dean Bird will manage the development of new grant opportunities as well as new degree and certificate programs at the college, including a possible applied baccalaureate in this field.

Since 2008, Bird has led the College’s efforts to form a strong partnership with its aerospace industry partners, including Boeing. With the recent, steady growth of the aerospace industry, Clover Park is establishing itself as a recognized leader in aerospace career training programs. The College has been recognized for the quality of its programming and the strength of its industry partnerships.

“In today’s economic times, every college is trying to identify a niche in which it can excel,” said Lori Banaszak, Vice President for Instruction. “Thanks to our industry partners, our long history in the Aviation field, the growth of the industry today, and our well-established South Hill Aviation Campus, we have positioned ourselves for growth. Andy Bird will do a great job leading this effort.”

Andy Bird holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and a Master’s degree in Education, both from Western Washington University. He has been with Clover Park Technical College since 2007. Prior to Clover Park, Bird held leadership positions in the K-12 system as well as in the classroom teaching science and mathematics.

Clover Park has spent decades building a strong foundation in the aerospace industry beginning in the 1940’s with Professional Pilot and Aviation Maintenance Technician programs. Recently, the college has added Aerospace Composite Technician and Material Science.

Both of these new programs have waiting lists.

Grants Help Expand the Aerospace Programs

Aerospace Composite Technician program
In September, more than $2.2 million in grants were awarded to Clover Park Technical College in support of the College’s aerospace-related training programs. The news is timely considering Boeing and its subcontractors may need up to 5,000 trained workers per year in the coming years.

Clover Park Technical College successfully operates three aerospace training programs at our South Hill Campus including: Aerospace Composite Technician, Aviation Maintenance Technician, and Professional Pilot.

The Lakewood Campus offers two aerospace-related programs in Manufacturing Technologies and Material Science.

This new Material Science program provides the opportunity to pursue an AAS-T degree in Non-Destructive Testing or an AAS-T degree in Composites and/or a certificate in Eddy Current Testing. Additional certificates in Ultrasonic Testing, Radiographic Testing and Magnetic Particle/Liquid Penetrant Testing will follow in subsequent quarters.


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, www.cptc.edu/aerospace

Aerospace Composite Technician program lab at the South Hill Campus

Robin Rego, Lakewood United president, introduces CPTC visitors

President Walstrum comments on CPTC's international student enrollments


The following four students shared thoughts on contemporary local, regional, and world issues with community members Thursday, 15 December at the weekly meeting of Lakewood United at Burs Restaurant:

Tanisha Woods/Human Services
“Where Has All the Water Gone?”

Vanessa Anderson/ Massage Therapy
“International Study”

Angela Garliyo
/Nursing “The US Open Comes to Pierce County”

Vitaliy Golubkov
/Low Voltage Electronic Fire/Security
“The New China”

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

South Hill Campus Honor Society auction benefits Angel Flight West

On December 9, the Aviation Maintenance Honor Society held a silent auction to benefit Angel Flight West. 

The Honor Society was founded in March of this year to promote a higher level of skill and professionalism in aviation maintenance.  

Angel Flight West is a not-for-profit professional airlift organization that transports people from outlying areas who require medical attention.  Twenty of the 40 aviation club members worked diligently on the auction, contributing their own time, money and manpower to raise almost $2,400.

Approximately 30 people were in constant attendance making bids on more than 50 donated items including two round-trip tickets from Alaska Airlines and a media release flight jacket from the film, "Top Gun."  

“This was the beginning,” said Ben Watson, current club president.  “We hope to make the auction an annual event.”

Aviation Maintenance Club members who helped put this event together.

Christian Holtz – Western Regional Representative, Angel Flight West

Dr. John Walstrum, President of Clover Park Technical College and his wife Penny look at some of the auction items.

Zero Energy House featured in popular blog

From the retrotec blog:

Community: Clover Park's Zero Energy House

“You just can’t stop a good idea. If you can dream it, you can achieve it. The only thing necessary is to live with a decided heart and pursue your goals without exception.” Dan Smith, Clover Park Technical College. In the parking lot of Clover Park Technical College, a zero energy house is showing students how to “build tight and ventilate right”. Step by step students are learning what it takes to build a completely off-grid conventional home, from products to installation.
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Monday, December 12, 2011

Clover Park Technical College developmental education instructor receives national award

Tula Mollas, Developmental Education instructor in English and Math, has been selected to receive the 2012 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence in Teaching award.

“Tula is an exemplary instructor who exhibits a passion for her work while providing advocacy and support for every student,” said Lori Banaszak, Vice President for Instruction. “Tula’s enthusiasm, her commitment to student success, her sense of humor, and her genuine interest in her students all combine to ensure that students are offered an excellent educational opportunity within the courses she teaches,” added Banaszak.

In May, Tula will represent Clover Park at the 2012 NISOD conference in Austin, Texas. The annual Excellence Awards ceremony honors many of the world's best in higher education.

According to her nominator, “Tula not only encourages and supports her students but sets high expectations for her classes and assists students with reaching their goals.”


About NISOD Excellence Award:
Since its inception in 1978, the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) has emphasized the importance of teaching and leadership excellence in institutions of higher education. NISOD has worked to serve, engage, and inspire teachers and leaders through our conferences, publications, web services, partnerships, programs, and more.  For more information visit www.nisod.org

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 

Student Grades Online

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.

Students may also use the web to register, pay fees, withdraw, apply for financial aid and inquire about their CPTC information.  Simply access the CPTC web site at www.cptc.edu and select “Current Students”.  At this site you can access the following:

Register Online (It is not too late to register for Winter 2012)
Check Email
Get Schedule
Schedule Planner
           Check Wait List
           Pay Fees
           Drop Class
           Change Contact Information
           Change PIN
View Unofficial Transcript  (Fall grades are available online December 20th)
Order an official transcript

Academic Calendar
2011-2012 Catalog
Current Class Schedule
Student Handbook

American Opportunity Tax Credit
Clubs and Organizations
FAQs – View frequently asked questions
Financial Aid
           Student Right to Know
           Tuition & Fees
           Tutoring Services
           Buy/Sell Books

           Employment Listings
           Peer Tutoring Opportunities

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, Thursday & Friday and Wednesday from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm.
Also, the library computer lab has PCs available for accessing the Internet.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Blood Drive on campus this Thursday!

This is just a friendly reminder that the ASG Campus Activities Board is sponsoring a blood drive this coming Thursday, December 8th. Cascade Regional Blood Services will be on campus from 8am – 2pm between building 17 and building 16 and in front of building 8.  Please donate blood if you are able!

Santa is coming to CPTC

This invitation is open for all students, not just those who applied and were eligible for Holiday House.  Thanks for all your help in support of Holiday House 2011.  Faculty and Staff are always welcome as well.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Clover Park Technical College online instructor receives Master Reviewer certification

Fran Hunter, online instructor for the Dental Administrative Specialist program, is now a certified Master Reviewer - the first instructor to receive this designation at Clover Park Technical College.

“The journey started nearly two years ago; it has been a very intense and rigorous endeavor,” said Hunter. “I am grateful to the incredible team at QM. Their facilitators and company employees truly believe in student success and support and I am working hard to emulate what they did for me as a student.”

Quality Matters (QM) is a faculty-centered, peer review process that is designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses. QM is a leader in quality assurance for online education and has received national recognition for its peer-based approach and continuous improvement in online education and student learning.

QM subscribers include community and technical colleges, colleges and universities, K-12 schools and systems, and other academic institutions.


About the Quality Matters Program:
There are three primary components in the Quality Matters Program: The QM Rubric (a set of 8 general standards and 41 sub-standards), the Peer Review Process (a COI process that results in a QM quality certification), and QM Professional Development (training at various levels, and networking with peers).

QM was started by MarylandOnline, Inc., a consortium of colleges and universities, who saw early the quality challenge and continues its innovative work today. QM maintains a registry of courses that have met Quality Matters' rigorous design standards. QM has trained more than 8,000 faculty and instructional design staff.

Upcoming workshops to help with grief and loss during the Holiday Season

Hello all,

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.

There will also be a workshop for staff and faculty at:
12:00 pm on Tuesday the 6th of December in the Student Center – Room 302.
(The workshop for faculty and staff will be provided by a representative from our Employee Assistance Program (EAP)).

Please contact me, Shema Hanebutte, if you have any questions, 253.589.6066.

WGU Washington mobile billboard coming to campus tomorrow

The 26 foot mobile billboard for WGU Washington is coming to Clover Park Technical College tomorrow from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in front of the Student Center.

WGU Washington is a nonprofit, online university established by the State of Washington to provide its citizens with flexible, affordable access to quality higher education. WGU Washington was created through a partnership with nationally and regionally accredited Western Governors University.

WGU offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business, Information Technology, Teacher Education, and Health Professions, including Nursing.

2011 All-USA/All-State Community College Academic Team Nominations

It is my pleasure to announce the college’s nominations for the 2011 All-USA/All-State Community College Academic Team:

  • Ms. MaryJane Lustick-Conley is a Phi Theta Kappa member and a student in the Human Services program
  • Mr. Scott Charette is a student in the Environmental Science Technology program
Our students’ names have been forwarded to the Phi Theta Kappa’s national headquarters and will be among those considered for Washington State’s New Century Scholar and the national All-Academic Team.  Both students are excellent representatives of the college and are to be applauded for their academic achievement, community service, and strong work ethic.  To be nominated for this prestigious award is quite an achievement and we would like to congratulate the students and their instructors for a job well done!

Lori Banaszak, M.A.
Vice President for Instruction

Friday, December 2, 2011

Clover Park Technical College Foundation receives gift from Classical Glass Corvette Club

Clover Park Technical College Foundation receives gift from Classical Glass Corvette Club
Funds will support scholarships for students enrolled in automotive programs

The Classical Glass Corvette Club has awarded a $3,000 gift to Clover Park Technical College Foundation. The money will be used for automotive careers scholarships.

“We are grateful for this club’s commitment to students, especially around the holidays,” said Dr. Debbie Ranniger, Executive Director. “The money will be well spent on furthering the education of needy students.”

The Classical Glass Corvette Club first established an endowed scholarship for automotive students in 2007. To date, the club has given $16,500 toward the endowment and another $3,500 in funds for annual scholarships.

Each year, the club raises these funds through their annual 5-Star Classic Corvette show in August. The corvette show will be held at Clover Park Technical College on August 11, 2012, and will also include other classic cars.

About the Classical Glass Corvette Club:
The Classical Glass Corvette Club of Tacoma is a non-profit organization, incorporated in May of 1970, with an average membership of 195. The club belongs to the Northwest Association of Corvette Clubs (NWACC), which is made up of 16 clubs from Oregon & Washington. The Classical Glass Corvette Club meets monthly, supports local charities, and organizes and participates in special events. www.classicalglasscorvetteclub.com

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

Final Continuing Ed CPR Class of Fall Quarter

When disaster strikes, are you prepared?

Saturday is the last chance in Fall Quarter to take CPR & First Aid for Health Care Providers

Get certified or RE-certified (check the dates on your BSL & First Aid cards, because your time may have run out!)

This American Heart Association-approved course consists of adult, child and infant CPR and First Aid, and an overview of AED procedures. Class meets OSHA and WISHA requirements. You must pass both the written and skills exams to receive your certifications. The Health Care Provider Basic Life Support and the First Aid cards are valid for two years. Re-certify with us!

Course Information
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Saturday, December 03, 2011
Building 31
Fee: $76 SS

STEP Center Open House

The Peer Mentors are having an Open House Party on Tuesday, December 6th from 10am-4pm. Students who sign up to participate with the Peer Mentor’s at this event will be entered into a drawing to have a textbook of their choice to be paid for!!! (up to $300, must be purchased from the CPTC Bookstore Winter Quarter 2012)

Peer Mentoring is still relatively new here at Clover Park, and is an exciting way to receive recognition for the things most of us already do here!

Students are encouraged to drop in and discover the endless opportunities available through the mentoring program and get involved!

Got questions? Bring them!

Members of the Peer Mentoring program will be available to answer your questions and show you how you can get recognition for the work your doing! There will be food and drinks and some great games to get to know each other! Stop in for a few, get involved, and win a free book for next quarter!

ASG is Hiring

The Associated Student Government has an open position for a Senator for Student Marketing. This position is open to all students. The ideal student is positive and motivated and would be in good standing with the college. This student would be in charge of Public Relations for ASG and would have a keen eye for detail and be an effective networker. Developing a good rapport with the various programs, organizations and staff on campus is the mainstay of this position. A minimum of 8 hours a week would be required but work time is flexible to work around classes. If you have a student that you think would be right for this job, you can have them complete the application. Applications are available in the Student Programs Office, building 23, room 207.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

CPTC Students Speak at State Board Meeting

CPTC Students with Members of the State Board and its Staff

Three current Clover Park Technical College students addressed a meeting of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges Wednesday, 30 November on the campus of Tacoma Community College. The following individuals discussed their personal experiences with the Open Course Library as part of their public speaking class at CPTC:

 Paul Connon--prospective Human Services/Chemical Dependency student

 Angel Garliyo--prospective Nursing student

Barbara Washburn--prospective Human Services student

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