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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Safety Tip of the Week

We have had three reports of hit and run collisions on our campus this week.  All were relatively minor damage (cars were still drivable and safe) and nobody was injured, but this presents a good opportunity to update you about collision investigations. 
Early reporting is critical.  If you wait to report the damage the person or agency you report to will not be able to confirm that the collision occurred where and when you say it did.  In that case, unless you have a witness or surveillance video there is nothing law enforcement can do to charge the suspect.  If you witness a hit and run collision, however minor, do your best to document the license plate number and description of the car.  If you can also see and describe the driver that is great.  If you are responsible (as owner or borrower) of a vehicle that is struck in a hit and run collision, try to get the license plate number, vehicle description, and driver description.  Whether you are a witness or a victim it is imperative to report quickly
CPTC Security will be happy to take a report for you, but you should know that it may do you no good.  Some insurance companies will not accept a Security Report as documentation of a collision.  They will insist on a law enforcement report because Security Officers have not undergone the accident investigation training that police have.  The insurance companies simply are not willing to risk their funds on an investigation conducted by an untrained person.  If you call Security for a report we will respond as quickly as we can, and we will also call 911 and request a response.  You would be smart to call 911 first and then call Security, especially if the collision resulted in bodily injuries.  Keep in mind that a non-injury hit and run collision on private property will not be a high priority to law enforcement and it may take them some time to get here. 
Lastly, while we have a good number of video cameras around the campus, we do not have coverage everywhere.  When you call Security to a hit and run collision we will try to provide video documentation, but we cannot promise anything.  

Monday, February 27, 2012

South Sound military veterans vouch for job programs article

For more than two years, Cassandra Miklavcic couldn’t figure out how to open the social safety net for out-of-work Army veterans. She’d visit program after program and find she didn’t qualify.

Read the News Tribune Article.

Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/02/24/2039457/south-sound-military-veterans.html#storylink=cpy

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Safety Tip of the Week

This is a reminder about lost and found procedures.  If you find something that you are able to return to the rightful owner immediately, or you are able to identify and contact the owner and make arrangements to return the item(s), please do so on your own.  This is good customer service.  When you cannot take immediate action, please get the item(s) to the Security Office in Building 22.  If you cannot bring the item(s) to the Security Office, give Security a call at 589-5682 (just 5682 from a campus phone) and Security will come and take the item(s) from you.  Please take note of precisely where and when you found the item(s) and relay that information to Security.  By centralizing the lost and found item(s) we can make it much easier and more efficient to return the items to the owner.  Thank You.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Save the date! March 15 Interior Design Student Portfolio Event

Join us in celebration of our graduating students by visiting with them as they show off their portfolios and give project presentations.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Service Learning Project Thank You

A big “Thank You” to the 13 amazing volunteers who made the trek to volunteer at Northwest Harvest in Kent last weekend! Your hard work sorting 6,755lbs of frozen carrots and making boxes will help feed over 1,000 families in the Seattle area! Northwest Harvest is the only nonprofit food bank distribution organization in the great state of Washington with centers in Kent, Hoquiam, Yakima, and Spokane. Their mission is to provide nutritious food to hungry people statewide in a manner that respects their dignity, while fighting to eliminate hunger. All of your hard work is very much appreciated!

Do you have an idea for a service project? Then contact Service-Learning Specialist Lucy Pick at the Service-Learning Center at lucy.pick@cptc.edu or Kailene Sparrs, Peer Mentor for Service-Learning at ASG.PeerMentor4@cptc.edu! You can also find us in the STEP Center, Building 10, Room 101

Forks Over Knives Event

Event:  Forks Over Knives
When: February 21, Tuesday
Where: Bldg 23 Rm 302
Time: 3pm-4pm.

The film features leading experts on health, examines the question “why we don’t know,” and tackles the issue of diet and disease in a way that will have people talking for years.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

College Knowledge Presents: Stress Management Workshop, 2/16/12

Stress Management Workshop

with Mary Pedersen
Thursday, February 16, 2:00pm-3:00pm
Location: Student Center, Room 212

Stress is an ever-present part of our lives; there is simply no way to avoid it, nor would we want to. Some amount of stress keeps us motivated and energized. Come learn ways to manage stress when the balance is tipped to overload.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Veteran's Resource Center Open House & Pizza Feed!

The VRC offers CPTC student veterans with vital resources that assist them in achieving their educational goals.  In an effort to connect more of our veterans to the VRC we will be having an Open House/Pizza Feed Wednesday, February 15th, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
This will also be an opportunity for students to suggest what events, activities and resources they would like to see offered for our veterans on campus.
Please encourage the student veterans in your classes to attend!

Black Student Union event Tuesday February 14th

The Black Student Union is proud to present “motivation movement” to inspire and increase membership. Please join us.

Important Information for Students

Spring Quarter Registration Dates to Remember:

Feb 13 – Feb 17, 2012                                  Web Registration for All Winter Students Continuing Into Spring

Feb 21 – Feb 23, 2012                                   Registration for All New Admitted and Re-entering Students with a Spring Target Start Date

February 24, 2012                                          Open Registration

March 1, 2012                                                Spring Fees are Due
(All students with unpaid charges will be dropped and open registration will continue with fees due at the time of registration.)

Remember…….you must register and pay your fees by the due dates in order to attend spring quarter.  Please see your Instructor for registration materials.

Students Are Encouraged to Use Automated Waiting Lists

If you find your class or program of choice is full during registration, you are encouraged to add your name to our automated waiting lists when prompted.  Students on the automated waiting lists will be registered for any new openings as they occur (including after the drop for non-payment process).  You can monitor your wait list position on the College web site by using your student ID and PIN at www.cptc.edu/waitlist.

You may register on-line at www.cptc.edu/register from 6:30 AM to 11:00 PM, Monday through Friday, and 24 hours each day on Saturday and Sunday.  Running Start, Elective High School, Adult High School and International students must meet with their advisors prior to registering. 

Spring waiting lists will close on March 29th at 8:00 PM.  Late enrollment into classes that have already started will be by instructor permission only.

Spring 2012 Fees Are Due March 1, 2012

Spring fees are due no later than Thursday, March 1, 2012.  Students with unpaid balances will be dropped for non-payment and re-registration will be on a space available basis.

Payment may be made using a credit card on-line at www.cptc.edu/pay or using cash, check, money-order or credit card at the Cashier in Building 17 from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday; 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM, Wednesday, and 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Friday.  South Hill Campus students may pay their fees in the SHC Administration Office. 

Friday, February 10, 2012

Retail Business program - all online starting spring quarter

Wednesday, March 28 marks the first day Clover Park Technical College’s Retail Business program will have all classes online.

Improve your interpersonal skills with Business Communications, network your way to the top with the expertise you will gain in Successful Career Development, and work your way up the corporate ladder in Human Resource Management (to name a few).

For more information, visit www.cptc.edu/continuinged

Ryan Reygers
Retail Business Marketing Management
Fundamentals of Business Operations Management
Clover Park Technical College
253-589-5664 Office

Instructor to run Boston Marathon in April, how to start a running program

Fact: runners like to run (guess they wouldn't do it if they didn't). Most marathon runners want to conquer, "the next course." Call it competition, call it exercise, call it crazy. Andy Fritz, Environmental Science instructor at Clover Park Technical College, calls it exciting. 

With a 'running' total of 78 marathons under his belt, Andy now has the chance to run the world famous Boston Marathon, "the greatest of them all."  
Andy Fritz works with students at the College's wetland site. 

Qualifying for such a race is not a 'walk in the park.' "I am not quite fast enough to qualify as a regular entrant, so I have gained entry via the charity fundraising program," said Andy Fritz.  "I am raising money for the Salvation Army. My parents were officers in the Salvation Army for over 40 years, including a time as commanders in Massachusetts, so this is a fitting endeavor for me." 

The race is on April 16.

Interested in running? Here are Andy's tips on how to start a running program.

  • Set aside time for three runs per week and write it on your calendar.  By the end of week three you may find yourself with a new healthy habit.

  • Get fitted for quality running shoes at a specialty store such as South Sound Running in Tacoma, do not buy cheap but cool looking sneakers at the mall.

  • Take it nice and easy at first.  Walking breaks are fine.  Shoot for 20-30 minutes of movement.

  • Do not try to improve your distance or pace every day.  Alternate hard and easy days and don’t expect every run to go better than the previous run.

  • Learn the difference between fatigue and pain.  Push through fatigue but stop and treat any pain.  Lungs and muscle ability will develop faster than ligaments and tendons. Only through rest can you allow most injuries to heal.

  • Keep a running log.  After each run, jot down your time or distance and how the run felt.  You can learn a lot about what works for you by reviewing your log.

  • Find a friend to run with and schedule times to meet.  If you are different speeds you can meet at the local high school track and still run together.

  • If at all possible run first thing in the morning.  Your entire day will be filled with a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.  If you wait till later, other things may interfere with your planned run.

  • When you are able to run for 30 minutes, register for a local 5K race about 2-3 months in the future and start training.

  • Subscribe to Runner’s World magazine for a monthly dose of inspiration and motivation.

As of February 2012 Andy Fritz has logged over 17,000 miles, completed 262 road races (including 78 marathons) and has run at least 100 miles each month for the last 86 consecutive months.

Black History Month Event - Multicultural Club

Scholarship Deadline Coming Soon! 2012 Japanese Government Scholarship

Hello and I’m writing to inform you of the Japanese Government Scholarship opportunity to study in Japan.

Unfortunately, this scholarship is for students who are currently enrolled in a four-year university as an undergraduate student majoring or minoring in Japan-related studies, so our students are not eligible, but if you know of anybody who may be interested in studying in Japan, please spread the words!

Here are the eligibility requirements:

• Applicants must be U.S. citizens living in Washington, Montana, and Northern Idaho. Please contact the nearest Japanese Embassy/Consulate in your area if you do not reside in our jurisdiction.

• If you possess and maintain dual citizenship with Japan and the U.S. you are not eligible to apply for the Japanese Government Scholarship unless you renounce your Japanese citizenship.

• You must be currently enrolled in a 4-year university as an undergraduate student and must be majoring or minoring in Japan-related studies.

The deadline for application is February 17, 2012.
For more information, please read the information below from the Consulate-General of Japan and visit their Website.

In April, there will be another Japanese Government Scholarship opportunity for students with technical studies, so I will send out the information then.

2012 Japanese Government Scholarship

The Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle is now accepting applications for the following 2012 Japanese Government Scholarship for studying in Japan.

U.S. citizens living in the states of Washington, Montana, and Northern Idaho are eligible to apply at our office.

The applications are available on our website at: http://www.seattle.us.emb-japan.go.jp

Japanese Studies Scholarship (Deadline: Friday, February 17, 2012)

This program offers students a one year intensive course of the Japanese language and Japanese studies at a Japanese university.  Available to undergraduate students who are currently majoring or minoring in Japan-related studies at a 4-year university. 

Scholarship Benefits      (Details may be subject to change)

1. Monthly stipend 123,000 yen
2. Airfare to and from Japan
3. Exemption of school fees for entrance examination, matriculation, and tuition

For more information and application, please check our website at:

If you have any questions, please contact:

Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle
Scholarship Desk
E-mail: education@cgjapansea.org
Phone: 206-682-9107 ext.135

We look forward to receiving your application!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Funding resource for students in healthcare programs

New Student Advising Workshop- Winter 2012 Flyer

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
Building 15 (Library), Room 101 Writing lab

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

Please see flyer for upcoming dates and location.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Blood Draws by MLT Students

Starting Spring Quarter, the Medical Laboratory Technician program students are available to serve as phlebotomists at health fairs/community events. Services include assistance with blood draws or “certain” basic laboratory testing. To schedule, please call Mikelle Newry, Medical Laboratory Technician instructor at 253-589-5625.

Carrie Smith - winner of the Student Success Survey drawing

Carrie Smith, 6th quarter student in the Interior Design program won the random drawing for a $100 bookstore gift certificate.

Early last month, the College announced a student success survey. Students who participated, would be entered to win a random drawing for the bookstore prize.

Congratulations to Carrie.

Q & A with Carrie Smith:

Q: Why did you choose Clover Park Technical College and the Interior Design program?
A: I did some research on design schools and Clover Park was the most cost effective option. The Interior Design program provides a great learning experience.

Q: What did you do before coming to Clover Park?
A: I was a stay-at-home mom for 13 years, then I became a mortgage underwriter before the real estate market collapsed. I really wanted to go back to work - needed something more stimulating than laundry.

Q: Why Interior Design?
A: I consider myself a creative person and could see myself in this field.

Q: Anything else?
A: I consider myself a very technical person and I want to learn. Right now I'm in my Sixth Quarter and I already have a job. Getting the real world experience is critical to building a successful career.

Friday, February 3, 2012

College Knowledge Presents: Financial Aid Workshop, Tuesday 2/7

Financial Aid Workshop
with EOC representative Jessica Moore
Tuesday, February 7
Session 1—8:00am-10:00am and Session 2—10:15am-12:00pm
Location: Building 15, Room 101

Looking for funding to pay for your education? Need assistance with completing your FAFSA?*
Come and join us for an informative workshop on the basics of financial aid.

*If you are looking for assistance with completing your FAFSA, please bring the following documents to the workshop:

  • Your Social Security number
  • Your driver’s license number, if you have one
  • Your W-2 forms for Federal Income Tax return
  • Your current bank statements and records of stocks, bonds, and other investments
  • Your records of other untaxed income received, such as Social Security, Temporary Assistance to Need Families (TANF), welfare or veteran’s benefits
  • Your business or farm records, if applicable 
  • Your alien registration number, if you are not a U.S. citizen 
  • If you are a dependent student, you will also need
    • Your parent(s)’ Social Security numbers(s), date(s) of birth
    • Your parent(s)’ income and financial records (as listed above)

Safety Tip of the Week

With the construction of building 21 and the de-construction of building 18 both about to commence we are experiencing significant and long-term changes in our traffic pattern.  That makes this a good time for a safety tip about traffic.

Let’s start with the speed limit.  There is a 10 mph limit on campus.  There are pedestrians everywhere and it is a good idea to keep the speed down.  Security personnel can also ticket you for speeding when they observe you exceeding the limit.  It is only a $15 ticket, but I am sure you would prefer to spend the money on a nice gift for your special someone on Valentine’s Day or other occasion.

In several places on campus there are stop signs.  Each one is there for a reason, and yes, you can be ticketed for failure to stop.  I have heard that there have been several close calls in which collisions nearly occurred at the Hageness Entrance to campus (next to the Lakes Body Shop off of Steilacoom Blvd on the north side of the campus).  Drivers entering or exiting the campus have the right of way and the drivers on the crossroads (Redwood Drive and Front Street) need to obey the stop signs.

Parking is at a premium on many days.  It works better for everyone if all drivers park in the proper parking stalls.  When staff members park in student stalls, or vice versa, the stalls can be in short supply quickly.  Please leave the marked visitor stalls and handicapped stalls to those people so that we can have an inviting and friendly campus atmosphere.

Pay attention to signs and pavement markings, especially the ones that have arrows indicating one-way traffic.  Several of our parking lots have directional arrows and it is much safer to obey them than to fight them.

In addition to what has already been mentioned I would simply everywhere to be courteous and patient.  Collisions always cause problems that we haven’t the time or the desire to deal with and can cause serious injuries, so pay attention to driving first whenever you are behind the wheel.  Stay off of your cell phone and don’t allow the radio or your passenger to distract you.
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