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Monday, July 30, 2012

CPTC Volunteers!

On Saturday, July 28th, three students from CPTC and our Service-Learning Specialist spent the morning volunteering at Mother Earth Farm in Puyallup. Our awesome group weeded and raked potato and Swiss chard beds, as well as readied another patch of land for planting. It was very exciting to see the growth of black cherry tomatoes, sweet peppers, and chard that we planted back in early June! They are nearly ready to be harvested and distributed to local food banks and meal programs through Emergency Food Network. Mother Earth Farm is an eight acre organic farm run almost completely by volunteers that supplies badly needed fresh produce to the neediest people in our area. You can find out more about them at http://www.efoodnet.org/get-involved/mother-earth-farm/.
The mission of the Service-Learning Center is to make Service-Learning an integral part of the education and life experiences of CPTC students. This was the only service project scheduled for this term, but there are always lots of great opportunities for volunteering in the community. Got an idea for a service project this Fall? Let us know!
Check our Facebook page for the latest news and opportunities: https://www.facebook.com/CPTCServiceLearning

Friday, July 27, 2012

Tacoma Speedway

A special thanks to our Architectural Engineering Instructor Dean Lamb for sharing a little more about our pre-college history from the 1920’s.  The recent News Tribune article on the popular race track that overlapped our current campus.  Dean noted “ the News Tribune article on the Tacoma Speedway …was accompanied by a layout of the track I have never seen before, along with information about its width (50 feet) and length (approximately 2 miles).” 
Dean took the liberty of overlaying the former track onto our campus map.  As you can see the track was quite large… it basically extended from Lakewood to Lakeview Drive (which was not here then), and from Steilacoom Blvd. south to beyond the Lakewood Police Station and 95th St. SW.
Thank you Dean for helping us get a better perspective on an interesting piece of our history.


Business Xpansion Journal Article

Clover Park Technical College was featured in a Business Xpansion Journal article.
Read more.

Summer Fitness; 10 Easy Ways to Make Exercise a Habit

Let's face it: it's not all that difficult to start a fitness routine. After all, most of us have done it more than once. The trouble, of course, comes with sticking with it. All too often, our initial enthusiasm and energy wanes, we get distracted by other things going on in our lives, or we don't think we're seeing results quickly enough -- and we throw in the towel. Here are 10 tips for making fitness a habit in your life.
1. Do a variety of activities you enjoy. And remember, there's no rule that says you have to go to a gym or buy equipment. Having a variety of activities -- weight lifting, walking, running, tennis, cycling, aerobics classes -- will ensure that you can do something regardless of the weather or time of day.
2. Commit to another person.
3. Make exercise a priority.
4. Exercise first thing in the morning. Experts agree that a morning schedule is best. "If you go to a gym, it should be located between your home and work," says Klein. "Exercise, take a shower, and you're energized for the day."
5. Or, exercise on your way home from work. The next best thing to exercising first thing in the morning is to do it on your way home from work.There aren't a lot of people who are so motivated that after they go home and change clothes will go back out again and exercise.
6. Exercise even when you're "too tired." Chances are, you'll feel better after exercising.
7. Log your activity. Write down the things that are important to you. It could be how much time you exercise each day, how many steps you walked, how far you ran or cycled, what you weighed, etc.
8. Be aware of all the indicators of progress. It's great when your clothes fit better and you can lift heavier weights or work out longer without getting exhausted.
But there are a slew of other progress indicators, such as:
·         Getting a good night's sleep.
·         Thinking more clearly.
·         Having more energy.
·         Realizing your muscles aren't screaming after you've helped a friend move furniture.
·         Seeing your resting heart rate drop over time.
·         Hearing your doctor congratulate you on improved cholesterol, blood pressure, bone density, triglycerides, and blood sugars.
9. Walk -- with a pedometer (or a dog).
10. Reward yourself. Are you telling yourself that you don't deserve a reward for something you should be doing anyway -- or that once you can zip your jeans without lying on the bed, that will be reward enough? Well, honestly, how inspiring is that? Experts say that making behavior changes is hard, and rewards motivate. So decide on a goal and a reward, and work toward it. You might buy yourself a video you've wanted after you stick to your fitness plan for one month, or buy new walking shoes when you achieve 5,000 steps a day. Do whatever works for you.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Greetings Fellow Students!
The ASG (Associated Student Government)  would like to offer you the opportunity to work with 16 other amazing student leaders throughout the 2012-2013 school year. We have been unable to fill our Marketing Senator position and have opened the position up for new applicants. *

This position requires a minimum of 8 hours a week with a maximum of 12, and some overnight travel is required. The applicant must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher and be enrolled as a student throughout Spring quarter 2013. The Marketing Senator is a voting member of the Student Council, and is responsible for promoting ASG activities to the student body.  The applicant will also be required to attend training throughout the Summer Quarter from 4-5pm M, T, and Th, and from 4-6pm on Wednesdays.  The Fall, Winter and Spring work schedule will be designed to work around your class schedule if you are selected.

In order to be considered for this position your application must be submitted to the Office of Student Programs (Bldg. 23, Rm. 207)by  July 31st at 5pm.  For more information please email Melissa Smith at asg.secretary@cptc.edu

Thank You,

Melissa Smith
Associated Student Government
Clover Park Technical College

Monday, July 23, 2012

Service-Learning Project - Volunteers Needed!

Join the Service-Learning Center at Mother Earth Farm in Puyallup on Saturday from 9:00am-12:00pm. We will be helping out on the farm in any way we can – planting, harvesting, weeding, we’ll do it! Remember to bring gardening gloves if you have them!
Questions? Contact Lucy in the Service-Learning Center at (253) 589-5790 or lucy.pick@cptc.edu.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Junk in the Trunk Sale

Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society
Junk in the Trunk Sale
August 11th 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

A donation of $25.00 will provide you with two parking spots, one for your vehicle and one for your sale items. Additional connecting spots are $10.00 each. Same day registration is $30.00.  We will also be accepting donations of non-perishable food item for the CPTC Emergency Food Pantry.

Vendor Setup starts at 6:30 am.  Funds that are raised go to support Phi Theta Kappa students and our CPTC Emergency Food Pantry.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Salon 6 Article

A Clover Park Technical College graduate is featured in the article Salon 6 goes above and beyond customers’ expectations.

Read more at Tacomaweekly.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Important Information for Students

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 July 2, 2012:
          July 1, 2012                                          Last day to withdraw with 100% refund.
            July 9, 2012                                           Last day to withdraw with 80% refund.
            July 23, 2012                                         Last day to withdraw with 40% refund.
            August 17, 2012                                    Last day to withdraw with a “W” grade.
Summer Application for Graduation Award Deadline:         July 30, 2012
Students who expect to graduate during the summer quarter (July 2nd through August 31st) must complete Step 1 of the Application for Graduation Award and pay the $20.00 Application Fee by July 20, 2012.  Application forms are available on the Student Records counter in Building 17. 
Summer students who completed their application in order to participate in the June 16th All College Graduation Ceremony do not need to reapply.    
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.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Fall 2012 Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted

Fall Quarter 2012 Scholarship Applications are now being accepted. Apply online by 4 p.m., 18 July 2012.

Go to www.cptc.edu/scholaship for

Available Scholarship List
Eligibility & Criteria
Workshop Dates
Link to Online Application

Be sure to read all of the instructions at www.cptc.edu/scholarship before beginning the online application.

Contact Heather Ervin at 253-589-5732 or heather.ervin@cptc.edu for more information.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Tutoring Center

Independence Day Operations Update

Independence Day Operations Update
July 5, 2012
Submitted by Amy Goings, MPA, Vice President for Operations and College Relations
I hope that faculty and students enjoyed the June break and Independence Day holiday.  I am sure that you continue to notice the facilities developments on campus. 
Here is a brief update on the ongoing projects regarding college operations:
Building 15 Learning Resource Center Renovation: I would like thank the Library staff, instructional administration, the Maintenance and IT staff for doing a yeoman’s job during the June break and getting the Library successfully relocated in order for Phase I of the Learning Resource Center to begin on time.  Phase I renovation includes exterior painting and a full renovation of the Library, E-Learning, Teaching and Learning Centers as well as the Tutoring Center and group study spaces.  Phase I is anticipated to be completed by the start of fall quarter.
Here are a few renderings of the newly renovated spaces within Building 15.  The first rendering is what you will see upon entering the building from the west side the second is the view of entering the building from the east entrance.

Health Sciences Facility: The Health Sciences Facility continues to progress on time and on budget.  Efforts are now underway to finalize the equipment list with faculty.  Again, you can always watch the construction progress in real time at www.cptc.edu/webcams.
Harrison Prep Academy Construction:  After a lengthy and thorough negotiation process with the Clover Park School District, construction will begin shortly on the new Harrison Prep Academy and Elementary School, which will be located where the portable village is currently located. 
The District purchased an additional six acres from the College for a total of $1.67 million, all of which will be spent on the Building 15 Learning Resource Center renovation.  Construction will begin shortly, and we will do our best to keep the Lakewood campus community apprised of any construction related delays.
You can find the complete listing of the Operations Updates and specific listings by visiting www.cptc.edu/blog and searching for, “Operations.”  Stay tuned as well for the new Operations website where you can find updated renderings on all of our current projects.  I will let you know when the site is up and running.  As always, if you have questions please, contact me directly at amy.goings@cptc.edu. 

Library and Computer Lab Hours and other room locations

With the renovation occurring in Building 15 this summer, Library and computer lab hours have been adjusted to assure appropriate coverage of these areas.  The location of these services have also changed, so here’s what you need to know if students ask you about the Library, Computer Lab, or other services previously available in Building 15:
·         During the summer quarter, library services are still located in Building 15, but they’ve moved to the old cafeteria space where the tutoring center had been.
·         Students can enter the library through the south doors facing building 16.
·         Library hours for summer quarter are as follows:
Monday – Thursday        7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday                                    7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
(There are no Saturday hours during summer quarter)
Computer Lab
·         The computer lab has been moved to Building 23, Room 111 (previously the Retail Business Classroom) for the summer and fall quarters.
·         Computer Lab Hours for summer quarter are as follows:
Monday – Thursday        7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday                                    7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tutoring Center  
·         The Tutoring Center has been moved to Building 17, Room 240 for summer quarter.
Monday – Thursday        9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday                                 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Math Lab
·         Moved to Building 14, Room 102 for summer quarter
Writing Lab
·         Moved to Building 10, Room 118 for summer quarter
·         This space is only available during times scheduled by instructors.  It’s not an open lab.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Wednesday Wellness: Hugs and Heart Health

We all know a hug feels good, but what's the connection between hugs and heart health?
Well, it appears that human contact through hugs lowers blood pressure and reduces stress, which cuts the risk of heart disease. Hugs have also been shown to improve overall mood, increase nerve activity, and a host of other beneficial effects.
Research proves connection between hugs and heart health
A University of North Carolina study showed that hugs increased levels of the hormone oxytocin and reduced blood pressure.
There is a scientific explanation for the seemingly magical qualities of a hug that researchers uncovered. Each time we hug, we increase the level of oxytocin in the blood. This hormone triggers a “caring” or "bonding" response in both men and women.

Elevated blood pressure is one of the main risk factors for heart disease - about one in three US adults has high blood pressure!
If hugs lower blood pressure (and they do), just think of the positive benefits of a whole lot of hugging!
Start and end your day with hugs for heart
Several sources suggest that everyone needs at least four hugs a day for healthy survival, eight hugs a day for emotional strength, and 12 hugs a day to really grow and be empowered. Stop and think about just how often you give or get a hug.
Start by giving your love a healthy hug today. Include more hugs in your daily routine. Ask yourself whose day could I improve by giving them one or more hugs today? Not only will you be helping them, but you'll benefit too.
Some people don't like their personal space to be invaded. Others may feel too vulnerable at times to want to be touched. So proceed with caution if you feel this way or if you sense discomfort in someone else.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Clover Park Technical College President to Serve in Leadership Role at the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)

Dr. John Walstrum joins the AACC Commission on Economic and Workforce Development

Lakewood, WA – Dr. John Walstrum, president of Clover Park Technical College, has been appointed to the Commission on Economic and Workforce Development with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

This commission and others, act in an advisory capacity to the AACC Board of Directors in areas that reflect key aspects of the Association’s work on behalf of the nation’s 1,200 community and technical colleges.

There are a total of six commissions, each with a specific area of focus. The six commissions are:
  • Commission on Academic, Student and Community Development 
  • Commission on Communications and Marketing 
  • Commission on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity 
  • Commission on Economic and Workforce Development 
  • Commission on Global Education 
  • Commission on Research, Technology and Emerging Trends

AACC commissions were established to accomplish the following:  
  • provide advice to the AACC Board and staff;
  • encourage collaboration among community college entities and organizations;
  • provide a forum for focused conversation about the important community college issues and priorities of the day;
  • provide for increased involvement in the Association by AACC member CEOs and other professional staff; and
  • provide leadership opportunities for members of the AACC Board of Directors (who serve as Chairs).

About the AACC:
The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is a national organization representing close to 1,200 community, junior and technical colleges nationwide. Community colleges are the largest and fastest growing sector of higher education, enrolling more than 13 million credit and non-credit students annually.

About Clover Park Technical College:
Clover Park Technical College offers more than 50 career training degree and certificate programs in the areas of aerospace, business, computer information technology, construction and trades, health sciences, manufacturing, media, 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

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