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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

CPTC hosts Osaka Jikei College students at Lakewood Campus for a hands-on tour

Clover Park Technical College recently hosted a group of 37 Medical Lab Technology students and their faculty visiting from Osaka Jikei College in Japan for our 9th MLT study tour.

During this three-day event, the Japanese students participated in the hands-on hematology lab activity with our former MLT instructor Anne O’Neil, and our current MLT students and alumni assisted Anne and the Japanese students in the lab. They also toured our Medical Histology Technician program.

They also visited two medical facilities in the area – St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma and Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. At St. Joseph, they toured the clinical lab and the diagnostic imaging department, and at Harborview, they toured the Burn Unit to see the state of the art facility and technology for treating burn patients.

On the last day, they returned to our campus to attend a guest lecture presented by a clinical lab technician from Madigan Healthcare System. The students from both colleges also presented their research projects. In the afternoon, they enjoyed some cultural exchange with fun activities such as calligraphy, origami, sampling of Japanese cuisine and Washington’s delicious foods.

CPTC’s partnership with the Osaka Jikei College started in 2004.

(Photos by: Daniel Dino-Slofer, CPTC and Hiroyoshi Koizumi, Osaka Jikei College)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Health Career Pathway event a success at CPTC

Clover Park Technical College teamed up with the University of Phoenix to host a health career pathway event. The three-hour fair featured a number of local colleges who offered options to students who have completed their training here at CPTC and are interested in moving on to work on baccalaureate-level degrees.

The event was held in the McGavick Center at CPTC's Lakewood Campus and was an opportunity to transfer the students' hands-on training to the next step in their education and future careers.

CPTC Welcomes group of students from China in to Aviation Maintenance Technician Program

Clover Park Technical College welcomed its 7th group of students from the Civil Aviation Flight University of China into our Aviation Maintenance Technician Program at the South Hill Campus in Puyallup during the Fall Quarter of 2012.

In China, there have been significant and rapid changes in the civil aviation industry and the demand for aircraft maintenance technicians that are qualified to work on airplanes of foreign airlines is dramatically increasing.  CPTC’s partnership with CAFUC started in 2008. Once these students have completed their degree requirements here in the U.S., they will be able to return to China and earn their Bachelor’s degree from their university. So far, fourteen CAFUC students have graduated from our AMT program, and we currently have twenty students in the program.

Please give them a warm welcome!
Yuko Chartraw
Office Assistant, International Education Programs

Monday, October 29, 2012

CPTC hosts Wellness and Transfer Fair

Hello everyone,
We hosted CPTC’s Fifth Annual Wellness and Transfer Fair on Oct. 16.  We had an amazing turn out of health care vendors and higher education institutions offering services and information to our students. 
We estimate that approximately 350 students flowed through for this event.  There were even Faculty and Staff that came over to access services and show their support. 
Thank you to Jennifer Justice and Claire Korschinowski for scheduling this event, Michelle Barre for paying attention to all of the details, Vicky Buford for being emcee extraordinaire, Facilities, as always, were available to flex and flow as needed, Janet Holm for coordinating the schools for the transfer fair portion, Aris Holcomb and Patrick Yelladay for our IT support, Mary Pedersen and Sheli Sledge for their great workshops and  sincere thanks to Nursing Faculty Member Lara Cooper for coordinating wellness stations that were run by our very own Nursing students.  They did an outstanding job setting up multiple health screening stations and providing services for participants. 
Faculty members, thank you for releasing your students to participate and for participating in this great event!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Clover Park Technical College hosts Roofer’s Apprenticeship Program reception in Lakewood, Wash.

Local members of the roofing industry gather at the Lakewood, Wash. campus of Clover Park Technical College for a reception in honor of the Roofer's Apprenticeship Program now hosted at CPTC.

When Joint Base Lewis-McChord needed to use the space it was renting to the Pierce County Roofer’s Apprenticeship Program the organization was in need of a place to continue its hands-on training or it would be the end of the program. The opportunity to create a bigger, better partnership arose and now, on the Lakewood Campus of Clover Park Technical College, the program is thriving.

The two-year apprenticeship program requires 288 hours in a combination of classroom and hands-on training in addition to 4,900 hours of continued employment in the industry.
“This program ensures that apprentices can learn while you earn,” said Eva Avalos, director of apprenticeship training.

The organization held a reception today inviting members of the roofing industry to visit the training site. The intent was to invite them to use the location for both their own training and their apprentices.
Dr. John Walstrum, president of Clover Park Technical College, speaks to members attending a reception in honor of the Roofer's Apprenticeship Program at the Lakewood, Wash., campus of Clover Park Technical College Oct. 26.
“One of the things that has emerged from the recession is a number of partnerships in our efforts to become a more leaner, efficient college and this is certainly one of them,” said Dr. John Walstrum, president of Clover Park Technical College. “So I want to say thank you for being a part of that transition and I look forward to more mutually beneficial partnerships.”

The Pierce County Roofer’s Apprenticeship Program was started in 1968 according to those who attended today’s reception. The program covers Pierce, Thurston, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Wahkiakum, Cowlitz and Pacific Counties.
The apprenticeship is available to anyone over the age of 18 who has a high school diploma or GED, according to Avalos. For more information on how to apply contact the program at (253) 474-0528.

Clover Park Technical College is focused on training needed by employers to build a skilled workforce within our community. The college uses hands-on training to provide the knowledge, skills and values necessary to succeed in today’s workforce.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The NSA re-certifies computer networking and information security programs

Michael Garcia works with Don Souza, instructor in the Computer Networking and Information System Security Program during class Oct. 23.
The National Security Agency’s Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation Program has re-certified Clover Park Technical College’s Computer Networking and Information System Security Programs courseware as meeting all of the elements of the NSA's Committee on National Security Systems National Training Standard for Information Systems Security Professionals, NSTISSI No. 4011. The IACE Program provides consistency in training and education for the information assurance skills that are critical to our nation and will allow students to add the NSA/CNSS 4011 designation to their resumes.

With this, Clover Park Technical College’s CNISS program has rejoined the ranks of organizations such as the United States Air Force Academy, United States Military Academy, Air Force Institute of Technology and Carnegie Mellon University all of whom have attained the CNSS 4011.

The National Security Agency and the Committee on National Security Systems will honor CPTC’s CNISS program at the 17th Colloquium for Information Systems Education.

A team of instructors took part in this effort. Congratulations to Kelly Hollowell, Donald Souza, Tom Robbins, Ray Robinson, Jody Randall and Chun Yu!

Monday, October 22, 2012

CPTC Operations update

As we settle in to fall quarter I wanted to share with you a brief college operations update.

The College Green: The majority of college staff who participated in the naming survey recommended that we name the green space where Building 18 once stood The College Green. Landscaping and installation of the irrigation system will soon be in place. Final hydro-seeding will take place in the spring in time for being finished along with the opening of the Health Sciences Facility.
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.

Learning Resource Center: Construction continues on Phase II of the renovation of Building 15 into the Learning Resource Center. The second phase includes the transformation of the former college cafeteria into a technology commons with space for over fifty computer workstations.
If you haven’t already, please take a moment to look at the newly renovated spaces where the former Library was located including new group study spaces, the Tutoring Center, E-learning and the Teaching and Learning Center.

Harrison Prep Academy Update: Thank you for your continued patience as the Clover Park School District finishes their infrastructure work that impacts Redwood Drive and Runway Road. The temporary Runway Road connector is still slated to be complete by the end of October.
New Parking Lot: Many of you have commented on Building 29 being demolished. The result will be a 115-stall parking lot to be used for the west end of campus. Approximately half of this parking lot was paid for by the Clover Park School District as the College lost 61 parking stalls with the demolition of the Portable Village. It is anticipated that the parking lot will be ready for use at the end of November.

You can find the complete listing of the Operations Updates and specific listings by visiting www.cptc.edu/blog and searching for “Operations.” As always, if you have questions, please contact me directly at amy.goings@cptc.edu. Thank you.

CPTC and University of Phoenix to hold healthcare pathway event

Here’s your chance to learn about the future of healthcare—and your role in it. Meet with local employers and University Transfer Partners to discuss options for advancing your education and growing your career as a qualified healthcare professional.

To learn more about educational pathways, visit phoenix.edu/cptc or call 800.404.8016.

CLEAR Event Location:
Clover Park Technical College, Bldg 23
The Sharon McGavick Center
4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW
Lakewood, WA 98499

Monday, October 29th, 2012
2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Funding Your Education through Scholarships
Interviewing Best Practices
The Role of Education in Healthcare
Overview of Nursing Careers

Presentations are followed by short breaks for attendees to meet with employers and University Transfer Partners.

REMINDER: It's time for a flu shot!

“I don’t trust that the vaccine is safe.”
Flu vaccines have been given for more than 50 years, and they have a very good safety track record. Flu vaccines are made the same way each year, and their safety is closely monitored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration. Hundreds of millions of flu vaccines have been given safely. (National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases)
Reminder: Flu shots will be available at Clover Park Technical College’s two campuses at the times and dates below.
Where: Lakewood Campus, Building 19, Room 107
When: Tuesday, October 23 from 9-10:30 a.m.
Where: South Hill Campus, Room 119
When: Thursday, October 25 from 9-10:30 a.m.
No payment needed if you have insurance; however, GetAFluShot.com has generously dropped the cost from $30 to $25.  If you are paying out of pocket, cash or checks are accepted.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Clover Park Technical College Faculty present at international conference

Clover Park Technical College representatives Steven Ellis, dean at CPTC, Dr. Phil Venditti, and Olivia Vanorden were joined by Brooke Zimmers of the Communication Studies Department at Shoreline Community College in presenting a session at the International Open Education Conference in Vancouver, B.C., earlier this week. The presentation, entitled "Evolution or Revolution: Perspectives from Deans, Devotees, Doubters, and Doers," was attended by an audience of approximately 50 administrators, classroom faculty members, librarians, and government officials from North and South America, Asia, and Europe.

Brooke Zimmers of Shoreline Community College offers "a doubter's view."

The conference, whose theme was "Beyond Content," featured keynote speeches by international leaders in the Open Educational Resources Movement and explored implications of introducing and popularizing openly-licensed educational materials such as those produced by Washington State's Open Course Library. The University of British Columbia hosted the event at its Robson Square campus in downtown Vancouver. Olivia Vanorden was the sole student presenter in the three-day conference.

WIX Crowns Clover Park Technical College as ‘2012 School of the Year’

Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood, Wash., was named the 2012 Tomorrow’s Technician School of the Year (ttschooloftheyear.com) during a surprise award ceremony today for students and instructors of the automotive program. WIX® Filters and O’Reilly Auto Parts partnered with Tomorrow’s Technician as title sponsors for the national contest to find and name the best technician training school in the country. 
“It is encouraging to see the students and faculty of Clover Park Technical College embrace how automotive technicians’ jobs are evolving as vehicles become more high-tech,” said Mike Harvey, brand manager for WIX Filters. “With today’s vehicles becoming more complex – from hybrids, electrics and advanced clean-diesel engines – auto technicians are being trained in new technologies.
“We are proud to support this program recognizing Clover Park as the best technical school in the country and look forward to the success of the school’s future technicians and they begin their careers as the next generation of technicians.”
Clover Park Technical College, the fifth-annual recipient of the national School of the Year award, received a $2,500 donation from WIX Filters; O’Reilly and WIX Filters gear (hats, backpacks, shop banners, stools, product samples); 200-piece professional automotive tool set from O’Reilly Auto Parts; $250 gift card from O’Reilly Auto Parts; and an appearance by Sarah Burgess, BMI Team owner and driver in the Xtreme Drift Circuit, with her 2013 Ford Mustang running the 5.0L Engine with a 2.9L Whipple Supercharger. In addition, the winning school’s instructor and guest will travel to Las Vegas and attend a Babcox Media recognition dinner at the AAPEX trade show in October.
“We have a long tradition of automotive training at Clover Park Technical College – our state-of-the-art facility paired with excellent instructors bring a wealth of experience and technical resources  into the classroom for the students,” said Wayne Bridges, automotive technician instructor. “We have an incredible administration that supports our automotive program and understands it is essential to stay on top of changing technologies to succeed in this industry.”
“Support from manufacturers and the aftermarket industry help fund quality programs for the next generation of automotive master mechanics,” he said. “The School of the Year award furthers our great reputation for outstanding automotive training and we are honored to be the 2012 recipient.”
This year’s three runners-up are Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, Pa.; Chipola College in Marianna, Fla.; and San Diego Continuing Education in San Diego. Each school will receive a 200-piece professional automotive tool set from O’Reilly Auto Parts and $250 gift card from O’Reilly Auto Parts.
The 2012 contest received an increase in school entrants by 20 percent over last year.  Of the 340 entrants nominated this year, 121 were from different high schools, technical schools and colleges. Also new this year, instructors were able to post a video on the Tomorrow's Technician YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/tomorrowstechnician) highlighting their school's automotive program.
Clover Park Technical College joins the honors of past School of the Year winners: Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colo. (2011); Caddo Career & Technology Center in Shreveport, La. (2010); Ohio Technical College in Cleveland, Ohio (2009); and Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, Ill. (2008).
“We are very pleased to recognize Clover Park Technical College as the 2012 School of the Year,” said Jeff Stankard, publisher of Tomorrow’s Technician, a Babcox Media publication dedicated to automotive students. “We believe Clover Park’s instructors, staff and administrators are truly working hard to prepare their students to become the top-notch professionals this industry so deeply requires.”
The School of the Year program was open to all high schools or post-secondary schools that have a subscription to Tomorrow’s Technician. Each school nominated will receive national recognition on Tomorrow’s Technician’s website, as well as through social media outlets.
About WIX Filters
Since 1939, Wix® Filters has been an innovator in filtration products. WIX designs, manufactures and distributes products for automotive, diesel, agricultural, industrial and specialty filter markets. Its product line includes oil, air, cabin interior, fuel, coolant, transmission and hydraulic filters for automobiles, trucks, off-road equipment and manufacturing applications. For more information, visit www.wixfilters.com. Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/wixfilters, follow us on Twitter @WIXFilters and visit our YouTube page at youtube.com/TheWIXFilters
About Affinia Group Inc.
Affinia Group Inc. is an innovative global leader in the design, manufacture, distribution and marketing of industrial grade products and services, including extensive offerings of aftermarket products for automotive and heavy-duty vehicles.  With approximately $2.0 billion in annual revenue, Affinia has operations in North and South America, Europe and Asia.  For more information, visit www.affiniagroup.com.
About Tomorrow's Technician
Tomorrow's Technician (TT) is the only national publication dedicated solely to the next generation of automotive service professionals. TT, published eight times throughout the year, reaches more than 40,000 secondary and post-secondary automotive students and educators with every issue. For more information, visit www.tomorrowstechnician.com.
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.

Monday, October 15, 2012

CPTC Holiday House applications now available

Holiday House is an annual volunteer activity, which distributes December holiday assistance in the form of food, gift cards, and holiday gifts to eligible Clover Park Technical College students.

Eligibility–Available resources limit the distribution of Holiday House assistance to current students who are:

1) Enrolled in a two quarters or more CPTC program/course.
2) Enrolled full-time (12or more credits).
3) Are receiving some type of aid through the CPTC Financial Aid Office.
4) Self-identify as being in need of holiday assistance.
5) Not receiving other holiday assistance.

How does it work? Call the Holiday House Help line at (253) 589-5745 or ask a staff or faculty member for an application.

All forms should be returned to Holiday House deposit box just outside the CPTC Foundation (Building 19, Room 101) no later than Thursday, Oct. 25, at 5:00 p.m. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Students who meet the criteria for assistance will be matched to program or department sponsors, and the program or department will be provided information specific to their adoptee. Those adopting may choose to collect funds to purchase food, a food gift card, and/or gifts. All other students who meet the criteria for assistance will be assisted through the general Holiday House program.

Age-appropriate gifts, food, and food gift cards will be available to students at the Holiday House pick-up station (Building 23, Room 214) on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

What’s the timeline?

Oct. 12: Holiday House information and forms distributed to all campus faculty and staff.

Oct. 25: Deadline for Assistance Applications and Adoption Forms to be returned to CPTC
Foundation deposit box (Bldg 19, rm. 101)

Nov. 16: Students will be notified whether or not they have been adopted.

Nov. 16: Individuals, instructional programs, and departments will be notified about the
family they have adopted.

Dec. 6: Identified students pick up food/toy packages from the Holiday House pick-up
station, Building 23, Room 214. from 1-6 p.m.          

You can help in a variety of ways:
  • Donate a new, unwrapped toy or wrapping paper. The collection box is located in Building 17, Student Records area.
  • Encourage your program or department to adopt a family. We anticipate the need to be greater this year due to the economy. If you belong to a large department or program and your group is able to donate many gifts, you may consider, instead, donating to more than one family. Simply complete the adoption form attached and return by the deadline, Nov. 4.
  • Donate funds to the CPTC Foundation in the name of Holiday House.
  • Help staff the Holiday House pick-up station on Dec. 6. Call Phil Terry at (253) 589-5572 to volunteer.

Questions? Call the Holiday House help line and leave a message at (253) 589-5745. Be sure to leave your name, phone number, and specific questions so that a volunteer is able to return your call.

Download the application here: Holiday House Application for Assistance.

Lakewood's "Make a Difference Day" is coming up!

Saturday, October 27, 2012: Make a Difference Day
8 a.m.-noon at Lakewood City Hall and sites around Lakewood

Join us as we support the Lakewood Community by participating in Make a Difference Day. The day starts at City Hall for refreshments and orientation. Then, participants split up to work at one of four sites across the city:

·         Ft. Steilacoom Park Cemetery – work with Grave Concerns to install 50-60 new historical grave markers
·         Tyee Park Elementary – Beautification project planting bulbs and rhododendrons
·         Lakewood Community Garden – Work with Kiwanis to help ready raised garden beds
·         West Pierce Fire & Rescue Pumpkin Patch in University Place – Help children pick out pumpkins, paint faces, run games, etc. (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

This also serves as a food drive for Emergency Food Network, so be sure to bring canned food with you! To Volunteer: Sign-up with the Clover Park Technical College’s Service-Learning Center.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Flu shots scheduled for Lakewood, South Hill Campuses

According to the Centers for Disease Control, anyone can become sick with the flu and experience serious complications. Older people, young children, pregnant women and people with medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart disease, or kidney disease are at especially high risk from the flu, but kids, teens and adults who are active and healthy also can get the flu and become very ill from it. Flu viruses are unpredictable, and every season puts you at risk. Besides, you might be around someone who’s at high risk from the flu…a baby…your grandparents, or even a friend. You don’t want to be the one spreading flu, do you?

GetaFluShot.com will be administering flu shots on the Clover Park Technical College Lakewood and South Hill Campuses in October.

On Oct. 23, from 9-10:30 a.m. flu shots will be available on the Lakewood Campus in Building 19, Room 107.

On Oct. 25, from 9-10:30 a.m. flu shots will be available on the South Hill Campus in Room 119.

Group Health Cooperative and Uniform Medical Plan insurance plans will be accepted. In addition, there is a special rate of $20 if you are paying cash. Vaccination will be available for children as you as 11 years of age with parental consent.

Visit GetAFluShot.com for more details.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Reminder: Learning Resource Center closed Oct. 10-12

In order to complete the first phase of the Learning Resource Center and relocate the Library staff, Tutoring Center, and book collection into the renovated space, the following schedule changes will occur beginning next week:

  • The Library will closed October 10 through 12 and will re-open on Saturday October 13
  • During this closure the Library Computer Lab located in Building 23 will remain open
  • The Tutoring Center will remain in its current location in Building 17 until Friday October 12
  • E-Learning will move into Building 15 on Thursday October 12

All functions housed within the newly renovated Learning Resource Center including the Tutoring Center, Library, E-Learning and the Teaching and Learning Center will be open to staff and students by Monday October 15

Finally, we will have an open house so that you can see the first phase of the renovated space on Wednesday, October 17th, from 1-2:30 pm. Please mark your calendars. More information will be forthcoming.

CPTC 5th Annual Health/Wellness and College Transfer Fair

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Sharon McGavick Student Center 

Please bring your students and allow them to participate. (We will be providing something that verifies attendance for students that may be released to bring back to the classroom.) 

There will be vendors from all over Pierce County handing out great health/wellness information. 

CPTC’s LPN students will be providing blood pressure, weight and other screenings for participants.  

Shimmy your way to wellness with our Belly Dance Demonstration at 11:30 a.m.

Shake, dance, and work it in a Zumba class at noon.

Colleges from all around Washington will be on site to provide information about transfer programs and so much more! Come and check it out!

For more information contact Michelle Barre at (253) 589-5583.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Free composting classes teach residents how to reduce waste at home

Residents can learn how to reduce the amount of waste they produce by attending Pierce County’s free composting classes this October and November. One class will focus on yard waste, and the second will focus on food waste.

"These classes are a great way to learn about the two kinds of composting,” said Mary Coleman, Pierce County Public Works and Utilities environmental educator. “Each class teaches tips and techniques to help you get started. You’ll learn from our experience, too. We’ll explain why you might want to keep pumpkin seeds out of your compost—I accidentally grew pumpkins in all of my raised beds this year!"

Yard waste composting
In the yard waste class, students will learn how to choose a bin, where to put it and how to maintain a healthy compost pile.

“By adding compost to your garden and landscaping, you can improve soil quality and eliminate the need for costly chemical fertilizers,” Coleman said.

Food waste composting
This class shows how composting with red worms reduces the amount of kitchen waste a family produces. Food waste composting is a great solution for people who live in apartments or have small yards. The compost produced by the worms works well in potted plants and small landscaped areas.

“Food makes up a third of the waste going to the landfill,” said Coleman. “One of the easiest and most economical ways to reduce our overall waste is for residents to compost their food waste at home.”

Food waste class attendees also have the option of purchasing a starter bin and worms for $30.

Yard Waste classes
        Oct. 11: 6 to 8 p.m., Washington State University (WSU) Puyallup, Victoria Room, 2607 W Pioneer in Puyallup
        Oct. 20: 10 a.m. to noon, Bonney Lake Fire Station, 18421 Old Buckley Highway in Bonney Lake
        Nov. 3: 10 a.m. to noon, Environmental Services Building, 9850 64th St. W in University Place
Food Waste classes
        Oct. 23: 10 a.m. to noon, WSU Puyallup, Victoria Room
        Nov. 7: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Sehmel Homestead Park Pavilion, 10123 78th Ave. NW, Gig Harbor
        Nov. 15: 6 to 8 p.m., Bonney Lake Fire Station

Pre-registration is required. To register for a workshop, visit www.piercecountywa.org/compost or call (253) 798-2179. The classes are taught by environmental educators from Pierce County Public Works and Utilities.

CPTC Tutoring Services: (www.cptc.edu/tutoring)

The College offers free tutoring to help students be more successful in their academic courses. The Tutoring Centers are located in Bldg. 17 Rm. 240 and Bldg. 14 Rm. 102. Tutors are available five days a week with some extended evening hours.

No appointment is needed. For tutoring assistance, go directly to the Center or send a message to tutoring.center@cptc.edu.

For maximum benefit, students are encouraged to seek tutoring help early in the quarter.

9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday

Bldg. 14 Rm. 102 (Math Lab) Tutoring
6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Monday and Wednesday
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday

eTutoring’s free 24/7 online tutoring services
CPTC students also have access to free online tutoring services through the NW Consortium of Colleges. Tutors are available to help in a variety of subjects such as Math, Writing, Accounting, Calculus and Statistics. Visit www.etutoring.org and login with your My C.C. Account ID and password.

eLearning Closure

On Oct. 11 and 12, the eLearning Department will be closed in order to relocate the office into the newly renovated library.

The staff will answer emails and voicemail intermittently during the move, but assistance will be limited.
Thank you for your cooperation and patience, and please drop by during the open house on Oct. 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. to see the final result.

Kelly Meeusen

Friday, October 5, 2012

Automotive Technology Students to install free headlights

The Automotive Technology Students at Clover Park Technical College will be participating in the "Lights On" event put on by the Automotive Service Association of Pierce County.

The event offers free replacement of exterior lights that are found to be faulty, with the exception of exotic or unusual bulbs. Anyone can bring their vehicle on Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., to the Walmart parking lot located at 7001 Bridgeport Way West, in Lakewood, Wash., to have their exterior lights inspected and replaced if necessary.

"Lights On" is a project in support of National Car Care Month. Local business members of the ASA of Pierce County and members of CPTC's Automotive Technology Program will donate their time to support the event.

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 contact us in the Ask Me Center located in the lobby of Bldg. 17, or call 253.589.5961 for further assistance and possible financial aid grant eligibility.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Are you planning to graduate this fall?

Students who are planning to graduate during the fall quarter (Sept. 24 through Dec. 13) must complete Step 1 of the Application for Graduation Award and pay the $20.00 Application Fee by Oct. 22. Application forms are available on the Student Records counter in Building 17.

The All College Graduation Ceremony for 2012-13 will be held on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at the Tacoma Dome. Please consider attending this event to celebrate your achievement with your family and friends. Watch the CPTC website beginning March 2013 for announcements of participation deadlines.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

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 withdrawfrom 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 24, 2012:
October 15, 2012 Last day to withdraw with 40% refund.
November 13, 2012 Last day to withdraw with a “W”grade.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Library to close for move-in

In order to complete the first phase of the Learning Resource Center and relocate the Library staff, Tutoring Center, and book collection into the renovated space, the following schedule changes will occur beginning next week:

  • The Library will closed October 10 through 12 and will re-open on Saturday October 13
  • During this closure the Library Computer Lab located in Building 23 will remain open
  • The Tutoring Center  will remain in its current location in Building 17 until Friday October 12
  • E-Learning will move into Building 15 on Thursday October 12

All functions housed within the newly renovated Learning Resource Center including the Tutoring Center, Library, E-Learning and the Teaching and Learning Center will be open to staff and students by Monday October 15

Finally, we will have an open house so that you can see the first phase of the renovated space on Wednesday, October  17th, from 1-2:30 pm. Please mark your calendars.  More information will be forthcoming.

CPTC Emergency Food Pantry now open

Clover Park Technical College's Emergency Food Pantry is now open for students who are in immediate need of food. Students can access the Emergency Food Pantry one time per month. They will also be able to sign up for food stamps during their visit and be provided with the local area food bank resources.

If a student has an emergent need and cannot wait until the pantry is open, please contact Kathy Hathaway at kathleen.hathaway@cptc.edu.

If you would like to make a donation please contact kathleen.hathaway@cptc.edu who can arrange for a volunteer to pick-up items.

Please share this service learning opportunity with students who are interested in volunteering! Contact our AmeriCorps Service Learning Specialists, Lucy Pick at lucy.pick@cptc.edu or Ka Porter at kay.porter@cptc.edu.

CPTC Automotive Program named to Top 25

Clover Park Technical College's Automotive Program selected as one of the Top 25 programs in the Tomorrow’s Technician 2012 School of the Year competition, sponsored by O’Reilly Auto Parts and WIX Filters.

The competition had nearly 340 entrants nominate 121 different high schools, technical schools and colleges.
Congratulations to Wayne Bridges and the many staff and faculty members that make this program a success!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Canvas is here!

Last Spring, the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges selected Instructure’s Canvas as the replacement learning management system for our previous LMS, Angel. Since its selection, 30 of the 34 state community and technical colleges and three of the state’s four-year institutions have adopted Canvas for their online courses and programs.  CPTC was excited to be chosen as one of the five institutions to pilot Canvas during Fall Quarter 2012 and we have nine faculty teaching 31 courses this fall. As with any pilot, we are experiencing challenges and successes, with the overall student and faculty responses being very positive.

Clover Park has embarked on an ambitious migration plan that will enable us to turn off Angel at the end of Spring Quarter 2013!

For Faculty: Watch your email for Canvas training opportunities. We will be offering several training sessions each quarter using both hybrid and fully online training delivery. If you would just like more information, please drop by your eLearning department, or give me a call at (253) 589-5730. Also, check out one of the Canvas breakout sessions at this year’s Fall Faculty Inservice.

For Students: Some of your online courses may be taught in Canvas this quarter, and until our migration is complete, you may have online courses in both Angel and Canvas. If you need help figuring out where to go or what to do, feel free to contact eLearning at your convenience. You can call us at (253) 589-5730 or (253) 589-4534, or you can stop by and see us anytime between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. We are always happy to help, and an appointment is never needed.

Kelley L. Meeusen, eLearning Coordinator
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