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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Holiday inclusiveness at CPTC

Greetings CPTC Community,

It’s almost that festive time of the year again and on behalf of the CPTC Diversity Committee we would like to send out the below message on holiday inclusiveness.

Our campus has a fascinatingly diverse population, and we want everyone here to feel welcome and comfortable, including all employees and students. This is especially true during this holiday season, so the Diversity Committee has put together some suggestions for helping folks from all of our various backgrounds to feel included in the holiday spirit.

It used to be that being inclusive meant sending out politically correct "Happy Holidays" greeting cards and changing Christmas office parties to "holiday parties." Today, going beyond just changing labels and titles, celebrating diversity and inclusiveness is about using celebrations to build mutual understanding and enjoyment.

These suggestions are intended to promote tolerance and respect for the diversity that exists at CPTC and to remind members of the campus community of ways they can embrace their own holiday traditions and beliefs while still respecting those of others. The suggestions aim to help make our workplace festive and fun without valuing one holiday tradition over another.

  • Consider decorating public spaces and offices with seasonal inclusive items like snowflakes, snowmen, ribbons, boughs, stars, and seasonal flowers/berries, instead of holiday-specific items that may carry meaning only for those who hold certain beliefs.
  • Remember that neutral symbols don’t have to be somber. Be creative in making the celebration a unifying activity and not one that highlights differences.
  • Inclusion, when done right, doesn’t take away anyone’s rights or personal rights or beliefs. A good rule of thumb is to walk through your area as your customers would: the areas they see are public and should be inclusive.
  • Your desk may be a more personal space, and can represent your personality and personal values.  But your valuing of inclusion and diversity should be reflected even when decorating personal space.
  • Trying to represent decorations from multiple religious groups still risks offending those who are unintentionally left out. There are hundreds of different faiths, celebrations, and beliefs.

The Diversity Committee wishes you a wonderful holiday season!

“Building Workplace Equality: Ethics, Diversity & Inclusion” Nelarine Cornelius

Sheli Sledge
Diversity Committee Chair

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Alumni, students invited to submit essays for $500 award

The Trustees Association for Community and Technical Colleges is looking for a few good students and their stories that tell how attending a Washington state community or technical college has transformed their lives. This year the emphasis will be on students who have completed or made significant progress toward completing a degree or certificate that has helped them prepare for, or be successful in, a competitive workforce.

TACTC will honor these current or former CTC students at its Legislative Contact Conference in Olympia on Tuesday evening, Jan. 29, 2013.

Five students with the most compelling stories will be chosen to speak at the keynote dinner and will be presented with a Transforming Lives Award of $500 each.

All students and their stories will be included in an awards publication that will be used for distribution to legislators while trustees are in Olympia for the conference.

To apply for this award, Clover Park Technical College students or alumni should prepare a 500-word essay telling the story of how attending CPTC helped to transform their lives. The essays are due via email to June Stacey-Clemons (june.stacey-clemons@cptc.edu) by Friday, Nov. 30.

Monday, November 26, 2012

CPTC's resource portal available for students who need help

As the holiday season approaches and funds get tight, remember to check out CPTC’s Resource Portal.  You can do a self-directed search for resources or you can stop in and talk to us in the Advising and Counseling Center, Bldg 17, Room 150.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

CPTC launches English 82/College 101 pilot project

CPTC is launching a new English 82 and College 101 Pilot project. This 7 credit class meets Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 2:30-3:50 p.m. and Friday 2:30-3 p.m. You will be engaged in a collaborative learning environment and you will receive a free Journal and textbook for the College Success instruction. Space is limited, so inquire now at (253) 589.5548 or advising@cptc.edu so that we can help you get registered.

Worker Retraining Support available for students

Are you receiving or have you exhausted Unemployment Insurance?  Have you been honorably discharged in the last 24 months?  Are you a displaced homemaker or were you self-employed and lost income due to general economic conditions?  If so, you may be eligible for Worker Retraining.  Worker Retraining is a state supported grant that can assist with tuition, books, childcare and transportation costs for in-demand training programs.  Even if you have already received Worker Retraining support, you may be eligible for additional funding.  Check us out at www.cptc.edu/wrt to see if you qualify or call us at (253) 589-5961.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

CPTC Students, parents, complete service project

On Nov. 14, students and parents came together to refurbish Hayes Child Care Center’s playground. With the help of over 60 volunteers, the garden is weed-less, the toys are clean, and the mountain of wood chips has been spread. Thank you to Hayes for hosting us, Famous Dave's for feeding us, and Josh Magana for planning! And of course, thank you to all of the amazing volunteers, we couldn’t have done it without you!
Emily G. Lanum
Vice President of Student Success
Clover Park Associated Student Government


Monday, November 19, 2012

CPTC School of the Year video posted

Students encouraged to use 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 must monitor your wait list position daily 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 a.m. to 11 p.m., 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.

Winter  waiting lists will close on January 3, 2013 at 8 p.m.  Late enrollment into classes that have already started will be by instructor permission only. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Technical College, Community College grads may see largest rise in hiring according to new research

Modest good news for college students: An annual survey predicts employers will increase hiring of new 4-year college graduates about 5 percent in the coming year. Demand for graduates with associate's degrees is expected to increase more sharply — by about 30 percent compared to last year's survey— while MBA hiring appears headed for an unexpected decline.

The 42nd annual survey out Thursday from Michigan State University's College Employment Research Institute collects responses on hiring plans from more than 2,000 U.S. employers. It paints a mixed picture reflecting an improving economy but also uncertainty over whether Congress and the White House will carry the country off the fiscal cliff in January, potentially sending the economy back into recession.

The hiring numbers are certainly better than for students who graduated at the depths of the recession, but overall indicate less aggressive hiring than the last couple of years, which survey director Phil Gardner attributed to the political situation as well as weakness in sectors like defense. The survey was conducted before President Barack Obama won a second term.

"Everybody just stopped making decisions to see how this election was going to be play out," Gardner said. "A lot of people are sitting on the fence."

For 4-year college graduates, the report finds employers are looking most actively for business-related majors but demand is also strong for "all majors" — an indication many employers want critical thinking skills that can be developed in many different courses of study. Demand for engineering, accounting and computer science majors appears somewhat softer than in previous years.

As for those with MBAs — master's level business degrees — Gardner said it appears companies are more willing to fill jobs with bachelor's-only recipients, who command less salary. That's unfortunate for a glut of MBA students still coming up through the system.

"The top-school MBA grads aren't going to have a problem," Gardner said. "It's all these kids without a lot of professional experience that aren't at the top-tier programs that will probably struggle to find work that is an 'MBA job.'"

Alex Mitchell, a Michigan State journalism student scheduled to graduate in December, said he and his fellow students have long since reconciled themselves to a tough slog getting their first job. A string of internships and other pre-professional experiences in colleges is essential, and some students, he said, will have to settle for internships even after they graduate.

Personally, he's realized journalism jobs will be hard to land and is looking for work in public relations. He's optimistic, but with 15 applications out, is still looking for his first interview. He'd hoped to settle in Michigan or next-door Ohio to be near family but realizes he may have to broaden his horizons.

"I may have to reach out across some different states or maybe elsewhere around the country to get that initial position before I get back," he said. As for the market, "there's just a lot of people who've been out there a little bit longer, out of school longer, and have more experience than myself."

While higher degrees generally translate into higher earnings, there are wide variations across fields of study and careers, and students have to factor debt into the equation if they need to borrow for tuition. According to Georgetown University researchers, roughly 30 percent of associate's degree recipients earn more than people with bachelor's degrees. Those with mere certificates in engineering earn roughly 20 percent more than the average generic bachelor's degree recipient.

A recent study by The Project on Student Debt found that two-thirds of the college class of 2011 nationally finished school with loan debt, and those who borrowed owed on average $26,600 — up about 5 percent from the class before. Still, most experts insist that while a bachelor's degree doesn't necessarily pay off with a first job, it eventually more than does so, in hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional lifetime earnings.

A major part of that is simply staying employed: For those 25 and older, the unemployment rate for those with a college degree is now just 3.8 percent. For those with some college or an associate degree it's 6.9 percent, and for those with just a high school diploma it's 8.4 percent.

CPTC Celebrates International Education Week

In celebration of this week’s International Education Week (Nov. 12 - 16), I’d like share with you some interesting facts and the history of the international education at CPTC.

CPTC’s International Education Today
 1.    We are serving currently serving: 36 (enrolled 29, engaging in practical training 7)
·       Enrolled at Lakewood Campus: 7
·       Enrolled at South Hill Campus: 22
2.    Countries of origin of current international students:
·       China: 21
·       South Korea: 11
·       Japan: 2
·       Vietnam: 1
·       Thailand: 1

3.     Gender of current students
·       Male: 31
·       Female: 5

4.     Programs of study among currently enrolled students (Fall 2012)
·       Aviation Maintenance Technician
·       LPN
·       Interior Design
·       Computer Information Technology
·       General education classes (graduation requirement or prerequisite)

History of International Education at CPTC

I’ve discovered that CPTC has been serving international students from around the world since 1971, when CPTC was Clover Park Vocational Technical Institute! It could be earlier, but from the old student files that were transferred to the International Programs Office a couple of years ago, the oldest files in the box were dated 1971. That is nearly 40 years ago!

As far as I can tell from these files (and please know that this is not 100% accurate, but I think we still can get a good picture), CPTC had served approximately 425 international students from 63 different countries. If I include those students who applied but never attended, students from 76 different countries wanted to attend CPTC. To put this in perspective, the U.S. Dept. of State recognizes 195 independent countries around the world, so someone from one third of the entire world chose CPTC for their education in the past 40 years!
I’d like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank some of those CPTC staff that have served as international student advisors in the past:
·       Franclyn Heinecke
·       Hewa Schwan
·       Ron Wright
·       Laurie Clary
·       Linda Wight
·       Mary Mauermann
·       Ted F. Cooley

The added bonus from gathering all this information was that I could come across some of the OLD programs that CPTC had offered in the past. Some of them are….
·       Fashion Design & Sewing Specialist
·       Stenographer
·       Bartender
·       Library Technician
·       Hotel/Motel Operation Specialist
·       Industrial Sewing
·       Travel Consultant
·       Offset Reprographic/Printer
·       Portrait & Commercial Photographer
·       Technical Illustration
·       Marine Machinery

I’d also like to thank my work-study student Elaine Grande and the International Office staff Carmen Sterba for their help gathering the information! Thank you!

I’ll send out more e-mails throughout this week to celebrate international education, so stay tuned!

Yuko Chartraw
Program Specialist
International Education Programs

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Don't forget Vincent Who?

It’s almost here! Don’t forget Vincent Who? Tomorrow at noon in Bldg. 23!

Feel free to bring your lunch, we will have tables set up in the back for people to eat their lunch during the presentation. Also if you are a faculty person who is sending your students for credit but not able to attend yourself, please provide me with a roster or sign-in sheet so they can get proper credit for attending this educational opportunity!

Vincent Who? Why is he important?

In Detroit, Mich., in 1982, Vincent Chin was brutally murdered because of the shape of his eyes and the color of his skin. Still you say, Vincent who?

“Vincent Who?” Is a documentary of how his death raised questions about the prejudices in our judicial system, raising awareness of multicultural differences, stereotyping and changed U. S. History. Yet the common American does not know who Vincent Chin is. Meet the author and director Curtis Chin for a presentation of the Documentary “Vincent Who?” and a special Q&A session afterwards. Come November 15th at 12pm to find out! Help us spread the word to students & staff

Want another Hint?
His death and the trial of his murderers, sparked outrage across the U.S. and inspired a quiet, obedient Chinese housewife to become an outspoken, nationally acclaimed political activist who fought to bring together Asian Americans to be heard with one voice. Vincent Who?

Student Veterans invited to participate in free career skills session

Student Veterans are encouraged to participate in a free career skills training workshop being offered by the Veterans Center Staff on Nov. 16 from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Building 22, Room 121 at Clover Park Technical College's Lakewood, Wash., campus.

The workshop will feature coaching sessions on resume writing, dressing for success and interview techniques.

For more information, contact Glen Boje at (253) 589-5966.

CPTC will transition to Canvas online learning system

Angel will no longer be an option for online courses at the start of summer 2013 and all Clover Park Technical College classes taught web enhanced, online hybrid, or totally online will then be taught using Canvas. Approximately 31 classes taught by 12 instructors are on Canvas so far this fall. Feedback to the eLearning department has been positive from instructors and students. This quarter we have trained or are in the process of training an additional 28 to 30 faculty who will move all their courses onto Canvas for winter. We have a long way to go and Winter quarter is fast approaching so consider signing up early.

For Winter quarter 2013, we have five cohorts scheduled:
1. January 14, through February 6, 2013
2. January 28, through February 19, 2013
3. February 4, through February 25, 2013
4. February 19, through March 12, 2013
5. March 4, through March 25, 2013 Link to training: http://bit.ly/TQuv51

The will be an f2f hybrid cohort and an online cohort for each date range listed above.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

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 must monitor your wait list position daily 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 a.m. to 11 p.m., 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.

Winter  waiting lists will close on January 3, 2013 at 8 p.m.  Late enrollment into classes that have already started will be by instructor permission only. 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Winter Quarter Registration Dates to Remember!

Nov. 13 – 14, 2012      Web Registration for All Fall Students Continuing Into Winter

Nov. 15 – 16, 2012      Registration for All New Admitted and Re-entering Students with a Winter Target Start Date

Nov. 19, 2012               Open Registration

Nov. 29, 2012               Winter 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 winter quarter.  Please see your Instructor for registration materials.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

CPTC to host benefits fair for employees

For the first time, Clover Park Technical College employees are encouraged to participate in a benefits fair that will be held Friday, Nov.9 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Building 23, Room 301.

The fair will feature presenters who will discuss flexible spending accounts from 1-1:30 p.m. and then retirement options available to staff from 2 to 3 p.m.

In addition the following vendors will attend and provide information to staff:
ASI Flexible Spending

Delta Dental
Department of Retirement
Health Care Authority
ING Life Insurance
Group Health Medical
Liberty Mutual Insurance
Premera Blue Shield
Standard Life Insurance
Uniform Dental
Uniform Medical
Willamette Dental

Open enrollment at CPTC is available November 1 through 30.

CPTC students, staff, faculty honor Veterans

Command Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Herb Schmelling (L) and Staff Sgt. (Ret.) Daniel Hughes place a wreath in honor of Veterans Day at the Veteran's Memorial on the Lakewood Campus of Clover Park Technical College. Hughes is an instructor at CPTC and Schmelling was the guest of honor for the ceremony held Nov. 8.

A bugler plays taps during a wreath laying ceremony Nov. 8 in honor of Veterans Day at Clover Park Technical College's Lakewood, Wash., campus.

Students, staff and faculty thanked Command Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Herb Schmelling for his service and his speech during the Veterans Day Ceremony held Nov. 8 at Clover Park Technical College's Lakewood Campus.

Winter Fees 2013

Winter fees are due no later than Thursday, November 29, 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.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Achieve the Dream Scholarship contest available for CPTC students

For the past month, Achieving the Dream, Inc., in partnership with GOOD and GOOD Maker, have challenged community college students enrolled in Achieving the Dream Institutions nationwide to tell their stories, in three minutes or less, for the chance to win one of three scholarships - $1,500, $1,000 and $500 respectively. 

The video challenge asks students: “What is your dream job and how is your college helping you get there?”

The submission deadline is in one week at Noon PST, Tuesday, November 13, 2012.

If you are interested in participating in this scholarship opportunity, visit http://dreambig.maker.good.is/ to learn how to submit a video telling your story.

You are invited to a Veteran Recognition Ceremony

Monday, November 5, 2012

Winter Quarter Registration Dates to Remember

Nov. 13 – 14, 2012      Web Registration for All Fall Students Continuing Into Winter

Nov. 15 – 16, 2012      Registration for All New Admitted and Re-entering Students with a Winter Target Start Date

Nov. 19, 2012               Open Registration

Nov. 29, 2012               Winter 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 winter quarter.  Please see your Instructor for registration materials.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Have you ever wanted to build airplanes? Now is your chance!

The Aerospace Composite Technician Program is recruiting for their Winter 2013 class. This program prepares technicians with the entry level skills needed to fabricate, assemble and repair composite materials on aircraft.   The Aerospace Industry has expressed an ongoing need for people with these skills.  The knowledge and skills gained through this training can also transfer into other industries, such as automotive, marine, and sporting goods.  You’ll learn mathematics and physics as they relate to aviation, perform complex weight and balance calculations on aircraft, learn about advanced materials and processes used in construction of today’s modern aircraft as well as repair of  all composites.  This two-quarter class is held from 4:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Course Content                                   Class Eligibility

Composite Fabrication                          18 years old or older
Composite Assembly and Repair          High School Diploma or GED
Basic Mathematics, Basic Physics        Priority Rules Apply:
Special Projects                                    TAA-Eligible (Trade Adjustment Assistance)
Weight and Balance                              Veterans (Proof of Status = DD214)
Materials and Processes
Non-metallic Structures

Skill Sets Gained
Implement appropriate techniques to inspect composite structures
Apply appropriate repair techniques to damaged areas
Select appropriate composite materials and processes
Operate tools and equipment safely
Perform precision processes such as drilling, measuring
Attach fasteners and fittings to composites
Read and correctly interpret aircraft blueprints


This project is supported by the Employment & Training Administration of the US Department of Labor and facilitated through a partnership between the National STEM Consortium and Clover Park Technical College

For enrollment information, contact Tom Curran at CPTC by calling (253) 589-6095. Or visit him in Bldg. 19, Suite 102.

Space is Limited to 20 per class

Next Start Date: Jan 2, 2013     End Date: June 19, 2013

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Now recruiting for I-BEST Computer Assisted Design certificate program, beginning winter quarter, 2013.

I-BEST classes are certificate programs that combine Adult Basic Education and technical skills training, using a team teaching approach. Programs are two to three quarters in length, leading to high demand employment or transferring of credits to pathway certificate/degree programs.

Remember, I-BEST is a great fit if…

* The student is working on or has not attained a GED or High School diploma.
* The student has never been in a college environment.
* The student never felt like high school was the “right fit” for them.
* The student is ESL level 5 or higher.
* The student has a high school diploma or GED but feels they need a classroom with additional supports in place for their success.
* The student appreciates a team teaching approach that motivates them to do their best and opens doors to additional educational opportunities!

If you have interested students, please have them call I-BEST Program Specialist, Pat Lange at (253) 589-5524 or make an appointment in Building 37.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Tutoring sessions available for Canvas or Angel

Are you a student having trouble navigating your online classes hosted on Angel or Canvas? Any “how to” questions about necessary online tasks?

Be a successful online student! Make your appointment today.

Make an appointment for a full tutoring session by calling Philip at (253) 589-5693.

Tutoring times available:
Monday - Friday 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Building 15 Room 107 (elearning)

Walk-ins welcome on space available basis.

For password resets and any elearning related questions or help visit the eLearning staff during regular office hours.
Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Building 15 Room 107
(253) 589-4534 or (253) 589-5693

CPTC Participates in Make A Difference Day

A big “Thank You!” to everyone from CPTC who participated in the City of Lakewood’s 10thannual Make A Difference Day event on Saturday! Our volunteers donated food for Emergency Food Network and spent their Saturday morning to help with several projects around the community, including placing grave markers for Western State Hospital patients at the historic Ft. Steilacoom Cemetery and beautifying Tyee Park Elementary School. We even got to meet the Mayor of Lakewood! Make A Difference Day is a national day of service dedicated to neighbors helping neighbors. The Lakewood event was just one of many across the United States. We are proud of our student volunteers!

Our students have been plugging away this year on numerous service projects including:
· Cosmetology participating in “Think Pink” and “Fi(gh)t for the Cure” placing pink extensions in people’s hair for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
· Human Services, Cosmetology, & Dental Assisting volunteering at Project Homeless Connect
· Sustainable Building Science, Architectural Engineering Design, & Environmental Science building raised garden beds for the Green Apple Day of Service

Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to making the world a better place!
The Service-Learning Center at Clover Park Technical College can provide information and assistance getting started with Service-Learning. If you are interested in getting involved with Service-Learning projects like these, please contact Service-Learning Specialists Kay Porter or Lucy Pick at (253) 589-5790 or by stop by the Service-Learning Center in Building 10, room 102.


Clover Park Technical College community mourns the loss of a student

We learned yesterday of the passing of one of our students, Blossom Hennigan, who was enrolled in CPTC’s Medical Esthetics Program.
We are saddened by the loss and our hearts go out to her family and friends at this difficult time. Additionally, our staff has reached out to Blossom’s family to offer support. Instructional staff and students in the program have been provided with resources and support, and counselors are available to all faculty, staff, and students.

Our thoughts are with the Hennigan family during this time of sorrow.

John W. Walstrum, Ph.D.
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