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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Strategic Plan Update




In an effort to both engage the College community and to ensure we are all aware of our ongoing strategic planning process, this is the first of weekly updates Claire and I will provide on the progress of our strategic planning process.

Since the kick-off Jan. 14, a strategic planning steering committee (SPSC) has been formed and is actively working on a new vision, mission, values, strategic goals and objectives based upon input received from the workshop, select campus and community interviews, existing data and input from the consultants.

Our end-goal is to have a five-year strategic plan to present to the Board of Trustees in May.

The SPSC was established to represent the campus community as a whole. The members are representatives from each of our campus divisions and a student representative is included in the group. The hope is that every member of our campus will feel comfortable asking questions and providing feedback through their division’s representative. However, you may also submit constructive comments or concerns to the SPSC Co-Chairs via their email addresses provided below.

Here are the SPSC Representatives:

Co-Chairs: Debbie Ranniger (debbie.ranniger@cptc.edu)
Claire Korschinowski (Claire.korschinowski@cptc.edu)

Erina McGann - Secretary
Lori Banaszak
Linda Schoonmaker
Andy Bird
Mabel Edmonds
Teresa Greene
Michael Taylor
Loren Davis
Jonathan Wagner
Wendy Joseph
Taylor McGovern
Denise Klug
Joyce Loveday
Roger Nix
Tracy Rose Pennisi
Chris Ridler
Stephen Rousseau
Teresa Scotland
Kathryn Smith
Tony Endresen
Travis Cohen-Lucy

In the last two weeks the SPSC made great progress in refining a mission and vision. To that end, the SPSC has reached preliminary consensus on draft vision and mission statements:

Vision
Enhancing lives, building futures: leading through excellence to empower individuals for success in the community and global economy.

Mission
CPTC delivers quality education, career training and support for success in an evolving global economy.

All members of the SPSC have been tasked with engaging their colleagues to hear more about how the College stakeholders perceive our initial drafts. They will return to our next meeting with constructive inputs from the College community.

In addition to SPSC members gathering comments, we’d like to offer the opportunity to share feedback through this survey link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RB7DN67.  The short survey is designed for you to submit anonymous comments directly relating to the mission and vision statement. Please consider providing your feedback through one of the available methods. Your input is needed to ensure we develop a comprehensive plan that will steer the future of the College.

Finally, we want you to know that members of the College community are welcome to attend the steering committee meetings. Our next meeting is March 4, at 2:30 p.m. in Bldg. 19, Rm. 124.

We’d like to thank the SPSC for their continued work on this very important project. We look forward to hearing the College’s feedback and developing the final product.

Debbie Ranniger and Claire Korschinowski

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Because She's An Outstanding Student and Parent...




The Office of Student Programs and the Associated Students of Clover Park Technical College want to know who you think is an outstanding student leader, teacher and staff advocate. Join them in recognizing the stars at CPTC at first annual Student Awards Ceremony.

Nominations are now being accepted online at: https://sites.google.com/site/cptcstudentawardsceremony/.

Nominations must be submitted no later than Mar. 21, at 5 p.m. in order to be considered.

The awards ceremony will have three categories: student-nominated, faculty-nominated, and cabinet-selected.

Student-nominated awards are:
STUDENT ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR:
This award is given to an administrator, staff or faculty member for their dedication to student concerns and work on behalf of students.
OUTSTANDING STUDENT LEADER:
This award is given to the student leader who has made outstanding contributions to their organization and has demonstrated excellence in areas of leadership, volunteered his/her services for the college community and is respected amongst fellow students.
ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR:
This award is given to the student organization that provides outstanding experiences for club members, and makes a significant effort to enrich the experiences of students outside of the organizations membership.
FACULTY MEMBER OF THE YEAR:
This award is given to a faculty member for excellence in instruction and is nominated by students.

The faculty-nominated award is the academic excellence award, which will be given to one student within each of the College’s four academic division for outstanding scholarship.

The cabinet-selected awards are selected by College Cabinet Members from the pool of nominees for all awards. The awards are:
PRESIDENTIAL AWARD:
This award is for all around excellence. Students who have demonstrated academic excellence as well as a high level of campus and/or community engagement and leadership. This award is selected by the college President.
VICE PRESIDENT'S AWARD FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE:
This award is for the student who has demonstrated outstanding scholarship within their technical program or general education course. This award is selected by the Vice President of Instruction.
VICE PRESIDENT'S AWARD FOR LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE:
This award is for the student who has made outstanding contributions to their organization or the college community and has demonstrated excellence in the area of leadership and service.

The Awards Ceremony will take place June 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College’s Lakewood Campus.

For more information, please contact Claire Korschinowski at claire.korschinowski@cptc.edu, or by phone at (253) 589-5644.



Presidential Search Update: Reminder - Meeting Today at 11:30 RE: Position Description for New President

Campus Community,

You are invited to participate in a “brainstorming” meeting with me to provide input for the Board of Trustees as we finalize the Position Description for the new President. This will focus on defining the “Essential Functions” of the position. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 11:30 in Bldg. 19 Room 124.

This invitation is part of our ongoing effort to give you opportunities to participate in the process for recruiting a new College President, and keep you informed about this process.

Again, if you cannot attend you may instead provide any comments before that meeting by replying to this email, to my attention.

Bruce Lachney
Chair, Board of Trustees
Clover Park Technical College

Monday, February 25, 2013

Worker Retraining Funds Available


New and Continuing Students…

Don’t forget about applying for Worker Retraining Funding!

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.

Friday, February 22, 2013

How the College Communicates


Campus Community, 
While it is an important aspect of my job to communicate externally to stakeholders in our community, it is an equally important part to ensure our faculty, staff and students are up to date as well. To that end, I wanted to share with you the tools we use to communicate official messages.

The College Relations Office manages our website, Facebook and Twitter feeds 7 days a week. In an effort to reach as many people as possible, we post important announcements and updates to both our blog and social media sites.

If you do not already subscribe to our blog posts please do so by visiting cptcinthespotlight.blogspot.com. On the right hand side there is an option to subscribe via email (digested daily) or the RSS feed of your choice. We use the blog to post official  information of interest to the campus community as a whole. We also encourage input to the blog. If you have a message you would like posted please send me a request with a short suggested posting. We have more than 8,000 page views on our blog a month. It's a great tool to get the word out about important initiatives. Using the blog also allows us to avoid email clutter.

Our College can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CloverParkTech and I encourage you to "like" our page. In addition, we have a Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/CloverParkTech. Feel free to follow us and join the Twittersation. We often promote both official College and ASG events
via our social media sites in addition to gentle reminders about some of our upcoming dates and deadlines for student services. If you have an upcoming event please email me. We can set up social media posts to remind and encourage participation.

We also have a College calendar on our website. This Google-based calendar is for posting campus events of general interest and your events are welcome. This calendar populates the upcoming events section of our webpage. If you have an event you are interested in posting please email Rory Douglas.

As with anything in life, these tools are not perfect, but I look forward to developing them across the campus and welcome your feedback. Communication is a two-way street and I'd like to know more about how you receive our messaging and how we can continue to provide you with the information you need to be an ambassador for the College.

Thank you for your time,
Tawny M. Dotson, MA, APR 
Director of College Relations
Tawny.dotson@cptc.edulwww.cptc.edu
Excellence. Experience. Employment. Redefine Education at Clover Park Technical College.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Board of Trustees Seeks Campus Input on Presidential Position Description



College Community, 

You are invited to participate in a “brainstorming” meeting with me to provide input for the Board of Trustees as we finalize the  Position Description for the new President. This will focus on defining the “Essential Functions” of the position. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 11:30 a.m. in Bldg. 19, Room 124.

This invitation is part of our ongoing effort to give you opportunities to participate in the process for recruiting a new College President, and keep you informed about this process.

Again, if you cannot attend you may instead provide any comments before that meeting by emailing jim.tuttle@cptc.edu and including my name in the subject line.

Bruce Lachney
Chair, Board of Trustees

PTK to Hold Induction Ceremony


On Feb. 28 at 5 p.m., the Beta Omicron Gamma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Clover Park Technical College will hold its induction ceremony for new members. The ceremony, open to the public, will take place on the Lakewood Campus in Bldg. 3’s Rotunda.

The Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society was established to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. Members are enrolled at accredited colleges, in more than 12 hours of coursework, have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and receive an invitation to membership from their college’s chapter.

Clover Park Technical College is the host to the Beta Omicron Gamma chapter of PTK. Members are invited year round but induction ceremonies are held in the Winter and Summer Quarters.

To apply for membership, CPTC students need to complete an application, pay a one-time fee of $70 and provide an unofficial transcript to the chapter’s advisor, Kathleen Hathaway.

PTK boasts more than 1,200 chapters on two-year colleges around the world. The organization is focused on four hallmarks: scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship.

In addition to recognizing academic achievement, the chapter provides opportunities for individual growth through additional programming.

For more information on Phi Theta Kappa at CPTC, contact Hathaway at Kathleen.hathaway@cptc.edu or visit their website for more information at ptkcptc.com.

Presidential Search Update: Invitation to Meeting about Position Description for New President

Campus Community,
You are invited to participate in a “brainstorming” meeting with me to provide input for the Board of Trustees as we finalize the Position Description for the new President. This will focus on defining the “Essential Functions” of the position. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 11:30 in Bldg. 19 Room 124. 

This invitation is part of our ongoing effort to give you opportunities to participate in the process for recruiting a new College President, and keep you informed about this process.

Again, if you cannot attend you may instead provide any comments before that meeting by replying to this email, to my attention.

Bruce Lachney
Chair, Board of Trustees
Clover Park Technical College

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Now Enrolling: English 82/College 101 Pilot Project


Clover Park Technical College is launching a new section of its English 82 and College 101 Pilot project in the Spring 2013 quarter. 

This 7 credit class meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10-10:50 a.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from  10:00 – 11:50 a.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 register now for Item number 5W53. For more information or questions, call (253) 589-5548, or email advising@cptc.edu.

Friday, February 15, 2013

NACE Donates $1,000 to CPTC Culinary Arts

From the left, Susan Aaron, past chapter past president; Amber Blankenship, chapter president; Debbie Ranniger, executive director of Research, Planning and Resource Development, Clover Park Technical College.


The National Association for Catering and Events – South Puget Sound / Tacoma Chapter donated $1,000 to the Clover Park Technical College Foundation for the Culinary Arts program.

Amber Blankenship, president of Tacoma / South Puget Sound Chapter of NACE presented the award to Executive Director of Research, Planning and Resource Development, Debbie Ranniger from the Clover Park Technical College Foundation. Ranniger accepted the award on behalf of the Foundation on Feb. 7 at the McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College during the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce Chili Cook-Off.
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