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Thursday, March 21, 2013

SPSC Update: Vision and Mission are Ready!

After two rounds of feedback and revisions, the Steering committee unanimously decided to adopt the following Vision and Mission:

Vision Statement
Transforming lives, enriching communities, and enhancing futures by creating an environment of innovation, equity, and excellence through education.

Mission Statement
We are a values-driven institution that delivers quality education, training and support focused on student success in an evolving economy.

The committee would like your comments and feedback on the current draft of values. You can respond to them via this Survey Monkey link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DQXYYVG, the comment box on our website: www.cptc.edu/spsc, or by sharing your thoughts with your SPSC representative. 

The committee will reconvene April 1st to discuss values and strategic goals.

Debbie and Claire

Another Scholarship Opportunity!

Are you a Pierce County resident between the ages of 18 and 24?

Are you getting a GED, or attending Running Start, Fresh Start, and Apprenticeship program or not yet in a post-secondary program?

If you meet low-income requirements, are on public assistance or have exhausted your unemployment insurance benefits then there is a scholarship available for you through WorkForce Central.

Please email bkoenes@workforce-central.org or call 253-573-6822 for details on receiving up to $3,000 in help for tuition and supplies!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

WorkForce Central Offers CPTC Students Scholarships: First Come-First Served

Pierce County Residents over the age of 18 attending Clover Park Technical College can now apply for  funding of tuition, books, fees, supplies and limited living expenses up to $3,000 through WorkForce Central.

Applicants must be graduating in three quarters or less, meet federal low-income guidelines, and be studying for an in-demand career.

These funds are only available through June 30 and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

To apply or for more information, call Debra Gibson at 253-448-8287 or email dgibson@workforce-central.org.

CPTC Student Named to All-Washington Academic Team

When high school was moving too slowly for Liliya Shkarina, she looked for ways to increase the speed of her education and
move toward her goals. She’s thriving now as a Running Start student and accounting major working toward an associate’s degree at Clover Park Technical College. She’s active in the
National Honor Society and sings in the Slavic Christian Center choir, where she also teaches Sunday school.

Her cumulative grade point average, membership in Phi Theta Kappa, and community service have led to her being named a member of the 2013 All-Washington Academic Team. The team will be honored March 21 at a recognition ceremony held at South Puget Sound Community College.  During the ceremony the top scholars will be presented with medallions and have an opportunity to meet with Governor Jay Inslee.

Shkarina will also receive a $500 scholarship sponsored by KeyBank along with the opportunity for scholarships that every Washington state public and private four-year college
extended to team members.

Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society for two-year colleges, initiated an All-USA Academic Team to recognize two-year college students for scholastic achievement and community and college service. In 1994, state-level academic teams were introduced. Students nominated to the All-USA Academic Team are automatically named to their state team.

The All-Washington team was launched in 1996. This year all 34 community and technical colleges in Washington state were represented on the team.

For more information on the All-Washington program visit www.spscc.ctc.edu/allwa.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

CPTC Surgical Tech Program Wins Scrub Bowl

Clover Park Technical College's Surgical Tech Program took first place at the 7th annual Scrub Bowl—and they knocked off the six-time defending champion to do it.

Jordanna Caputo, Nicole Matchette and Sequoia Rehwinkel represented CPTC at the competition, held at the Washington Surgical Technology Conference in Spokane on March 16. Renton Technical College had won the competition every year since its inception, but this year CPTC's Jordanna Caputo outscored the competitors from the four other colleges to take home first place.

Next year's Scrub Bowl will be at CPTC in March 2014.

New Scholarship Available for 18-24 Year Olds

If you are 18 to 24 or know someone who is, this is for YOU!

Recent data shows that unemployment rates are highest for youth aged 18 to 24 years old.  For this group, unemployment rates fall between 17 and 29 percent.  The Cash to Careers program will address this problem.

Screening begins March 18 to assist youth between 18 and 24 years old living in Pierce County who want to get started on a path to gaining occupational skills to help them get and keep a livable wage job. 
Participants can receive up to $3,000 to help with tuition, supplies, books, fees and limited living expenses.

Participants should be doing one of the following:
  • Getting a GED
  • Participating in a Running or Fresh Start program
  • Participating in an apprenticeship program
  • Not yet in a post-secondary program
Certain income restrictions apply.  To qualify for funding participants must be one of the following:
  • Low income - at or above 175% of the poverty level
  • Currently receiving public assistance (or within the last 6 months)
  • Have exhausted their Unemployment Insurance benefits
Final eligibility will be determined by WorkForce Central staff, and documentation that the above criteria are met will be required.
To get started: Contact Brandon at bkoenes@workforce-central.org or 253.573.6822 if you have questions, or complete and return the application to Brandon by fax (253-830-5226) or by mail to his attention at WorkForce Central at 3650 S Cedar St, Tacoma, WA  98409.  Applications must be received by June 15, 2013.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Communication Studies Students Address Rotarians

Kevin Romero, Naoko Blanding, Dana Dickerson and Ashlyn Mellinger pose with Dave Reames, president of the Lakewood Rotary Club and Dr. John Walstrum, president of Clover Park Technical College at the Lakewood Rotary Club's March 15 meeting.

A group of Clover Park Technical College Communication Studies students addressed the Lakewood Rotary Club on March 15 at the Tacoma Golf and Country Club on American Lake. Kevin Romero, Naoko Blanding, Dana Dickerson and Ashlyn Mellinger were selected by their instructors to speak at the end of the quarter.

"This gives the students a chance to practice the skills they’ve acquired in the course with a new audience," said Dr. Phil Venditti, communication studies instructor.

The Lakewood Rotary Club has welcomed such groups of students for the past four winter quarters. The meeting was presided over by Dave Reames, president of the club.
The students delivered four short speeches on topics such as free speech, thoughts on firearms, a lasting legacy and a personal story of evolution as a graphic artist.

Need a Math Tutor? More Options Now Available!

Additional individual or group-based math tutoring sessions are now being offered by four student tutors under the guidance of Dan Hughes, Clover Park Technical College math instructor. These are separate from the CPTC Tutoring Center and vary by math level, topic and availability.

The free sessions are flexible and strongly encouraged.

Come and get your math on! For details on times, tutors and locations email martinez9601@student.cptc.edu.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Students: We Need Your Opinion!

Clover Park Technical College Students,
Would you like to win a $150 Amazon gift card? Clover Park Technical College invites you to participate in a survey about how you use the media and spend your time.  Your participation in the survey will help the college with our future marketing plans.

The college has hired Interact Communications to conduct the survey.  All responses are confidential.  Your name will not be connected with your answers and the college will not know if you participated in the survey.  (If you decide to enter the drawing for a $150 Amazon gift card you will be directed to a different web site to leave your personal information.)

To participate in the survey, go to: http://www.interactresearch.org/mp133/
Enter the following Password: college

Thank you for participating!

Last Day to Apply for Scholarship: March 21

A $2,000 scholarship opportunity is being offered for two students in the HVAC, Electronics, Construction, Automotive, Welding, Aviation Maintenance program and Sustainable Building Science. Application criteria is listed below and applications are due March 21.In addition to the scholarships, students will also receive a customized tool kit when they successfully graduate from the program.

As a military friendly school, we would like to encourage our Veterans in these qualifying programs to apply as there are additional funds specifically set aside for Veteran applicants, but any student who fits the below criteria and is enrolled in a qualifying degree programs can apply.

Hard copy applications can be picked up from Glenda in our Veteran’s Office in Bldg. 17 Room 270 or from Patrick in our Veteran’s Resource Center in Bldg. 22, Room 121. 

Completed applications are due by March 21 so apply early to avoid end of the quarter panic.

The Minimum requirements are;
· Must be a US citizen or legal resident
· Student must be enrolled full-time with 12 credits or more.
· Student must be entering their final year or graduating in 2014.
· Student must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
· Student must be enrolled in one of the following programs; HVAC, Electronics, Construction, Automotive, Welding, Aviation Maintenance and Sustainable Building.

*Please Note* Students do not have to be a Veteran to apply but Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply as there are additional funds earmarked especially for Veterans.

Application Criteria;
·  Completed Application Form
·  Letter of recommendation from Instructor, Advisor or Military Supervisor
·  List of clubs, activities, accomplishments, leadership  roles held & how long
·  Essay of 200-300 words
·  Copy of transcript showing GPA in application as proof of grades

Completed Applications must be turned in by March 21 to the Advising and Counseling Office in Bldg. 17. South Hill Campus students can drop off their applications with Marsha Tolson at the SHC front counter.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

SPSC Weekly Update: Revised Vision & Mission

We'd like to thank everyone who participated in the Strategic Planning Steering Committee survey for their valuable feedback and input. You can read the feedback report here. Last week we reviewed the feedback, and based upon the comments the committee made the following revisions to the proposed Vision and Mission:

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

New draft for Vision:
Transforming lives, enriching communities, and enhancing futures by creating an environment of innovation, equity, and excellence.

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

New draft for Mission: 
Clover Park Technical College delivers quality education, training, and support focused on student completion and success in an evolving global economy

The steering committee invites feedback through the comment box on the website and will plan on making a final recommendation at the Steering Committee meeting on March 18, 2:30-4:00 p.m. in Building 19, Room 124. This is an open meeting. The committee is now reviewing values and invites your comment on the values through Survey Monkey. You can read the Values Report here.

The SPSC is now reviewing values and invites you to comment on them through this survey.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Show Appreciation - Nominate Someone for the Student Awards Ceremony Today!

Do you remember that teacher who let you ask any question you wanted to ask in class? They believed there is no such thing as a dumb question. Now is the time to thank them.

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 the 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:
This award is given to an administrator, staff or faculty member for their dedication to student concerns and work on behalf of students.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.

Update on President Search

College Community,

At our meeting this Wednesday in the Rotunda, the Board of Trustees will again be working on our process for recruiting and selecting a new President.

At 3:15, we will be discussing:
  • How we will select the consultant to assist us, from among the vendors who responded to our Request for Proposals; 
  • The composition of the Search Advisory Committee, intended to represent various college constituencies; and 
  • The draft Position Description, which incorporates input I received at my meeting with staff on Feb. 26.
Then, at 5:15, we will have a roundtable discussion with various community leaders and stakeholders who we have invited to provide input and advice.

You are welcome to attend the meeting and watch as we address these items.

As always, you also are welcome to offer your thoughts by email to my attention, addressed to Jim Tuttle in HR.

Bruce Lachney
Chair, Clover Park Technical College Board of Trustees

Friday, March 8, 2013

Need Money For School? WRT 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.

CPTC Instructor Featured at South Sound Technology Conference

Jody Randall, an instructor in the computer network and information systems security program at Clover Park Technical College, will be a speaker today at the 13th annual South Sound Technology Conference.

The event is touted as the premiere technology gathering for Tacoma and the South Puget Sound region. It will be held in Phillip Hall at the University of Washington Tacoma Campus.

Randall will be participate in a breakout session titled “Building a Cybersecurity Workforce.”

Additional breakout sessions and panels will cover topics ranging from technology in healthcare, the building of a big data research center, securing big data, and hiring for a future cybersecurity-educated workforce. The morning featured panel, led by Ankur Teredasai, the director of the Center for Web and Data Science at the Institute of Technology, will put specific focus on Big Data.
In a unique turn, one afternoon breakout will be an unstructured meet-up of people interested in building more opportunities for budding entrepreneurs to start and support their business ideas in the South Puget Sound.

The South Sound Technology Conference provides a forum that increases the awareness of technology’s impact on our personal and professional lives, and the role it can play in the development of our South Sound economy through technology. More than 250 civic and industry leaders, government representatives, university faculty and students will come together to hear about solving problems with technology solutions, building a technology company, and network with others in the industry.

Speakers will include business people, research scientists, government officials and students. Those persons confirmed for the event include Dr. Les Reed, VP of Quality at Multicare, Jason Aston and Erik Stockwell, from growing Tacoma technology companies Internet Identity and Optic Fusion respectively, and educators Dr. Bryan Goda and Jody Randall among others.

The yearly event is made possible by the hard work of many volunteers, the generosity of corporate and community sponsorship such as the Economic Development Board of Pierce County, Workforce Central, Optic Fusion, Internet Identity, Pierce County IT, the City of Tacoma, the UW Tacoma Institute of Technology, and the support of honorary co-chairs Congressmen Adam Smith and Derek Kilmer. 

For more information, contact conference chair Andrew Fry at andfry@u.washington.edu or 253-692-4583.

Mobile Veterans Counseling Center Visits South Hill Campus

The  Mobile Veterans Counseling Center will be on the South Hill campus on Wed., March 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will be here to assist Veterans in a variety of different ways.

•  Individual and group counseling for Veterans and their families
•  Family counseling for military related issues
•  Bereavement counseling for families who experience an active duty death
•  Military sexual trauma counseling and referral
•  Outreach and education including Post-Deployment Health Reassessment Program, community events, etc.
•  Substance abuse assessment and referral
•  Employment assessment and referral
•  Veterans Benefits Administration explanation and referral
•  Screening and referral for medical issues including traumatic brain injury, depression, etc.

Please contact your Veteran Navigator, Patrick Yelladay, at 253-589-5966 for more information.

Clover Park Technical College Instructor Named FAA Flight Instructor of the Year

For more than 30 years, Bill Coyner has taught pilots the art and skill required to slip the surly bonds of earth. He has taught them to manage risk, maneuver weather and land safely. In his 10,000 hours of flight he has never had a single accident. Coyner’s formidable skills are now known regionally after he was named the 2012 Flight Instructor of the Year.

The Northwest Mountain Regional FAA recognized Coyner after the staff at Seattle’s Flight Standards District Office nominated him.

“It’s an award given to honor people who are dedicated to aviation safety and education. It’s a real honor for me to receive this,” said Coyner, the chief flight instructor at Clover Park Technical College.

Coyner wanted to learn to fly since he was a boy. He earned his pilot’s license after training at CPTC in the 1970s, and after graduation he worked at CPTC for several years as a flight instructor. He ventured out to fly for a regional airline for a period of time, but a call from the school’s retiring chief flight instructor piqued his interest and brought him back to the college.

“I came back to the college intending to be here for about a year and then return to the airlines,” said Coyner. “And that was 22 years ago and I’m still here.”

According to Coyner, he stayed at CPTC both because he loves to teach people to fly and he’s committed to the college’s mission.

“I fully agree with the mission of the college and what we do. It’s a team effort. We’ve always had wonderful maintenance and that’s what keeps me here,” said Coyner.

Although not sure of how many pilots he’s trained, Coyner has reached a significant endorsement on his flight instruction license. He is a FAA-master flight instructor. To earn this gold seal, he held a commercial pilot certificate with an instrument rating; a ground-instructor certificate with an advanced or instrument ground-instructor rating; and in a 24-month period he trained and recommended at least 10 applicants for a practical test, at least eight of whom passed on the first attempt.

“It’s a very rewarding profession. Every year there are half a dozen students who come back to see me from the commercial flying industry, corporate flying, and some of them are now captains in the airlines,” said Coyner.

The pilot’s program at CPTC offers students the chance to earn an associate’s degree in professional piloting. In addition, students can focus on private, commercial or instrument pilot certificates and earn a flight instructor certificate.
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