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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Heat Precautions

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat advisory for the area through July 1. As a precaution we would like to share some tips. Please take a few moments to review these to ensure we are all prepared for a potential excessive heat issue.
The WA State Department of Health has a list of precautions and techniques to assist with managing excessive heat at: http://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/Pubs/821-040_HotWeather_LT.pdf. Please visit the link for a list of tips on being prepared for high temperatures.
These tips include:
* Drink lots of water and avoid beverages with lots of alcohol, caffeine and sugar.
* Stay indoors, if possible, and plan strenuous outdoor activity early or late in the day.
Additionally, the National Weather Service has provided additional safety measures at: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/sew/HeatSeattleAreaFactSheet.pdf.
A sample of the tips provided include:
* Dress in lightweight, light-colored clothing.
* Slow down. Avoid, reduce or reschedule strenuous activities to a cooler period of the day.
Please be careful as temperatures reach unusual levels this week.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Health Sciences Class Location Changes

Due to a series of product and construction delays, we were notified Wednesday that we would need to delay the move in to our new Health Sciences Facility.  This does not delay the start to the quarter. Classes will continue as scheduled, but a contingency plan is now in place for those programs that were moving into the new building. All other classes are unaffected. I realize this is a disappointment, but please know that we are hopeful the delays will be resolved quickly.

Students who are scheduled to start classes in the Nursing Assistant, LPN, RN, Medical Assistant, Hemodialysis, Pharmacy Technician, Surgical Technologist, Medical Laboratory Technician or Health Unit Coordinator programs will report to the same program area as last quarter.  Detailed class location information for these programs and the Core Allied Health Classes (Medical Terminology, Introduction to Health Professions, and Computer Applications) are available here: Health Sciences Changes.

Ask Me Booths will have this information at their stations for the first day of classes and additional staff members will be available to assist with way finding.

If you have any questions, returning students should first check announcements on Canvas. Please contact your Faculty member through the email address included on the linked document (Health Sciences Changes) with any additional questions regarding classes.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Graduation Video Available for Viewing

Did you miss graduation? No problem, the video is now available to watch online and on Clover Park Technical College's television channel.

To watch the video online visit: http://www.cptc.edu/grad.

To watch the video on TV, watch Comcast Cable Channel 26 at 10 a.m. and again at 6 p.m. from June 24 through July 15.

Graduates who ordered copies of the final video should expect to receive them in the mail in the next three weeks.

Friday, June 21, 2013

CPTC Students Practice Public Speaking Skills

CPTC student Allison Clark speaking on June 18

Five Clover Park Technical College students practiced their public-speaking skills by giving speeches to faculty and peers in the McGavick Center on June 18.

Allison Clark spoke about the idea of creating something positive after a negative experience. Clark spoke about her son’s experience with drunk driving and his later suicide to encourage others to think about taking alternative positive actions when bad things happen. She also encouraged the audience to consider the individual background of each person they meet.

“It is easy to judge others,” Clark said. “Would it be so easy to judge them if we knew their story?”

Rachel O’ Leary gave an instructional speech and taught the audience how to weave cord for jewelry making. At the end of her speech, she gave finished pieces to people in the audience.

Larry Warren spoke about his part in building the Zero Energy House as a student in the sustainable building science program.

“I think everyone should have the right to own their own energy,” Warren said.

Steve Williams shared his experiences as a single father to a child with fetal alcohol syndrome. As a way to find answers and support, Williams started the organization Dads MOVE with a few of his friends. Williams worked to raise the age of consent for treatment related to a disability – it was age 13 and is now 16. Williams said he felt that kind of decision was too difficult for a young child with disabilities.

Nate Oelrich, ASG Vice President of Student activities, gave the introduction to the speech he wrote for CPTC’s graduation.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Student Spotlight: Renee April

After Renee April receives her diploma for a human services AAT degree from Clover Park Technical College on June 19, she hopes to work with at-risk youth.

April said she wants to “show them there are people who really do care.”

April plans to pursue a career working for the state as a chemical dependency specialist after earning a bachelor’s degree at The Evergreen State College.

April earned her GED after she dropped out of high school. She then worked warehouse jobs until deciding to go back to school and pursue higher education.

The human services program stood out to April because of her background and memories of her childhood in Chicago. As the youngest of 10 children, the time April spent with others involved in gang violence and drugs went unnoticed by her mother.

April entered rehab when she was young and met a counselor who inspired her to think about a career working with at-risk youth.

“She really made a difference,” April said.

April began taking classes at CPTC about a year and a half ago, taking basic-education classes her first quarter of college.

“I felt a connection with the instructors,” April said. “They cared about my education.”

April decided to stay at CPTC and work toward a degree in human services and a Chemical Dependency Specialist Certificate.  

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Now Recruiting for I-BEST Nursing Assistant-Certified and Computer-Assisted Design

I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education & Skills Training) are certificate programs that combine Adult Basic Education and technical skills training using a team-teaching approach. Programs are 2-3 quarters in length and start September 23, 2013.

I-BEST may be a great fit if any of these circumstances apply:
  • You're working on or have not attained a GED or High School Diploma.
  • You have never been in a college environment.
  • You've never felt like high school was the right fit. 
  • You are ESL level 6 or higher.
  • You have a high school diploma or GED but feel you need a classroom with additional support.
  • You appreciate a team-teaching approach that motivates you to do your 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.

Special Hours During Quarter Break

During the between-quarters break from June 20 to July 1 many CPTC services and facilities will have adjusted hours. A list is below:

All Campus
Closed June 25 for planned power outage

Library and Computer Lab
Closed June 20-30. On Wednesday, June 19, the hours will be 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cascade Cafe
Closed June 20-30

eLearning Office
Closed June 17-21

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Veterans to Receive Honor Cords at Graduation

Veterans walking in Clover Park Technical College’s graduation on June 19 will receive veteran honor chords honoring their service and dedication to higher education. CPTC is the fourth school in Washington to recognize veteran students at graduation.

Veteran honor chords will be given out at the same time as other honor chords before graduation.

“It was a totally student-driven initiative,” said Hope Stout, access services and veterans resource center coordinator at CPTC.

Randolph Holt, a computer networking and information systems security student, and Jonathan Wagner, a chemical dependency specialist student, were at the forefront of the effort to include veteran honor chords in graduation ceremonies.

Holt is the president of the CPTC Veteran Students Association. Wagner is also a member and has been involved since the fall.

“We’ve been through it and we want to help others get through it better than we did,” Holt said.

Holt and Wagner both said it is a priority for the Veteran Students Association to raise awareness about the veteran population on campus.

“They sacrificed and served our country,” Wagner said. “Why not offer this token of appreciation?”

Holt and Wagner said members of the Veterans Association also want to increase support for veterans.

“They’re walking into a community that doesn’t necessarily understand their experiences,” Stout said. “We want to make sure they understand they’re not alone.”

Evergreen State College and Eastern Washington University recognize veteran students with honor chords. The University of Washington Tacoma will include the chords in their ceremony for the first time this year. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Worker Retraining Funds Available

Worker Retraining Services is a state-supported grant that provides assistance for tuition, fees and textbook costs for in-demand training programs.

Eligibility for Working Retraining Services
  •        Honorable discharge from the armed services
  •        Loss of income during self-employment due to economic conditions
  •        Displacement by divorce, legal separation or death of a spouse in the past two years
  •        Exhaustion of Unemployment Insurance in the past two years

If you have previously received support from Worker Retraining Services, you may be eligible for funding on a case-by-case basis.

Applications can be found at the Ask Me Center or the counseling and advising office in Building 17.

Email work.retraining@cptc.edu for more information. 

Current Version of GED Test to Expire at End of 2013

The current version of the GED test, known as the 2002 Series GED test, will expire at the end of 2013 and be replaced with the new 2014 GED test on January 2, 2014.

Those who have started the 2002 Series GED test, but not passed all five parts or need more points, have until the end of 2013 to earn their certificate or they will need to start over again in 2014 with the new GED test in order to receive their high school credential.

“The GED test opens doors to college, better jobs, the respect adults deserve, and the satisfaction of earning a high school credential,” said Kathi Medcalf, director of basic skills at Clover Park Technical College. “We want to be sure that everyone is aware of this deadline. GED test-takers must act now to finish and pass before the current test expires.”

“Support is available, right here at CPTC,” said Veronica Duron, adult basic education administrative assistant. “Through a series of practice sessions we will help students analyze where they are currently so they can plan to finish. We can help adult learners get prepared to take the parts of the GED test they still need to pass. We want them to succeed!”

CPTC will hold free practice sessions for those interested in taking the GED test on June 7, 14, and 21 at both 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. They will also hold a session June 15 at 9 a.m. All the sessions will take place on the Lakewood Campus of CPTC in Building 37, Room 61. To sign-up to attend call 253-589-6045.

CPTC will have staff available to provide students with an overview of GED testing, assist them with scheduling future tests, and support them through completion.

A few important tips you should know about testing at CPTC before the end of 2013:
- Registration deadline for repeat GED test-takers is Dec. 2.
- Registration deadline for new GED test-takers is Nov. 18.

The last day to take the current version of the writing portion of the GED test at CPTC is Dec. 2. The last day to take the current version of the math, reading, science and social studies portions of the GED at CPTC is Dec. 23.

The GED test consists of a reading, writing, science, socials studies and math portion that are taken separately. Each test takes between one to two hours to complete on average. GED testing is administered several times a month in both written and computer formats.

Accommodated testing is available if necessary. Please contact Jean Carmack at 253-589-6045 for accommodation requests.

“A high school credential opens more doors to a better job, college and a world of opportunities,” said Dr. John Walstrum, president of CPTC. “We want to ensure students have the chance to complete what they started and our goal is to do that by providing extra support to them as they finish prior to the test change.”

For more information on the GED test process at CPTC visit www.cptc.edu/GED or call 253-589-6045.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Car Smash on June 13

If you've ever wanted to destroy a car with a sledgehammer, this is your chance. Join us on June 13 at 11:30 a.m. in front of Building 22 if you want to release some stress and demolish some cars. (You'll have to sign a waiver first.)

Thursday, June 6, 2013

CPTC Hosts Medical Lab Technician Exchange Program

Students from Osaka Jikei College in Japan visited the Clover Park Technical College Lakewood campus from May 28-30 as part of the medical lab technician exchange program.

The exchange program began in 2005 when the international coordinator at Osaka Jikei College reached out to CPTC when looking for new partnerships.

“This is a great opportunity for our students as well,” said Yuko Chartraw, CPTC International Education Program Specialist.

In addition to touring the medical lab technician program, this year the exchange students also toured the histology program.

At first the students wondered if they were going to be able to communicate very well because of the language barrier, Chartraw said.

They learned, however, that “they can communicate with signs and gestures” when a translator is not there, Chartraw said.

When working with histology faculty and students, the exchange students enjoyed viewing the dissections of a cow’s bladder and a human placenta, among other demonstrations

Touching the sample of the brain was the highlight of the program for Osaka Jikei College student Miori Ikeda.

 “They don’t do as much of the hands-on part as we do,” Chartraw said.  

Faculty from the medical lab technician and histology programs significantly contributed to the exchange program, Chartraw said.

“I really appreciate their support to make this program successful,” Chartraw said.

Osaka Jikei College student Takumi Kawaguchi said he could recognize how serious CPTC was about academics.

“That encourages me to do the same back in Japan,” Kawaguchi said.

On the second day of the program the students visited St. Joseph Hospital, where they toured the medical lab and the diagnostic-image department. They also visited the UW Medicine Regional Burn Center at Harborview.

CPTC hosted a cultural exchange for Osaka Jikei College students as well as CPTC students. Students from the histology program and the international club attended.

“We try to include as many students as possible,” Chartraw said.

Daniel Dino-Slofer, a member of the international club and a CPTC photography student, said this year’s cultural exchange was livelier with more activities. This year’s theme was “Fiesta Time!”

“The piñata was very fun,” said Osaka Jikei College student Ayano Fukunaga.

CPTC awarded each exchange student with a certificate of completion at the end of the cultural exchange.

“My favorite part is watching the two cultures collide into one fun event,” Dino-Slofer said.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

CPTC Students Hold First Awards Ceremony

The Associated Student Government at Clover Park Technical College hosted the first Student Awards Ceremony on the Lakewood Campus of CPTC in the McGavick Conference Center June 5.

The event recognized students and faculty for academic achievement and commitment to student success.

Nominations for the awards were submitted by students, staff and faculty. Winners were selected in various categories at the student, faculty and College Cabinet level.

Outstanding Student Organization:

Recipient: Engineering Club

Faculty of the Year:
This award is given to a faculty member for excellence in instruction and is nominated by students.
Recipient: Kelly Hacker, Faculty Human Services

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.
Recipient: Dr. John Walstrum, President, CPTC

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.
Recipient: Travis Cohen-Lucy, Cosmetology Student, ASG Vice President of Student Council

Faculty-nominated award for academic excellence were given to one student in each division for outstanding scholarship.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Transportation
Recipient: Baron Johnston, Architectural Engineering Design Student

Health Sciences and Human Services
Recipient: Amber Taylor, Human Services Student 

Business, Hospitality, Education, and Trades
Recipient: Jeanna Rasmusson, Esthetics Student

Workforce and Economic Development
Recipient: David Jackson, Adult Basic Education Student


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.
Recipient: Kailene Sparrs, Environmental Sciences Student, ASG 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.

Recipient: Jada Block, Pharmacy Technician Student

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 are eligible. This award is selected by the college President.
Recipient: Anna Marie Grantham, Early Childhood Education, Student

Pierce Transit Changes in Schedule Could Affect Commutes

Effective June 9, Pierce Transit bus service and shuttle service for people with disabilities will have several changes made to current schedules that may affect students, staff and faculty at Clover Park Technical College. 

Beginning June 9, a number of routes will begin later in the morning and end earlier in the evening. In addition, during weekday peak hours, some routes may have fewer trips. This service change impacts a number of routes on all days of service, so it is important for riders to check individual route schedules for exact times.

Detailed route-by-route information about the June 9 and September 29 service changes is now available on the Pierce Transit’s website at www.piercetransit.org or by calling Customer Service at 253-581-8000. The Pierce Transit route and “The Bus Stops Here” schedule book and Rider Alerts are available on-board buses, at Bus Shops, and at the regular distributions sites.

Staff, faculty and students who utilize Pierce Transit are encouraged to review the detailed changes to plan for the change in service.

Phi Theta Kappa Makes Care Kits for Troops

Members of CPTC’s chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society worked with members of Bates Technical College’s chapter to make seven care kits for troops overseas.  They packaged boxes to be sent to First Sgt. Larry Ockletree Jr. to distribute to his troops in the 82nd Airborne Special Forces. The care kits included movies, books, games, toiletries and other gifts. The service project also served as leadership training for the PTK members. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Workforce Central Scholarship

Do you need help with school costs? Are you...
  • A Pierce County resident
  • At least 18 years old
  • Attending Clover Park Technical College
  • Graduating in three quarters or less
  • Qualified for federal low-income guidelines
  • And studying for an in-demand career?
If so, you might qualify for the WorkForce Central scholarship. It can provide tuition, books, fees, supplies and limited living expenses. Funding is up to $3,000 a person, depending on need. If you think you might qualify, contact Debra Gibson at 253-448-8287 or dgibson@workforce-central.org

Monday, June 3, 2013

Spring Fest on June 6

This is it--the event you have all been waiting for! Festivities will be hard to miss and include various carnival-style games sponsored by CPTC Clubs and Organizations. There will be something for everyone at the Spring Fest: a live band, magician, petting zoo and reptile guy, and a dunk tank is on order as well. Food is free with participation, so come on by and join the fun. For more info contact Mike Murphy or Kevin Duval at 253-589-5740 or drop by the Student Leadership and Service Center.
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