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Friday, August 30, 2013

CPTC Receives National Recognition for Surgical Tech Examination

Clover Park Technical College has received the annual merit award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting for achieving at least a 90% pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist examination for the cycle of August 1, 2012 through July 31, 2013. Graduates obtaining national certification as a CST demonstrate by examination understanding of the basic competencies for safe patient care on the operating room. The CST is widely recognized in the health care community as the foremost credential for surgical technologists in the nation. The CST is required for employment within many local, state and national health care organizations.

The Surgical Technology Program at CPTC is taught by Kezia Clark and Ronda Armstrong. The 130-credit program prepares students to work on a surgical team, including surgeons and registered nurses, within the operating room.

According to Ron Kruzel, CEO of NBSTSA, the organization has a 40-year history in CST examination development. The CST examination is the only fully accredited examination by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies for surgical technologists in the nation. NCCA accreditation assures that the CST examination meets stringent standards of professional pride, the desire to be recognized for mastery of surgical competencies, and an on going commitment to quality patient care.

To learn more about Surgical Technology at CPTC visit www.cptc.edu/surgtech.

CPTC's Licensed Practical Nursing Program Celebrates Completion

Ashley Callanan delivers the student keynote speech during the Licensed Practical Nursing Program pinning ceremony held Aug. 29 at the McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College. Callanan was the elected student speaker at the event.
Student success is measured in many ways. For some Licensed Practical Nursing Program students at Clover Park Technical College, success is measured by a pin.

More than 40 students celebrated completion of the LPN Program at CPTC Aug. 29 in a pinning ceremony punctuated by student and faculty speeches, a candle lighting ceremony, and the bestowing of the coveted pin marking their entrance into the nursing career field.

The ceremony, held at the McGavick Conference Center at CPTC, was attended by more than 200 family members, friends, staff and faculty.

Ashley Callanan was elected student speaker for the event and highlighted the many quizzes, tests and clinical hours necessary to complete the program.

"At the start of this program I'd imagine not one of us students could imagine what was in store. I'd also imagine not one of us knew we would actually get here. Although after enduring 72 quizzes, 18 mid-terms and 18 hours of David's [Barthe, LPN Tenure-Track Faculty] Tegrity videos, we finally made it through this together as a class," said Callanan.

The LPN Program at CPTC is one year long and prepares students for entry into the nursing profession as a practical nurse. Students must have previously completed a certified nursing assistant program, passed the NA-C licensing exam and maintained their license without restriction during their studies. Students complete 74 nursing course credits and 24 general education credits to graduate successfully.

To learn more about CPTC's LPN Program visit www.cptc.edu/lpn.

Special Hours During Break

During the break before fall quarter many buildings and offices on campus will have special hours. Check the list below for details.

Library and Computer Lab
Closed Aug. 31-Sept. 22

Cascade Cafe
Closed noon on Aug. 30-Sept. 22

Bon Sucre
Closed through Sept. 22





Thursday, August 29, 2013

Thank You Dr. Walstrum


Published by: Ben Sclair, Suburban Times (bit.ly/18ntngC)

Thank you Dr. Walstrum.

That simple sentiment was relayed time and again at Clover Park Technical College’s McGavick Student Center on Wednesday, August 28, at the occasion of Dr. Walstrum’s retirement and farewell reception. After seven years, John and wife Penny will be returning to their east coast roots of Maryland to enjoy a well earned rest.

From the stream of speakers at the reception, many memories were shared. A sampling includes:
·       “He is the most frugal boss I’ve ever had,” shared Cherie Steele, Executive Assistant to the President, to much laughter.
·       “Thank you Penny, for sharing John with us,” commented Marty Brown, Executive Director of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
·       “Dr. Walstrum, I will not cal you John, thank you for taking our college to a higher level,” said Mary Moss, CPTC Board of Trustees member.
·       “John has been like a teacher to us,” relayed June Stacey-Clemons, CPTC Vice President for Student Services. “After each of our 324 weekly Wednesday morning meetings, John implored us to clean up after ourselves.”
·       Dean Lamb, CPTC Architectural Engineering Instructor produced a PowerPoint highlighting John’s time in Lakewood, set to music. At the conclusion, Dean presented John with the “last piece of Building 18′s demolition.”
·       Maureen Sparks, CPTC Pharmacy Technician Instructor and Faculty Union President presented John will a brick to “pack in the moving van,” as well as one mounted in the recently constructed outdoor space.
·       Representing the community, “quiet and demure” Command Sergeant Major-Retired Herb Schmeling presented John with the U.S. flag he was given at the 2012 Veteran’s Day Ceremony Herb presided over. “On behalf of the 23.2 million living Veterans, thank you for your service.”

Dr. Walstrum capped the evening with a few remarks himself. As Marty Brown relayed, John confirmed after his time in the U.S. Air Force, he didn’t know what to do. While at a Junior College, “there were a few people who saved my life.” That set his life on course.

“Penny and I are truly blessed to have spent the last seven years here in Lakewood and Clover Park Technical College,” said Walstrum. “I’ve had a great run of working with great students and staff these last seven years.”

In conversations over the last week or so, it came up that Lonnie Howard, the incoming CPTC President from Houston, Texas, doesn’t know anyone in Lakewood. “Neither did I when I got here, but I’ve no doubt he’ll be made to feel as welcome as Penny and I.”

It should have been more than apparent to anyone in attendance that Penny played a huge part in John’s success at Clover Park Technical College. For that, we thank you Penny. Best wishes for the future, and please come back and visit.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Hayes Child Development Center End of Year Celebration

On Friday, August 23, the Hayes Child Development Center here at the Lakewood campus took a trip around the world to celebrate the end of the year. It was a fun time for the whole family and campus community—check out the photos below!

The Hayes Child Development Center Train Station

Make sure to check your bags before you catch your flight
All flights on time, except for one.
Living the high life in Paris

A pretty big bubble.

The exotic platypus puppet, a native of Australia
The wallaby, another Australian native.
Gone fishin' in the open ocean

The largest mountain on the Clover Park Technical College campus.

Making sand decorations
The Tasmanian blanket lizard in his native habitat.

Setting sail.

















CPTC "Pins" Newest RN Program Graduates

RN Students recite the "Nightingale Pledge" during the RN Pinning Ceremony held at the McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College on Aug. 23.
On Aug. 23, in front of their family and friends, the newest graduates of Clover Park Technical College's Registered Nursing program held a pinning ceremony to celebrate the completion of their studies.

Myra Griffin, director of nursing at CPTC, led the ceremony, which featured a graduation march, candle lighting ceremony, recognition of students and faculty, recitation of the "Nightingale Pledge," and the pinning.

Dr. John Walstrum, president of the college, opened the event with a speech to the graduates.

"It's an honorable profession, one of helping, healing and service," said Walstrum. "No doubt you folks have demonstrated that compassion as you have pursued your degree. Ultimately this profession will bring you some joy in your life."

Wendy Fordam was elected by the students as faculty speaker for the event. Her speech was punctuated by a thoughtful description of the role of a registered nurse in a patient's life.

"Being an RN is not about giving medication. It's about being able to care for people when they are at their very worst. When they are at their weakest and most vulnerable. It is about giving a patient everything you have for eight to twelve hours even though sometimes they seem unappreciative and barely acknowledge when you walk in the room. And then going back and doing the same thing again the next day," said Fordham.

The ceremony was held in honor of 20 graduates who have all previously graduated from a Licensed Practical Nursing program and completed 500 hours working as an LPN. The CPTC RN program lasts one year and includes classroom time and more than 400 clinical hours. The next step for the graduates is passing the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. The exam can last up to six hours, and passing is necessary to work as an RN.

The elected student speaker was Christina Yoon. She recognized the work of the faculty over the year and recounted stories of trials and tribulations for students.

"They did all of this while recovering from broken bones, abdominal surgery, beating cancer, surviving deaths in the family and while visiting their babies in NICU. In my mind, my classmates are nothing short of heroic," said Yoon. "I'm humbled when I think about the incredible individuals each of you are. From each other we've learned that it's OK to ask for help and that every once in a while you just really need a good cry. In helping each other through school we didn't just learn how to be nurses. We learned life skills. We learned how to be better human beings."

To learn more about CPTC's RN programs visit www.cptc.edu/rn.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Board of Trustees Announces Presidential Selection

Dr. Lonnie L. Howard will begin serving as Clover Park Technical College's president in September following the retirement of Dr. John Walstrum.
After a unanimous vote by the Board of Trustees, Dr. Lonnie L. Howard of Houston, Texas, has been offered the position as the next president of Clover Park Technical College.

Howard most recently served as the executive director of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at the University of Houston.

The decision completes an eight-month inclusive and transparent public process, which involved participation from college faculty, staff and students, and community members. Howard will replace Dr. John Walstrum, who has served as president for the past seven years and will retire in September.

In discussion prior to the vote, Mark Martinez, CPTC trustee said, "I believe that Dr. Howard will take this college to the next level. It's a great college, but I think he will take the college even further."

Dr. Robert Lenigan, also a trustee, added, "Dr. Howard has some big shoes to fill. We look forward to working with him closely."

Howard has accepted the offer and a contract, start date and transition plans are being finalized.

“I would like to thank the Board of Trustees for having the confidence in my ability to lead Clover Park Technical College," said Howard. "With its dedicated faculty, friendly staff, eager students, and supportive local community, I’m delighted to become a part of this wonderful team. Lastly, I would like to congratulate Dr. Walstrum on his retirement.”


Howard began his career in higher education as faculty and department chair. He has also served as an academic researcher, educational consultant and associate vice president of instruction. He earned an Associates of Applied Sciences in Welding Technology from San Jacinto College, Texas, an Associate of General Studies from Houston Community College, Texas, a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Technology and Industrial Studies and a Master of Science in Occupational Technology from the University of Houston, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration (with dual concentrations in Community College Leadership as well as Sociology) from the University of Texas at Austin, TX.

Howard currently lives in Houston, Texas with his son Matthew. They plan to relocate to the area.

Free Tutoring for Veterans

CPTC's Veterans Resource Center is partnering with Tacoma Area Coalition for Individuals with Disabilities to offer free tutoring to our veteran, active-duty military and military-dependent students. Tutoring for general education courses will be offered Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Veterans Resource Center, Building 22. If you have any questions, call Hope at 253-589-5767.

CPTC signs cooperation agreement with Shanghai University


Dr. Zheng Gang, president of Shanghai Medical Instrumentation College, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, and Dr. John Walstrum, president of Clover Park Technical College, sign an agreement of cooperation to develop an academic and cultural exchange.






Clover Park Technical College has signed an agreement of cooperation with Shanghai Medical Instrumentation College, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology. The agreement includes the development of opportunities for cultural exchange in an effort to work toward greater global understanding.

The agreement will guide the colleges as they cooperate to offer programs that may exchange faculty and students while also pursuing joint research projects, conferences and teaching projects.

“This is the beginning of what I hope will be a long-term opportunity to encourage our work together in an effort to provide diverse cultural opportunities for our students and faculty,” said Dr. John Walstrum, president of Clover Park Technical College. “Our mutual interest in healthcare related programs made this a fortuitous opportunity for both colleges.”

The delegation from Shanghai spent four days learning about CPTC’s campuses and the surrounding areas. Included in their trip was a tour of the college’s new 55,000 square foot health sciences facility. In addition, the delegation met with some of CPTC’s current Chinese exchange students.

“For Clover Park Technical College, this is a way to further diversify the campus experience for future and current students and to provide an environment that will allow future CPTC graduates to be more prepared for a global economy,” said June Stacey-Clemons, vice president for Student Services.
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