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Monday, September 30, 2013

CPTC moves up in ctcLink implementation process

Clover Park Technical College will now expect to implement the new ctcLink system in Wave 2, which begins implementation in June of 2015 and completes implementation within a year. The college was originally slated for Wave 4, which was scheduled in 2017.
The original ctcLink schedule had four, 9-month implementation waves of up to 8 colleges per wave. After input from colleges, other higher education institutions that have implemented a new system, and a thorough review by the ctcLink project team, a new schedule has been developed that better aligns with the annual financial and academic cycles of our college system.
The new schedule has no financial impact on the project, it reduces risk, and it still has the project completed in late 2017.
  • The new schedule does not change the FirstLink colleges’ ctcLink go-live date, which remains as August 2014 for Tacoma and Spokane colleges.
  • It also doesn’t change Wave 1. The same 7 college districts are in Wave 1, and their go-live date is still May 2015.
  • The change is in waves 2 and 3—those have become 12-month waves each, going live in May 2016 and May 2017. 
  • Wave 4 has been eliminated. Instead, colleges from wave 4 have been moved into waves 2 and 3

The ctcLink project team is in the process of scheduling Wave Kickoff webinars for each group of wave colleges (and SBCTC). Wave 1 is already scheduled for October and waves 2 and 3 will be scheduled for Dec and February, respectively. These webinars are designed to assist college teams and SMEs gain a better understanding of the process, timing and commitment that will be required for ctcLink, along with providing tools and tips for success along the way.

To learn more about ctcLink visit ctclink.wordpress.com.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Winter 2014 Scholarships Now Open

Clover Park Technical College  Foundation's Winter Quarter 2014 online scholarship application is now open.

Don't miss your opportunity!

Go to www.cptc.edu/scholarship for:
  • Eligibility Criteria
  • Application Information and Instructions
  • Scoring Matrix
  • Link to Online Application
Applications must be complete, including all attachments by 4 p.m., Oct.16.

For more information, contact Heather Ervin, the scholarship coordinator, at heather.ervin@cptc.edu or 253-589-5732 or drop by her office in Building 19, room 101B.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Faculty & Staff Celebrate Opening Day

President Dr. Lonnie Howard speaking to faculty and staff at Opening Day.
Before students arrive for fall quarter, Clover Park Technical College faculty and staff have an annual tradition called Opening Day, where they prepare for the school year ahead. This year's Opening Day was held on Sept. 20 and featured speeches from departing president Dr. John Walstrum and incoming president Dr. Lonnie Howard.

Faculty and staff also participated in a board game where they simulated student experiences at CPTC. If their student had a setback — like car trouble  —  they moved their tokens back several spaces. If their student had something positive happen  —  like an internship in their field  —  they moved their token forward several spaces. After the game, faculty and staff learned that the situations in the game were actual experiences from four CPTC students. These four students then spoke about their experiences at CPTC and how the College could help promote student access and success.

CPTC faculty and staff then finished the day with their annual barbecue, held by the faculty union.

Health Sciences Facility Dedicated

CPTC President Dr. Lonnie Howard and departing CPTC President Dr. John Walstrum cutting the ribbon at the Health Sciences Facility dedication ceremony.


On Sept. 20, Clover Park Technical College dedicated its Health Sciences Facility, the most recent addition to its Lakewood campus. The 55,000 square-foot building will house eleven of CPTC's medical programs, serving approximately 1,000 students each year.

The Health Sciences Facility was built to according to Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Standards. Features include a rooftop garden with medicinal plants, staircases and structures built from recycled materials, and solar panels covering approximately a third of the roof.

The rooftop garden off the facility's south wing

One of the staircases in the new Health Sciences Facility, built with wood from an earlier building on the CPTC campus.

The north wing of the new Health Sciences Facility.



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