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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

In the Spotlight Profile: Humbled to Serve

CPTC alum Jonathan Wagner has always been ready and willing to help others in their time of need, whether it’s his country, his community or other veterans looking to get a higher education. As a Veteran Navigator in the Vet Corps branch of AmeriCorps, Jonathan helps veterans and their families navigate Washington’s higher education and training programs and adjust from military to college life.
Jonathan serving at Pacific Lutheran University's Veteran Resource Fair 
Stationed on CPTC’s Lakewood campus, Jonathan can be found in the Veterans Resource Center helping “his guys” succeed and going above and beyond to provide a safe and welcoming place for them. Jonathan’s commitment to his job and to his veterans does not end when he leaves the office at the end of the day.

He recently had an article published on ServiceNation’s website that focused on the importance of serving your community and emphasized that even the smallest of actions can have the greatest impact on a person’s life.

“I get to wake up every day and try to make a difference in somebody’s life,” Jonathan said. “I have the distinct opportunity of serving alongside a team of some of the most brilliant and resourceful people I have ever known.”

Jonathan during the Visiting Veteran's Home service learning project  
Jonathan’s selfless attitude and willingness to serve others has not gone unnoticed. Jonathan was recently awarded the President’s Call to Service Award, the highest honor in national and community service. The award is given only to those who have volunteered more than 4,000 hours in service to their nation and community. It is a great honor, and we are glad to say that one of our own CPTC alumni was found worthy of it. Thank you for all the great things you do, Jonathan, and congratulations on your award!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Free Screening of “Man of Steel” at CPTC

Grab your cape and join friends and family for a free screening of “Man of Steel" on Dec. 6 in Bldg. 23. Drop by the ballroom and marvel at the latest exploits of one of America’s favorite superheroes with up to three guests. Make sure you stop by the SLSC to pick up your “Superman Shield” which will serve as your ticket to this super-powered event! Doors open at 5 p.m. and the movie begins at 6 p.m. See you there!

Monday, November 25, 2013

CPTC Week of Thanksgiving Schedules

The following is a list of CPTC programs and services and their adjusted schedules for Thanksgiving week. If you would like to add to the list, please contact Elizabeth Glavish in the College Relations Department at elizabeth.glavish@cptc.edu. 

  • Campus is closed 11/28-11/29 - All services closed
  • Cascade Cafe - Closing at 1 p.m. on 11/27
  • Bldg. 8 Coffee Cart - Open 11/26 from 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., closed 11/27
  • Clover Perk Corner - Open 11/26 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., closing at noon 11/27
  • Assessment Center - Closing at 4 p.m. 11/27
  • Financial Aid Office - Closing at 5 p.m. 11/27
  • Advising  - Closing at 5 p.m. 11/27
  • Registration - Closing at 5 p.m. 11/27
  • Learning Resource Center – Closing at 6 p.m. 11/27, will reopen Dec. 2 at 7 a.m.
  • Program Information Sessions -  Sessions will still occur at 3 p.m. on 11/27






Seeing in Black and White: CPTC Students Refurbish New Shelton Police Cars

CPTC students in the Automotive Collision and Restoration program have been working hard to refurbish squad cars belonging to the Shelton Police Department. Students are working on a total of five cars for the department – three brand new additions to the fleet and two that are being retired from service.

“This is a great project for students because it allows them to see a project through, start to finish, like they would in the real world,” said instructor Kurt Freeman.

This project is all inclusive. Students are working not only to repaint the cars and add custom details like the Shelton Police Department’s logo; they are also using skills learned in the program to fix minor damage to the cars.
Instructor Greg Richards (far left) explains proper painting techniques
“This project is pretty standard for our program,” said instructor Gregg Richards. “We have real-world customers with real-world expectations. We aren’t just using mock-ups of cars. Students have a real sense of ownership and pride with their projects. It’s something that sets us apart.”

Projects like this provide hands-on, in-depth experience, which students value.

“I volunteered myself for this project,” said CPTC student Christopher Peterson. “I know how important it is to have this experience, and I would rather learn from my mistakes now than out in the field later.”


“I want my students to leave this program loving what they do and being able to succeed,” said Richards, “and I think that this project and others like it helps make that possible.”

If you are interested in having the CPTC Body Shop work on your vehicle, please contact Janice Parker at janice.parker@cptc.edu or call 253-589-6044 and fill out a customer request form.

Please keep in mind that the Body Shop only takes vehicles that require light customer work, which includes fixing minor damage and repairing and painting panels or pieces. They don’t do restoration projects and will not accept vehicles older than 10 years. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The CPTC Foundation Invites You to Kick Off the Holidays at the Candy Cane Benefit Dinner


In an effort to raise money to benefit our Culinary Arts students, the CPTC Foundation invites you to attend the Candy Cane Lane Benefit Dinner on Dec. 6 at 5 p.m.


The event is being organized and staffed entirely by CPTC Culinary Arts students. The dinner will feature a three-course meal that will include a roasted turkey roulade, sautéed Swiss chard and a pumpkin gingersnap cheesecake. There will be an alternative children’s menu as well.

Guests will also have the opportunity to take pictures with Chef Santa and marvel at the sight of the 12-foot tall gingerbread house created by Pastry Arts and Sustainable Building Science students. Guests will receive a miniature gingerbread house to take home and decorate at their leisure.

There is a limit of 65 seats available for the dinner, so get your tickets by Nov. 27 to ensure your spot. Tickets can be purchased at www.cptc.edu/candycane.


Bring friends, family and even your co-workers for a night of holiday cheer!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

CPTC Students Get a Head Start at the Human Services Internship Fair

A good education is the key to success. Attending college helps prepare students for their futures as professionals, but what about after the program ends?

The students who attended the Human Services Internship Fair on Nov. 14 experienced firsthand what applying for internships is like in the real world. Students were asked to prepare resumes, practice their networking skills, and dress for success before meeting with organizations and agencies from all over the area.
Human Services students and community members at the Internship Fair
The Internship Fair does more than just allow students to practice their elevator speeches. It enables them to become familiar with the organizations that they may want to work for in the future.


“The internship fair not only brings folks from the community to our school and connects them to our students,” said Human Services Instructor Kathleen Hathaway, “it helps connect our students to their community, and that is invaluable.”

Monday, November 18, 2013

What Does Diversity Mean at CPTC?


The CPTC Diversity Committee would like to invite all staff and faculty to a brown bag luncheon to discuss “Inclusion on campus: What does that mean?” The event will include a discussion on how to better relate to and welcome CPTC students to classrooms, offices and service areas of the college.

The lunch will take place Weds., Nov. 20 in Building 23, Room 212 from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. If you are interested in attending the lunch, please RSVP to Sheli Sledge at sheli.sledge@cptc.edu.



Friday, November 15, 2013

CPTC Instructor Appointed to State Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission

CPTC Pharmacy Technician Instructor Maureen Sparks
Maureen Sparks, a Pharmacy Technician instructor at Clover Park Technical College, is the first pharmacy technician ever appointed to the Washington State Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission.

“I was shocked when I was told I was appointed,” said Sparks. “I knew there were other very well qualified technicians who applied, and I am extremely honored to have been chosen.”

Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Sparks to the position on Oct. 31. Before her appointment to the Commission, Sparks was a member of the Pharmacy Technician Educators Council for 15 years, serving as secretary for four years. 

Drawing from her experience with the Educators Council, Sparks aims to be a champion for higher standards of education. She wants to see every pharmacy technician program in the state held to the same high standards as CPTC’s by becoming nationally accredited. 

“I’m hoping to help better regulate the certification process for pharmacy technicians in order to make rigorous education the standard for our state,” said Sparks.

The Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission has jurisdiction over all pharmacy-related matters for the state of Washington, with a focus on public safety. They meet every six weeks for two days. Sparks will attend her first meeting on Dec. 5.

“This is going to be such a wonderful opportunity for me to learn,” Sparks said. “Not only will I get to hear about new policies affecting pharmacy technicians across the state, I will also be able to help create those policies.”

Sparks is especially excited to bring back what she learns as a member of the Commission and pass that knowledge to her students.

“Whatever I learn, I plan on sharing with my students,” Sparks said. “They will be learning right along with me.”

To learn more about CPTC's Pharmacy Technician Program, visit www.cptc.edu/programs/pharm-tech.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Back to School Night Gives Families a Taste of What Nursing Is All About

There is no doubt that doing well in school takes both time and energy. On average, students in CPTC’s Nursing program are expected to spend two hours studying for every credit they take. For LPN students, that can mean hitting the books for up to 42 hours every week. With the added pressures and stress of a busy home life, it’s no wonder that programs around the country are struggling with student retention rates.

Here at CPTC, we are looking to change that. At the Washington Center for Nursing’s Educational Progression in Nursing Conference held at CPTC in October, it became clear that the stronger a student’s support system at home, the more likely they were to complete the program. Hence the idea of hosting a Back to School Night was born. The goal was to hold an event that showed families what daily life is like for their students and to highlight why they need support.

“We are using the Back to School Night as a way to introduce families to what their student has to go through next year,” said Myra Griffin, Director of Nursing Programs at CPTC. “This allows them to see where the students are spending their time, and hopefully it will help build a stronger support system.”

During the event families were able to meet instructors and ask questions about what the program was like and what type of future their students faced. As a way to showcase how challenging the program can be, families even sat through a short lecture on fractions given by instructor Brenda Lazarus and were asked to take a quiz.

Nursing student Maggie Carmack's family taking Instructor Brenda Lazarus's math quiz.
Families were also given a tour of the Nursing program’s fully functional lab and were introduced to the main attractions: lifelike dummies with the ability to present a full range of symptoms to help students hone their clinical skills.

At the end of the night families left with a greater appreciation for the challenges their loved ones face, and students left feeling reassured that they would receive the support they need.

“I really liked seeing my parents’ and fiance’s reaction to what I do,” said Maggie Carmack, a nursing student at CPTC. “It reaffirmed the idea that this isn’t just a walk in the park and that I do need their support. It’s only going to get harder from here.”

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

CPTC Faculty Member Featured in Tacoma News Tribune Thanksgiving Article

CPTC Instructor William Jolly

Clover Park Technical College Culinary Arts Instructor William Jolly was recently featured in a Tacoma News Tribune article where he provided advice on hosting Thanksgiving.
Jolly’s thoughts?
“Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy family and friends,” Jolly said. “The more you get done ahead of time, the more enjoyable it will be.”
For the full article, visit the Tacoma News Tribune website.
How do you prepare for the holidays?

Friday, November 8, 2013

Congressman Heck Reminds Ceremony Attendees to Restate Commitment to Veterans

Maj. David Raines, Charlie Company commander at the Warrior Transition Battalion on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, speaks during Clover Park Technical College's Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 7.

Congressman Denny Heck provided the keynote address at Clover Park Technical College's Nov. 7 Veterans Day Ceremony.
More than 200 people listened intently as Congressman Denny Heck spoke at the Veterans Day Ceremony in the McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College's Lakewood Campus on Nov. 7. Staff, students and faculty paused to remember, reflect and reignite their commitment to veterans.

"Veterans Day is not just another day to recognize veterans," said Congressman Heck during his speech. "It's a day to reignite our commitment to veterans issues. We don't recognize veterans just once every three-hundred and sixty-five days."

Heck's keynote address was delivered after Maj. David Raines, who commands Charlie Company of the Warrior Transition Battalion at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, provided vivid stories of wounded soldiers battling to recover from their injuries.

"Soldiers in our battalion learn to make barriers, we call them challenges, a speed bump to look back on in their transition back to the force or to civilian life," said Raines.

The event also featured a POW/MIA Ceremony led by student veterans Travis Cohen-Lucy and Randy Holt and CPTC alumni and U.S. Army Veteran Jonathan Wagner, who now works in the Veterans Resource Center at CPTC.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Nursing Faculty Pass State Accreditation, Seek National Accreditation Next

Myra Griffin, nursing program director, and her nursing faculty have been fully accredited by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission. For the past several years, the Nursing Programs at Clover Park Technical College have been under conditional approval. After being on the job for only 10 months, Griffin has led her team to full accreditation. The staff have now initiated the national accreditation process from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing for CPTC’s Nursing Programs.


David Barth, nursing faculty at CPTC, works with Liz Barnes in the nursing lab of Bldg. 21.

Kula Andreas, nursing faculty at CPTC, discusses bone structure with Donald Jones, a nursing student at CPTC.
Brenda Lazarus, CPTC nursing faculty, helps Jacquelin Gardiner with listening to the simulation mannequin's heartbeat.

Myra Griffin, nursing programs director at CPTC, works on patient safety techniques with Jennifer Cox (L) and Chelsea Daggett (in wheelchair).

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