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Monday, January 27, 2014

In the Spotlight - Hayes Child Development Center

Clover Park Technical College is invested in the success of our students, both in the classroom and at home. Many students find it difficult to raise a family and attend school at the same time. The Hayes Child Development Center (Bldg. 20) on CPTC’s Lakewood campus exists to help out with that dilemma.

The Hayes Child Development Center provides child care services for children ages four weeks to 12 years old and can enroll up to 107 children. It’s one of seven Pierce County sites accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

There is no crying over spilled milk as kids learn to be responsible eaters.
Along with that, the Hayes Child Development Center acts as a lab site for CPTC programs like Early Care & Education and Nursing, providing students with invaluable real-world experience. It also employs work-study students from all over campus.

The center is participating in Early Achievers, a voluntary quality rating and improvement system for child care centers in Washington. Centers are rated on a scale of one to five based on the quality of their care. CPTC is proud to announce that the Hayes Child Development Center is rated a four out of five.

The Hayes Child Development Center reserves 16 spots for Early Head Start children and 27 spots for Head Start children. The Early Head Start-Head Start Center-Based Child Care Program is a comprehensive infant, toddler, preschooler and family development program that provides many free services to eligible children and their families, including:
  • quality child care;
  • infant, toddler and preschooler development;
    Children learn the value of properly expressing emotions at circle time.
  • family support and health services;
  • education, employment support and job skills training opportunities;
  • enhanced bonding and attachment through continuity of care and parent support;
  • family preparation for kindergarten transitions;
  • nutritious meals and snacks; and
  • networking and partnering with community agencies to meet the ongoing needs of children and their families.
The focus of CPTC’s Head Start program and of the Hayes Child Development Center as a whole is to support all parents and children at the center and help them become lifelong learners.

For more information on how to enroll in the Head Start Program, please contact Judy Harper at judy.harper@cptc.edu or call 253-589-6038. For information on how to become involved with the Hayes Child Development Center please visit their website at www.cptc.edu/childcare.

CPTC Unsung Hero Featured in the Tacoma News Tribune

Clover Park Technical College's January 2014 Unsung Hero, Elnora Medley, was recently featured in an article in the Tacoma News Tribune.
Dr. Howard presents the Jan. 2014 Unsung Hero award to Ms. Medley.
The article profiles Ms. Medley, who was honored as one of CPTC's Unsung Heroes, and focuses on her unwavering dedication to the Cosmetology program and its students. Ms. Medley has been coming to CPTC to get her hair done for 50 years and has sat as a model for 31 students while they took their state board tests.

Check out Ms. Medley's full story in today's edition of the Tacoma News Tribune, or check it out online on the paper's website.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

CPTC Students Can Save Money in 2014 by Signing Up for SALT

Balancing your budget can be hard, especially when you’re paying college tuition or student loans. That is why CPTC has partnered with American Student Association to provide CPTC students with access to SALT.

SALT is a free online program that empowers college students and alumni to confidently approach, manage and pay back their student loans while gaining financial skills for life. 

SALT can provide you with advice and guidance on:
  • locating your student loan information;
  • understanding your loan payment options;
  • what to do if you are struggling to make payments;
  • using deferment of forbearance to postpone repayment;
  • whether loan consolidation is right for your situation.
SALT also offers loan counselors who are ready to answer your financial questions. You can call them at 888-493-5563 or email loanhelp@saltmoney.org. Visit SALT’s website and sign up today!

You can also always call CPTC’s Financial Aid department for help answering financial aid related questions at 253-589-5660, or visit their webpage at www.cptc.edu/financial-aid.

For a taste of the types of resources you have access to through SALT, check out this video on how to repay federal student loans.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Congratulations to CPTC’s Newly Tenured Faculty

CPTC is proud to announce that it awarded tenure to five faculty members over winter break:
  • Barbara Frink, Cosmetology instructor;
  • Bekki Haggerty, Medical Histology instructor;
  • Brenda Lazarus , Nursing instructor;
  • Wendy Noffke, Science instructor;
  • Darryl Owens, Graphic Technologies instructor; and
  • Dan Smith, Sustainable Building Sciences instructor.

Each faculty member had to go through a demanding review process to be awarded tenure. They were required to set up a personal professional development plan with a step-by-step process on how to achieve their goals. Along the way, a tenure committee evaluated their performance and provided guidance and feedback on their progress.

Dr. Lonnie L. Howard congratulates the recently tenured faculty.
 “My tenure committee was both rigorous and insightful,” said Sustainable Building Sciences instructor Dan Smith. “It was a great help to have my fellow colleagues help guide me through the process.”

The tenure process provides instructors with a stable working environment and ensures that our students have access to the highest quality educators. The instructors awarded tenure report that the experience helped hone their teaching abilities and opened them up to new techniques.

Nursing instructor Brenda Lazarus helped sum up the overall feeling of the group:

“I have become more sure of myself over the years as my own education has continued. I truly love teaching and will continue to improve every quarter in order to teach a better class.” 

Friday, January 17, 2014

Cosmetology Staff Named CPTC Unsung Heroes

CPTC's Cosmetology faculty and their students provided 175 free haircuts in August at three "Ready to Learn" events, which help kids in need prepare for the school year. CPTC faculty have participated in the annual event for more than four years.

Ready to Learn, sponsored by Caring for Kids, also provides kids with school supplies, hygiene products, immunizations, sports physicals, bike helmets, free lunch, backpacks and clothing. In 2013 the events helped 3,626 kids in need.

The organizers, in a letter to our faculty, recognized that "haircuts are the best part of the fair, and it makes so many kids happy."

For their responsiveness to the local community and business & industry, the Cosmetology faculty at CPTC are January's Unsung Heroes!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

CPTC Joins Community and Technical Colleges to Form Alliance for Composites Industry

Clover Park Technical College is proud to announce our involvement in "Composites Washington," an alliance of community and technical colleges led by Everett Community College and Skagit Valley College designed to strengthen workforce skills throughout the industry. 
CPTC's Aerospace Composite Program is held at the South Hill Campus

For more information about CPTC's Aerospace Composite Program, visit www.cptc.edu/programs/aerospace. To learn about the new "Composites Washington" alliance, see the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges press release below.


 Community and technical colleges form alliance for composites industry 

OLYMPIA, Wash. – From aircraft to boats and wind turbines to sporting goods, Washington’s rapidly growing composites industry is creating new jobs that require skilled technicians. Now an alliance of community and technical colleges called “Composites Washington” has formed to strengthen workforce skills throughout the industry.

The group is made up of community and technical colleges that offer composites training and is led by two Washington State Centers of Excellence: Aerospace and Advanced Materials Manufacturing at Everett Community College, and Marine Manufacturing and Technology at Skagit Valley College. The centers work with community and technical colleges across the state to share curriculum, align education with industry training needs and develop partnerships to support jobs and economic growth.

Participating colleges include Clover Park Technical College, Edmonds Community College, Everett Community College, Olympic College, Peninsula College, Skagit Valley College, Spokane Community College, and South Seattle Community College.

Mary Kaye Bredeson, executive director of the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing, said the alliance was formed to fill an urgent need for qualified composite material technicians in an ever-growing number of industries.

“We knew the timing was perfect to establish this group,” she said. “More than 100 Washington companies are already engaged in composites manufacturing, fabrication, repair and advanced materials research and development. We’re working to keep them strong and competitive and attract new industries to our state.”

While composites have long been tied to the marine and aerospace industries, the evolution of composite technology is also creating opportunities for companies that build other products or supply the tools and materials needed to make them. One of those firms is Janicki Industries in Sedro-Woolley, which designs and builds high-precision tooling for aerospace, marine, wind energy and transportation customers.

“We appreciate the efforts of groups like Composites Washington. A better trained workforce benefits all of us and helps us maintain our competitive advantage here in Washington,” said Tom Doughty, company vice president of administration.

His views were shared by Wes Fridell, human resources and safety manager for New World Yacht Builders, an Anacortes-based company that makes custom high-end composite yachts and commercial vessels.

“The need for the alliance is great. We have benefitted – and will continue to benefit into the future – from a trained composites workforce,” he said. “Having the resources locally to train work-ready employees strengthens not only our company but the marine industry and local economy as well.”

Colleges already teamed up earlier this year to train and certify instructors to teach the latest composites technology. Training was provided by Abaris, the company that trains FAA safety inspectors in advanced composite maintenance and repair.

“The strength of the alliance is the diversity of industry focus and the commitment to standards-based training embraced by each college, and the professional development opportunities we are bringing in for faculty, students and industry partners,” said Ann Avary, director of the Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing and Technology.

Composites Washington plans to host a professional development workshop for faculty this winter and a faculty-industry workshop in the spring with the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA), one of the largest industry trade groups in the world.

Composites Washington has showcased Washington at global trade shows in Paris and Boston organized by the JEC Group, one of the largest organizations exclusively dedicated to the composites industry, and will attend two other international trade shows: SAMPE Tech June 3-4 in Seattle and the Composites and Advanced Materials Expo Oct. 13-16 in Orlando.

Composites Washington is launching a website that will feature education and training opportunities along with industry trends and data.

Composites are used in a myriad of industries, including aerospace, marine, automotive, medical devices, energy, construction, sporting equipment and consumer goods. Boeing 777X wings will be made of carbon fiber composite material.


Monday, January 13, 2014

Clover Park Technical College's Unsung Heroes for January 2014

Dr. Lonnie L. Howard, president of Clover Park Technical College, makes a visit to the Cosmetology Program at CPTC's Lakewood Campus to say hello to Elnora Medley. Ms. Medley, 94, has been visiting the Cosmetology Program for more than 50 years and will be recognized as one of CPTC's Unsung Heroes in January.

Since 1963, Elnora Medley has been coming to Clover Park Technical College's Cosmetology Program to have her hair done. She has seen the program move to four different buildings, including an old barracks, and transition through the many chemicals and methods to set her perm over the past 50 years. All along she has been a staunch supporter of the program and the students. So much so, that she volunteers to serve as a model and supporter to students who sit for their state board certifications each year. At 94 years old, Ms. Medley still comes every few weeks to have her perm set and hair trimmed. Her commitment to the students and the program make her a true unsung hero. Thank you Ms. Medley!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

CPTC Alum Returns to Share Experience with Aerospace Composite Technician Students

If the old adage is true that life is what you make of it, then Clover Park Technical College alum Joe Kelley has certainly made the most of his aerospace composites training. On Monday, Jan. 6, Kelley returned to the CPTC’s Aviation Center at the South Hill campus to share his experiences and successful job-search strategies to a classroom of students enrolled in the Aerospace Composite Technician certificate program. Kelley told the students about how he pursued his goal of getting a job at his dream employer, the Boeing Company.

Joe Kelley (left) with Air Washington Navigator Les Sessoms (right).
While working as a general manager for a pizza franchise, Kelley decided that he was going to go back to school to learn composites in order to re-invent himself and achieve his goal of working for Boeing.

“No one believed that I could do it,” said Kelley. “I worked all day, saved my money and went to school at night. It was hard work maintaining my schedule, but I did it!”  

Kelley worked hard both inside and outside of the classroom. He honed his skills in fabricating and repairing composites, vacuum bagging, working with polymers and resins, and working with teams in the lab. Kelley spent just as much time pursuing his career goals, working with Les Sessoms, CPTC’s Air Washington Navigator, to develop a resume, cover letter, and a long- and short-term job-search strategy.  

Joe Kelley giving a presentation to CPTC students.
Kelley’s dedication to transforming his life paid off. Two days after graduating in December 2012 from CPTC, he was offered a position at Hexcel, a composites manufacturer in Kent, WA. After perfecting his skills as a laminator for Hexcel, Kelley was excite to learn that Boeing was hiring. After successfully completing the interview process, Kelley became a composite technician and fulfilled his dream of working for Boeing.

Kelley’s story is an example of how hard work and perseverance pay off. His message to other CPTC students? Never stop trying to reach your dreams.

If you are interested in learning more about our Aerospace Composite Technician program, please visit www.cptc.edu/programs/aerospace or call our Counseling & Advising office at 253-589-5548.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Out with the Old and in With the New – CPTC Unveils Restored Model-T

After 15 years of hard work, Clover Park Technical College’s automotive programs will finally be unveiling the fully restored 1927 Ford Model-T that was donated to the college by Mr. Harold Feaster. 

The car has been restored to resemble the Model-T that Feaster’s grandfather drove in Missouri when Feaster was a boy. Students from CPTC’s Automotive Collision & Restoration and Automotive Technician programs have spent countless hours over the years to restore the vehicle to like new condition. 
The fully restored CPTC Ford Model-T.
However working with a vehicle that is over 80 years old is never easy, and that is where the expert comes in. Marty Pendress, a volunteer from the Tacoma Model-T club, has spent well over a thousand hours during the past few months working alongside CPTC students to ensure that the car not only looks great, but is in top driving condition. 

“Clover Park put out the call for someone to help with this project and I answered,” said Pendress. “Working side by side with students in order to restore this great old car has been a fun experience." 
The original state of the Ford Model-T when it was donated to CPTC.
Feaster, a graduate of Clover Park Vocational Technical Institute himself, donated the car as a way of giving back to the college and to students. 

“The training I received from Clover Park enabled me to have a successful career, said Feaster.” I wanted a way to give back to the college, and donating this car seemed like a good long-term project for the students.” 

Marty Pendress working on the Model-T's engine.
Though the car is all but fully restored, don’t expect it to leave campus anytime soon. 

“The car has become a mascot for the automotive programs,” said instructor Wayne Bridges. “It is a great symbol of the quality of work our programs and students are capable of delivering.” 

If you are interested in learning more about CPTC’s automotive programs please visit www.cptc.edu/programs/auto-collision or www.cptc.edu/programs/auto-tech. If you are interested in donating a vehicle to the college, please call Janice Parker at 253-589-6044.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

CPTC 2013 - A Year in Review

As we head into 2014, let's take a moment to reflect on some CPTC highlights from 2013. Which was your favorite?

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