Feature Story Archives

CPTC Dental Students Serve at Project Homeless Connect

December 12, 2017

Students in Clover Park Technical College’s Dental Assistant program recently had the opportunity to put some of their training to use while serving in the community, as the program’s third-quarter students volunteered at Project Homeless Connect.

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Leadership Luncheon Promotes “A Better Idea”

December 8, 2017

More than 150 Clover Park Technical College students, staff and faculty members came together to discuss “a better idea” and hear from keynote speaker Dr. Debra Jenkins at the Minority Student Engagement Leadership Luncheon on Nov. 29.

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Health Fair Informs Attendees about Local Resources

December 1, 2017

While health is one of the most important things for people to pay attention to and manage, many people don’t provide it the time or focus it needs. In an effort to combat that issue, the Clover Park Technical College Associated Student Government hosted a CPTC Health Fair Nov. 16 in Building 23.

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CPTC Foundation Raising Emergency Assistance Funds on #GivingTuesday

November 28, 2017

November 28 marks the annual #GivingTuesday, and for the second straight year the Clover Park Technical College Foundation has set a goal of $2,500 for the emergency assistance fund.

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CPTC Hosts Fourth Annual Diversity & International Fair

November 15, 2017

A variety of performances, food and displays took over Clover Park Technical College’s McGavick Conference Center on Tuesday as the college hosted its Fourth Annual Diversity & International Fair.

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CPTC Hosts Annual Veterans Day Ceremony

November 9, 2017

Clover Park Technical College began 75 years ago with programs designed to aid in the World War II effort, and on Wednesday the college and Associated Student Government continued its close relationship with the United States Armed Forces with its annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the McGavick Conference Center.

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CPTC Celebrates Manufacturing Day’s Cool Tech & Hot Careers

October 17, 2017

Clover Park Technical College welcomed 200 local high school students and several local businesses to campus Friday for Manufacturing Day 2017: Cool Tech & Hot Careers.

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CPTC’s Open House Welcomes Potential Students to Campus

October 12, 2017

Clover Park Technical College hosted its Fall Open House Wednesday evening, welcoming more than 200 visitors to the McGavick Conference Center to learn about the college’s 44 programs and the enrollment process. Running from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., the Open House featured fair-style displays for each program, along with workshops to answer questions about financial aid, enrolling and workforce development opportunities.

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CPTC Kicks Off 75th Anniversary with Celebratory Event

October 5, 2017

As Clover Park Technical College began the 2017-18 Academic Year last week, the college began its yearlong celebration of a historic milestone with its 75th Anniversary Kickoff at the McGavick Conference Center on Sept. 28.

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Surgical Tech Alum Found the Training & Career He Wanted

September 22, 2017

Many students pursue a degree in a field that interests them, only to discover after entering the workforce that it’s not the career they want. Mitchell Sweet was one of those students when he arrived at Clover Park Technical College in 1999. He had earned his associate degree in Social Health Services at Pierce College thinking he wanted to work in social services and mental health. Once he graduated and began working as a treatment attendant, that changed.

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CPTC to Open 75th Anniversary Year with Kickoff Ceremony

September 8, 2017

The upcoming 2017-18 Academic Year marks a historic milestone for Clover Park Technical College, as the school will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary. To commemorate the milestone, the college will host a Kickoff ceremony Sept. 28 at the McGavick Conference Center on its Lakewood Campus.

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Students Showcase Work at Interior Design Exhibition

September 1, 2017

A group of 15 Clover Park Technical College Inter Design students showed off their work to potential employers, fellow students and other visitors at Tuesday’s Student Portfolio Exhibition.

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AMT Instructor Mike Potter Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

August 23, 2017

The Federal Aviation Administration presented Clover Park Technical College Aviation Maintenance Technology Instructor Mike Potter with a lifetime achievement award August 16.

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Mechatronics Combines “Cupcakes & Competencies” at Employer Demo Event

August 15, 2017

Cupcakes, coffee and important conversation filled the room at the Clover Park Technical College Mechatronics Program’s “Cupcakes & Competencies” event Friday, as the program unveiled a new “Smart Matching System” to local employers and other guests.

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Cosmetology Program Helps Local Students “Get Ready to Learn”

August 11, 2017

Sometimes a new haircut can make all the difference for a kid heading into a new school year. The Clover Park Technical College Cosmetology program helped make that possible for more than 100 local students, as CPTC students and alumni volunteered their services at the Caring for Kids Get Ready to Learn fair Saturday, Aug. 5, at Clover Park High School.

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Walk-A-Thon Builds Campus Spirit & Emergency Assistance Funds

August 9, 2017

The walkway around Building 19 and the College Green at Clover Park Technical College’s Lakewood Campus has seen a lot of new activity this week as the CPTC Foundation is hosting its first Walk-A-Thon Aug. 7-11.

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CPTC Offers Nurse Camp Students a Glimpse at Health Care Options

July 26, 2017

The Clover Park Technical College health sciences programs welcomed a group of 26 guests on July 20 as part of MultiCare’s annual Nurse Camp program.

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Board of Trustees Awards Tenure to NDT Instructor

July 21, 2017

The Clover Park Technical College Board of Trustees capped its July meeting by awarding tenure to CPTC Nondestructive Testing instructor Charles Musson.

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CPTC Alum Hougland Found Perfect Fit in BAS-OPM Program

July 14, 2017

One of the most important parts of choosing which college to attend is finding the right fit for you. Adam Hougland knows that from personal experience.

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CPTC Radio Class Helped Spark Award-Winning Career

June 30, 2017

Chris Daniels has never forgotten his roots. As he’s traveled the world reporting the news and become an award-winning journalist for KING 5 in Seattle, he always makes sure to give credit where it all began.

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CPTC Honors Graduating Class at 21st Commencement

June 23, 2017

Tuesday evening was a time of celebration for Clover Park Technical College, as a total of 355 graduates attended the college’s 21st Commencement Ceremony at the Tacoma Dome.

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Fifth Annual Student Awards Ceremony Recognizes Excellence

June 15, 2017

Clover Park Technical College recognized some of its most exceptional students and staff members June 7 as the Fifth Annual Student Awards Ceremony featured a festive carnival theme.

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CPTC Recognizes Graduating Veterans at Honor Cord Ceremony

June 9, 2017

In the midst of the final push toward graduation, Clover Park Technical College hosted its fourth annual Veteran Honor Cord Ceremony Monday to recognize the students who have served in the Armed Forces and will be finishing their time at CPTC in a few weeks.

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CPTC Alum’s Documentary Set to Screen with Historic Film

June 7, 2017

Ninety years after the original release of Tacoma-shot feature film “The Eyes of the Totem,” the film will again grace the screen of Tacoma’s Rialto Theater. The journey it took to reach this point is the subject of the documentary “A Totem Tale,” which will play prior to the movie screening and was created by Clover Park Technical College alum Mick Flaaen.

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MLT Meet and Greet Provides Key Networking Opportunity

June 6, 2017

Clover Park Technical College Medical Laboratory Technician students had the unique opportunity to mingle with potential employers, present on a health topic and enjoy some delicious food at the program’s annual Meet and Greet Event on Wednesday, May 24.

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Spring Fest Provides Fun Break for Students, Staff and Families

June 1, 2017

A beautiful sunny day set the stage for Clover Park Technical College’s fifth annual Spring Fest, and students, staff and their families took advantage of the chance to have some fun in the sun on Thursday, May 25.

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Culture Exchange and Learning Highlight Osaka Jikei Trip to CPTC

May 25, 2017

Continuing a more than 10-year international tradition, the Clover Park Technical College Medical Histology program hosted a group from Japan’s Osaka Jikei College last week for a three-day tour educational and cultural exchange tour.

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CPTC Histology Student Receives Prestigious ASCP Award

May 23, 2017

Clover Park Technical College Medical Histology student Allison Hughes has been named a recipient of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists National Honor Student Award, and she received her certificate during her morning class on May 17.

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Two Faculty Members Awarded Tenure

May 22, 2017

The Clover Park Technical College May Board of Trustees meeting ended with a special announcement for faculty members Robert Carver and Ken Meerdink, as the Board awarded tenure to each of the two instructors.

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Study Shows CPTC Generates $187.9 Million Impact on Economy

May 18, 2017

A recent study completed by the Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) measuring Clover Park Technical College’s economic impact on Pierce County revealed that CPTC adds nearly $200 million dollars annually to the economy, and its students will see a $2.50 return for every $1 they spend on their education at the college.

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CPTC Shows Off Cool Tech & Hot Careers at Career Conference

May 16, 2017

The Clover Park Technical College Lakewood Campus crowded with people on a rainy May 11 as 4,000 local middle school, high school and prospective students visited for the college’s annual Career Conference.

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CPTC Hosts Congressman Heck for Leadership Luncheon

May 12, 2017

Nearly 100 Clover Park Technical College students, staff and faculty gathered Wednesday in the McGavick Conference Center to hear from and ask questions of Congressman Denny Heck at the latest CPTC Leadership Luncheon.

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Minority Student Engagement Committee Hosts First Open Forum

May 11, 2017

The Clover Park Technical College Minority Student Engagement Committee hosted its first open forum Tuesday, May 9, with more than 100 CPTC students, staff and faculty members in attendance at the McGavick Conference Center.

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Graphic Design Student Earns Prestigious Fellowship

May 3, 2017

As graduation approaches, it’s inevitable for finishing students to start hearing questions about what they plan to do next. For graphic design student Ben Donan, that plan includes moving to Germany for one year to become the first Clover Park Technical College student to participate in a prestigious fellowship program.

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Foundation Hosts Record-Breaking Scholarship Banquet

April 28, 2017

Scholarships can make the difference between a student having to drop out or attaining a life-changing education, and the Clover Park Technical College Foundation recognized their importance April 18 at the 11th annual Scholarship Banquet at the McGavick Conference Center.

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New Scholarship Opportunity Announced for CPTC Automotive Students

April 21, 2017

Clover Park Technical College automotive students will have access to a new scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year courtesy of the RPM Foundation and BMW Northwest.

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Bus Pass Partnership Unveiled at Kickoff Ceremony

April 13, 2017

Clover Park Technical College and Pierce Transit officially unveiled the Community & Technical College Student Bus Pass Program at a kickoff ceremony Wednesday afternoon at the CPTC Student Leadership & Service Center.

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CPTC Student Seeks to Help Others Through Addiction Recovery

April 7, 2017

Barbara Van Hise has found her calling, and it’s in human services. She will graduate from Clover Park Technical College in June and look to live out that calling in a training center. While today she is secure and stable in her calling, foundation and future, her journey to reaching this point was anything but secure and stable.

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Historic Iditarod Champion to Keynote Scholarship Luncheon

March 30, 2017

For Dallas Seavey, everything revolves around maximizing the talent of his team. While others focus on the resume of a man who, at 30 years of age, is already one of the most successful mushers in Iditarod history, he focuses on making sure everyone operates at peak ability.

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Automotive Student Finds Art in Restoration and Customization

March 22, 2017

Ericka DeBoer is an artist, and her canvas is a car. The Clover Park Technical College Automotive Restoration and Customization student knows some people will hear that and look at her funny, but it’s true. “I’d always doodled and enjoyed designing cars, giving different looks to vehicles,” DeBoer said. “I’ve always liked the art part of cars.”

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Interior Design Hosts Showcase and Sets Sights on Paris

March 20, 2017

The Clover Park Technical College Interior Design program hosted its Winter Student Portfolio Exhibition Friday, showcasing the work of 15 students in the McGavick Conference Center.

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CPTC Hosts Mechatronics for Military Info Session

March 17, 2017

A Mechatronics degree can be a passport to a bright career for transitioning service members, and that was the message at the Mechatronics for Military Info Session and Lab Tour hosted by Clover Park Technical College’s Mechatronics program March 10.

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Congrats to CPTC’s Two All-Washington Academic Honorees

March 16, 2017

A pair of Clover Park Technical College students will be recognized by Washington Governor Jay Inslee as part of the 2017 All-Washington Academic Team next week at South Puget Sound Community College. Environmental Sciences & Technology student Jessica Bracken and Pharmacy Technician student AnneMarie Mafi earned the honor for their academic high achievement.

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Board of Trustees Awards Tenure to Four Instructors

March 15, 2017

The Clover Park Technical College Board of Trustees capped last week’s March meeting by awarding tenure to a quartet of CPTC instructors.

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Career Center Connects Students & Employers at Spring Fair

March 9, 2017

The Clover Park Technical College Career Center aims to provide CPTC students and alumni with the skills and opportunities to apply for jobs, and the 2017 Spring Career & Job Fair served as one of those primary opportunities.

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Foundation Set to Host Scholarship Luncheon

March 1, 2017

The Clover Park Technical College Foundation works throughout the year to provide support for students in need, and in April the Foundation will recognize its 2016-17 scholarship recipients at its annual Scholarship Celebration Luncheon.

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Environmental Remediation Course Making an Impact

February 27, 2017

For nearly 15 years, Clover Park Technical College has partnered with the Environmental Protection Agency, City of Tacoma and Goodwill to provide grant-funded environmental remediation training courses. Friday, the program received some extra attention.

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Whipple Selected for NISOD Recognition

February 24, 2017

Clover Park Technical College Esthetic Sciences instructor Jennifer Whipple's has been selected as the college's 2017 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award recipient.

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Trip to DC Inspires CPTC Student Leaders

February 22, 2017

Last week, Clover Park Technical College Associated Student Government President Annie Mafi and Legislative Officer Michael Clarke had the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to attend the Association of Community College Trustees National Legislative Summit. The two students traveled with CPTC President Dr. Joyce Loveday, Vice President of Strategic Development Tawny Dotson and CPTC trustee Wayne Withrow and his wife.

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Dream Job Comes Early for CPTC Student

February 17, 2017

Not many people find their passion and dream job before officially graduating high school. But for Clover Park Technical College Running Start student – and soon-to-be alum – Caleb Davenport, that’s exactly what happened.

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Winter Fest Offers Students Free Food and Fun

February 10, 2017

Robots, canned food sculptures, games and more filled the Building 23 Atrium and Ballroom Thursday, Feb. 9, as part of the 2017 Clover Park Technical College Winter Fest.

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From Military Medic to Automotive Mechanic

February 3, 2017

The past two years have provided quite the occupational and lifestyle shift for Schuyller Nagorski, who will finish the Clover Park Technical College Automotive Technician program at the conclusion of winter quarter.

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CPTC Alum Honored at Transforming Lives Dinner

January 26, 2017

Clover Park Technical College graduate Kevin Carbonell attended the 2017 Washington State Association of College Trustees (ACT) Transforming Lives Awards Monday evening as CPTC’s honoree for recognition.

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ASG Helps Students Reach Campus with Pilot Bus Pass Program

January 20, 2017

Clover Park Technical College’s Associated Student Government is always looking for ways to help students overcome challenges to education, and this month ASG launched its latest push to ensure students have a reliable way to get to campus.

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Board of Trustees Appoints Dr. Loveday President

January 11, 2017

After a brief executive session at the conclusion of its Jan. 11 meeting, the Clover Park Technical College Board of Trustees unanimously voted to approve a contract appointing interim president Dr. Joyce Loveday as the permanent president.

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CPTC Alum Becomes Stylist for the Stars

January 5, 2017

Two months ago, Roby Woobank made the biggest move of his life, and for good reason. The 2016 graduate of the Clover Park Technical College Cosmetology program packed his bags and headed to New York for an assistant stylist position at the famed Sally Hershberger/Tim Rogers Salon.

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T-Shirts Just One Way CPTC Alum Gives Back

December 23, 2016

The holiday season and the end of each year provide a time for people to reflect and give back, and Clover Park Technical College Danielle Perkins takes that idea to heart.

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Congratulations to CPTC’s New Tenured Faculty

December 19, 2016

Last week’s Clover Park Technical College Board of Trustees meeting proved to be a special evening for a pair of CPTC faculty members, as the Board awarded tenure to Nursing instructor David Bahrt and Running Start counselor Kevin Kildun.

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CPTC Continues Holiday House Tradition of Giving

December 15, 2016

The holiday season can be a difficult time for low-income families, and that can especially be true for Clover Park Technical College students devoting valuable time and resources to their education in an effort to improve their long-term situation.

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Mechatronics Workshop Prepares Students for Job Search

December 9, 2016

An education from Clover Park Technical College aims at job preparation, and as part of that goal the Mechatronics program hosted a Job Search 101/Career Info Session for its students earlier this week.

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New Mechatronics Equipment Increases Automation Ability

December 6, 2016

Clover Park Technical College's Mechatronics program introduced a new tool in June to help students achieve a whole new level of automation in the HAS-200. A fully modular system of up to 11 workstations, a raw material store station and the control cabinet, the HAS-200 reproduces a production process with a high level of automation that helps to develop the professional capacities required in diverse sectors like automotive, semiconductors, food and pharmaceuticals.

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#GivingTuesday Raises Emergency Support for Students

December 2, 2016

The Clover Park Technical College Foundation received a boost to its emergency assistance programs for the 2016 holiday season, surpassing its fundraising goal of $2,500 as part of the worldwide #GivingTuesday event earlier this week.

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Diversity Fair Celebrates International Culture

November 23, 2016

Clover Park Technical College celebrated International Education Week with its third annual Diversity & International Fair, highlighting various cultures from around the world on Nov. 15 in the McGavick Conference Center.

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CPTC Unveils New Twin-Engine Plane

November 18, 2016

A new step forward for the Clover Park Technical College aviation programs took place Thursday, as the college officially unveiled and dedicated its new twin-engine Tecnam P2006T airplane at its South Hill Campus.

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CPTC Offers Thanks at Veterans Day Ceremony

November 8, 2016

On a day that will go a long way toward determining America’s future, Clover Park Technical College recognized those who have served in the Armed Forces at its annual Veterans Day Ceremony Tuesday at the Lakewood Campus.

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Local Donors Help Make Education Possible

November 7, 2016

Generous donors serve a vital role in the education process, and a pair of local organizations recently made significant contributions to the Clover Park Technical College Foundation for a pair of funds to assist students. Lakeview Light & Power Company established a new annual “named scholarship” with the CPTC Foundation, while Lakewood Rotary awarded a grant to support the Foundation’s Emergency Assistance fund.

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Weise Shares Surgical Technician Experiences at Leadership Luncheon

November 3, 2016

Clover Park Technical College students, instructors and staff members gathered in the McGavick Conference Center Wednesday morning for an informative Leadership Luncheon with Madigan Army Medical Center surgical technician Michael Weise.

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Lunch and Learn Event Focuses on Defining Success

October 28, 2016

A group of about 30 Clover Park Technical College staff and faculty members gathered in the CPTC Rotunda Wednesday for a Lunch and Learn session led by speaker Jen Briggs.

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CPTC Alum Takes Sugar Skills to “Halloween Wars”

October 26, 2016

Clover Park Technical College Pastry Arts alum Teresa Argeris first started focusing on baking while in the military. Several years later, she found herself in the midst of “Halloween Wars” on Food Network, putting her sugar work skills to the test in pursuit of a $50,000 prize.

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Cross-Pacific Partnership Continues with Osaka Jikei Visit

October 20, 2016

The Clover Park Technical College Lakewood Campus served as a cross-cultural center of learning last week, as a group of students from Japan’s Osaka Jikei College partnered with CPTC’s Medical Laboratory and Medical Histology Technician programs for a study tour and cultural exchange.

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CPTC Welcomes Potential Students for Fall Open House

October 14, 2016

Nearly 200 current and potential students made their way around the Clover Park Technical College Lakewood Campus Wednesday afternoon to learn about CPTC’s 43 different programs during the college’s Fall Evening Open House.

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CPTC Esthetics Program Named School of the Year

October 11, 2016

While Lira Clinical representative Aimee Fuentes often visits Clover Park Technical College to educate esthetic students and clients about Lira products, her visit early this week served a more congratulatory purpose.

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CPTC Students Share Massage Skills with Screening Patients

October 5, 2016

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a group of Clover Park Technical College esthetic sciences students got a head start on assisting with prevention and treatment last week when they volunteered their skills to mammogram screening patients at Carol Milgard Breast Center in Tacoma.

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Pritchard Appointed to Second Term on CPTC Board of Trustees

September 30, 2016

Clover Park Technical College Trustee Lua Pritchard has been appointed to a second five-year term on the CPTC Board of Trustees. Pritchard’s first term, which began Oct. 3, 2011, concludes Sept. 30, while her second appointment by Washington Governor Jay Inslee will officially begin the following day.

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CPTC Cosmetology Student Receives Matrix Scholarship

September 27, 2016

For most Clover Park Technical College students, Sept. 27 was simply the second day of fall quarter classes. For fifth-quarter cosmetology student Jazzmyn Miller, it was quite a bit more special. Representatives from Matrix and Salon Centric interrupted Miller’s afternoon cosmetology class to award her with flowers, balloons and – most importantly – a $5,000 scholarship check as part of the “Imagine All You Can Be” program.

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Interior Design Exhibition Showcases Student Work

September 1, 2016

The Clover Park Technical College Rotunda became a showcase for student portfolios on Aug. 26, as six students wrapping up their time in the Interior Design program exhibited their work for potential employers, alumni and members of the campus community.

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Waste Site Simulation Shows Hazards of the Job

August 26, 2016

Donning HazMat suits and oxygen tanks and battling the August heat, 14 Clover Park Technical College students simulated a hazardous waste site evaluation Wednesday morning.

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Ahead of the Game: Architecture Alum Gets Career Head Start

August 19, 2016

Most recent high school graduates spend the summer either planning for college or looking for an entry-level work opportunity. Most recent high school graduates are not Sarah Cox.

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CPTC’s Haircuts Help Students Get “Ready to Learn”

August 8, 2016

More than 100 local kids will sport a fresh look heading into the new school year thanks to a group of Clover Park Technical College cosmetology students and alumni who spent several hours cutting hair Saturday morning as part of the annual Caring For Kids Ready to Learn Fair.

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Authentic Leadership at the AAWCC Luncheon

August 4, 2016

The Clover Park Technical College chapter of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges welcomed nearly 50 college staff, faculty, student and community members to its fourth annual luncheon Wednesday, Aug. 3, at the McGavick Conference Center.

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CPTC Joins Springbrook Summer Block Party

August 2, 2016

One of the best places to spend a sunny Friday afternoon is in a park enjoying the warm weather and building relationships. That’s how a group of Clover Park Technical College students, faculty and staff spent several hours on Friday, July 29, offering free haircuts, face painting and numerous other activities to local residents at Lakewood’s Springbrook Park.

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Forever Learning: CPTC Grad Takes Hold of All Opportunities

July 29, 2016

Despite being a husband, father, veteran and 20-year information technology worker, Martin Trinidad didn’t let his busy life stop him from getting his degree and getting involved while a student at Clover Park Technical College.

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Interior Design Alumni Share Experiences

July 26, 2016

The Clover Park Technical College interior design program received a special visit Friday morning. Four recent alumni returned to campus to share their career experiences since graduation and answer questions from current students.

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From High School to Politics: CPTC Student Finds His Passion

July 22, 2016

One of the biggest stereotypes of every election cycle is that young people don’t vote or get involved in politics. That doesn’t ring true for Northwest Career and Technical High School graduate and Clover Park Technical College student Dakota Myers.

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Local Dealer Shares Volt with Hybrid Students

July 21, 2016

Partnerships with local business create valuable hands-on opportunities for technical education students. Last week a group of nine Clover Park Technical College automotive program students experienced the benefits of one of those partnerships when they had a chance to spend two days working with a Chevrolet Volt courtesy of Parkland dealer Titus-Will Chevrolet.

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CPTC Welcomes Prospective Students to Visit Campus for Evening Open House

July 15, 2016

Clover Park Technical College successfully hosted its second Evening Open House Wednesday, welcoming hundreds of prospective students to visit the Lakewood campus and learn about the school. The event was open to the public and was held in the evening to cater to working adults looking to find out more about the dozens of programs CPTC offers.

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CPTC Offers Nurse Camp Students Hands-On Experience

July 14, 2016

Clover Park Technical College’s health sciences and human services programs enjoyed a special group of visitors Thursday afternoon, as 18 local high school students joined CPTC’s instructors and students for some hands-on experience as part of the 2016 Nurse Camp.

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A Cut Above: CPTC Instructor Helps Barber Find His Voice

June 29, 2016

Fate was working in Michael Floyd’s favor when Dr. Phil Venditti, a public speaking instructor at Clover Park Technical College, walked into his barbershop for a hair cut. Floyd has owned his barbershop, “A Cut Above,” in Lakewood for 23 years and is also in training to become a longshoreman, but something was missing in his life. His love of ministry at his local church is his real passion, but public speaking had always been a challenge for him.

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CPTC Manufactures Professional Managers

June 23, 2016

Working professionals may have decades of experience, but sometimes going back to school is the only way to advance in their field. Clover Park Technical College sought to meet these professional’s needs with the introduction of the Bachelor of Applied Science in Operations Management program almost two years ago.

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Loveday Steps Into New Role as CPTC Interim President

June 21, 2016

The Clover Park Technical College Board of Trustees selected Dr. Joyce Loveday to serve as interim president at the May 18 Board of Trustees meeting, and Dr. Loveday stepped into her new role June 1.

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CPTC recognizes more than 400 graduates at 20th Commencement Ceremony

June 20, 2016

Clover Park Technical College’s 20th Annual Commencement Ceremony not only impacted those who walked across the stage, but it will also impact those whose lives might be transformed one day by the 2016 graduates. More than 400 graduates took that life-changing walk Saturday afternoon to earn their CPTC degrees.

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MLT Students Meet and Greet Lab Professionals

June 16, 2016

Real-world experience can be one of the hardest things to acquire for a college student, but it’s also one of the most important factors for being hired after graduation. Clover Park Technical College’s Medical Laboratory Technician program sets its students up for success by holding an annual meet-and-greet for local clinical professionals to meet with CPTC students about potential internships in their labs.

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Computer Programming Students Present Spring Quarter Projects

June 14, 2016

Students from the Clover Park Technical College Computer Programming and Web Development Program offered a glimpse into six different projects conducted during the spring quarter as they presented their projects Monday morning at McGavick Conference Center.

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Students Honored Under Candlelight at Fourth Annual Awards Ceremony

June 10, 2016

Though a tight-knit, modest community, Clover Park Technical College didn’t go small when honoring faculty and staff deemed outstanding during the fourth annual Student Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, June 8.

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CPTC Friends Old and New Unite for Retiree Luncheon

June 9, 2016

You know Clover Park Technical College is an excellent place to work when retired faculty and staff – some retired more than 20 years – continue to visit the campus.

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Student Involvement: CPTC Awakens the Force

June 6, 2016

The force was strong at Clover Park Technical College as students, friends and family enjoyed the newest Star Wars movie “The Force Awakens” during Outdoor Movie Night, June 4, 2016. The free event was hosted outdoors and allowed students to bring blankets, chairs, pillows, and anything to make them and their guests comfortable while watching the new release on a theater-sized inflatable screen.

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Rep. Kilmer: This is a school that’s got your six

June 2, 2016

In an intimate room with a small group of veterans, family and friends there was a celebration in order at Clover Park Technical College, June 1, 2016. Veterans were receiving their honor cords during the 3rd Annual CPTC Veteran Honor Cord Ceremony.

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Student Involvement: First-Ever Field Day at CPTC

June 2, 2016

A little bit of fun to breakup the day is what Clover Park Technical College is all about. That’s why the first ever “Field Day” fit right in at CPTC’s Lakewood campus, June 1, 2016.

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Student Involvement: The Great CPTC Get Together

May 31, 2016

It was a typical Washington day for most people in Lakewood — clouds and all — but not for Clover Park Technical College students and staff who were celebrating their fourth annual Spring Fest, May 26, 2016.

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CPTC Foundation: Reflecting on Transforming Lives Campaign

May 3, 2016

CPTC Foundation’s Transforming Lives Campaign ended Dec. 31, 2015, but the nearly $1 million raised will positively impact students and the campus community for years to come.

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Transforming Lives Through Scholarships

May 2, 2016

CPTC scholarship recipients and donors were recognized April 19 at the CPTC Foundation’s 10th Annual Scholarship Banquet.

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An Innovative Partnership

April 12, 2016

A spirit of innovation is the result of a partnership between CPTC and the Northwestern Joint Regional Correctional Facility on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

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A Human Services Family Network

April 11, 2016

When Tianna Guien was enrolled in CPTC's Human Services Program, her peers knew her mom was also on campus.

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Emergency Phone Towers Coming Soon

April 6, 2016

CPTC partnered with the college’s Associated Student Government to add another layer of security on campus with the purchase of emergency phone towers.

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Career Center Prepares Students for Employment

March 30, 2016

Hana Greer recommends students make their first visit to the Career Center at least six months before they complete their program.

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Remembering Beloved Community Member, Elnora Medley

March 24, 2016

The CPTC community mourns the loss of long-time Cosmetology Program supporter and volunteer Elnora Medley.

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A Career in the Outdoors

March 23, 2016

Environmental Sciences and Technology graduate Tara Livingood recently celebrated 15 years with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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Veterans Resource Center Opens Doors to New Space

March 15, 2016

The Veterans Resource Center has settled into its new location in Building 2 on Clover Park Technical College’s Lakewood Campus.

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Studying for a Promotion

March 14, 2016

Ryan Reygers has noticed a trend in the Retail Business Management Program he teaches at Clover Park Technical College.

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Graphic Technologies Graduate Designs His Career

March 10, 2016

Ryan Riveness wasn’t sure he could turn something he enjoyed into a career.

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Mechatronics Students Learn Robotics

March 4, 2016

Mechatronics students are programming a FANUC robotic arm to draw images.

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Students Get Career Ready

March 3, 2016

CPTC students and alumni took advantage of a career planning opportunity with the 2016 Spring Career/Job Fair at the McGavick Conference Center on March 2.

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Culinary Arts Learns Outside the Classroom

March 2, 2016

Restaurant Management instructor Monique Trudnowski wants her students to learn more about the industry than just the “four-walled restaurant."

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Graphic Technologies Enjoys Memorable Assignment

March 2, 2016

Second and fourth quarter students in CPTC’s Graphic Technologies Program had a unique opportunity to show off their learned design skills.

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Putting Skills to the Test

February 24, 2016

Two four-person teams competed in the first Northwest Regional Aviation Maintenance Competition.

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Preparing Students for Careers

February 23, 2016

After a friend of Chanelle Johnson’s completed the Advanced Composites Manufacturing Certificate, Johnson enrolled in the two-quarter program.

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Hometown Hero Jermaine Kearse Visits CPTC

February 18, 2016

Lakewood native and Seattle Seahawk Jermaine Kearse visited Clover Park Technical College for a special campus event Feb. 16.

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Student Chef Specials Highlight Culture, Creativity

February 11, 2016

CPTC's Rainier Room is open Wednesday-Friday 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., and provides hands-on learning for the college’s Culinary Arts students.

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Instructor Ken Markovits Receives 2016 NISOD Excellence Award

February 10, 2016

Congratulations to Hemodialysis Technician instructor Ken Markovits, who was selected as CPTC's 2016 NISOD Excellence Award recipient.

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Dr. John E. Roueche Highlights CPTC, Bates Joint Faculty Inservice Event

February 5, 2016

CPTC welcomed Dr. John E. Roueche to its Lakewood Campus for a special joint faculty inservice meeting with Bates Technical College in the McGavick Event Center on Feb. 5.

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Congratulations to CPTC’s Newest Tenured Faculty, Dana Guinn

February 3, 2016

The Clover Park Technical College Board of Trustees awarded tenure to Medical Laboratory Technician instructor Dana Guinn on Jan. 20.

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Graduate Finds Niche as Cosmetologist

January 29, 2016

While a student in CPTC's Cosmetology Program, Ashley Wells was inspired by something instructor Michelle Ganyon said more than 10 years ago.

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Sustainability in the Community

January 21, 2016

Sustainable Building Science instructor Dan Smith is designing and building a community structure with the help of his students.

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Former Running Start Student Lands on Reality TV

January 12, 2016

Before she sat front row at Fashion Week 2015 in New York, and before she appeared in season 20 of The Bachelor, Breanne Rice was a Running Start student at CPTC.

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Get to Know ASG President Myra Morales

January 6, 2016

Whether at home, on campus or in the community, Myra Morales is involved.

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Student Leader Finds Success as Software Engineer

December 21, 2015

CPTC's Student Leadership & Service Center led Nate Oelrich to two major and important life events.

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‘Never Stop Learning’

December 16, 2015

Julie Wellborn discovered her passion more than two decades ago while a student at Clover Park Technical College.

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Coding Their Future

December 9, 2015

Computer Programming and Web Development students presented coding projects at end-of-quarter presentations.

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From Soldier to Welder

December 2, 2015

Former soldier prepares for career in welding.

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Pharmacy Technician Instructor Receives State Award

November 24, 2015

Pharmacy Technician Instructor Maureen Sparks named Outstanding Pharmacy Technician of the Year by the Washington State Pharmacy Association.

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Earning a Bachelor’s Degree at CPTC

November 20, 2015

Wanting to work while also learning technical skills, Loussaint Minett enrolled in CPTC's Bachelor of Applied Science in Operations Management Program.

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Celebrating Diversity and International Education

November 18, 2015

Diversity was celebrated Nov. 17 at CPTC's 2nd Annual Diversity and International Education Fair at the McGavick Event Center.

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Bringing Together the Aviation Community

November 16, 2015

To create more opportunities for students in the aviation programs at CPTC’s South Hill Campus, Andre Hunter helped to establish the Future Mechanics and Aviation Club.

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Veterans Day Ceremony 2015

November 12, 2015

The college community joined staff, faculty and student veterans at CPTC’s 2015 Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 12 at the McGavick Event Center.

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Massage Studies Program Sets Up Students for Success

November 6, 2015

A trio of Massage Studies graduates share how CPTC set them up for success.

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Automotive Student Awarded Grainger Scholarship

November 5, 2015

Congratulations to Automotive Collision Technician student Kirk Clark, who recently received a Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship.

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CPTC Faculty Receives Training on Active Threats

November 2, 2015

CPTC's In-service day for faculty on Oct. 23 included training on how instructors can recognize and respond to the threat of an active shooter on campus.

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Community Visits CPTC for Fall Open House

October 30, 2015

More than 350 people visited the college's programs on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

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Shrimp Cocktail, Reinvented: Chef Instructor Shares Popular Recipe at Holiday Show

October 28, 2015

Culinary Arts Instructor Chef William Jolly demonstates how to make th perfect shrimp cocktail.

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Designing Her Future: CPTC Alumna Credits Instructors, Degree with Job Success

October 27, 2015

Bachelor’s degree holder returns to school at CPTC and finds career success in growing industry.

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HVAC Welcomes Industry Members to Open House

October 23, 2015

CPTC's HVAC Program invited alumni and industry members to an open house event on Oct. 20.

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CPTC Sends Expression of Support to Umpqua Community College

October 21, 2015

CPTC's PTK Chapter invited the college community to sign a condolence banner for Umpqua Community College.

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Pastry Arts Grad Does Stint in France, Whips Up New Career

October 14, 2015

Before Jennifer Phillips put her Pastry Arts Degree to use in the local industry, she took her acquired culinary skills from CPTC to France.

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Former Marine Forges Industry Connections, New Career in Manufacturing

October 2, 2015

As Jake Boushack prepared to separate from service with the U.S. Marine Corps, the artilleryman researched employable fields in Washington state.

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Cosmetology Student Surprised with Scholarship

October 1, 2015

Cosmetology student Kimyatta Tillman is surprised with a $5,000 scholarship.

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Instructor Receives PSE Distinguished Faculty Award

September 29, 2015

Dental Assistant instructor receives the 2015 PSE Distinguished Faculty Award.

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Opening Day 2015: Operation Student Success

September 21, 2015

CPTC staff and faculty celebrated the start of a new academic year with the college’s annual Opening Day event Sept. 18.

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Peer Ambassador Receives Statewide Leadership Award

September 17, 2015

Ask Ashley Duncan a question about student life at Clover Park Technical College, and chances are she’ll have an answer.

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CPTC Launches Bachelor’s Degree Holders into In-Demand Field

September 15, 2015

Computer Programming and Web Development graduates find employment with the Washington State Department of Ecology.

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CPTC official joins Washington Governor Jay Inslee on trade mission to Asia

September 10, 2015

Mabel Edmonds was one of more than 60 delegates who attended a trade mission with Gov. Jay Inslee to Korea and Japan last week.

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Daughters Follow Mother’s Footsteps into Nursing

September 2, 2015

When sisters Kristina and Celeste Lott enrolled in CPTC's LPN program, their mother Kristi returned to CPTC to earn her RN degree.

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Transforming Lives Campaign: Giving Students the Power to Grow

August 21, 2015

Clover Park Technical College Foundation’s Transforming Lives Campaign targets three areas: people, careers and community.

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Community Helps Nursing Student Overcome Obstacles

August 19, 2015

Andrea Castaneda overcame anxiety to pursue an education and career in the nursing field.

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Student Success offices return to Building 17

August 18, 2015

CPTC recently completed a remodel of the Student Success area of Building 17.

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Hayes Child Development Center Receives NAEYC Reaccreditation

August 13, 2015

Hayes Child Development Center recently received reaffirmation of accreditation by the NAEYC.

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One Quarter, 10 English Credits

August 13, 2015

Accelerated English Program offers opportunity to co-enroll in two English courses.

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‘Lunch on Lonnie’

August 10, 2015

CPTC President Dr. Lonnie L. Howard treated Cosmetology faculty to lunch on Aug. 10.

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Small Investment, Big Return

July 29, 2015

McGranahan Architects has a long history with CPTC and its Foundation.

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Health Unit Coordinator Student Wants to Give Back

July 28, 2015

Jeanee Henson’s time spent in and out of hospitals during her childhood left a lasting impression on her.

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Growing & Showing Leadership

July 27, 2015

The CPTC Chapter of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges hosted its third annual luncheon July 23.

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Congratulations to the President’s Unsung Hero for July

July 20, 2015

The Enrollment Calling Campaign group is the President's Unsung Hero for July.

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Earning His Wings

July 20, 2015

Former Professional Pilot student is ready to earn his commercial pilot license.

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Instructor Receives National Award

July 16, 2015

Instructor Maureen Sparks receives national award for her contributions to pharmacy technician education.

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Learning from the Experts

July 6, 2015

The longevity of the program and dedicated faculty make CPTC’s Aviation Maintenance Technician Program stand out.

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A New Start, A New Career

June 29, 2015

Student looks forward to new career in Non-Destructive Testing field.

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CPTC Celebrates Class of 2015

June 22, 2015

More than 400 students received their degree, certificate or diploma for the 2014-2015 academic year at this year's commencement ceremony.

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Hands-on History Lesson

June 9, 2015

A group of Aviation Maintenance Technician students help restore a WWII plane for an upcoming movie.

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The Start of the Next Mission

June 9, 2015

Twenty-four graduating student veterans participated in the 2015 Veterans Honor Cord Ceremony at the McGavick Event Center on June 5.

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A Night to Celebrate Leadership

June 8, 2015

Annual Student Awards Ceremony recognizes those exemplifying academic and community leadership at CPTC.

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Preparing for Summer Internships

June 4, 2015

Medical Histology Technician students met with clinical site supervisors in an interview event on campus.

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Ready for the Final Course

May 29, 2015

Former Culinary Arts student returns to take final class after nine-year absence.

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Learning Across Cultures

May 27, 2015

CPTC welcomed 38 students from Osaka Jikei College for a three-day study tour May 19-21.

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James Johnson Receives Posthumous Honorary Degree

May 21, 2015

Dr. Lonnie L. Howard presents a posthumous honorary degree to family of James Johnson.

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Military Appreciation Month: Camaraderie at the VRC

May 20, 2015

The CPTC veterans group's goal is to assist other student veterans.

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Congratulations to the President’s Unsung Hero for May

May 18, 2015

College relations specialist Somer Hanson is the President's Unsung Hero for May 2015.

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The ‘Esthe Sisters’

May 15, 2015

CPTC graduates share love of skin care and customer service under the same roof.

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CPTC Welcomes 3,500 for Annual Career Conference

May 14, 2015

CPTC welcomed 3,500 area middle school, high school and prospective students at the 15th Annual Career Conference on May 14.

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Medical Lab Tech Students Meet and Greet

May 7, 2015

Medical Lab Technician students meet with clinical site representatives at annual meet and greet event.

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Tutors Help Students Succeed

May 6, 2015

CPTC's Tutoring Center offers free tutoring to help students succeed.

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Preparing for Management Level with BAS-OPM

April 24, 2015

Bryan Daniels is part of the first cohort of students in CPTC's Bachelor of Applied Science in Manufacturing Operations Program.

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Foundation Celebrates Scholarship Recipients

April 22, 2015

CPTC scholarship recipients and donors were recognized at the college’s 9th Annual Scholarship Banquet.

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Congratulations to the President’s Unsung Hero for April

April 21, 2015

Medical Histology Technician Instructor Bekki Haggerty is the President's Unsung Hero for April.

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From Students to Surgical Technologists

April 20, 2015

Surgical Technology graduates share with current students what they can expect in the industry.

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Student Takes CPTC Degree to Japan

April 13, 2015

International student returns home to Japan with Interior Design degree.

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McGranahan Architects Wins Design Award for CPTC Building

April 10, 2015

McGranahan Architects in Tacoma has received a Grand Prize Award for its creative design of CPTC's Health Sciences Building in the Spring 2015 Learning By Design Architectural Showcase.

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Finding Community in Painting

April 7, 2015

Emiko Hammond has attended CPTC's Continuing Education painting class for nearly two decades.

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Preparing to Launch

April 2, 2015

Graduates of Clover Park Technical College's Interior Design Program gain valuable experience before going out on their own.

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Congratulations to All-WA Academic Team Honorees

March 31, 2015

Walker Mattson and Callie Dukett were honored as 2015 All-Washington Academic Team selections from Clover Park Technical College.

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Student Veteran Shares Story with Local Legislators

March 26, 2015

CPTC student Amber James shared her testimony with a unique audience.

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LPN Students Receive Their Pins

March 20, 2015

Thirty-one Practical Nursing students who completed the LPN program this quarter were honored at a pinning ceremony.

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Interior Design Students Present at Portfolio Event

March 19, 2015

Interior Design students showcased their creativity at the program’s annual student portfolio event March 18

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Congratulations to the President’s Unsung Hero for March

March 16, 2015

Fran Matz was selected the President's Unsung Hero for March.

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CNISS Student Named All-USA Gold Scholar

March 13, 2015

Callie Dukett shared her secret to achieving a 4.0 GPA at Clover Park Technical College.

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Esthetic Sciences Students Volunteer at Women’s Health Event

March 11, 2015

CPTC's Esthetic Sciences students volunteered at a community event at the Carol Milgard Breast Center in Tacoma on March 6.

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Congratulations to Our New Tenured Faculty

March 9, 2015

The CPTC Board of Trustees awarded tenure to four instructors on March 4.

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Histology Students Volunteer at Madigan

February 25, 2015

When the Department of Pathology at Madigan Army Medical Center on JBLM had a need for histology technicians, students from CPTC stepped up to help.

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Designing Her Future

February 18, 2015

Running Start student Julianna Jewell will graduate in June 2016 with her high school diploma and Graphic Technologies Degree at the age of 17.

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Congratulations to the President’s Unsung Hero for February

February 17, 2015

Workforce Development Grants and Special Projects Coordinator Christine Campbell was selected the President's Unsung Hero for February.

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Comfortable in Her Own Skin

February 12, 2015

Taylor Conley has discovered a new confidence as a student in CPTC's Esthetic Sciences Program.

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A Sweet Side of Chicago

February 6, 2015

Pastry Arts graduate Mollie Stewart is headed to Chicago to work on the pastry line.

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CPTC Hosts Regional Automotive Competition

February 4, 2015

CPTC's Automotive Program hosted the 2015 SkillsUSA South Puget Sound Regional Automotive Competition Jan. 31.

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Teaching Excellence: An Aerial View

February 3, 2015

What faculty excellence means to Professional Pilot Instructor Marshall Collins.

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Preparing for the Aerospace Industry

February 2, 2015

More than 100 CPTC students and graduates had the chance to network with employers at the college’s inaugural Winter Aerospace Career.

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A Design Network

January 26, 2015

Friendships formed in the Architectural Engineering Design Program helped pave a career path for graduate Linda Brent.

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CPTC President Participates in Local MLK Events

January 23, 2015

CPTC President Dr. Lonnie L. Howard was invited to speak at Harrison Preparatory’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly Jan. 16.

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Congratulations to the Winter Quarter President’s Scholarship Recipient

January 22, 2015

Congratulations to Katie Stock, Clover Park Technical College Winter Quarter President’s Scholarship recipient.

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Graphic Technologies Students ‘CPTC Themselves’ in the Industry

January 21, 2015

About 35 students toured Print NW in Lakewood to see what they learn about in the classroom.

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Congratulations to the President’s Unsung Hero for January

January 20, 2015

CPTC's Facilities and Information Technology Departments were selected as the President's Unsung Hero for January.

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Surgical Technology Instructor Granted Tenure

January 9, 2015

Surgical Technology Instructor Ronda Armstrong was granted tenure Dec. 10.

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Preparing for the Next Career

December 19, 2014

Noah Hebert enrolled in CPTC’s Computer Information Technology Program to enter a field with available jobs and advancement opportunities.

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Cosmetology Student Gives Back

December 12, 2014

Cosmetology student volunteers to provide hair care for tribal elders.

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Building to Sustain

December 9, 2014

Sustainable Building Science is about taking action that meets the needs of people, profit and the planet while sustaining natural resources for the future.

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CPTC Spreads Holiday Cheer on Campus

December 5, 2014

CPTC brought holiday cheer to campus Dec. 4 to help ease the financial and mental stress that often occurs during the holidays.

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CIT Students Present Quarter Projects

December 2, 2014

Clover Park Technical College Computer Information Technology students presented their Fall Quarter projects at an end-of-quarter presentation Dec. 1.

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Composites Graduate Shares Success Story

December 1, 2014

CPTC graduate returns to campus to share her experience of working for the Boeing Company.

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Hayes Child Development Center Gets Crafty

November 21, 2014

Families worked together to build creative crafts at a hands-on event at Clover Park Technical College’s Hayes Child Development Center Nov. 20.

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Celebrating Diversity

November 21, 2014

In recognition of International Education Week and to celebrate diversity, CPTC hosted its first Diversity and International Education Fair Nov. 18.

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The Entrepreneurial Spirit

November 19, 2014

Cosmetology Instructor Denise Klug can teach about entrepreneurship from experience.

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Congratulations to Cindy Overton, the President’s Unsung Hero for November

November 17, 2014

Cindy Overton was selected the Unsung Hero for the month of November for her dedication to increasing student success and educational access.

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CPTC Celebrates Veterans

November 13, 2014

The CPTC community gathered for the annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the McGavick Event Center Nov. 13.

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Teaching Excellence: Encouraging Creativity

November 13, 2014

Loreta Sandoval has been an instructor for nearly 20 years at CPTC, where she encourages her math students to think creatively.

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CPTC President Reflects on His First Year of Tenure

November 10, 2014

This September marked the one-year anniversary of Dr. Lonnie L. Howard’s tenure as president of Clover Park Technical College.

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Japanese Students Visit CPTC for Study Tour

November 7, 2014

A group of Japanese medical laboratory students from Osaka Jikei College visited Clover Park Technical College for a three-day study tour Oct. 27-29.

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Workshop Helps Identify True Colors

November 5, 2014

Fifteen members of the CPTC community attended a workshop hosted by the college's Chapter of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges Nov. 4.

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Students Empowering Other Students

November 3, 2014

Recently chartered club provides support to students on a peer-to-peer level.

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Recipes with Memories

October 27, 2014

Maria Medina enrolled in CPTC's Pastry Arts Program to pursue her dream to be a professional baker.

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Campus Event Caters to Student Veterans

October 24, 2014

CPTC's Veterans Resource Center and Disability Resources Office hosted representatives from the Washington Department of Veteran Affairs for a special campus event Oct. 22.

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Holiday Cooking with CPTC’s Culinary Arts

October 23, 2014

Chef William Jolly and Culinary Arts student Kelson Williams presented a 15-minute “Cooking for the Holidays” demo at the Tacoma Holiday Food and Gift Festival.

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Congratulations to Bryan Powell, the President’s Unsung Hero for October

October 20, 2014

Bryan Powell, CPTC's coordinator for grant development, was selected October's Unsung Hero.

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CPTC Student Wins On Wheel of Fortune

October 15, 2014

CPTC student Charles McDonald won big on Wheel of Fortune.

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‘Math is What You Do’

October 9, 2014

More than 800 middle school students visited Clover Park Technical College's Lakewood campus Oct. 9 for the annual Math Conference.

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Automotive Students Participate in Public Service Event

October 9, 2014

Nine automotive students from Clover Park Technical College volunteered in a statewide “Lights On” campaign Oct. 4.

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Getting to Know CPTC’s ASG President

October 6, 2014

Katie Stock enrolled in CPTC's Architectural Engineering Design Program after suffering a "mid-life crisis" at age 27.

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Medical Lab Technician Students Learn Hands On

October 1, 2014

Medical Lab Technician students prepare for their externships at clinical sites.

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Preparing for a Career in a High-Demand Field

September 30, 2014

Chris Fromm was drawn to the hands-on aspect of creating something in the welding industry and enrolled in CPTC's program.

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‘I’m Doing This for My Future’

September 25, 2014

Kelli Taylor is preparing for her future as a student in the Dental Assistant Program.

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Staff and Faculty Celebrate Change at Opening Day

September 19, 2014

Clover Park Technical College staff and faculty celebrated the start of the 2014-2015 academic school year with an Opening Day event Sept. 19 at the McGavick Conference Center.

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Student Finds Second Chance at CPTC

September 18, 2014

CPTC student Frances Jordan prepares for a career in the medical field with the Health Unit Coordinator Program.

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Introducing CPTC Veteran Navigator Shawn Durnen

September 15, 2014

Former soldier and CPTC student Shawn Durnen took over as Veteran Navigator earlier this month.

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Peer Ambassador Program Recognized at Conference

September 10, 2014

CPTC's Peer Ambassador Program was recognized at state level at the LEAD 2014 Leadership and Activities Institute.

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Congratulations to the Fall Quarter President’s Scholarship Recipients

September 8, 2014

Congratulations to Clover Park Technical College Fall Quarter President's Scholarship recipients, Daniel Lukyanov and Walker Mattson.

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Out and About with CPTC President Dr. Lonnie L. Howard

September 5, 2014

The last week of Summer Quarter at Clover Park Technical College was busy for everyone on campus, including President Dr. Lonnie L. Howard.

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Nursing Students Celebrate Program Completion with Pinning Ceremonies

September 3, 2014

CPTC's Nursing Program celebrated the completion of 25 RN and 42 LPN students at formal pinning ceremonies.

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Teaching Excellence: Nationally Recognized Instructor Dedicated to CPTC

September 2, 2014

Pharmacy Technician Instructor Maureen Sparks' dedication and commitment to CPTC, the community and her field is also evident outside of the classroom.

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CPTC’s Security Department Receives Vehicle Upgrade

August 28, 2014

For more than 10 years CPTC’s Security Department has operated with three used vehicles, repurposing, recycling and reusing whenever possible.

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Dental Student Prepares to be on Top of Different Game

August 27, 2014

Former junior college basketball player found her next career move with CPTC's Dental Assistant Program.

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Online Program Advances Students in Retail Industry

August 20, 2014

CPTC's online Retail Management Program prepares students for careers in marketing, sales, retailing, customer service, entrepreneurship, and general business applications.

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Congratulations to Janet Holm, the President’s Unsung Hero for August

August 18, 2014

Janet Holm, Clover Park Technical College’s outreach coordinator, was selected as the Unsung Hero for the month of August for her efforts to refine CPTC’s business practices and increase student success and educational access.

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New Career Track Starts at CPTC

August 15, 2014

After Leslie Potts rediscovered her love of math, she enrolled in CPTC's Accounting Program to pursue a career as an accountant.

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‘You Can Go Back to School’

August 12, 2014

After almost two decades in the workforce, Michael Kizer enrolled at CPTC to prepare for a career as a business owner.

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Female Leaders Highlight Annual AAWCC Luncheon

August 11, 2014

The CPTC Chapter of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges hosted a panel of local female leaders for its second annual luncheon July 24.

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2014 Puget Sound Energy Distinguished Faculty Award

August 7, 2014

Congratulations to Nursing Instructor Lara Cooper, who was selected to receive the 2014 Puget Sound Energy Distinguished Faculty Award.

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Alum’s Software Benefits Hemodialysis Technician Students

August 1, 2014

CPTC alum creates web-based medical charting software to give Hemodialysis Technician students a 'real world' learning environment.

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Navigator Guides Students to Careers

July 30, 2014

CPTC's Air Washington navigator helps guide students to a successful career track.

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Nurse Camp

July 28, 2014

Twenty-one high school students from the MultiCare Health System Nurse Camp 2014 visited Clover Park Technical College July 24.

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Student Pursues Career to Help Others

July 18, 2014

CPTC Human Services Student Tianna White helps those in need in the Tacoma community.

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Congratulations to the President’s Unsung Hero for July, CPTC’s Graduation Committee

July 14, 2014

The CPTC Graduation Committee was selected as the July Unsung Hero for their innovative work in organizing the campus-wide annual event.

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CPTC to Debut Two New Programs Fall Quarter

July 10, 2014

Clover Park Technical College will introduce a Bachelor of Applied Science in Manufacturing Operations (BASMO) and an Associate in Applied Science in Mechatronics beginning Fall Quarter (Sept. 22).

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Local Artist Creates Public Artwork for Clover Park Technical College

July 9, 2014

Norman Courtney created public art pieces for CPTC with the theme 'transformation.'

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Automotive Technician Program Receives Biodiesel Machine

July 8, 2014

CPTC's Automotive Technician students will turn used cooking oil into alternate fuel.

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From Football to the Classroom

July 1, 2014

When Al Brown's dream of playing football for the Dallas Cowboys didn't come true, he pursued an education at Clover Park Technical College to help and inspire others.

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Human Services Student Receives Volunteer Recognition

June 30, 2014

The Boys and Girls Club Lakewood Branch selected Clover Park Technical College Human Services student Volunteer of the Month.

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Student Finds Direction in Army Reserves and CPTC

June 26, 2014

While serving in the Army Reserves, Tiffany Nguyen was inspired to pursue an education in the medical field at Clover Park Technical College.

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College 101 Introduces New Students to CPTC

June 25, 2014

About 90 new students participated in Clover Park Technical College's opening session of the College 101 course at the McGavick Student Center on the Lakewood campus June 20.

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Vision Loss Not a Barrier for Massage Studies Student

June 23, 2014

Despite being legally blind in his left eye, Perry Lewis is about to successfully complete his third quarter in the Massage Studies program at Clover Park Technical College.

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CPTC Peer Ambassador Program Gives Students Meaningful Experiences

June 20, 2014

The Office of Student Programs at Clover Park Technical College launched the Peer Ambassador program last fall to decrease barriers and increase access to academic and support services for students.

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2014 CPTC Commencement Ceremony

June 19, 2014

More than 400 students received their degree, certificate or diploma for the 2013-2014 academic year at the 18th Annual Clover Park Technical College Commencement Ceremony at the Tacoma Dome June 18.

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CIT Students Showcase Programming at End of Quarter Presentation

June 17, 2014

Computer Information Technology students showcased their projects and learned from industry employers at end of quarter presentation June 12.

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CPTC Diversity Committee Presents ‘The Men of Atalissa’

June 16, 2014

Clover Park Technical College's Diversity Committee partnered with the University of Washington Tacoma Diversity Resource Center for a film and discussion event.

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Academic and Community Leadership Recognized at Annual Awards Ceremony

June 13, 2014

Thirteen awards were presented at Clover Park Technical College’s 2nd Annual Student Awards Ceremony at the Lakewood campus June 4.

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Sustainability in Action: Flett Creek Habitat Continues to Improve

June 11, 2014

Seven years after receiving a grant from the Pierce County Community Salmon Fund, areas of the Flett Creek wetland across the street from the Clover Park Technical College Lakewood campus continue to improve to provide a better salmon habitat.

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Nursing Student Named Assisted Living Nurse of the Year

June 9, 2014

Clover Park Technical College nursing student Monica Chopra was recently named the Assisted Living Nurse of the Year for 2014 by the Washington Health Care Association.

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Running Start Student Gets Jump Start in Architectural Field

June 4, 2014

Running Start student Jasmine Tjhung graduates high school this month and is set to complete the Architectural Engineering Design program at CPTC winter 2015.

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Seventh Graders Learn From Environmental Sciences and Technology Students

June 2, 2014

Seventh grade science students studying ecology at Woodbrook Middle School in Lakewood learned from Environmental Sciences and Technology students at Clover Park Technical College.

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CPTC Graphic Technologies Student Wins Poster Design Contest

May 30, 2014

Graphic Technologies student Sean Kirkpatrick won first place in the 2014 PrintROCKS! Student Designed Poster Contest.

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CPTC Hosts Study Tour for Japanese Students

May 29, 2014

Medical laboratory students from Japan worked with Clover Park Technical College Medical Histology Technician students on hands-on lab activities, toured campus, and visited Seattle as part of a three-day study tour.

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Education Helped in Soldier’s Transition

May 28, 2014

After Brian Fraser separated from the Army, CPTC was his first step in his transition to the civilian sector.

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‘Awesome Guaranteed’ at 2nd Annual Spring Fest

May 27, 2014

Students were treated to free food and entertainment at Clover Park Technical College's 2nd Annual Spring Fest.

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Grad’s Career in Human Services Started at CPTC

May 21, 2014

Alanna Rodgers' career in human services started at CPTC. Now current students volunteer with Rodgers' event, Project Homeless Connect.

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Congratulations to Michelle Barre, the President’s Unsung Hero for May

May 19, 2014

Michelle Barre, Clover Park Technical College’s Advising and Counseling/Student Services program assistant, was selected as the May Unsung Hero recipient for her dedication to increase student success and educational access.

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CPTC Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Earns Five-Star Status

May 19, 2014

Beta Omicron Gamma, Clover Park Technical College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, received five-star chapter status for the fifth year in a row.

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Cosmetology Couple Finds Love and Success after CPTC

May 13, 2014

CPTC alums have enjoyed a successful marriage and career since graduation.

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Veterans Gather for Forum at Lakewood Campus

May 2, 2014

Clover Park Technical College hosted nearly 75 veterans, family members and community members for a Veterans Issues Forum at the McGavick Student Center April 30.

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Hayes Child Development Center Takes Field Trip to Nursing Lab

May 1, 2014

A group of children from the Hayes Child Development Center at Clover Park Technical College took a field trip to the nursing lab.

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Congratulations to Sharon Freeman, the President’s Unsung Hero for April

April 14, 2014

Sharon Freeman, Clover Park Technical College's Opportunity Grant coordinator, is being awarded with the April Unsung Hero Award for her commitment to educational access and to becoming more entrepreneurial.

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Welcome to Our New International Students!

April 9, 2014

This quarter Clover Park Technical College welcomes its tenth group of aviation students from Civil Aviation Flight University of China.

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Surgical Technology Students Take First and Second in Scrub Bowl

April 3, 2014

Clover Park Technical College students took the top two spots at the Surgical Technology Scrub Bowl March 16 at CPTC's Lakewood campus.

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Forty-Two Students Celebrate Completion of LPN Certificate at Pinning Ceremony

March 28, 2014

Forty-two Clover Park Technical College students celebrated the completion of their Practical Nursing Certificate at a pinning ceremony on March 19, 2014.

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The President’s Unsung Hero for March: CPTC’s Automotive Program

March 17, 2014

Clover Park Technical College's Automotive Program has been given March's Unsung Hero award for their commitment to student success and their responsiveness to the local community.

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Interior Design Students Show Their Work at Portfolio Event

March 14, 2014

Clover Park Technical College Interior Design students showed off their work at the annual student portfolio event on Wed., March 12, in the McGavick Conference Center.

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Two CPTC Students Named to All-Washington Academic Team

March 11, 2014

Two Clover Park Technical College students will be honored as members of the 2014 All-Washington Academic Team at noon on Thurs., March 27, at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia.

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Sustainability in Action – CPTC Finds New Use for Older Computers

February 25, 2014

Clover Park Technical College's South Hill campus continues the tradition of sustainability on campus by finding new uses for the college's older computers.

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CPTC Esthetics Students Are Bringing Beauty Back

February 19, 2014

Students from Clover Park Technical College's Esthetic Sciences program helped bring out the natural beauty of community members at their free spa and make-up event.

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The President’s Unsung Hero Award for February Goes to You, CPTC!

February 18, 2014

It takes the support of many people to ensure student success. That's why the February 2014 Unsung Hero Award goes to every member of our campus community!

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CPVTI Alum Learns to Drive Donated Model-T

February 13, 2014

CPVTI alum Harold Feaster is taught how to drive the Model-T he donated to CPTC 15 years ago, now completely refurbished and running like new.

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Program Spotlight – Manufacturing Technologies

February 7, 2014

CPTC's Manufacturing Technologies students learn to use conventional machine tools, computerized machining systems and produce precision machine parts.

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CPTC Hosts 2014 SkillsUSA Regional Automotive Competition

February 4, 2014

Area high school students rolled up their sleeves and got to work at the 2014 SkillsUSA Regional Automotive Competition hosted by Clover Park Technical College.

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In the Spotlight: Hayes Child Development Center

January 27, 2014

The Hayes Child Development Center on CPTC’s Lakewood campus exists to help turn children and their families into life-long learners.

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

January 23, 2014

Check out this great video and learn how SALT can help you become more financially savvy!

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Congratulations to CPTC’s Newly Tenured Faculty

January 21, 2014

CPTC announces six new faculty members have completed the demanding review process and will be awarded tenure in Dec. 2013.

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Cosmetology Staff Named President’s Unsung Heroes

January 17, 2014

CPTC's entire Cosmetology department was awarded the January 2014 Unsung Hero award for their willingness to give back to their community.

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The President’s Unsung Hero for January 2014

January 13, 2014

Clover Park Technical College awards Ms. Elnora Medley the January 2014 Unsung Hero Award for her 50 years of dedication to the Cosmetology program.

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CPTC Alum Returns to Share Experience with Aerospace Composite Technician Students

January 8, 2014

CPTC alum Joe Kelley presented to aerospace composite students and advised them on how to land their dream job.

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

January 6, 2014

CPTC students restore 1927 Ford Model-T with help from a volunteer from the Tacoma Model-T Club.

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CPTC Gives the Gift of Hope with Annual Holiday House

December 17, 2013

Every year CPTC’s Foundation hosts the Holiday House Program, an annual volunteer activity that distributes December holiday assistance to eligible CPTC students in the form of food, gift cards and holiday gifts.

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CPTC Students Build Machine to Quickly and Efficiently Cool Soda

December 9, 2013

CPTC students from the HVAC program built an energy efficient machine capable of quickly cooling drinks.

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In the Spotlight Profile: Humbled to Serve

November 27, 2013

CPTC alum and Veteran Navigator Jonathan Wagner received the Presidents Call to Service award, the highest honor in national and community service.

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CPTC Instructor Appointed to State Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission

November 15, 2013

CPTC instructor Maureen Sparks is the first Pharmacy Technician to be appointed to the WA State Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission.

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Congressman Heck Reminds Ceremony Attendees to Restate Commitment to Veterans

November 8, 2013

CPTC staff, students and faculty paused to remember, reflect and reignite their commitment to veterans.

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Health Sciences Facility Dedicated

September 20, 2013

On Sept. 20, 2013 CPTC dedicates the new Health Sciences Facility.

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