Feature Stories

Smiling woman Hannah Precour

CPTC Dental Assistant Faculty Discusses Education and Industry Changes During Pandemic

April 16, 2021

Dental Assistant instructor Hannah Precour presented to the Tacoma South Rotary Club via Zoom on April 12, detailing the changes in the program at CPTC and in the dental industry to respond to COVID-19.

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Smiling woman in business attire

Governor Inslee Confirms Alice Phillips as CPTC Board Trustee

March 15, 2021

CPTC is pleased to announce that Governor Jay Inslee has confirmed Alice Phillips as the newest member of the Clover Park Technical College Board of Trustees.

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WABO scholarship winner Angel Esparza

CPTC Welding Students Receive WABO Scholarships

March 11, 2021

Congratulations to CPTC Welding Technology Program students Jose Bazan Jr. and Angel Esparza, recipients of Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO) Welder Program Scholarships for Winter 2021.

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Ryan Reygers, Retail Business Instructor

Reygers Path to Success Began with Technical Education

December 24, 2020

"One of the biggest benefits of a technical education is that you learn from people that have been where you want to go." —Ryan Reygers

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Mt. Tahoma Alumni Association supports the next generation

September 14, 2021
Given that so many Mt. Tahoma alumni find a home at CPTC, it is critical that they have the supports necessary to succeed. This is where the Mt. Tahoma Alumni Association stepped in.
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CPTC collaborates with the Strategic Data Project, an initiative of the Center for Education Policy at Harvard University

August 19, 2021
Clover Park Technical College’s (CPTC) Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness Samantha Dana and Dr. Claire Korschinowski, Dean of Instruction, will participate as fellows in the Strategic Data Project for Postsecondary Career and Technical Education (SDP-CTE), sponsored by the ECMC Foundation.
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CPTC Pastry Arts program a recipe for success for young chef

August 10, 2021
“I realized I wanted to do something more creative, and that’s what baking is all about,” Suparscaia said. “I also really believe that the job you do should bring you joy, so I started looking at culinary and pastry schools and colleges that offered programs. That’s how I found Clover Park.”
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Megan Davey receives national recognition from American Society for Nondestructive Testing

July 27, 2021
2021 winner Megan Davey is currently a tenure track NDT instructor at Clover Park Technical College (CPTC) where she teaches radiography, eddy current, and ultrasound.
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CPTC student awarded Walgreens Pharmacy Technician Certification Scholarship

July 6, 2021
The Clover Park Technical College student is one of only 30 students in the country selected to receive the spring Phi Theta Kappa Walgreens Pharmacy Technician Certificate Scholarship.
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Mechatronics: Unique degree, multiple applications

June 24, 2021
While typically a segment of a traditional engineering degree, CPTC offers a direct path to careers in this emerging field. In fact, the college kind of has the market cornered. The BAS degree is the only four-year mechatronics program offered in the Pacific Northwest, the only 2+2 (associate + bachelor’s degree) mechatronics degree in the U.S., and one of only 10 mechatronics BAS programs in the country.   “The BAS builds on technical skills offered in the Mechatronics Associate in Applied Science degree program, with additional emphasis on the engineering piece of the field that industry partners are looking for,” said Jason Sawatzki, CPTC instructor and co-founder of the BAS-Mechatronics program. That includes hands-on work with wireless communications systems, robotic integrators, distributed networking systems, simulation technologies, artificial intelligence, data analytics and more.
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Cybersecurity: Hottest job in tech

June 16, 2021
“This program is all about getting your hands dirty,” said Jeffrey Turner, CPTC instructor and founder of the BAS Cybersecurity program. “Students will leave the program with the tools, skills and advanced courses they need for a career in cybersecurity.”
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Rachael Butler soars from CPTC student to Hayes Child Development Center Director

June 8, 2021
Rachael Butler spent two years at Evergreen College before shifting gears. After completing the dental assisting program through Bates Technical College, it took two years on the job to realize dentistry wasn’t her passion. So in 2014, Butler walked onto the Clover Park Technical College (CPTC) Lakewood campus ready for something new.
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Army veteran forges new skills at CPTC

May 19, 2021
“I enjoyed being able to learn and practice different types of welding, use various machinery and understand how metal reacts when heated,” Danley said.
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