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Category: Colleges


UW Tacoma starts new internship program for students

A new program at the University of Washington Tacoma will pair students with local agencies and businesses for year-long paid internships that emphasize community-based learning.

The City of Tacoma and United Way of Pierce County will be the first agencies to participate in the Institution-to-Institution internship program. Each will take on two UWT students who will spend a year lending their skills to the institutions while learning to apply their education to the world around them.

“Major institutions in the community have an important role to play in the education, professional development and continuing support of UW Tacoma students,” UWT

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UPS presentation focuses on education, race and criminal justice


Learn more about the U.S. prison system and why hundreds of thousands of children are growing up in homes without fathers at an upcoming talk and artistic presentation by two scholars in residence at University of Puget Sound.

Thelma Jackson, education consultant to five Washington governors, and Paul Rucker, artist and musician, will give presentations and invite audience participation at the “Education, Race, and Criminal Justice” event at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25 in Schneebeck Concert Hall on the university campus.

Entrance is free; tickets are not required.

This is the first in a series of three public

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UPS president joins board of national higher education association.

University of Puget Sound President Ronald R. Thomas has been elected to the board of directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), joining his peers from across the nation to represent the voice of private, nonprofit institutions on a national level.

Here is a release issued by the university Wednesday:

President Ron Thomas Elected to NAICU Board of Directors

Thomas joins leadership team of private, nonprofit colleges association


TACOMA, Wash. – University of Puget Sound President Ronald R. Thomas has been elected to the board of directors of the National Association of

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JBLM/Saint Martin’s grads celebrate Friday in Lakewood

Members of Saint Martin’s University’s Extended Learning Division will gather Friday, Feb. 1 to celebrate the graduation of 29 members of its Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) December class of 2012.


The graduation ceremony, which begins at 1 p.m., takes place at the Clover Park Technical College McGavick Conference Center located at 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood. The event will include remarks by University President Roy F. Heynderickx.


Members of the graduating class include service members from various JBLM organizations as well as family members, members of the National Guard, reservists, veterans and non-military affiliated students. For over 40

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Clover Park Tech president to retire in September

Clover Park Technical College President John Walstrum will retire in September, the Lakewood college announced Thursday.

In a message to the college community, Walstrum said his decision to retire comes at “the right time for our college, me and my family.”

Walstrum became president of the college in September 2006.

During his tenure, Clover Park earned national recognition with the MetLife Community College Excellence Award and as an Achieving the Dream institution. For his commitment to students, Walstrum was awarded the Phi Theta Kappa Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction.


Skills center gains college classes

Clover Park Technical College will begin using the Pierce County Skills Center for courses in aviation composite materials this spring.

The center, a cooperative venture in career and technical education involving seven local school districts and four community and technical colleges, is located on Canyon Road.

Clover Park Tech students will use the same facilities and equipment that high school students use for their aviation composite courses.
Boeing and Toray Composite America, Inc., both consumers of composite materials, are located approximately a mile from the center.

The center, which opened in 2010, also recently added more than two

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Bates students use push-up power to spur holiday donations

Bates Technical College employees and students will be out early this morning (Thursday) and Friday to help raise funds for Bates students in need during the college’s 21st annual holiday food and toy drive.

Throughout the two-day fund-raiser, fire service students will continue the annual tradition of performing push-ups for donations.

Volunteers from the college’s fire service program will light up the neighborhood around the school in downtown Tacoma with ladder and fire trucks. From 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., volunteers will canvass the area seeking donations.

Last year’s drive raised more than $10,000 and assisted 175 students.


Clover Park Tech students earn design awards

Three Clover Park Technical College students took home regional prizes in last month’s 2012 National Kitchen and Bath Association student design competition. Brandon Riem won for best kitchen or bathroom design. The award includes a $500 scholarship. Shara Eppert earnd an honorable mention and a $250 scholarship. Lara Sisco won the most inspiration award, and an iPad.