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  1. "Internship"

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    Former Employee - Lab Assistant in Lakewood, WA
    Former Employee - Lab Assistant in Lakewood, WA

    I worked at Clover Park Technical College part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Internship, close to home, flexible

    Cons

    No job growth, minimum wage


  2. "Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Clover Park Technical College full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    I have no comment for this area

  3. "Tenure isn't meaningful...anyone can be RIF'ed. If enrollment dips, instructors are blamed and let go."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lakewood, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lakewood, WA

    I worked at Clover Park Technical College full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very dedicated support staff and faculty; though admin is often out of touch. programs are modeled after old-style apprenticeships with personal attention for each student. Great on-campus services and well maintained campus. Lots of funding devoted to beautiful buildings/facilities; although not much for employee salaries and updated equipment. Some tuition reimbursement is offered.

    Cons

    Too little money devoted to updated technology and inadequate tech support campus wide. Faculty work load is incredibly high. Academics are very limited. Certain people are favored w higher pay and opportunities, while others are pigeonholed. Very behind with technology; resistant to online offerings and new educational models. Much of curriculum hasn't changed in many years...Enrollment numbers drive everything. Keeping students in seats is valued over quality and excellence. weak Faculty union.

    Advice to Management

    Move into the 21st century. Require teaching experience and a masters degree for faculty in addition to industry experience. It matters! Pay for great staff first...great buildings and landscaping second. Honor faculty contracts for step increases. Raising the bar on quality will help raise enrollment numbers.


  4. "Love This Place!!!!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I worked while attending school here, everyone here is really sweet and really takes the time to help you in your situation. I am still attending school here, while now working as a Medical Assistant.

    Cons

    Nothing, everything is great.....I love this Place!!!!


  5. "Good Old Boys type employer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Most of the support staff and instructors are very easy to work with. Because it is a state job, the benefit package is excellent.

    Cons

    Administration is top heavy. Rather that getting rid of their "dead weight", they hold onto them. This includes some of the instructors who have tenure yet continue to teach out dated material. Do not accept a job at CPTC if you have a mind of your own and feel that you can add or suggest ideas to help things run smoother.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your staff better.


  6. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Office Assistant in Lakewood, WA
    Current Employee - Office Assistant in Lakewood, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Clover Park Technical College part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Able to help mostly non-traditional college students reach career training goals for IN DEMAND careers.
    Excellent location for bus commuters from many different places.

    Cons

    Slow progress in changes to expand the college and services provided for better growth of the college. Programs don't accept enough students to allow more people access to this type of education.

    Advice to Management

    Technical colleges and alternative forms of higher education are the wave of the future! Be open to changes that will grow the student population quicker! There is a great need for technical education that is going to increase very soon!


  7. "Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lakewood, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lakewood, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Feels great to work in a place focused on learning

    Cons

    Subject to WA state funding politics :-(

    Advice to Management

    I don't give unsolicited advice. It is seldom appreciated and never followed.

  8. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Event Custodian in Lakewood, WA
    Current Employee - Event Custodian in Lakewood, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Clover Park Technical College part-time

    Pros

    Laid back job. Everyone is very nice and easy to work with.Flexible hours most of the time. Minimal supervision.

    Cons

    Other than it being an on call position;I cant find a con unless your just a naturally like to complain.

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work and maybe one day get one full time position


  9. "Most students here are focused and determined."

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Lakewood, WA
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Lakewood, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    As a whole, the faculty here empathetic and supportive of the students. One of the best student environments I have ever worked in. Great place for students who are veterans. My dean is excellent--provides good leadership and is flexible and thoughtful. They pay adjunct faculty well (considering the current trend).

    Cons

    Sometimes, the way that the system is structured, students aren't held accountable or given ownership of their own student careers. I think this is mostly done because the college wants to maximize funding by mitigating the number of students that become ineligible for financial aid. Considering that this is a technical program, the college hasn't either thought about or figured out ways to for faculty/staff meetings to be inclusive. It's at the same time every month, but many instructors teach during that time.

    Advice to Management

    Follow your own mission and approach things with an entrepreneurial approach. Don't just do things the same way because that's how you have always done it. Don't just keep the same staff because they have always been around and are likeable. Survey your students and employers--if the data suggests that what a program is teaching is behind the times or outdated, consider mandating continuing education for your instructors.


  10. "Old and outdated"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    A lot of individual work

    Cons

    Keeps dead weight and incompetent people around because they fear firing them.

    Advice to Management

    Get good people in and management that knows what they are managing.


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