Who, Where, and What We Are

As a vital member of Washington’s higher education system, Clover Park Technical College offers more than 40 programs grouped into seven schools: Advanced Manufacturing; Aerospace and Aviation; Automotive and Trades; Business and Personal Services; Health and Human Development; Nursing; and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Design. Clover Park Technical College has two campuses: our main campus in Lakewood and our South Hill Campus just south of Puyallup (adjacent to Thun Field), where our aviation programs are located.

CPTC is here to help students redefine education to meet their needs. The college offers courses online and on campus for students getting ready for their first career, their next step within their career, or a new career. While the college has been part of the Pierce County community since the 1940s, its program and course offerings are consistently reevaluated to provide the most relevant and innovative training for in-demand career areas.

Board of Trustees

The Clover Park Technical College Board of Trustees is composed of five community college district residents who are appointed by the governor to a five-year term. The board sets policy for the institution and delegates administrative authority to the president of the college.

Eli Taylor, Chair 
Carol Mitchell, Vice Chair 
Mark Martinez 
Lua Pritchard 
Wayne Withrow 

Our Vision, Themes, Mission, and Values


Educating tomorrow's workforce.


Strengthening our community through responsive education and services.


  • Access
  • Collaboration
  • Diversity
  • Equity
  • Excellence
  • Inclusion
  • Innovation
  • Respect

Core Themes

Workforce Preparation

Students will demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to access employment in their chosen industry.

  • We will refine our method of tracking and measuring graduate employment.
  • Each program’s alignment with industry expectations will be reviewed collaboratively with industry partners.
  • Programs will actively assess student learning at the course, program, and college level.

Student Success

Our students will complete their program at equitable rates and on time.

  • We will implement high-impact, high-touch retention measures.
  • We will eliminate pre-college English and math sequences and faculty will be trained in innovative practices.
  • We will recruit diverse faculty and staff to strengthen our inclusive campus and focus on measuring and improving equity in student outcomes.

Institutional Sustainability

CPTC will operate in a sustainable manner that enables us to prepare an educated workforce for the South Puget Sound.

  • We will expand and diversify our revenue streams by implementing new programs and services in response to local needs.
  • We will expand outreach efforts to diverse student populations, including international students, Running Start students, and recent high school graduates.
  • We will seek national recognition for the excellent work our faculty and staff do in helping students achieve their goals.


CPTC will cultivate an inclusive institutional culture and campus climate by valuing diversity and promoting equitable opportunities for all.

  • We will address opportunity gaps through data analysis, programming and intentional interventions.
  • We will provide support, training, professional development and resources for students, faculty and staff to achieve their full potential.
  • We will develop and implement best practices to eliminate disparities and patterns of inequity.


Clover Park Technical College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding an institution’s accredited status by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution.

Individuals may also contact:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

8060 165th Avenue N.E., Suite 100

Redmond, WA 98052 (425) 558-4224 www.nwccu.org

NWCCU is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the authority on the educational quality and institutional effectiveness of higher education institutions in the Northwest region of the United States, including the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington, as well as British Columbia, Canada.

Clover Park Technical College first received accreditation through NWCCU in December 1999.


Program Accreditations and Certifications

Accreditation and certification have been granted to specific programs at Clover Park Technical College by:

  • American Dental Association 
  • American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists 
  • Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 
  • Federal Aviation Administration 
  • National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences 
  • National Automotive Technicians Educational Foundation 
  • National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation 
  • Washington State Department of Health 
  • Washington State Department of Licensing 
  • Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission 


Advisory Committees

Each career program at CPTC is guided by an advisory committee composed of employers and employees in the field. These committees meet at least two times each year to provide recommendations about methods, procedures, equipment, and curriculum and to ensure that each program meets or exceeds the industry standards of that particular occupation.

Clover Park Technical College Foundation

The Clover Park Technical College Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the needs of CPTC students and programs. Established in 1992, the Foundation is overseen by a volunteer board of up to 24 members. Board membership reflects the diversity of the community and the industries served by the college.

The Foundation changes lives by:

  • Raising funds for students, programs, equipment, technology, and capital projects.
  • Introducing new friends and future supporters to the college.
  • Helping students through difficult times, empowering them to stay in school with scholarships and emergency assistance funds.
  • Supporting employee growth, development, and appreciation.
  • Contributing to college-wide programs and initiatives.

The Clover Park Technical College Foundation Board of Directors is composed of local business and community leaders who volunteer their time and donate their talents and resources to raise friends and funds for the college. The funds raised through their efforts support the college and students through student scholarships and emergency grants, allow the college to acquire state-of-the-art equipment and technology, and offer faculty and staff professional development awards.


Lori Banaszak, President 
Joe Lydic Vice President 
Caroline Henry, Secretary 
Mary Green, Treasurer 
David Harkness, Director at Large 
Kathryn Smith, Director at Large 


Alden Bishop 
Steve Brewer 
Harley Moberg 
Joyce Oubré 
Danielle Perkins 
Shelia Winston

Ex Officio Directors

Janet Holm Executive Director
Eli Taylor, CPTC Trustee Liaison 
Dr. Joyce Loveday, CPTC President 
Lisa Beach, CPTC Director of Compliance