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:

  1. Advanced Manufacturing
  2. Aerospace and Aviation
  3. Automotive and Trades
  4. Business and Personal Services
  5. Health and Human Development
  6. Nursing
  7. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Design.

Clover Park Technical College currently operates out of two locations, its main campus in Lakewood, WA and a satellite campus 15 miles to the south east at South Hill in Puyallup, WA. The 73.6-acre Lakewood campus, a former Navy supply depot during WWII, was acquired in 1954. As a former Navy supply depot with a landing strip, the Lakewood campus has a linear configuration in the east-west direction with most buildings arranged along an east-west pedestrian spine. Building 31 is an outlier at the northwest corner of the site.

Clover Park's South Hill campus is 9.97 acres and holds a 2-story building attached to an airplane hangar.

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.

Physical Addresses

4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW
Lakewood WA 98499-4004

17214 110TH Ave E
Puyallup WA 98374-9509


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.

Alice Phillips, Chair 
Tong Zhu, Vice Chair 
Eli Taylor 
Carol Mitchell 
Jesus Villegas Rivera 

Board of Trustee biographies and meeting information are available at: www.cptc.edu/trustees

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 a Member institution with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Clover Park Technical College's accreditation status is Accreditation Reaffirmed. The NWCCU’s most recent action on the institution’s accreditation status in January 2022 was to reaffirm accreditation. NWCCU is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). 

Inquiries regarding an institution’s accredited status by the NWCCU 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

Accreditation by the NWCCU refers to the institution as a whole. Therefore, statements like "fully accredited" or "this program is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities" or "this degree is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities" are incorrect and should not be used. 

The NWCCU is an independent non-profit organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. It is the regional authority on educational quality and institutional effectiveness of higher-education institutions in the seven-state Northwest region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. It fulfills its mission by establishing accreditation criteria and evaluation procedures by which institutions are reviewed. 

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.


  • Joe Lydic, President
  • Thuli Lushaba, Secretary
  • Mary Green, Treasurer
  • David Harkness, Director at Large
  • Caroline Henry, Director at Large 


  • Alden Bishop  
  • Harley Moberg  
  • Lucas Holm  
  • Nancy Sternitzky  
  • Kris Shegrud 
  • Thushari Gooneratne 

Ex Officio Directors

  • Samantha Dana, Interim Executive Director, Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness
  • Eli Taylor, CPTC Trustee Liaison 
  • Dr. Joyce Loveday, CPTC President 
  • Lisa Beach, CPTC Executive Director of Operations