Service Notes

Fall 2012 Service-Learning News

New Beginnings

Welcome to Fall Quarter 2012 and the new academic year! Fall is a time of change and this is no exception. In this newsletter you will learn about the new Service-Learning Faculty Fellows program, get caught up on the summer's service activities, and get introduced to our new Service-Learning Specialist. First, check out the new Service-Learning video at http://www.cptc.edu/index.php/programs/service_learning_center/ Big thanks to Media Design and Production student Vince Gould for his hard work getting footage and editing this!

Making A Difference...One Project at a Time

Summer Service Projects

A total of 36 volunteers from CPTC contributed 252 hours to the community in projects ranging from pulling weeds and raking dirt at Mother Earth Farm to cutting hair at Caring for Kids "Ready to Learn Fair" to several members of ASG volunteering for 3 days at the Courage Classic, a bike race benefiting anti-child abuse charities. Their awesome efforts injected $5,294.52 worth of service back into the community. Thanks for all your great work!

Cosmetology Provides Record Amount of Haircuts at Ready to Learn Fair

On August 11th, the Cosmetology program sent more than 30 students and alumni to the annual Ready to Learn Fair sponsored by Caring for Kids. They provided a record 202 haircuts to low-income children from the Clover Park, Steilacoom, and University Place school districts! Diane Formoso, Founder of Caring for Kids, made an announcement honoring their efforts at the September meeting of Lakewood Community Collaboration. Congrats, Cosmetology! You did such amazing work!

Project Homless Connect

Saturday, Oct. 20th 2012 at 9am-5pm

Stewart Middle School, Tacoma, WA

Tacoma, WA

Project Homeless Connect has moved from a once-per-year event to a quarterly event! This gives us three more opportunities to make an impact on the community each year. Some of the services provided to the Pierce County Homeless Population include:
  • Haircuts
  • Even child and pet care
  • Dental services
  • Limited medical care including immunizations & HIV/AIDS testing
  • Info on Veteran's Services, smoking cessation, social security benefits, WIC, legal services, & domestic violence services
Several programs have volunteered in the past, but extra help is always welcomed! Contact the Service-Learning Center for more information about volunteer needs!

Check out: http://www.pchomelessconnect.com/ for more info or to sign up to volunteer!

And make sure you let us know!

Service-Learning Faculty Fellows

Join Us in the Fight Against Poverty!

The Service-Learning Center and the Office of Instruction are proud to announce the great opportunity for up to five faculty members to become part of the first ever cohort of Service-Learning Faculty Fellows. All faculty members (no matter full or part time, Pro-Tech or Gen-Ed) are invited to become Fellows. Please review the following requirements and benefits before contacting the Service-Learning Center.

Faculty Fellows Requirements

  • Implement Service-Learning into one of your Winter or Spring quarter courses (Not sure what your class can do? Talk to us! We have ideas for nearly every program!)
  • Attend mandatory training sessions
  • Attend quarterly Fellow meeting
  • Promote your service activities to the campus community
  • Complete end of year assessment worksheet

Faculty Fellows Benefits

  • $500 stipend paid at the end of academic year
  • Additional $100 stipend paid after initial training sessions
  • Support, training, and advice from Faculty Fellows Coordinator & Service-Learning Specialist in implementing Service-Learning in your course
  • Access to established nonprofits in the community
  • Satisfaction of making a difference with your students!

Introducing...

Kay Porter, 2012-2013 Service-Learning Specialist/AmeriCorps VISTA

Perhaps you already know her! Kay is an alum of Clover Park's Human Services program. She has been active with the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and helped establish the campus Emergency Food Pantry. Kay is tasked with making sure that our Service-Learning Center and the programs and services housed within will be sustainable after the VISTA grant cycle ends next August. Good luck and welcome to the team, Kay!

A Note From Lucy

Thanks for a great VISTA year, Clover Park!

On November 16th, I will finish out my year as CPTC's Service-Learning Specialist. I want to sincerely thank everyone for their kindness, help, and support over the past year. It has been so exciting to see the changes happening on campus, I'm honored that I was allowed to be a part of it. Although it hasn't always been an easy road, I'm so glad I took it. I hope that the Service-Learning program here thrives and that our students continue to give back to the community. Again, thank you all for a wonderful year!

Yours in Service,
Lucy Pick
Service-Learning Specialist
AmeriCorps*VISTA 2011-2012

CPTC Service-Learning Center

The mission of the Service Learning Center and it’s program is to make service learning an integral part of the education and life experiences of CPTC students.