CPTC: Student wins On ‘Wheel of Fortune’


Charles McDonald has watched game shows like Wheel of Fortune since he was a child.

“I look at the puzzle and solve it immediately, before the contestants do,” he said.

The Computer Information Technology student at Clover Park Technical College had the opportunity to showcase his talent of solving word puzzles as a contestant on an episode of the game show, which aired Oct. 14. [Read more...]

SHEF seeking alumnus award nominees

Each year the Steilacoom Historical Education Foundation (SHEF) seeks nominations from Steilacoom High School alumni for the SHEF Distinguished Alumnus Award. This award is given to a graduate of Steilacoom High School who is recognized by members of our community for his/her accomplishments and service to others. Our goal is to honor those that have given back to the community or achieved something extra ordinary and to give our present students a role model. The application (download here) is due December 1, 2014.

Disability History Month observed at Pierce College

ADSThroughout the month of October, Pierce College is shining a spotlight on the countless contributions made by people living with disabilities. The Access and Disabilities Services (ADS) departments on both campuses are hosting a number of events and educational opportunities in honor of Disability History Month.

The ADS department is designed to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to all college activities and programs. Through the ADS department, students can receive approved academic adjustments, assistive technology, customized support services and more.

“We want students to know that ADS is part of their support team,” said ADS Manager Michael Mesa. “It’s our goal to give all students the encouragement and confidence to believe that they do belong here.”

ADS accommodations can range from something as simple as a few extra minutes to take a test, to more complex adjustments designed to meet a student’s unique needs.

“We’re here to level the playing field,” said Susan McPhee, ADS manager from the Fort Steilacoom campus. “We’re here to give students the tools they need to be successful.”

On Oct. 15-16, ADS is sponsoring a scavenger hunt where students can learn more about important figures in history who lived with a variety of disabilities. Students at Fort Steilacoom can obtain registration forms in the ADS office, and students in Puyallup can pick up a form in A106. Throughout the day on Wednesday and Thursday, look for faculty and staff wearing buttons featuring a famous person in history, and ask them for more information about the disability the person lives with.

Each campus is also showing screenings of the award-winning film “The Music Within,” which focuses on the true story of a Vietnam veteran who played a pivotal role in creating the Americans with Disabilities Act. There will be an upcoming screening on Oct. 16 at the Puyallup campus in the Black Box Theater at noon.

For more information about what the Access and Disabilities Services department has to offer, contact Michael Mesa, ADS Manager, Amanda Granata, ADS program coordinator, or District Assistive Technology Program Coordinator Laquida Williams. Students on the Fort Steilacoom campus can contact ADS Manager Susan McPhee or Brenda McKinney, ADS program coordinator.

Story reprinted, with permission, from Pierce News website.