Clover Park Technical College (CPTC) in Lakewood and its South Hill campus welcomed more than 500 local high school students from the Pierce County region during the month of February and March.
It was all part of an effort to get teenagers thinking about a post high-school education. It’s called the Career Education Shadow Project. From February 1-March 3, the event paired junior and graduating senior high school students with college-level programs and instructors of their interest.
High school students from across Pierce County toured the CPTC campus and spent a half-day with program instructors and students in a hands-on environment. The idea behind the event was to give teenagers the opportunity to speak one-on-one with currently enrolled students and receive guidance from instructors.
“This is a great opportunity for teenagers,” said Janet Holm, CPTC Marketing and Outreach Coordinator. “It not only gets teens thinking about life after high school, it also helps break down barriers that keep many students from going to college.”
During the event, educators also assisted students with financial aid and scholarship opportunities. Students learned the basics of filling-out financial aid forms and how to look up available scholarships.
The Workforce Development Council of Pierce County hosted the Career Education Shadow Project. The event was made possible by a grant from the Tacoma-Pierce County Employment and Training Consortium. CPTC and Bates Technical College worked together during the event, and both colleges expected to welcome up to 1,000 students during February and March.
Jim Mancuso, Director of the Northwest Career and Technical High School on the CPTC Lakewood campus, who also chairs the Workforce Youth Development Council, said this event was the perfect opportunity for young adults to open the doors to their educational future.
“This workforce development program is to assist high school youth who are still in school to get them thinking about their futures,” said Mancuso. “We want the help students who may have disregarded going to college as an option and show them the possibilities that await them with a post high school education.”
Some of the CPTC programs that participated in the Career Education Shadow Project included Landscape Management, Cosmetology, Dental Business Office Assistant, Massage Studies, Medical Assistant, Practical Nurse, Human Services, Automotive Collision Technician, Construction, Electrician Low Voltage Fire and Security, Welding, Legal Support Professional, Graphic Technologies, and Interior Design.
If you are a high school student, or if you are a teacher who would like to participate in the next Career Education Shadow Project, please contact Jim Mancuso, Director of the Northwest Technical and Career High School, at (253) 589-5571 or email Jim.Mancuso@cptc.edu or contact Janet Holm, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator, at (253) 589-5545 or email Janet.Holm@cptc.edu or visit our web site at www.cptc.edu