By Jayme Taylor Communication Manager
The alternative learning partnership between Clover Park School District (CPSD) and Clover Park Technical College (CPTC) was publicly acknowledged as leaders from both entities signed a memorandum of agreement in a small ceremony March 22. Debbie LeBeau, superintendent of CPSD, and John Walstrum, president of CPTC—along with representatives from their institutions—celebrated the new partnership, which has been in the works for more than two years.
“We are very proud of our relationship and partnership with the technical college,” said LeBeau. “This agreement signifies both educational institutions working together for the benefit of our students.”
In December 2008, an Alternative Learning Task Force, convened by CPSD, recommended partnering with the technical college to provide more career and technical programs for students at Alternatives for Individuals (AI) High School. Most notably, AI moved into building 14 on the CPTC campus to share space with Northwest Career and Technical High School (NWCTHS). AI students will be granted entrance into NWCTHS to earn their 11th- and 12th-grade credits to enter a career pathways program. Additionally, students can earn Tech Prep Dual Credits, college credits and even an associate’s degree from CPTC.
“Partnerships like this help Clover Park Technical College create efficiencies that benefit the students, the community and both organizations,” said Walstrum. “The high school students will have a unique opportunity to be on a college campus and be exposed to career training programs that will enhance their educational experience. It’s mutually beneficial for everyone.”