13th Year Program
Clover Park Technical College offers financial assistance to graduating seniors
Posted on 01/22/2020
Clover Park Technical College offers financial assistance to graduating seniors

High school seniors who are considering career options after graduation may qualify for financial assistance through Clover Park Technical College. The Puyallup School District has a new partnership with the college to help students find a seamless transition to college or career paths in a wide range of occupations.

Students who have not considered a technical college due to limited financial resources, or because they need assistance with applications, now have an additional option. Puyallup School District Director of Instructional Leadership Maija Thiel said, “Their focus really is on equity. For students who haven’t thought about it being a possibility – ‘how can we help them?’ If they show any unmet need for whatever reason when they get their financial aid packet, they can get the support they need.”

The ‘13th Year Program’ is sponsored by Clover Park Technical College to cover financial assistance which is not being met through federal or state aid. Their staff are available to work directly with students and families to answer questions, complete applications for financial aid and registration, and throughout their transition to the college. Students who register are asked to commit to at least three quarters of training.

"Clover Park Technical College is pleased to make the 13th Year scholarship available to Puyallup Seniors who enter CPTC the fall quarter following high school graduation. Our goal is to make college accessible to all of Puyallup’s graduates and to encourage young people to enter college directly out of high school."
Dr. Joyce Loveday, president of Clover Park Technical College 

At CPTC students can earn a college degree, gain credits to transfer to a four-year college, or enroll in programs to earn a certificate required for jobs in certain industries. Students can pursue a certificate or degree in over 40 technical career fields offered at CPTC’s South Hill or Lakewood Campus. Some programs allow students to earn a certificate to get started in a career within one year. For example, the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), HVAC: Heating & Air Conditioning Refrigeration/Service Technician; and a technician in some health care fields can be earned within one school year.

Clover Park Technical College offers Career Pathways in:   Airplane

     •  Aerospace and Aviation
     •  Automotive and Trades
     •  Advanced Manufacturing
     •  Nursing
     •  Health and Human Development
     •  Science, Technology, Engineering, and Design
     •  Business and Personal Services

These pathways provide education and training for jobs that are in-demand and most students go directly into employment upon completion, according to Thiel. Clover Park Technical College is focused on community partners, serving students, and working with local industries. They help students gain careers with viable incomes.

“Clover Park Technical College is watching and responding to industry needs in our community, and they help transition students to find those jobs. Students tend to stay in the programs because they transition into them more comfortably and they are more successful.”
Director of Instructional Leadership Maija Thiel

Interested students can get more information by contacting the career specialist at their high school. There will be parent/family information nights in February and April at each of the high schools, visits to classrooms, and signing day workshops where students can meet with CPTC staff and register on the spot. Spanish interpreters will be available.

In the past few years, the district and CPTC have developed ongoing partnerships to provide post-high school career opportunities for students, including the Pre-Nursing Program at the three comprehensive high schools and Dual Credit opportunities through CTE.  “The programs offered through Clover Park align with workforce needs in the community,” said Thiel.

“Of the students attending CPTC directly out of High School in 2019, 18 percent are from the Puyallup School District. That’s the third largest school district representation at CPTC,” said Dr. Loveday.

Nancy French
frenchnl@puyallup.k12.wa.us