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CPTC's 75th Anniversary

CPTC 75th Anniversary LogoThe 2017-18 Academic Year marks Clover Park Technical College's 75th Anniversary in workforce education. CPTC began in 1942 with a War Production Training program in shop buildings available at Clover Park High School. This was in response to World War II, as school districts located near large military bases were asked to provide technical training so citizens of the area would be qualified to repair and maintain ordnance and military equipment needed for the war effort.

Beginning with that first year, 500 students were trained as auto mechanics and service mechanics, while 2,500 students were trained for the Tacoma Shipyards in shipfitting, blueprint reading and welding. Clover Park Vocational-Technical Institute continued to grow as part of Clover Park School District until the 1990s, when the school separated from the district and became Clover Park Technical College. In 2000, CPTC expanded to a second campus in South Hill, where the college's aviation and aeronautical programs are housed and make use of the runway at Thun Field. Read more about CPTC's history here.

We are proud of our tradition of workforce education, as well as the legacy we continue to build in Lakewood and South Hill. As we celebrate our first 75 years, we look forward to another 75 years (and more) of education tomorrow's workforce.


75th Anniversary Kickoff - Sept. 28 / McGavick Conference Center

  • Open to the public.
  • BBQ burgers and hot dogs available 11 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. for purchase outside Building 23. $6 package includes a burger or hot dog, plus soda and chips, with proceeds benefiting the CPTC Automotive Club.
  • View historical artifacts and images from CPTC's first 75 years of workforce education.
  • Kickoff ceremony begins at 2 p.m. and will include the opening of the 50th Anniversary CPTC Time Capsule.
  • CPTC Alumni gear door prizes courtesy of the CPTC Foundation.
  • Photo booth and live music courtesy of Associated Student Government.
  • FREE ice cream and cake reception following the ceremony courtesy of ASG and the Foundation.


75th Anniversary Gala - May 19 / McGavick Conference Center

  • Will include a formal dinner.
  • More details to come.