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The Advising and Counseling Office provides support and direction to help students meet their academic and career goals. As part of the steps to enrollment at our college, all new students are required to meet with a counselor/advisor in a group advising session to develop an educational plan that becomes a road map to successful completion of their educational goals. 

CPTC Counselor/Advisors provide the following services:

  • Academic advising and educational planning
  • Career exploration resources and information
  • Brief personal counseling on issues affecting a student’s success, e.g. stress management, time management, study skills and adjusting to college
  • Information regarding campus and community resources

Note: For mental health emergencies, contact the Pierce County Crisis Line at 1-800-576-7764 or call 911.

The Advising and Counseling Office provides both appointments and walk-in times to assist students. We're happy to help you explore what CPTC has to offer, and we look forward to working with you.


Dean Kelly — Director

After earning a teaching degree at PLU, a Master in Public Administration from UW, and various work in the K-12 and higher education systems, I have seen the power of education to transform students.  Education provides a bridge to equity and opportunity, and as Director of the Advising/Counseling Center at CPTC, I’m thrilled to be a part of that journey by helping students navigate educational pathways toward career growth and success. 

Kevin Kildun — Faculty Counselor

I earned my BA in Psychology from Western WA University and developed a strong interest in working with high school students. I received my Master’s degree in Education from City University with a focus in Guidance and Counseling. After working with high school age students for a few years, I really became interested in going to the next level of education. I began my first Academic Advising position at Highline Community College in 2010. I worked with Pre-Nursing students and also assisted with their Running Start orientations. I was drawn my current position at Clover Park because I wanted to work more specifically with Running Start students. In addition to being the Running Start Advisor/Counselor here, I also advise for the Allied Health programs on campus.

Assigned programs
  • Running Start
  • Central Service/Sterile Processing
  • Computer Applications
  • Core Allied Health
  • Dental Assistant
  • Health Unit Coordinator
  • Hemodialysis
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Histology Technician
  • Medical Lab Technician
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Surgical Technology

Taylor McGovern — Faculty Counselor

As a student at Pacific Lutheran University I developed an interest in working in higher education. Through a variety of professional experiences I was able to work for a non-profit TRiO grant that gave me a front row of what working in higher education was all about. In 2008 I joined the Clover Park Technical College Advising & Counseling team. I enjoy helping students reach their educational goals and seeing them succeed.

Assigned Programs
  • Automotive Collision Technician
  • Auto Restoration
  • Auto Technician
  • Electrician Low Voltage
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
  • Manufacturing Technologies
  • Mechatronics
  • Sustainable Building Sciences/Residential Construction
  • Welding
  • Early Care and Education
  • Daycare Centers
  • Human Services
  • Leadership/Service Learning

Annemarie Solbrack​ — Faculty Counselor

I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and I completed my Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in Counseling from Seattle University.   I chose to work in higher education because I believe that education provides opportunities to empower people to change their lives for the better.  I have been a Counselor/Advisor at Clover Park Technical College since 2008 and I enjoy being a part of supporting students in completing their academic and career goals.

Assigned programs
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Registered Nurse
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Computer Programming & Web Development
  • Computer Networking & Information Systems Security
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Graphic Technologies
  • Interior Design

Carrie Van Beek — Faculty Counselor

I have a Bachelor of Science in Community Health specialization Chemical Dependency from Central Washington University and a Masters of Arts in Psychology emphasis in Counseling from Chapman University.  My education has allowed me the opportunity to work with people in need as well as teach within the Community and Technical College setting.  In 2007 I decided to combine my experience and started working at Clover Park Technical College.  Here I am able to offer educational advising as well as personal counseling.  CPTC is a place that allows students to grab a hold of their new future that has no boundaries- Sky's the limit!  I am very fortunate to be a part of that.

Assigned programs
  • Advanced Composites
  • Aviation Maintenance
  • Material Science-Non Destructive Testing
  • Professional Pilot
  • Accounting
  • Cosmetology
  • Esthetic Sciences
  • Massage Practitioner
  • Pastry Arts
  • Retail Management

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Office Hours

Mon., Tue. & Thurs.
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
1st, 3rd, and 5th Wed.
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
2nd & 4th Wed.
8 a.m.-7 p.m.
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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