Get Started Workshop

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Come learn about CPTC and the enrollment process along with our programs, campus support services and worker retraining.

Get Started Workshops
Building 23, Room 209 at 2 p.m.
Lakewood Campus
Sept. 23
Oct. 14
Oct. 28
Nov. 18
Dec. 9 

Questions? Call 253-589-5548

Walk-ins welcome based on space available.

Topics covered:

  • College enrollment/admission process
  • Career exploration resources
  • Federal Student Financial Aid application process (FAFSA)
  • Scholarships & Educational Resources
  • COMPASS Assessment process
  • Cost for tuition/fees

Steps to Enrollment

Click each step for more information.

Step 1: Apply for Admission to CPTC

  • Go to to complete your online application. 
  • Upon acceptance, you will receive an email that includes your next steps to becoming a CPTC student. If you do not have an email, a letter will be sent to your home address. 

Step 2: Apply for Financial Aid

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible at You will be prompted to create an FSA ID for yourself and/or a parent that will act as an electronic signature on the FAFSA (CPTC's college code is 015984). 
  • Check FAFSA status on the financial aid portal ( and submit all additional financial aid paperwork to the Financial Aid Office by the deadline for the quarter you plan to attend. 
  • Explore other funding options to pay for college at
  • If you are a DREAMer student go to

Step 3: Establish College Placement

  • Take the COMPASS Assessment or submit college transcripts. 
  • COMPASS information:
    • If you have not taken college courses, take the COMPASS Assessment. Pay the $19 fee at the Cashiers office and bring payment receipt and picture ID to the Assessment Center. If you have taken a college placement assessment at another college submit the official scores to Enrollment Services. 
  • Submit College Transcripts to Enrollment Services: If you have taken college courses before, submit official transcripts to Enrollment Services to receive a Course Transfer Report. 

Step 4: Attend an Advising Session

  • All new students are required to attend an Advising Session to learn about program course requirements and education planning. Follow these steps to register: 
    • Step 1: Register at
    • Step 2: Click on "Book this event." 
    • Step 3: Fill out online form to register and click on submit. 
    • Step 4: Choose a date and time from the list of options by clicking on the arrow. 
    • Step 5: Click on "Add to itinerary." 
    • Step 6: Scroll down to the bottom of the list and click on "Complete my booking." 
    • You will receive a confirmation email with date/time of your advising session. If you have questions, please see Advising and Counseling in Building 17, Room 150 (253-589-5534). 
  • Bring your COMPASS scores, or Course Transfer Report, and your Student ID (SID) to the advising session. 

Step 5: Register for Classes

  • Students who have attended an advising session may register for first quarter classes online. For more information about how and when to register go to
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