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
Wednesdays, 2 p.m.
Lakewood Campus
Building 23, Room 209

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: Select a Program of Study

  • Review career training programs at
  • Attend a Program Information Session – Meet with specific program instructor and visit the training area held most 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 3 p.m. For dates and more information, visit
  • Undecided? Schedule a free career interest assessment call 253-589-5548.

Step 2: Establish College Placement

  • Take the COMPASS assessment (the fee is $19) or submit college transcripts or placement from another WA community and technical college
  • Visit Enrollment Services, Building 11 to request your Student Identification Number (SID)
  • Pay the $19.00 fee in the Cashier’s office
  • Take payment receipt and picture identification to the Assessment Center, Building 19, Room 124.
  • COMPASS available on a walk-in basis, no appointment needed
  • Submit College Transcripts:
  • Must have college-level coursework in English & Math with a grade of C or better
  • Out-of-State transcripts, see Enrollment Services, Building 11 prior to meeting with an advisor

Step 3: Meet with a Counselor/Advisor

  • Call 253-589-5548 to schedule an appointment or come as a walk-in to Advising & Counseling, Building 12.
  • Bring: official COMPASS scores or previous WA college assessment taken within the past two years, In-State transcripts or Out-of-State credit evaluation provided by Enrollment Services.
  • Meeting with a Counselor or Advisor is required prior to registration for first quarter classes. Front desk Advising & Counseling staff will remove your registration block.

Step 4: Apply for Admission and Pay $20 Fee

  • Admit online at - or in person in Building 11
  • Receive your CPTC Student Identification Number (SID)
  • Pay the $20.00 admission fee in the Cashier’s office, Building 14 – or pay by phone using a debit or credit card (253-589-5620)

Step 5: Register for Classes

Step 6: Pay Tuition

  • Pay tuition and fees by payment deadline date to avoid being dropped from classes for nonpayment.
  • Find out more at
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