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CPTC's 75th Anniversary

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 educating tomorrow's workforce.


75th Anniversary Gala - May 19 / McGavick Conference Center

  • This formal dinner/auction event (formal dress, black tie optional) will bring together 300 community members with one thing in mind: to help support students at CPTC with emergency assistance funding.
  • Opportunities to support this event include sponsorships, attendance as a guest, silent auction item donations and volunteering to help with the event.
  • The silent auction and social hour are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., with the formal dinner starting at 6:15 p.m.
  • Sponsorship levels range from Table Sponsor ($1,500) to President's Sponsor ($15,000). See the Sponsorship Opportunities Sheet for more information.
  • Individual tickets to the Gala are $75 per person.
  • Donations for the event go through the CPTC Foundation, which is a 501(c)3 organization. Contact Janet Holm for more information about sponsorships or donations.
  • Why are we asking for your help?
    • The majority of students at CPTC have significant financial challenges. Most are first-generation college attendees and come from the lower end of the socioeconomic ladder. More than one in three of our students lives at or below the federally established levels for poverty. They have many challenges to face as they strive to learn the skills they need to be successful in their chosen industry.
    • Challenges may include utility bill payment to keep the lights on to study, emergency food supplies, emergency rent payment, or medical bills. Emergency funding covers $250 per quarter with a maximum of $500 per calendar year.
    • This support often makes the difference between staying in college or dropping out.
    • CPTC students are here to make a difference in their lives, and in turn they will make a difference in our community.
    • Your investment gives students the power to grow.

75th Anniversary Gala Registration

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

  • More than 200 people attended our fall kickoff event.
  • The event featured BBQ burgers and hot dogs, cake and ice cream, and the opening of the 50th Anniversary CPTC Time Capsule.
  • Read more about the event on the blog.