Skip to main content

Some services are closed on Fridays as we get ready for ctcLink. Visit https://blog.cptc.edu for details.

Transitional Studies

Welcome to Transitional Studies!

Transitional Studies is home to various classes that assist students with improving English language skills, preparing for college level classes, earning a GED or high school diploma, and I-BEST Programs. As a Transitional Studies student, you have an entire team of people dedicated to your success. Thank you for choosing Clover Park Technical College to help you reach your goals!

Please complete these forms if you are new to Transitional Studies, or if you are returning to Transitional Studies after a break of one or more quarters: 1. Intake Form     2. WABERS Form

Please complete these forms if you attended classes the quarter before the one in which you'd like to register (i.e. you are registering for Winter and took classes this Fall): 1. Intake Form    2. WABERS Form

Classes offered in Transitional Studies: 

Transitional Studies is also known as Adult Basic Education or Adult Basic Skills. You may have heard of us through the community, friends, or family. You also may have been referred to "ABE" if you placed into our classes when admitting to the college. Our programs include:

  • Adult Basic Education (ABE): Prepare for college-level classes 
  • English as a Second Language or English Language Acquisition (ESL/ELA)
  • GED and High School +: Adults can earn their high school diploma or equivalent 
  • I-BEST: Earn an associate's degree with extra support classes/instructors

<< Please use the tabs to the left to learn more about each program. 

How Do I Get Started?
Please call 253-589-5702, email TransitionalStudies@cptc.edu, or connect via the Virtual Lobby (Hours M & W: 9-11am; 1-3pm; and 4-6pm) to get started and for more information.

What is ESL?

English as a Second Language (ESL) (also known as English Language Acquisition or ELA) are classes for adults who do not speak English as their first language. The program focuses on the four language competencies: reading, writing, speaking and listening. 

Who Is Eligible?

Resident immigrants or refugees who are 19 or older are eligible. Those on student or tourist visas are not eligible. If you are on a student visa, please visit our International Education page for more information 

How Much Does the Program Cost?

There is a $25 registration fee per quarter (each quarter is approximately eleven weeks long). Tuition waivers are available for students with financial need. 

When Are Classes Held?

All classes are virtual until further notice. Day and evening classes are available Monday through Thursday. Students can switch between day and evening classes when work or personal schedule changes happen.

How Do I Get Started?

Please call 253-589-5702, email TransitionalStudies@cptc.edu, or connect via the Virtual Lobby (Hours M & W: 9-11; 1-3; and 4-6pm) to get started.

What is ABE?
Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes prepare students for college level classes, and can also be part of the coursework for students earning their GED or High School diploma. 

Who Is Eligible?

  • Students who intend to enroll in a college level program and test into ABE classes.
  • Adult students earning their GED or High School diploma
  • ESL students who want to advance to a higher English skill level

How Much Does the Program Cost?

There is a $25 registration fee per quarter (each quarter is approximately eleven weeks long). Tuition waivers are available for students with financial need. 

When Are Classes Held?

All classes are virtual until further notice. Day and evening classes are available Monday through Thursday. Students can switch between day and evening classes when work or personal schedule changes happen.

How Do I Get Started?

Please call 253-589-5702, email TransitionalStudies@cptc.edu, or connect via the Virtual Lobby (Hours M & W: 9-11; 1-3; and 4-6pm) to get started. 

What is GED & High School +?

For adult students who have not earned a high school diploma, there are two options to gain this educational credential.

  • Option 1: Our GED classes will assist you to prepare for and take any of the required GED tests. 
  • Option 2: You may also decide to earn your high school diploma. The High School + option evaluates your high school transcript, along with your professional and personal experiences (i.e. being a parent; speaking another language) to earn additional high school credits. From there, you may take some ABE classes and/or GED tests for credit, and also work one-on-one with an instructor to finish the diploma. 

Who Is Eligible?

Adult students who have not earned a GED or High School diploma.

For international students/immigrants/refugees: if you earned a high school diploma in another country, please discuss options with us before registering for GED classes. 

How Much Does the Program Cost?

There is a $25 registration fee per quarter (each quarter is approximately eleven weeks long). Tuition waivers are available for students with financial need. 

When Are Classes Held?

All classes are virtual until further notice. Please call 253-589-5702, email TransitionalStudies@cptc.edu to find out when in-person classes will be offered for this quarter or next.

How Do I Get Started?

Please contact Felicia Dennis to start discussing which option is best for you! 
Email: Felicia.Dennis@cptc.edu
Phone: 219-232-8297
Zoom Virtual Lobby Link: Monday & Wednesday 1 - 3pm 

What is I-BEST?

I-BEST is a certificate program that combines Adult Basic Education (ABE) and technical-skills training using a team approach. You don't need a High School Equivalency Exam (such as GED) or high school diploma to complete these certificate programs. Programs are one to two quarters and can lead to employment, or students can transfer the credits to a degree or certificate program.

CPTC I-BEST Certificate Programs 

Automotive Technician

Our Automotive Technician program immerses students in hands-on learning that includes the newest technology so they are prepared for a career after graduation. The 85,000 square-foot automotive facility features state-of-the-industry paint rooms, computer labs, classrooms and glassed-in shop areas.

The CPTC Automotive programs have won numerous national awards. If you have a passion for cars, as well as using knowledge and hands-on skills to make them work better than ever before, this might be the program for you. 

C-TAPP Construction Trades Academy Pre-Apprenticeship Program

This apprenticeship readiness program prepares students with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment in the construction industry.

Students will earn a lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting certification (RRP), Forklift Operator Certification, OSHA 10 Construction Safety card, American Heart Association First Aid and CPR certification card, Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP), AED (defibrillator use).

FSME Fundamental Skills for Manufacturing and Engineering

The Fundamental Skills for Manufacturing and Engineering (FSME) Certificate is a Washington State recognized apprenticeship preparation program that is designed to provide students with a foundational set of skills and background knowledge that will equip them for an entry-level position like mechatronics technicians in a manufacturing organization, and also provides a solid foundation for further technical studies.

Nursing Assistant — Certified (Formerly known as CNA)

Students learn the basics of nursing, leading to employment as a Nursing Assistant – Certified (NA-C) or earn priority registration into Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) our or Registered Nurse (RN) programs when all other requisites are - pre-met.

Practical Nursing (LPN) 

The Practical Nursing Program prepares students entry into the nursing profession. A practical nurse registered will work under the direction of a licensed nurse, licensed physician, or dentist. Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX PN exam. This is a pathway program to Registered Nurse programs.

Pharmacy Technician

Our Pharmacy Technician program offers hands-on training in the classroom and laboratory.Our Pharmacy Technician program can prepare you for a rewarding career assisting pharmacists in hospitals, clinics, long-term care and community pharmacies.

Employers look for graduates who have trained in the technician duties and responsibilities under the guidelines of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, which govern the curriculum and standards of our program.

How Do I Get Started?

Please contact Felicia Dennis to start discussing which option is best for you! 
Email: Felicia.Dennis@cptc.edu
Phone: 219-232-8297
Zoom Virtual Lobby Link: Monday & Wednesday: 1 - 3pm 

Instructors

Christine Caro
GED Prep and High School + Instructor
Email: christine.caro@cptc.edu 

Kerie Tabor Dunn
Youth GED Prep Instructor
Email: kerie.tabordunn@cptc.edu 

Diane Follett
ESL Instructor
Email: diane.follett@cptc.edu 

Peter Frisell
ESL Instructor
Email: peter.frisell@cptc.edu 

DeWayne Grimes
ABE Math Instructor
Email: dewayne.grimes@cptc.edu 

Marjut Karlsson
I-BEST Nursing Instructor
Email: marjut.karlsson@cptc.edu 

Jovan McCoy
ABE, I-Best, & College Success Instructor 
Email: jovan.mccoy@cptc.edu 

Pam Munizza
ABE & GED Prep (Math, English, Science) Instructor 
Email: pam.munizza@cptc.edu 

Tara Nwoke
I-Best Pharmacy Tech Instructor 
Email: tara.nwoke@cptc.edu 

Alex Ollivant
I-Best Automotive Instructor
Email: alexander.ollivant@cptc.edu 

Chris Pearson
ABE English & ESL Instructor
Email: christopher.pearson@cptc.edu 

Beth Salave'a
High School + Portfolio Instructor
Email: elizabeth.salavea@cptc.edu 

Rocky Sandoval 
ABE English, GED Prep, & High School + Instructor
Email: rocky.sandoval@cptc.edu 

Sue Williams
ABE English & GED Instructor
Email: sue.williams@cptc.edu 

Staff 

Karina Calzada
Instructional Program Assistant
Email: karina.calzada@cptc.edu

Felicia Dennis
Navigator
Email: felicia.dennis@cptc.edu

Eun Ha Lee
Testing Proctor
Email: eunha.lee@cptc.edu

Jenna Pollock
Dean
Email: jenna.pollock@cptc.edu

Samanda Roman
Assessment & Data Specialist
Email: samanda.roman@cptc.edu

Nora Rye
Advisor/Counselor
Email: nora.rye@cptc.edu

1. Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
This page can help you understand your rights as a student, including the right to privacy regarding your records/grades. If you want Transitional Studies or CPTC to speak to anyone outside the college about you, you will be asked to complete this Release Form.  


2. Disability Resources
Depending on your learning style and/or physical needs, you may decide to request additional accommodations to help you succeed best. These may include, but are not limited to additional time for tests, ergonomic furniture, or note-taking software.
To get started, please visit the Disability Resources web page.
You may be asked to complete this online Release Form.


3. Workforce Development
If you are considering enrolling in a college program, Workforce Development may be able to provide you with funding besides what is available from FAFSA. They also offer financial counseling; WorkSource services; and short-term training courses through Continuing Education. Please visit their Canvas page to learn more. 

 

INFO SESSIONS

APPLY

FINANCIAL AID