Clover Park Technical College

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Clover Park Technical College (abbreviated CPTC) is two-year technical college that offers career-focused technical certificates and associate degrees in various fields, including technology, health sciences, business, computer, natural sciences, design, and education disciplines. The college resides in the city of Lakewood, in Washington State and has about 21,500 students (3,600 full-time and 17,900 part-time).

CPTC is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on College and University of the Higher Learning Comission to award two-year associate degrees and professional certificates. The college offers a Associate of Applied Technology (AAT) degree designed for aspiring students and career professionals. Degrees and certificates are offered in over 50 disciplines.

CPTC has a 130-acre campus in Lakewood (just south of Seattle) and a 50,000 sqft aviation training center in the city of Puyallap, which is located roughly 6 miles east of Tacoma. Over the last decade, CPTC’s main campus has undergone major renovations. Today it is a modern, state-of-the-art, student oriented campus. In addition to a student body of 21,000, CPTC has an academic faculty of roughly 480, making it one of the largest community colleges in Washington State.

CPTC has backwards integrated down the supply chain by launching the Northwest Career & Technical Highschool. This secondary education institution is designed for aspiring high schools students who want to begin training for their career while they complete their high school diploma. The high school is still quite small but is growing rapidly.


CPTC was founded in 1942 as an occupational training school in the trades to help educate approximately 3,000 local workers to be able to work as automotive mechanics, welders, shipfitters, and various other technical professionals for the local shipyards in the Tacoma area.

Later CPTC began offering more advanced technical training in aircraft mechanics and aeronautics administration. Over the last 70 years, CPTC has expanded its course offering to include over 50 unique career-training programs in various disciplines and technical concentrations.

Up until the early 1990s, CPTC was known as “Clover Park Vocational Technical Institute”. Its name was changed to Clover Park Technical College when the federal government converted the institution into a two-year technical college that offers accredited college degree programs. It is now one of 29 community colleges located in the state of Washington.

General Information

Admission Office

4500 Steilacoom Boulevard, SW

Lakewood, WA 98499-4098

(253) 589-5678

Fax: (253) 589-5852

Contact: Judy MacDougall

Director of Enrollment Services
Main Address

4500 Steilacoom Boulevard, SW

Lakewood, WA 98499-4098

(253) 589-5678

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,301


Urban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $43

Admissions Policies/Requirements

Some programs have test score minimums and/or course prerequisite requirements.

College Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Floristry/Floriculture C
Landscaping A

Arts, Visual & Performing

Interior Design A

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting Technology A,C
Administrative/Secretarial Services C
Banking/Financial Services C
Customer Service Support C
Marketing Management A,C
Office Clerical Services C
Office Management A
Warehousing/Inventory Management C

Communications Technologies

Graphic/Printing Equipment Operation A,C
Radio/Television Broadcasting A

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Networking/Telecommunications A,C
Computer Programming – General A,C
Computer Programming – Vendor/Product Certification C
Computer/Systems Security A,C
Data Processing Technology C
Database Management C
Networking/LAN/WAN Management A,C
Web/Multimedia Design A,C

Construction Trades

Construction Trades – General C
Lineworker C
Power/Electric Transmission C
Roofing C


Early Childhood Education A,C
Teacher Assistance A

Engineering Technologies

Architectural Engineering Technology A
Environmental Engineering Technology A
Mechanical Engineering Technology A

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Dental Assistance A,C
Health Services – General A,C
Massage Therapy A
Medical Assistance C
Medical Insurance Coding C
Medical Laboratory Assistance A
Medical Office Assistant C
Medical Transcription C
Nursing – Practical A,C
Nursing Assistance C
Pharmacy Assistance A,C
Surgical Technology A
Ward Clerk C

Law & Legal Studies

Legal Administrative Assistance A,C

Mechanic & Repair Technologies

Aircraft Powerplant Technology A,C
Auto Body Repair C
Automotive Technology A,C
Avionics Maintenance/Technology A,C
Business Machine Repair A,C
Heating/A.C./Refrigeration Mechanics A,C
Heavy Equipment Maintenance A,C

Personal & Culinary Services

Aesthetics/Skin Care A,C
Cosmetology C
Manicure/Nails C
Restaurant/Catering Management C

Precision Production Trades

Machine Tool Technology A,C
Precision Production Trades – General C
Sheet Metal Technology C
Upholstery C
Welding Technology C

Security & Protective Services

Security/Loss Prevention C

Transportation & Materials Moving

Airline – Commercial Pilot/Flight Crew A,C

Degrees, certificates and diplomas for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

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