Clover Park Technical College

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School Overview

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

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Clover Park Technical College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (253) 589-5800
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood, WA 98499-4004
Setting: City: Small
Campus Housing: No

Students & Programs

Student Population: 3,973
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): %
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 20 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 3,097 (78% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $5,740
Out-of-state Tuition: $5,740
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 69%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $7,102

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Clover Park Technical College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Clover Park Technical College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 321
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 11
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 63
Construction Trades 21
Education 31
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 94
Health Professions and Related Programs 169
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 21
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians 94
Personal and Culinary Services 64
Precision Production 72
Transportation and Materials Moving 31
Visual and Performing Arts 21
Grand total 70351

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Clover Park Technical College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $5,740
Out-of-state $5,740
Books and supplies $840

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 182 69%
Grant or scholarship aid 150 57% $7,102
Student loan aid 53 20% $5,122

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,388 36% $6,637
Federal student loans 588 15% $6,476

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Clover Park Technical College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Clover Park Technical College students.

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Clover Park Technical College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 3,973
Undergraduate enrollment 3,973
Graduate enrollment 0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Clover Park Technical College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
    • Dental Assisting (DA)

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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