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Support students by building bridges into school and from school into the workforce and meaningful careers.

Career & Community Services helps with:
  • Community resource navigation
  • Career planning
  • Short-term workforce education
  • Employer connections
  • Classroom career services presentations
  • Professional development opportunities for staff
Programs, Program Hours and How to Connect

Resource Navigation Assistance

Both on and off campus a resources are being developed constantly to address the needs of our community. We have staff available to help you find assistance that can help you meet your needs and reduce barriers.

We offer:

  • On-campus resources
  • Off-campus resources
  • Passport program support
  • Direct referrals to partner agencies
  • Assist with applying for food benefits through Washington Connection

Washington Connection

Washington Connection is a website providing information and resources for people that may qualify for benefits and services; such as food, cash, medical, childcare, long-term care, and healthcare. From this website, you can see if you qualify and apply for multiple benefits using their online application. If in case you do not qualify, Washington Connection does offer further information for additional services through community partners and resources.

How do I get started?
Email today to get started.

Career Planning 

The career planning is more than helping you with your resume (but we can help with that, too). The process starts by meeting you where you are:

  • Are you undecided about your education and career goals?
  • Do you know what you want to do but aren't sure how to get there?
  • Are you just beginning your career, switching careers, planning for the last phase or your work life?
  • Do you need help learning about your funding options?
  • Do you need emergency assistance?
  • Are experiencing unemployment, disability, reentry?
  • Do you need help connecting with mentors or  employers?

Who's eligible?

Current and prospective CPTC students, CPTC alumni, CPTC staff. 

How do I get started?

Call our offices at 253-589-5839 or email

Office hours

Monday - Friday: 8:30am-4:30pm


Short-term Non-credit Programs

Clover Park Technical College offers a wide variety of non-credit classes through the Career and Community Services office.  These programs have been referred to historically as Continuing Education.

Classes and programs are offered in wide variety industries. Options include:

  • Hybrid and online courses
  • 3-18 month fully online Career Training Programs* 
  • Flagger and Forklift (one day, face-to-face)
  • Individual customized training programs

* Includes programs on the Career Bridge Eligible Training Provider List. See link at top of this page.

Learn more about the Short-term Non-Credit Programs, including the refund and cancellation policies.

How do I get started?

Visit our catalog to view program information and register. 

Connect with Petra Perkins at for an appointment by phone, in person, or via Zoom to learn more and enroll today!

What is the difference between how credit and non-credit classes are funded?

In order to qualify for federal financial aid, the educational institution, the student, and the student's program must all qualify under guidelines set by the US Department of Education. 

Most credit-bearing programs are eligible for federal financial aid and require  the student to complete a FAFSA or WAFSANon-credit programs are not eligible for federal financial aid.  

Sources that may cover non-credit programs (including online programs) if you meet meet program eligibility requirements. 

  • Workforce Development funding resources include Worker Retraining, BFET, Opportunity Grant, WorkFirst.  With the exception of WorkFirst, these programs usually only fund credit programs (some exceptions may apply).  For a description of each of these programs visit our Workforce Development programs page.  You must be enrolled in classes to apply for these funds.
  • Professional Development Scholarships (FAFSA may be required)
  • Employer funding
  • Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) - apply through your local WorkSource Office
  • Labor and Industries or Dept. of Vocational Rehabilitation (an approved plan must be in place)

How does Career & Community Services work with employers?

The Career & Community Services Center now utilizes the online career services platform, Handshake to connect students and employers. Students can create a professional profile, upload resumes, and apply for jobs. Employers can post job openings, participate in job fairs, and connect with students and alumni directly to hire qualified candidates.

How can Career & Community services support  CPTC employee development?

  • Work with supervisors to develop a career development plan
  • Work with employees to identify appropriate training opportunities


How can Career & Community Services support faculty?

  • Classroom Visits/Presentations including topics such as:
    • Career Pathway Planning: Thinking Beyond Graduation
    • Job Search Tips
    • Navigating Handshake for Students
    • Interview Techniques
    • Resume/Cover Letter Writing
  • Employer Connections
    • Help link faculty employer contacts to Handshake
    • Program hiring events and job fairs via Handshake

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