Monday, November 7, 2011

Culinary Arts serves up Thanksgiving buffet

Every year, our in-house culinarians plan and prepare a tasty Thanksgiving menu. This year, the anticipated Thanksgiving Buffet will be held Thursday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For just $8.25, pile your plate high with salads, roast turkey, glazed ham, veggies, potatoes, a healthy dollop of turkey sage gravy, and pies galore. Wipe that drool from your chin and click on the menu below for more details.

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Special thanks to Culinary Arts for bringing us this delicious meal.

Library Corner

This month, the library is sharing Daily Writing Tips to celebrate National Novel Writing Month, lovingly known as NaNoWriMo. And since so much writing is tied to technology nowadays, you should check out Google’s Jargon Buster article, too.

If you are trying your hand at writing a novel in a month, library staff can help you verify information that is key to your plot. Just send them an email or visit the library!

Low-income students helped through special services grant at local technical colleges

Low income students at Bates and Clover Park Technical Colleges now have access to special services because of the Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET) grant from the Dept. of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services (FNS).

To be eligible for the grant, students must receive basic food assistance (food stamps) through the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS).

The Basic Food Employment and Training grant provides funding for colleges to create special programs specifically designed to help food stamp-eligible students obtain the skills and education necessary to achieve self-sufficiency and help close the employment skills gap.

Students who qualify for the BFET program can receive funding assistance for education and skills training, and related support programs. At both colleges, students can obtain assistance to help pay for tuition, and get special help filing financial aid forms. Each student is assigned a program manager who acts as a mentor – helping to navigate the college experience. Future plans exist to develop additional support programs throughout the year.

The first BFET program began in 2005 and has since expanded steadily throughout the state’s community and technical college system. This is the first year Bates and Clover Park have been awarded the grant. Bates will receive $253,040 and Clover Park will receive $602,709 to fund the program. 

About Bates Technical College
Celebrating more than 70 years, Bates Technical College offers certificate and degree opportunities in 53 career education programs, and serves approximately 3,000 career training students and 10,000 more community members annually in extended learning, distance learning, high school, and other programs. For more information, go to, or call 253.680.7000.

About Clover Park Technical College
Clover Park Technical College offers more than 50 career training degree and certificate programs in the areas of business, computer information and technology, health sciences, manufacturing, construction and trades, multimedia design, and personal care services. The college also offers certification, online and distance learning, as well as continuing education courses. For more information call 253.589.5800, or visit

Board of Trustees to hold special meeting Nov. 21

November 21, 2011     Special Meeting No. 11-11
Downtown Campus, Clyde Hupp Board Room

12:00   I. Call to Order – Determination of a Quorum – Pledge of Allegiance
Chair, Mike Grunwald
Vice-Chair, Karen Seinfeld
Trustee Theresa Pan Hosley
Trustee Calvin Pearson
Trustee Stan Rumbaugh

12:02   II.  General Matters
Action   A. Approval of Board Minutes 
1.   October 26, 2011

12:05  III. New Business
Action   A.  Proposed $12 Per Credit Lab Fee for New CNC Operator Program, Lyle Quasim
B.  Governance Institute for Student Success (GISS), Lyle Quasim
C.  Presidential Search Process, Trustees
D.  Budget Discussion, Lyle Quasim

1:40  IV. Executive Session
The Board may go into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing items provided for in RCW 42.30.110(1):
(a)  (not applicable to education)
(b) to consider the selection of a site or the acquisition of real estate by lease or purchase…;
(c) to consider the minimum price at which real estate will be offered for sale or lease…;
(d) to review negotiations on the performance of publicly bid contracts…;
(e) (not applicable to education)
(f) to receive and evaluate complaints or charges brought against a public officer or employee;
(g) to evaluate the qualifications of an applicant for public employment or to review the performance of a public employee;
(h) to evaluate the qualifications of a candidate for appointment to elective office;
(i) to discuss with legal counsel representing the agency matters relating to agency enforcement actions, … or litigation or potential litigation ....
No action will be taken during Executive Session. The Executive Session will last approximately 20 minutes.

 1:55  V.  Reconvene in Open Session

 2:00   VI. Adjournment
   Next Meeting:   November 29, 2011
   Location:           Bates Technical College, Clyde Hupp Board Room, Downtown Campus