Clover Park Technical College

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Contact: Kelley L. Meeusen, 253-589-5730

Mission: The OER mission of Clover Park Technical College is to improve student enrollment, persistence and success through the use of open education resources (OER) at every opportunity, and to assist faculty in the location, selection. adoption and development of open education resources in support of our college mission and strategic goals.


Clover Park Technical College’s Phil Venditti, a communication studies faculty member, created  50 Wise Speakers as a sabbatical project in 2013. 50 Wise Speakers is licensed with a Creative Commons CC BY-SA designation and answers questions like, “How do great speakers get that way?”, “What advice do they have for the rest of us?” and “What can they teach us about overcoming our fears and improving as speakers”. Understanding the many different ways we can become better speakers, from taking classes to reading how-to guides, this project offers something different; the opportunity to hear advice and stories firsthand from expert speakers.

50 Wise Speakers is a wealth of valuable information. Experts interviewed have a wide range of backgrounds; there are those in government, business, the arts, law, sports, religion and more. Each is asked to share their journey as a speaker, the best speech they ever gave, tips on preparation, and mistakes to avoid. They also discuss stage fright, using humor and persuasion, and speakers they admire. The project’s YouTube site is helpful for filtering by your interest, just pull up the channel’s playlist where videos are organized by subject, speaker and industry.

*CPTC Automotive Education & Training Center image by Matt Todd used with permission from McGranahan Architects


Last updated: 06 19 2017