Your support helped CCC gain legislative funding

I’d like to thank our communities for their continued support during this past legislative session. The result of our collective efforts was an increase in the Community College Support Fund for the first time in five years. While funding still remains at 2005 levels, the tide has at least turned. In addition, we have secured $16 million in matching funds for two capital construction projects supporting job creation and learning innovation for our district.

The community responded to our call for support in a variety of ways, by writing letters and making phone calls to our legislators or testifying before key committees. Our students played an important role as well, taking time out of their demanding schedules to travel to Salem and meet personally with our legislators. Each voice made a difference in telling the community college story.

Clackamas Community College legislators delivered on their promise to our district for education and job development support. I want to personally thank the members of CCC’s legislative delegation, along with the entire Legislature for demonstrating their belief in community colleges. Our legislators understand the critical role community colleges play in meeting job training and educational goals in our district.

The results of the modest increase in operational funding helps CCC as we expand student access and completion by delivering the first two years of a four-year degree and technical education leading to family-wage jobs. The capital matching funds dedicate $8 million toward facility improvements at the Harmony Community Campus and $8 million for advanced industrial education at the Oregon City campus.

Thank you again for your support.

President Joanne Truesdell

Clackamas Community College

Leaders should focus on environnment

As a native of Tennessee, I moved to Oregon for its devotion to environmental issues. Although it is further ahead than the southeastern United States in addressing such issues, I am severely disappointed that the plastic bag ban, as a bill, failed to go to vote due to aversion by state and local officials — plastic and chemical companies continue to sway Oregon politicians with their overwhelming monetary influence.

Due to millions of tons of garbage floating in the Pacific Ocean, these companies create and implement misinformation schemes, keeping the public blind to the deaths of thousands of seafaring animals and the dangerous effect that has, not only on our oceans, but on our very livelihoods. These ploys are underhanded and devious, and I will not accept them within our local government.

Therefore, it is the duty of Oregon city councils to hear the voices of their constituents. Oregon should be focused on the health of its environment instead of passively accepting the plots of insidiously greedy companies and the death of our fellow creatures.

Rowan Jones


Thanks, Camping World volunteers at library

I would like to applaud Wilsonville’s Camping World for encouraging their employees to volunteer in our community. John Hammond, manager, is asking all employees to do eight hours of volunteering each quarter and four men and women have chosen the Wilsonville Public Library. These are bright and caring people who are adding much to our city and our library.

Susan W. Stowell

Volunteer coordinator

Wilsonville Public Library

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