Clackamas Community College has remained open during the COVID-19 pandemic, with all classes online through at least April 28. But the college acknowledges that many students are facing greater challenges now, and the foundation is stepping in to help.
The Clackamas Community College Foundation has created a COVID-19 Relief Fund with the goal of raising $200,000 for students and programs impacted by the novel coronavirus, according to a press release from the college.
The funds will be used to provide internet connection, computers, tuition and fees, and classroom materials to ensure education is accessible to all students.
Community college students already face high rates of housing and food insecurity, according to the release. And many are from low-income homes without access to technology.
"Our students are parents who now don't have childcare, or their school-aged children are home," said John Chang, CCC Foundation executive director. "They work in the service industry and are being laid off from their jobs. They live in rural areas with either no or poor internet service.
"Higher education is the way out and up for our students, but they need some resources to be successful," he continued. "Please consider giving to CCC's COVID-19 Relief Fund to ensure our students can start, continue and complete their educational goals."
To donate to the fund, visit the website give.clackamas.edu/covid-19. Checks can be mailed to the CCC Foundation at 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City, OR 97045 with "Covid Relief" in the memo.
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