CCC president finalists named; OC teachers get classroom grants; Class helps young kids have future reading success

During its Dec. 13 regular meeting, the Clackamas Community College Board of Education announced the four finalists for the position of the next college president, which will be vacated this spring when Joanne Truesdell retires.

In October, the CCC Board of Education approved the members of an Expanded Search Advisory Committee, whose charge was to review president applications, conduct initial interviews and make a recommendation of finalists to the Board of Education.

The finalists are:

Tim Cook — Clark College vice president of instruction, Washington

Cook has been at Clark College since 1997 and has served in many positions, including counseling faculty, division chair and acting dean of student success and retention. He has an education doctorate in higher education administration, with an emphasis in community college leadership, from Oregon State University.

Chris Haines — Phoenix College interim president, Arizona

At Phoenix College, Haines has held positions as interim vice president and dean of student affairs. Prior to joining Phoenix College, she served as interim associate dean of enrollment services at South Mountain Community College, Ariz. Haines has a master's degree in educational counseling from Northern Arizona University and is working on her doctoral degree in educational leadership/higher education at Northern Arizona University.

Jessica Howard — Portland Community College Southeast Campus president, Oregon

Howard has been PCC's Southeast Campus president since 2012. Prior to this role, she served as vice president of academic affairs at San Antonio College. Howard holds a doctorate in performance studies from New York University. Prior to her administrative experience, she taught music and humanities at the high school, community college and university levels.

J Michael Thomson — Cuyahoga Community College Eastern Campus president, Ohio

Thomson came to Cuyahoga Community College from Northern Kentucky University in 2005 when he was hired as the dean of academic affairs at its western campus. At Northern Kentucky, he served as political science faculty and department chair. He earned a doctorate in political science at the University of Kentucky.

The finalists will be invited to tour the CCC campuses at the end of January to meet students, staff and faculty, and to participate in public forums. The community will be invited and encouraged to participate in select forums.

For more information on the president search process, visit If you have questions regarding the search, contact Amanda Coffey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

OC teachers get classroom grants

Three Oregon City educators have been awarded mini-grants from Northwest Community Credit Union. The winners were selected from 273 submissions the credit union received as part of its annual Project Community program:

Sarah Black from Candy Lane Elementary received a $250 grant to purchase a color printer and instructional books for her English language students.

Kristan Beckwith from Jennings Lodge Elementary received a $1,500 grant to purchase supplies for science experiments for kindergarten, first and second grade students.

Daniel Rogers from Ogden Middle School received a $1,200 grant to purchase programmable robots that provide hands-on coding instruction.

"These mini-grants are designed to help educators create meaningful learning experiences for kids that might not otherwise be funded by school budgets," said Northwest Community Credit Union Community Relations Coordinator Kim Clark. "We can't think of a better way to invest in Oregon than helping teachers with technology and resources that help their students."

This year's Project Community program recognized a total of 64 teachers at 54 schools throughout Oregon with over $58,000 in grants. A full list of winners is on the blog at

This is the third year of the Project Community mini-grant program. To date 187 educators have been awarded over $164,000 in funding.

Class helps young kids have future reading success

Marla ResnickAccording to the International Dyslexia Association, nearly 20 percent of the population has a language-based learning disability. Of the children with learning disabilities getting special-education services, more than 70 percent have deficits in reading. Dyslexia is the most common cause of reading, writing and spelling difficulties.

Dyslexia specialist Marla Resnick has put together a class for 4 – to 6-year-old children and their parents to give them a jumpstart on kindergarten and first grade. The class is for kids who may or may not have speech, language or learning difficulties. Oregon City resident Resnick has a master's degree and is a licensed speech and language pathologist.

"Learning to read in kindergarten and first grade requires foundational skills of phonological awareness," Resnick said. "Phonological awareness ability is important to reading and spelling and is a powerful predictor of the probability of reading and spelling success. If a child has poor phonological awareness it is difficult for them to see the necessary link between print and sound."

Resnick says her class, Jumpstart to Reading, uses methods and materials that have been shown in studies by the National Reading Panel and the International Dyslexia Association to help young children obtain the building blocks of early literacy and a strong foundation for future reading success.

Jumpstart to Reading uses seeing, hearing and movement to teach phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. The class is made up of games, songs and books to engage children in the learning.

Classes are offered in the winter and spring. The program is for children who are at least 4 years of age and have not entered first grade. Parents are expected to be present at all classes. Activities and games for home also are taught.

The classes are conducted in small groups (three to six children and their parents) and consist of two levels. Children will be pretested to see which level is appropriate. The first level lasts nine weeks and the second level lasts six weeks. Classes are an hour long once a week. Location is yet to be determined.

To qualify, children:

? Must be 4-6 years old

? May or may not have speech/language/learning difficulties

? Have not yet entered kindergarten

? Are able to work with other children in a small group

Contact Marla Resnick at Language-Learning Connections to request information or register at 503-550-0477 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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