Memorial Day inspires students; CCC offers summer music camp, free accelerated program that is designed to get students jobs in just three months

Get a job through CCC's free program

This summer, Clackamas Community College is offering an accelerated program that is designed to get students jobs in just three months — tuition free.

The CNC operator training, offered by Clackamas TechHire, will prepare qualified students for jobs as computer numerical control (CNC) operators. This 12-credit training will take place Monday-Thursday, June 25-Sept. 8, on the Oregon City campus, 19600 Molalla Ave.

Clackamas TechHire is funded by a U.S. Department of Labor grant to provide young adults, ages 17-29, and frontline incumbent workers with the skills they need — through innovative training approaches, specialized services and one-on-one guidance and support –— to gain employment in and advance to new positions in the manufacturing and technology industries. High school graduates are especially encouraged to apply.

"During this class I enjoyed the hands-on-learning environment. It's easier to learn from seeing and doing rather than out of a book," said Faith Johnson, former TechHire student.

This course focuses on the skills required to operate CNC machine tools to produce high-quality, precision machined components for a wide variety of applications and industries. Students in the CNC operator training will learn:

• Basic competency with common machine tools

• Blueprint reading

• Career readiness

• Résumé building

• Shop math

• Inspection and quality control

Demand is high in manufacturing fields right now, with an average salary of $44,650, according to WorkSource. With continued education and training, CNC operators can advance to become CNC setup technicians, CNC programmers and precision machinists.

"I liked the professional atmosphere surrounding my classes. The teachers understood the needs of the industry and how to get us trained to get a job," said Loren Van Wiel, former TechHire student. "I have two job offers that I am deciding on right now."

Want to learn more? CCC is hosting information sessions at noon Wednesdays in the Family Resource Center, room 117, on the Oregon City campus. Contact TechHire advisors at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Tom Brown at 503-594-3956. Learn more at

Memorial Day inspires students

Clackamas County-area high school students were recognized at a May 18 award ceremony for their winning entries in the 2018 "True Meaning of Memorial Day" Youth Essay Contest.

The writing contest was established three years ago by Milwaukie's Peake Funeral Chapel to create an educational awareness involving youth in area communities so that they could learn more about the true service and sacrifice of our nation's veterans.

Essay submissions were received through April 30 from students enrolled in Clackamas County area public, private, charter and home schools.

Peake Funeral Chapel Manager Mike Salazar awarded finalists as follows: $500 to first-place winner Maya Hegedus, $200 to first runner-up Adin Williams, $100 to second runner-up Kyle W. Burlingame, and two $50 prizes to third-place runner-up winners (tie) Christion Vaughns and Breandan Downey.

Salazar said, "Peake Funeral Chapel is a part of an innovative program, We Honor Veterans, developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Our True Meaning of Memorial Day' Youth Essay Contest is part of our ongoing dedication to honor our nation's veterans."

CCC offers summer music camp

Clackamas Community College's Contemporary Voices Summer Music Camp is a five-day immersive musical experience for singers and musicians of any skill level, high school age and up.

The camp runs July 16-20 and is directed by Kathleen Hollingsworth, CCC's director of vocal music. Camp participants will attend daily classes in singing, songwriting and recording where they can:

• Sing choral, vocal jazz, gospel and a cappella

• Learn about music theory in a fun and practical way

• Hear guest musicians play music and share their secrets

• Attend an optional songwriting/studio session in the evening

The cost for the camp is $150 and an extra $50 for the evening session. All classes and performances will be in the Niemeyer Center located on CCC's Oregon City campus, 19600 Molalla Ave.

To apply, visit For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-594-6299.

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