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Former state legislator Dave Hunt is chair of the Board of Education for Clackamas Community College

As the chair of the CCC Board of Education, I can assure you that your local college is not going anywhere. Despite insufficient state funding during the past 30 years, CCC continues to offer top-notch education for reasonable tuition in state-of-the-art facilities.

We strive to meet our community's ever-changing needs. We grow and adapt as technology, business needs and demographics change.

We recognize that a growing population in Clackamas County is Spanish speaking, including 10% of CCC students. The percentage of Latinx students in K-12 schools is more than 20%, so we are working to be responsive, equitable and accessible to all students.

We are also producing graduates who are in high demand from employers. Our medical assistant graduates have a 100% job placement rate and 100% of their employers report satisfaction with their work.

You may have heard about the importance of cDave Huntareer technical education (CTE) and the demand for workers in those fields, such as manufacturing, health sciences, welding and automotive technology. But have you heard about the statewide shortage of instructors for these programs? It is hard to lure a professional in a CTE field to become a teacher. CCC's solution to this problem is to offer the first of its kind in Oregon CTE teacher apprenticeship program.

Based on local voters' passage of CCC's 2014 bond, we recently opened new facilities providing advanced technology, health care, automotive and science education.

These are just a few examples of CCC's responsive education. We are also looking to the future. We are developing a strategic plan to address community needs, identify areas of focus and prioritize how we allocate resources. Clackamas County is fortunate to have CCC in our community. Nowhere else will you find more caring, talented and innovative faculty and staff who always put students first.

Dave Hunt is chair of the Board of Education for Clackamas Community College.


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