MHCC signs enrollment agreement with Western, Gresham-Barlow seeks school board member

FILE PHOTO - Mt. Hood Community CollegeMHCC, WOU sign enrollment agreement

Mt. Hood Community College and Western Oregon University, Monmouth, signed a dual-enrollment agreement, allowing MHCC students to transfer directly into programs at WOU.

The new agreement lets students enroll at both colleges and to simultaneously complete lower-division transfer classes and upper-division credits. This allows MHCC students transferring to WOU to reduce their overall tuition costs.

MHCC's newest agreement adds to the college's existing dual-enrollment programs with Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, Oregon Institute of Technology, Wilsonville, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Portland State University and Portland's Warner Pacific College.

Dual-enrollment plans allow students at two-year colleges to transition into four-year degree programs by ensuring that every credit earned and course completed counts toward an associate and bachelor's degree.

Gresham-Barlow seeks school board member

The Gresham-Barlow School Board is seeking applicants to fill an at-large position that's open due to the resignation of Sharon Garner.

Applicants must be registered voters and must have resided in the district for one year. This is an unpaid, volunteer position. The term runs through June 30, 2019. In May 2019, an election will be held to select the person who will serve the remainder of the term, which ends June 30, 2021.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest with a brief personal history and their history of public service, particularly as it relates to education. They should also discuss what they feel are the two or three biggest issues facing the Gresham School District during the next 12-18 months and how they would address them.

Application letters are due by 5 p.m. June 25 to Superintendent Perera, Gresham-Barlow School District, 1331 N.W. Eastman Parkway, 97030. Candidates will be interviewed at 5:45 p.m. June 26. For more information, contact school Sarah Avery at 503-261-4555.

Locals win Ford Family scholarships

Two outstanding graduating seniors from local high schools have earned prestigious Ford Scholars grants from the Ford Family Foundation.

The winners are Citlaly Arroyo-Juarez, Gresham High School, who will attend Portland State University and Kailea Messenger, Centennial High School, who will attend University of Oregon.

The two are among 110 Oregon students to receive the grant. The scholarships are based on financial need and merit. The renewable scholarships cover 90 percent of each student's unmet financial need.

Winners are required to attend schools in their home state.

Gresham-Barlow honors employees

The Gresham-Barlow School District honored support staff with newly-created ABCD awards, which recognize employees who go "above and beyond the call of duty."

Jill Gould, an educational assistant from West Gresham Elementary School; Jeanne McGregor, the attendance secretary at Deep Creek-Damascus K-8 School, Ramiro Soto, head custodian at Dexter McCarty Middle School and Cathy Clark, head secretary at East Orient Elementary School were all honored.

Leach hosts nature hikes for tykes

The much-loved Honeybee Hikes are buzzing at Leach Botanical Garden from 10-11 a.m. Wednesdays through December. They're for two to five year olds with a grown-up. After the nature walk, tots get a story and craft.

The walks cost $3 per child. Non-walkers and adults are admitted at no cost. Exact change is appreciated.

Leach is at 6704 S.E. 112th Ave. Call 503-823-1671 for more information.

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