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Letter writer Len Otto of Troutdale says Mt. Hood Community College should work to regain its focus on two-year programs.

I could not agree more with your editorial in the Nov. 25 Outlook, "Program eliminations would undermine MHCC's mission."

In addition to your well parsed editorial, I would emphasize that when voters 50-plus years ago approved the creation of Mt. Hood Community College, it was with the understanding that it would be a two-year college, a stepping stone to a four year institution or to a full-time career.

Someplace in time the idea of MHCC as a career prep school has become diluted, and some administrators appear to want to head a four-year institution by bringing in four-year programs from other schools.

I would wager that the voting public wants MHCC to remain a two-year school that prepares students for the workplace, or for a transfer to a four-year college/university.

In short, the public perception is that MHCC has lost sight of its core mission, the two-year program.

I encourage MHCC administrators and board to seriously consider the intent of the voters who elected to create MHCC a half century ago, and reflect on whether or not that objective is being fulfilled by the MHCC curriculum.

If it is not, there is a problem, and that problem may well be reflected in the results of the recent bond measures. While I voted for both bond measures, it was a reluctant "yes" for the reasons in the Outlook's editorial as well as in this letter.

MHCC Board and administrators: Do what a two-year institution does and do it well. Keep the programs that put students in jobs at graduation such as the ones on your cut list.

In the past, MHCC has shown that it can do well as a two-year institution, but it appears to have lost focus. Regain a focus on providing a good, solid, two-year education, and I predict you will have more support.

Len Otto, Troutdale


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