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Clackamas Community College increases staff time by 10 hours per week for outreach to businesses.

Thanks to a $23,218 grant from Oregon City and Metro, Clackamas Community College is offering its students internship opportunities with local businesses.

Tina Tewes, CCC internships coordinatorWith the grant funding, CCC increased the hours of one of its part-time Career Services staff members by 10 per week for outreach to Oregon City businesses to make them aware of the program.

"This project's goal is to improve access to employment and economic opportunities for city residents by expanding internship opportunities for Oregon City businesses and CCC students," said college President Tim Cook. "With this grant, the college will see more local students connecting with nearby employers to contribute to this thriving community."

CCC is now seeking to identify businesses that could use some extra help, either for the short-term or the long-term. College officials see it as a win-win: businesses will get qualified interns to help fill needs, and CCC students will gain career exploration and hands-on job training.

College staff promise to work side-by-side with employers to determine workforce gaps and how a quality intern can help fill them.

"Fostering partnerships with local Oregon City businesses is incredibly important for the college. It's a pleasure enriching the city's workforce and expanding real-life work experience opportunities for our students," said Tina Tewes, CCC internships coordinator.

CCC applied for enhancement funding through an intergovernmental agreement between Metro and Oregon City that designates a portion of garbage-dumping fees at the Washington Street facility to projects that benefit the city. CCC's grant application received letters of support from businesses that have received previous CCC interns, including the Clackamas Workforce Partnership, the Oregon City Chamber of Commerce and the Oregon City Business Alliance.

Devin Harris, a 2010 graduate of CCC, credited his success in the automotive-repair industry with the college's internship program.

"This experience was imperative to my professional growth," Harris said.

ZincFive has engaged interns from CCC a number of times, according to Carolyn Polzel, director of HR and recruiting.

"We are a small, private manufacturing company with limited funds, and the program allows us to bring in bright new talent without impacting our payroll cost," Polzel said.

CCC's Career Center and Connections with Business and Industry departments are hosting an information session for employers from 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24, via Zoom. Employers will learn how to develop an internship program and how CCC can help them find qualified interns.

To register to attend, go to bit.ly/3japx7S. To learn more, contact Tina Tewes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-594-6385.


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