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Excellence in Education looking for recipients, learn about CCC's new Makers Academy, National Merit schools for quarter announced

Nominate standout teachers, schools

OnPoint Community Credit Union announced the kickoff of its 11th annual OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education. The campaign will award up to $100,000 this year to outstanding public or private K-12 teachers and schools, including paying the mortgage of the two winning teachers for one full year.

The nomination period concludes April 14. Visit to nominate an individual or special project.

OnPoint has awarded more than $370,000 in prizes to 260 local educators and schools since it began the Prize for Excellence in Education in 2009. Winners will be announced Thursday, May 28, at a reception. This year's prizes include:

¦ Educators of the Year

Grand prize: Two teachers (one K-8 and one 9-12) will have their mortgages paid for one full year and $2,500 donated to their schools.

Finalists: Two teachers (one K-8 and one 9-12) each will receive a $5,000 cash award and $1,500 for their schools.

Circle of Excellence: Six additional teachers will be named to the Circle of Excellence and each will receive a $1,500 cash award and $1,000 for their schools.

¦ Community Builder Awards

Four schools will receive $2,000 for a special project of their choice. A fifth school, selected by community votes, will receive $5,000.

COURTESY PHOTO - Students will learn about cutting-edge technologies and skills in CNC operations, 3D printing and digital design.

Learn about CCC's Maker Academy

Clackamas Community College will launch a new Industrial Technology Maker Academy for those ages 17 to 29. Over two days, participants will be exposed to one of the most in-demand and growing fields in the manufacturing industry, as well as gain hands-on ex-

perience to assist them in exploring new careers.

The Maker Academy will showcase computer numerical-control (CNC) machining and how it is used in advanced manufacturing. Students will learn about cutting-edge technologies and skills in CNC operations, 3D printing and digital design. The academy is from noon-d4 p.m. March 6 and 13.

Those who complete the academy will be invited to join the college's tuition-free CNC operator training program. Candidates who complete the 11-week training will be considered for hire as machinist/CNC operators with some of the best companies in the area. Starting wages for CNC machine operators are $16 to $20 per hour.

"Our CNC operator training program has proven results in getting students jobs, internships and apprenticeships," said Tom Brown, CCC workforce adviser. "We connect candidates with employment trainings, career coaching, job preparation support and other resources."

Attend an orientation to learn more. Orientations will be held at the Industrial Technology Center in Oregon City from 1-2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28. To register for the orientation, visit

Academic honors

West Linn High School students Katrina Pejcinovic, James Nicholson, Jason Von Ahn, Hayden Maust, Gregory Daswick, Natalie Cha and Nathaniel Adam have been named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists for the January through March period.

Anna Kathleen Dennis and Anders Ericson of Wilsonville have been named to the University of Alabama dean's list for fall 2019.

Taylor Bosson of West Linn has been named to the dean's list at Miami University.

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