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To honor Environmental Learning Center donors, Clackamas Community College students created an iron Giving Tree, with donors’ names etched in the leaves. The tree will be revealed during Discovery Day on June 7.
To honor Environmental Learning Center donors, Clackamas Community College students created an iron Giving Tree, with donors’ names etched in the leaves. The tree will be revealed during Discovery Day on June 7.
Discover CCC's Environmental Learning Center: Community invited to Discovery Day June 7 (Photo) - 05/17/18

OREGON CITY – The term “grassroots” is the definition of the creation and the restoration of the Environmental Learning Center (ELC) on the Clackamas Community College Oregon City campus.

The idea of creating the ELC gained momentum in 1973, when a group of students under the leadership of an art instructor, formed a committee and drafted a plan. That plan soon resulted in a 5-acre site featuring trails, a recycling hub, an observatory, a birds of prey exhibit and hands-on environmental learning.

The college and the ELC have shared a long history. The relationship was shaped around a vision of environmental learning and stewardship. Today, the ELC is a coveted indoor and outdoor classroom for college-wide programs, such as Water and Environmental Technology. It also continues to attract regional universities and local community educational partners to the site.

Thanks to a Metro Nature in Neighborhoods grant, community members and the college, the Environmental Learning Center underwent a major restoration this last year. It has been rebuilt into a regionally significant outdoor learning laboratory that will continue to showcase innovations in stormwater management, landscape design and sustainable living practices.

In addition to improving the site’s ability to manage and clean the stormwater flowing off of campus, this restoration includes the addition of an outdoor amphitheater, building improvements, parking lot renovations, native plant restoration, walking trail adjustments, interpretive signage and many other features.

“The Environmental Learning Center has been a valued resource for the community for more than 40 years,” Renee Harber, ELC program director, said. “We are proud to continue the grassroots tradition of the ELC and environmental education.”

A true community resource, the ELC is open for the public to explore and enjoy. The college also offers field trip opportunities, summer camps and adult community education.

To celebrate the ELC restoration completion, the community is invited to a Discovery Day on June 7, 1:30-3:30 p.m., on the Oregon City campus, 19600 Molalla Ave. The event will include a short program, dedication of the Giving Tree, a blessing from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and time to explore the trails.

For more information about the ELC, visit www.clackamas.edu/ELC. For more information about Discovery Day, call 503-594-3015.

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Take a math class on CCC’s Wilsonville campus this summer.
Take a math class on CCC’s Wilsonville campus this summer.
Math classes start in Wilsonville (Photo) - 05/03/18

OREGON CITY – Residents of Wilsonville and surrounding communities have access to convenient and affordable education at Clackamas Community College. CCC's Wilsonville campus offers a variety of apprenticeship, technical training and general education courses tailored toward an Associates of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree (AAOT).

Starting this summer, CCC is offering college-level math courses on the Wilsonville campus, including algebra, statistics and calculus. Summer registration opens May 14.

Getting started at Clackamas Community College is easy. Apply online, or make an appointment with an advisor who can walk you through the process. The Wilsonville campus offers a variety of student services including advising, registration and testing services.

The Wilsonville campus is located at 29353 SW Town Center Loop East. For more information, call 503-594-0940 or visit www.clackamas.edu.

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CCC hosts creative writing conference - 05/03/18

OREGON CITY – Explore the practices and professions of creative writing and publishing at Clackamas Community College’s annual Compose Creative Writing Conference Saturday, May 19.

Hosted by CCC’s English Department, this year’s event includes workshops in nonfiction, poetry, fiction, comics, publishing and more. Some of this year’s workshops are:

  • Book Marketing Basics for Independent and Small-press Authors
  • Accessing the Outrageous
  • Satire and Social Commentary in Comics
  • Time to Write
  • Finding Poetic Moments
  • Is the Back Story a Pain in Your Back?

Featured writers, editors and publishers at this year’s event include Jenny Forrester, Ed Skoog, Laura Stanfill, Justin Hocking, Susan DeFreitas and many more. 

Compose begins with a welcome address by Kate Gray at 9:30 a.m. Workshops run 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 1:45 to 5 p.m. There will be a break for lunch and readings 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

The cost is $20. To register, visit http://www.clackamas.edu/academics/departments-programs/english-department. In-person registration starts at 8:45 a.m. the day of the event. The event will take place on the Oregon City campus, 19600 Molalla Ave.

For more information, contact Rita Shaw at ritas@clackamas.edu or 503-594-3254.

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Students at CCC will showcase their artwork from the year, including jewelry making.
Students at CCC will showcase their artwork from the year, including jewelry making.
Clackamas Community College student art show opens (Photo) - 05/03/18

OREGON CITY – Clackamas Community College’s student art show opens May 17 and runs through June 7 in the Alexander Gallery. The show is a juried exhibition that showcases CCC students’ exploration of disciplines throughout the year. The show will include painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography, digital design and jewelry making.

The public is invited to a free awards reception May 17, noon-1:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

The Alexander Gallery is located in the Niemeyer Center on the Oregon City campus, 19600 Molalla Ave. The gallery is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., except for campus closures.

For more information, contact Kate Simmons at kates@clackamas.edu or 503-594-3032. For more CCC events, visit www.clackamas.edu/events.

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Reserve a vendor space at the Clackamas Community College “Communi-Tea” fair and expo.
Reserve a vendor space at the Clackamas Community College “Communi-Tea” fair and expo.
CCC to host "Communi-Tea" Fair and Expo (Photo) - 04/26/18

OREGON CITY – Sip on hot or cold tea and eat snacks at Clackamas Community College’s “Communi-Tea” Fair and Expo. The college will host vendors and provide tea and snacks for sampling Wednesday, May 16, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., on the Oregon City campus, 19600 Molalla Ave.

Vendors are currently being sought. Past community fairs and expos have featured local artists, craftspeople, public agencies and retailers. To register for a table, contact CCC’s Student Life and Leadership Office for an application. The application form must be completed and received no later than May 4, 5 p.m.

Selection for a table will be based on the following criteria:

  • Application received by Friday, May 4, by 5 p.m. 
  • CCC clubs, Clackamas County residents and Clackamas County businesses have priority
  • Those who have not participated in previous CCC fairs and expos

The fee for a table space is $25. Make checks payable to CCC Student Life and Leadership, and send the check and application to Michelle Baker, Student Life and Leadership, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City, OR 97045. Notification of any decisions will be made by email. For those not selected as a vendor, fees will be returned by mail on or around May 11.

For more information, contact Michelle Baker at mbaker@clackamas.edu or 503-594-3041.

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Take your painting outdoors at the Clackamas Community College Environmental Learning Center.
Take your painting outdoors at the Clackamas Community College Environmental Learning Center.
Spring into learning at the ELC (Photo) - 04/26/18

OREGON CITY – Clackamas Community College’s Environmental Learning Center (ELC) is a unique learning environment that brings the classroom to nature. Renew yourself this spring by taking an adult education class at the ELC.

Beginning yoga

Discover the benefits of yoga in a natural surrounding Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., May 8 through June 12. No yoga experience needed. Cost: $50.

Plein air painting

Take your painting outdoors through discussion and demonstrations by master plein air painter Leland John on Saturday, May 19, 1-3 p.m. No experience needed. Cost: $20.

Meditative movement

Gain inspiration and connection with nature through walking meditation Saturday, May 26, 1-3 p.m. Cost: $20.

Drawing treasures in nature

Explore and observe the nuances of the environment then select from these treasures to create artwork focused on composition, design and accurate depictions on June 2, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. All levels are welcome. Bring colored pencils, sketch paper and a lunch. Cost: $40.

All workshops are held at the ELC located on the Oregon City campus, 19600 Molalla Ave.

For instruction on how to register, visit www.clackamas.edu/elc. For more information about these and other programs at the ELC, contact Renee Harber at rharber@clackamas.edu or 503-594-3015.

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From left, CCC President Joanne Truesdell, Jessica Duran, Kasandra Hartung-Phipps, Board of Education member Dave Hunt and Board of Education Chair Jane Reid.
From left, CCC President Joanne Truesdell, Jessica Duran, Kasandra Hartung-Phipps, Board of Education member Dave Hunt and Board of Education Chair Jane Reid.
CCC students join All-Oregon Academic Team (Photo) - 04/26/18

OREGON CITY – Clackamas Community College students Jessica Duran, of Milwaukie, and Kasandra Hartung-Phipps, of Molalla, were honored April 23 at the annual All-Oregon Academic Team luncheon in Salem. Students from the state’s 17 community colleges participated in the annual event sponsored by the Oregon Community College Association.

Each community college nominated two outstanding students for the team, who are recognized for their academic achievements and community involvement. They are students who have earned the respect of fellow students, staff and faculty. Members of the team receive a scholarship to an Oregon four-year college or university to continue their educations.

Students started the day at the Oregon Capitol meeting Gov. Kate Brown. They were then recognized during an event at the Salem Convention Center.

CCC is proud to recognize its All-Oregon Academic Team members of 2018:

Jessica Duran

Duran has been a full-time college student for about a year and a half and will be graduating with her transfer degree this summer. She plans to study international relations and Spanish.

“Once I receive my bachelor’s degree, I want to become a volunteer for the Peace Corps,” she said. “After this, I would like to return to school for my master’s degree and from there work in a diplomatic position where I can make use of my knowledge of the Spanish language.”

Her achievements include honor roll, Phi Theta Kappa and the Stein Oil Scholarship.

Kasandra Hartung-Phipps

Hartung-Phipps spent most of her life as a homemaker. When her husband was diagnosed with a disability, she became the sole provider for their family. She is studying social work and human services and hopes to work for the Department of Human Services.

“Education to me is a tool that will allow me to provide for my family and make sure that my husband gets the medical care he needs,” she said. “I strive to be a force for positive change in my community.”

Her honors include Phi Theta Kappa and founding intern with Oregon State/Medicaid Intake in Oregon City.

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