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CCC students take the stage for fall concert series - 11/23/21

OREGON CITY – The Clackamas Community College Music Department is excited to bring music back to the stage with its fall concert series. From jazz to choral to classical guitar, there’s a performance for all tastes. Get in the holiday spirit by attending one or more concerts.

Instrumental Jazz and Contemporary Music Ensemble

Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.

The three-night fall concert series kicks off with an exciting night of music by the Jazz Combo, Jazz Band and Contemporary Music Ensemble. 

Wind Ensemble and Classical Guitar Ensemble

Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m.

The Classical Guitar Ensemble will open the evening and is led by Director David Tutmark. The Wind Ensemble will close with performances conducted by Lars Campbell. 

Chamber Choir and Mainstream Vocal Jazz

Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m.

The fall concert series concludes with the Chamber Choir and Mainstream Vocal Jazz Choir. 

Performances are at the Niemeyer Osterman Theatre, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City, and admission is $5. Seating is limited, and masks are required. Reserve your seat at

For more information about any of these events, contact Ami Collofello at


Wade Hathhorn
Wade Hathhorn
Wade Hathhorn named to CCC Board of Education (Photo) - 11/18/21

OREGON CITY – Wade Hathhorn, of Oak Grove, has joined the Clackamas Community College Board of Education. He took the oath of office during the regular Board of Education meeting Nov. 17. He is filling the position vacated by the resignation of Dave Hunt, representing the Gladstone area. Hathhorn may run to fill the remaining two years of the term in the May 2023 election.

Hathhorn has lived in Oak Grove for six years and is currently the general manager at Sunrise Water Authority. However, he began his professional career as a professor of civil engineering at a university. 

“I have always been interested in academia and the mission of higher education and its value to the general community,” Hathhorn said. “This is a great opportunity for me to return to my passion in a different role and give back to the profession that I dearly love.”

Hathhorn has a bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in civil engineering. He is a retired professional engineer with expertise in utility management and strategic water supply planning. He also has extensive professional experience in infrastructure planning, design and construction management.  

“Hathhorn has a passion for higher education and a commitment to the community,” CCC President Tim Cook said. “We are privileged to have someone as experienced and dedicated as him to serve our college and our students.” 

In his free time, Hathhorn enjoys travel, running and flyfishing. He also is a licensed, private pilot.

Clackamas Community College is governed by a seven-member Board of Education. Members, elected to four-year terms, represent each of the seven zones in the CCC College Service District. The board oversees the development of programs and services, and the adoption of policies and budget to meet the needs of the college district. 

For more information, contact Kattie Riggs, assistant to the president, at 503-594-3002 or


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Get a career in machine tool technology in less than two years at Clackamas Community College.
Get a career in machine tool technology in less than two years at Clackamas Community College.
CCC offers new accelerated machine tool technology degree (Photo) - 11/11/21

OREGON CITY – Clackamas Community College is offering a new accelerated degree in machine tool technology starting winter term. With convenient evening classes, students can get career ready in just 18 months.

 The college’s machine tool technology program has undergone a significant program redesign that centers on increased attention to CNC machining. The introductory CNC course is now offered in the first term, and the focus is on how to set up and operate CNC lathes and mills. 

“We realized that students are often only able to stay in the program for one or two terms before life and work pressures pull them away,” Industrial Technology Instructor Mike Mattson said. “We want everyone to leave this program with the basic machine operation skills employers need.”

In this program, students will earn a CNC Operator Certificate in the first term as they work toward the associate of applied science degree. Over the last four years, the college has helped approximately 200 students with this credential get living-wage jobs. 

During the first year of the program, students take a traditional machining course and a CNC machining course each of the three terms. Students will learn machining processes through multiple modes and technologies. The new program introduces six new courses, which focus on multi-axis machining, advanced programming and lean manufacturing.

“We believe this accelerated program will lead to a faster pathway to employment due to an early focus on CNC machining, and substantially reduced cost through efficiency,” Mattson said. 

Students completing this program will be qualified in careers such as machinist, toolmaker, CNC programmer/operator and CAD/CAM technicians, with typical salaries ranging from $36,000 to $74,000 annually. 

Apply now! Winter term registration opens Nov. 15 and classes start Jan. 3. Visit to apply. To learn more, visit For questions, email


Children will explore, learn and play with a Nature Spy Explorer Kit from the Environmental Learning Center.
Children will explore, learn and play with a Nature Spy Explorer Kit from the Environmental Learning Center.
Winter Nature Spy Explorer Kits keep children exploring (Photo) - 11/03/21

OREGON CITY – Give the gift of exploration this holiday season with a Nature Spy Explorer Kit from the Clackamas Community College Environmental Learning Center (ELC). Children can discover the natural world that surrounds them – from the comfort of their home and neighborhood – with fun, hands-on activities.

Kits are conveniently shipped to homes and contain all the supplies budding naturalists need to learn, create and play. Each kit has a theme and will provide hours of fun and discovery for children. Kits begin shipping Nov. 24.

Kits contain:

  • Easy-to-follow instructions
  • Materials for creating a nature-themed craft
  • Nature journal page with fun facts
  • Activities to keep children exploring all week long
  • A nature guide or storybook

The “Wild About Winter” collection explores what nature looks like in the winter and is designed for ages 4-8. Individual kits in the collection include:

  • Wiggly Wonderful Worms
  • Mosses, Lichens and Ferns, Oh My!
  • Whooo Are the Owls?
  • Weather Watcher
  • Nature Spy Tracker

Kits can be purchased individually or as a full set. Individual kits are $30 each and the full set is $138, including shipping. A limited number of scholarships are available. Purchase a kit directly at: For more information, email Jill Sorber at To learn more about K-12 programs at the ELC, visit


CCC theater students (from left) Allison Andresen, Nicola Sampair and Rachel Batey take to the stage for one of the college’s productions.
CCC theater students (from left) Allison Andresen, Nicola Sampair and Rachel Batey take to the stage for one of the college’s productions.
'Private Eyes' opens at Clackamas Community College Nov. 18 (Photo) - 11/03/21

OREGON CITY – Clackamas Community College’s Theatre Department is excited to welcome the community back to in-person performances with the hilarious thriller “Private Eyes” by Steven Dietz as the fall main stage production. 

Steven Dietz, who penned the hilarious comedy “Becky’s New Car,” describes “Private Eyes” as a “comedy of suspicion.” The audience plays the role of detective in this relationship thriller about love, lust and deception as they witness five characters navigate a twisty-turny plot where nothing is quite what it seems.

Directed by Artistic Director James Eikrem, “Private Eyes” features a dynamic ensemble of CCC students and community members, with scenic and lighting design by Chris Whitten and costumes by Jayne Stevens.

“Private Eyes” runs Nov. 18-21, Thursday through Saturday, at 7:30 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m. in the Osterman Theatre.   

Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors (62+) and $6 for students (free for CCC students). Tickets are discounted by $1 if purchased online.

For even more entertainment, check out the Student Performance Showcase Nov. 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Students will perform one-act plays, standup comedy and improv.

The Osterman Theatre is located in the Niemeyer Center on the college’s Oregon City campus, 19600 Molalla Ave. Visit or call 503-594-3153 for reservations. Seating is limited and masks are required.