by: SUBMITTED PHOTO -  This historic photo shows a salmon bake in October 1982 involving Helga Mathews, Zel Adams and Jerry Herrmann, one of the instructors currently teaching a Northwest Native American history class through Oregon City Community Education. SUBMITTED PHOTOThe Oregon City School District’s Community Education program is trying to identify new ways to get kids involved in their community and help students learn outside of classrooms.

A Northwest Native American history class, which includes an authentic salmon bake on the field at Eastham Community Center, 1404 Seventh St., will teach students about the prehistory of Oregon and the Willamette Falls. A new West African cooking class also will allow students to participate in making and enjoying food.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Students learn about broadcasting at the Willamette Falls Media Center studios in Oregon City.A new Media Makers class at Willamette Falls Media Center is geared to students 11 to 18. Students get to use the local cable access channel’s TV studio writers, actors, anchors and editors in attempts to produce the best new show in town.

“This winter, we have a few really unique classes,” said Suz Maus, supervisor for the Community Education Department. “We are in an era of limited funds, but our mission remains the same, to provide enjoyable classes and needed classes at an affordable cost.”

Oregon City Community Education has also partnered for a drivers education program at Oregon City High School with Clackamas Community College, which publishes Oregon City community education classes in a section located in the back portion of the CCC catalog that is published quarterly and mailed out to every resident in Clackamas County.

“That is a great vehicle to use to share our classes with the community we serve,” Maus said.

Other partnerships are with 15 local businesses, including Forte Floral Artistry, which provides floral arrangement classes in their shop, and the Wynona Studios knit shop, which is offering 37 different class title offerings for the winter term. Some classes are located on Mt. Hood for the winter term, but on local rivers during the summer time. The Hopkins Demonstration Forest offers community forestry days and sustainable forestry tours. Recently, an Oregon City police officer offered a popular self-defense class for women.

“So the classes we offer are not just in classrooms anymore,” said Maus. “The ‘needed classes’ that I am feeling really good about are the credit recovery classes and the SAT Test-Prep class offerings. Our partnership with Cascade Academics is making those classes possible for the ninth to 12th grade students in the Oregon City School District.”

Mauz said it wasn’t until she started working for Community Education that she realized a quote from Cindy Goodman, “It takes a village to raise a child,” is true.

“I look at our various partnerships linked to our Community Education Department, and I feel with the combined efforts we are all building that village,” Maus said.

Community Education offers classes listed under several categories: arts/crafts/hobbies, cooking, exercise/fitness/sports, outdoor activities, health/safety/personal wellbeing, in addition to history/writing/literature.

Registration is open for the winter term, and all classes can be viewed at by clicking on the Learn/Live/Play logo and following the Community Education prompts.

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