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'Imagine Clackamas' surveys conclude

Over the past year, more than 2,000 people participated in surveys, interviews and business focus groups for the Imagine Clackamas community engagement initiative. From the hundreds of responses gathered, a clear theme emerged: The community values Clackamas Community College for providing local, affordable education and training that leads to careers and four-year degrees.

CCC will host a reception to recognize participants in the Imagine Clackamas planning process at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in the college’s Niemeyer Center.

Participants were asked what they value most about CCC, and the following five answers emerged as the leaders:

1. Degrees and certificate programs that lead to careers;

2. Education that leads to a four-year degree;

3. Classes and workshops that improve job skills and support career advancement;

4. Classes that lead to GED, high school diplomas, and related adult basic skill offerings, such as English as a Second Language (ESL);

5. Training opportunities for businesses, career coaching, retraining and credit for work experience.

Respondents also described the greatest barriers for people to attend CCC, which include finances, transportation and access to information. The community also expressed the need for modernized facilities and equipment, as well as improved safety features on CCC campuses.

CCC will mark its 50th year of service in 2016. Lessons learned in the Imagine Clackamas community engagement initiative will help the CCC Board of Education chart a course for the future that addresses the barriers facing students.




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