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for May 2, 2013


Event was a great success

Grace Church of Molalla would like to thank all who attended and participated in the Molalla Senior Center benefit concert.

With the tremendous generously of our neighbors and friends, more than $1,200 was raised. While being greatly blessed by the wonderful talent of guest artists from Molalla and Colton, we want to give a special thank-you to the Spring Water Quartet.

Don Newell

Colton

Help appreciated

Clackamas River Elementary would like to thank the local businesses who made the PTA Bingo Night on Friday, April 26, such a success.

A big thank you to the parents and staff who helped out as well.

The Clackamas River Elementary PTA

Legislature must do better for community colleges

The mission of community colleges is more important today than ever before.

We provide an affordable path to a four-year degree for students. We offer the skills and training Oregonians need for good, family-wage jobs from health care to high tech.

We retrain workers, working closely with our local businesses to identify their needs and provide the training to fill those needs. We help people in our communities gain basic skills or complete high school so they can train for better jobs and provide for their families.

The education and training community colleges provide is vital to building a strong economy in Oregon. Jobs requiring a two-year associate’s degree will have the highest growth rate through 2020.

The average growth rate of all jobs by 2020 is just 14 percent, while high-growth jobs requiring an associate’s degree will grow by an average of 35 percent.

The governor and the cochairs of the Ways and Means committee are recommending funding community colleges at $428 million, a funding level last seen 10 years ago when the state’s community colleges served 70,000 fewer students.

After five years of growing enrollment and a 20 percent loss in state funding, this budget will force more of the burden on Oregon’s students who will lose access to courses and programs and see higher costs. We must do better for our students and for our community.

We are asking the Legislature to fund community colleges at $460 million, an increase proportionate with the increase the co-chairs budget gave our K-12 partners.

If keeping quality, accessible education and training in your community is important to you, I urge you to contact your legislator and ask them to support community colleges at the $460 million level.

You can find the name of your representative at www.leg.state.or.us/findlegsltr/.

Jane Reid

Clackamas Community College

Board of Education

Zone 6, Estacada




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