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Bonamici tours Adelante Mujeres

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, a Democrat representing Oregon’s 1st District, visited adult and early childhood education classes at the Forest Grove nonprofit Adelante Mujeres Monday morning. The tour included a stop into one of the preschool classrooms for a story time with Bonamici, followed by a drop-in and discussion with adults enrolled in academic and personal development classes for low-income Latina women.

Leadership class hosts holiday tree

Forest Grove High School’s Renaissance leadership class is hosting a Giving Tree starting Dec. 3 and continuing through Dec. 14, said FGHS teacher Trevor Tusow. Donations from community members are welcome, and the wish list includes toys, hats, scarves and mittens for boys and girls between the ages of 1 and 14.

Renaissance members will deliver the donations to the Forest Grove Fire Department Dec. 17-21, so items need to be dropped off at the high school, 1401 Nichols Lane, by Dec. 14. For more information, contact Tusow at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Cornish awarded scholarship to study in Japan

Rachel “Maggie” Cornish, a senior at Forest Grove High School, has received a $13,200 scholarship from AFS Intercultural Programs USA to study abroad in Japan next year. Cornish, who will turn 17 in December, plans to leave for an 11-month exchange program to an as-yet unknown Japanese city in March.

She’ll live with a host family, attend a Japanese high school and travel to other cities in the country.

“When I was little, my dad would tell me stories about when he was stationed in Japan” with the Marines, noted Cornish, who’s studied Japanese since she was in the eighth-grade. Her family has twice hosted Japanese exchange students.

Cornish, who has attended an early-morning Japanese class taught at FGHS by Sandy Garcia, eventually plans to attend the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Her name was selected from a large pool of applicants to receive the Toshiyuki Tanaka American Embassy Scholarship.

She is the daughter of Colleen and Bruce Cornish of Forest Grove.

PCC, PSU join forces for reverse transfer agreement

Thanks to a statewide pilot program, Portland Community College and Portland State University have agreed to recognize students’ past credit work by awarding associate’s degrees to those who have already transferred from PCC to PSU. Students affected will be those that didn’t formally complete a degree via current data measures when they transferred to PSU, but have since fulfilled two-year degree program requirements. A main benefit is that the degree can help gauge a job-seeker’s skills on a resume.

In October, the Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development and the Oregon University System were awarded a two-year, $450,000 grant from the Lumina Foundation to develop reverse transfer agreements. The effort began a year ago when representatives from the two organizations visited the University of Texas at El Paso and El Paso Community College to see what they were doing in that area. From there, a group of 10 community colleges and seven universities along with CCWD and OUS applied for the national grant. In October, Oregon was one of 12 states in the nation to get it.

Gaston will continue as 2A school

Gaston School District Athletic Director Erik Lentz said last month the district will continue to compete in the Oregon School Activities Association’s 2A division even though the OSAA is redistricting from six divisions to four. “Gaston has no plans to merge or join any other district,” said Superintendent David Beasley, reacting to parental concerns that Gaston might join neighboring Yamhill-Carlton or Forest Grove. “The confusion about this may be in how we cooperate with our neighbors’ sports programs,” Beasley said. “If a student wants to play soccer, we have a joint program with Yamhill-Carlton. Should a student want to be on swim team, arrangements are possible with Forest Grove.”  



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