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Portland Lutheran teacher receives engineering program grant

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Kieffer Tarbell

Kieffer Tarbell, a science teacher at Portland Lutheran High School, is a recipient of a 2014 M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust grant through the Partners in Science Supplemental Award Program.

Tarbell’s grant is one of 12 recently awarded, each worth $7,000.

Portland Lutheran plans to use the money to help strengthen its Project Lead the Way program, adding a class that can potentially give students college credit.

As the school moves toward becoming a strong STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) school, the school is enhancing its engineering program.

Students represent Job Corps in Washington, D.C.

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Springdale Job Corps students Randy Nguyen, right, and Arlene Hernandez, center, join students from Tongue Point Job Corps Center in Astoria to meet with Sen. Jeff Merkley in his Washington, D.C. office.

Springdale Job Corps students Randy Nguyen and Arlene Hernandez recently spent a week in Washington, D.C. They attended conferences with representatives from other Job Corps centers around the country and met with members of Congress to tell them about how Springdale Job Corps and its satellite program, PIVOT, have impacted their lives.

Students visited with staff from Oregon’s legislative delegation, sharing why they decided to attend Job Corps and what their plans are for the future.

Nguyen, an auto body collision and repair student at Springdale, talked about how he had been a high school dropout and his mother encouraged him to investigate Job Corps.

“I completed my high school diploma and now I’m on my way to completing my trade,” he said. “I know I want to be an estimator, and at Springdale I’m getting the skills I need to do be successful.”

Hernandez has been a student at Springdale’s satellite site PIVOT (Partners in Vocational Opportunity Training) since June 2013. She talked about how the all-female, non-residential program was a perfect fit for her.

“I have a small child at home, and I needed something that would let me finish my high school diploma, get career training and allow me to be home evenings with my son. PIVOT provided all that,” she said.

Job Corps is a career and technical training program managed by the Department of Labor and was one of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty programs.

Job Corps celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and centers around the country will hold events to highlight this major milestone.

MHCC receives energy rebate

The Energy Trust of Oregon presented a check for $409,000 to the Mt. Hood Community College Board last week.

The tax incentive rebate is from a $4.5 million project last summer and fall that replaced outdated fans in the heating, ventilating and cooling (HVAC) system on the Gresham Campus.

The project is expected to generate $4.65 million in energy-use savings over the next 25 years.

For more information, visit www.mhcc.edu/news.aspx?id=3451.

Diversity Career and Job Fair hailed a success

The first-ever Diversity Career and Job Fair at Mt. Hood Community College attracted more than 1,300 job seekers, 20 community resources, several chambers of commerce and 60 employers from a broad range of industries.

“Job seekers were pleased with this year’s turnout of employers from diverse industries and the new focus of the fair, highlighting their diverse skills and backgrounds,” said Bhaktirose Dawdy, one of the event organizers.

MHCC’s annual spring career fair — renamed and refocused this year as the Diversity Career and Job Fair — is the largest such event in east Multnomah County. It provides opportunities for career exploration, networking with local businesses and connecting with community resources.