the editor: Kate Van Voorhees has served Prineville well as our representative on the Central Oregon Community board since 1988. In that time she has given Prineville a strong voice while increasing local access to COCC programs for our students. I know Kate as an intelligent person, passionate about causes she believes in; and she believes in the importance of community colleges. Her dedication is demonstrated in her leadership, serving twice as COCC board chair and most recently as president of the state community college association where she succeeded in convincing Oregon’s 17 community colleges to work together to seek common goals while addressing the unique needs of their particular regions. Kate Van Voorhees’ leadership, knowledge and experience is invaluable in expanding educational opportunities in central Oregon and in Prineville. I urge you to re-elect her to the COCC board of directors in the March 13 election. John Shelk Prineville
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