The November election will include a bond measure for Clackamas Community College. The CCC Board of Education referred the measure to the ballot at a special meeting last month.

Our board strongly believes the projects supported by this bond measure would bring tremendous value to our community by allowing the college to expand job training and educational opportunities for students. We have worked hard to develop a proposal that responds to what the community and businesses need.

Through our two-year community-engagement process, Imagine Clackamas, we asked students, community members, business owners and staff for input on current and long-term education and work-force needs. We tested the responses we received in a scientific survey of our community.

The primary goal of this bond is to provide the services our students need to get job training or continue their education. This plan will allow us to do that without increasing the current bond tax rate. In addition, the college has secured $16 million in state matching grants that will support two projects, leveraging bond resources.

More than 30,000 students enroll in CCC courses each year. Many of these courses have a waiting list, which means that some students may face delays for classes they need. This bond measure would expand facilities and labs, allowing the college to add courses to meet student and work-force demands.

Meeting those needs — affordable education that allows students to transfer to four-year colleges and universities and train for today’s job market — is a priority for us and our community. We believe that this is a good plan that will invest in our community and allow us to offer more programs without increasing tax rates.

Greg Chaimov


CCC Board, Zone 1

Summer Spay Spectacular: Free spay/neuter for feral, stray cats

As a resident of Happy Valley and reader of the monthly community newsletter, as well as the Clackamas Review, I thought you might be interested in sharing some information with your readers.

The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon, a nonprofit spay/neuter program for feral cats, is hosting a FREE spay/neuter special through August! The “Summer Spay Spectacular” special includes free spay/neuter surgery, vaccines, treatment for fleas, ear mites and tapeworms; long-term pain relief medication, antibiotics and an ear-tip for identification. There are no income or county restrictions to qualify for this special. Surgeries are performed by licensed veterinarians and are sponsored by FCCO’s generous donors. Humane live traps and trapping instructions are available.

Call 503-797-2606 to schedule an appointment or visit to get started!

Vanessa Beyers

Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon

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