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Learn automotive and small-engine repair at Clackamas Community College.
Learn automotive and small-engine repair at Clackamas Community College.
Learn to keep your wheels rolling and your engines humming (Photo) - 09/21/18

OREGON CITY – Want to know what’s under your hood and how to keep it running? Clackamas Community College offers entry-level automotive and small engine repair courses that are open to the community.

For those wanting to learn about basic automotive care or are thinking about a career in the automotive service industry, CCC offers AM-100 Automotive Fundamentals. This course provides an overview of the automotive industry, fundamental knowledge and basic experience about automobiles. Students will learn automotive systems, preventative maintenance and performing basic repairs. They will also learn how to purchase cars, choosing quality mechanics and making good economic decisions about repairs and costs.

Interested in learning how to maintain and repair small-engine equipment? Clackamas Community College has a course for that too. AM-118 Small Engine Repair is designed to provide an overview of basic small engine maintenance, operation and repair. Students will learn safety, small engine theory, electrical systems and troubleshooting for both two-cycle and four-cycle engines such as outdoor equipment, motorcycles and ATVs.

“Whether you want to learn how to take care of your car or repair your lawnmower, Clackamas Community College has a course for you,” David Bradly, CCC auto body collision repair/finishing instructor, said. “For those seeking a career in auto service, we have a variety of degrees and certificates that will quickly get you into a high-demand, well-paying job.”

For more information, contact Sharon Brown at"> or 503-594-3046. To register for a course, visit

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Clackamas Community College opened the doors of its new Industrial Technology Center to students on the first day of fall term, Sept. 24.
Clackamas Community College opened the doors of its new Industrial Technology Center to students on the first day of fall term, Sept. 24.
CCC breaks the manufacturing mold (Photo) - 09/21/18

OREGON CITY – Clackamas Community College is challenging people to rethink the fields of manufacturing and machining. Once thought of as hard-labor jobs in dirty workshops, the college is flipping the ideology of the industry with the grand opening of its new Industrial Technology Center (ITC) on the Oregon City campus.

The 44,424-square-foot facility is the new home of the college’s manufacturing, computer numerical control (CNC) machining and renewable energy programs, along with other in-demand career technical education programs. The ITC will increase access to affordable education programs, allowing students training for family-wage jobs or transfer to four-year universities. 

The facility features expansive manual and CNC lab space, a maker space/flex lab, partner space, state-of-the-art machine tool technology, a large renewable energy outdoor field lab and indoor/outdoor event space.

“This is not your grandfather’s workshop,” Cynthia Risan, dean of technology, applied science and public services, said. “Our students learn from industry-knowledgeable instructors on modern equipment in a state-of-the-art facility.”

Students who complete a certificate or degree in manufacturing have a quick path to middle-income jobs. According to WorkSource, the average manufacturing wage is $44,650 a year. The field currently has 94,110 jobs with the prediction of another 26,315 new jobs by 2025.

“The demand for employees in machining, welding and renewable energy is extremely high right now,” Mike Mattson, chair of the college’s manufacturing technology department, said. “Employers are at our door seeking qualified employees. Our employment rates are essentially 100 percent.”

For those ages 17-19, Clackamas Community College offers the TechHire grant to provide internship and work experience placement, education opportunities in manufacturing and related industries, career readiness training and student advising. Visit

To celebrate the completion of the ITC, the college is hosting activities all day on National Manufacturing Day on Oct. 5. In the morning, high school students from neighboring school districts will tour the facility, see demonstrations and learn about career possibilities. In the afternoon, the college is hosting a vendor fair, and will complete the day with a grand opening event.

The community is invited to the grand opening, which begins at 4 p.m. There will be a short program, plaque dedication and ribbon cutting. Following the program, participants will enjoy refreshments, see machine demonstrations and go on tours of the building. The college is located at 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City.

The $28-million project is funded through a bond as well as an $8-million match for the state of Oregon. The ITC is one of several bond-funded projects at Clackamas Community College. Voters approved a $90-million bond measure in November 2014 to expand opportunities for students and to increase the skilled workforce in the community.

 For more information on the degrees and certificates available manufacturing at CCC, visit For more information about the college’s bond projects, visit For questions about the grand opening, contact Public Information Officer Lori Hall at 503-594-3162 or">

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“Thames River Near Richmond” by Leland John.
“Thames River Near Richmond” by Leland John.
Alexander Gallery displays the work of artist Leland John (Photo) - 09/13/18

OREGON CITY – The work of Oregon City artist Leland John will be on display in Clackamas Community College’s (CCC) Alexander Gallery, Sept. 17 through Oct. 26.

John, a former CCC art instructor, will exhibit a sampling of the past 50 years of his painting career. Traditional in style, these works capture the harmonious balance between humankind and nature. Many of the works in the exhibition will be for sale and proceeds will support the CCC Art Department.

An artist’s reception will be held Wednesday, Oct. 10, noon-1:30 p.m., in the Alexander Gallery. John will speak about his work at 1 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

This exhibition is free and open to the public. The Alexander Gallery is located in the Niemeyer Center on the Oregon City campus, 19600 Molalla Ave., and is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., except for campus closures.

For more information, contact Kate Simmons at or 503-594-3032.


Get ready for fall with a workshop from CCC’s Horticulture Department.
Get ready for fall with a workshop from CCC’s Horticulture Department.
Get into the fall season at CCC (Photo) - 09/13/18

OREGON CITY – Start the fall gardening season off with a workshop from the Clackamas Community College Horticulture Department.

Make your own mini hoop house

Saturday, Oct. 6, 9-10:50 a.m.

Learn how to grow food year-round in a mini hoop house. Participants are encouraged to bring up to a dozen, 10 feet by 1/2-inch galvanized electrical conduit. Cost: $20.

Pesticide laws and safety

Monday, Oct. 8-Nov. 5, 1-4:50 p.m.

Learn the laws and regulations related to application, handling and storage of pesticides. Participants will learn techniques for product selection, applicator safety and environmental protection. This workshop can be used as preparation for the Oregon Pesticide Laws and Safety exam. Cost: $178.

Apprentice applicator recertification

Friday, Nov. 30, 8 a.m.-4:50 p.m.

This workshop fulfills the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s (ODA) yearly continuing education requirements to renew pesticide apprentice applicator licenses. Esta clase se enseña en español también. Cost: $80.

Pesticide core training

Friday, Dec. 7, 1-4:50 p.m.

This workshop qualifies participants for four CORE credits as required by the ODA. Cost: $40.

Herb gifts and holiday decorating

Friday, Dec. 1, 8 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

Learn how to make herb gifts and holiday arrangements including which herbs and plants are appropriate for use. Cost: $45.

All workshops meet in Clairmont Hall on the Oregon City campus, 19600 Molalla Ave. For information on how to register for classes, contact Loretta Mills at 503-594-3292 or


CCC hosts Fall Job Fair - 09/13/18

OREGON CITY – Clackamas Community College (CCC) is hosting its Fall Job Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 9. This free event is open to the public and runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Gregory Forum, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City. There will be a veterans networking pre-event from 9 to 10 a.m. for veterans to have the first priority to meet with employers.

“This event is an all-industry job fair where local employers with full-time and part-time employment as well as internship opportunities connect with CCC students, alumni and local job seekers,” Kyle Thomas, student support and career coordinator, said.

Nearly 60 employers are participating in the Fall Job Fair, including: Jacobs Engineering, Clackamas Federal Credit Union, Intel, OHSU, Providence Health Services, PGE, UPS and Gresham Police Department. The industries represented at this event include:

  • Health care (CNA, nursing, dental assistants, medical assistants and more)
  • Manufacturing and production
  • Business/business management
  • Horticulture
  • Banking/financial
  • Parks, recreation and leisure
  • Printing and graphics
  • Electronics engineering technology
  • Law enforcement/corrections
  • Education
  • Human services
  • Retail

View a full list of employers and useful job seeker tips at For more information, contact the CCC Career Center at 503-594-6001 or">


CCC partners with local businesses to address electrician shortage - 09/07/18

OREGON CITY – Clackamas Community College recently participated in the formation of the Northwest Willamette Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) along with employers from Benchmade, Enoch Precision Machining and Blount International to offer a new Limited Maintenance Electrician (LME) Apprenticeship program. 

This program will train apprentices how to repair, replace and maintain electrical systems. Beginning this fall, Clackamas Community College will offer courses for apprentices where they will learn basic electricity and manufacturing.

LME apprentices are typically employed by industrial and manufacturing plants, commercial buildings or buildings owned/operated by government entities.

“We are excited to have our own joint apprenticeship training partnership with Benchmade, Enoch Precision Machining and Blount International,” Shelly Tracy, director of the CCC Wilsonville campus, said. “Offering this apprenticeship locally will help address the labor market needs for trained electricians in the area, as there is currently a significant shortage.”

To learn more about joining the JATC as a training agent, contact Britany Ellerbrook, apprenticeship outreach coordinator, at"> or 503-594-6175.  

Businesses can learn how to become training agents and learn more about the program at an open house Sept. 13, 3-6 p.m., at the Wilsonville Training Center, 29353 SW Town Center Loop E.

For more information about Clackamas Community College, visit


CCC tackles hunger with Community Fair and Expo - 08/30/18

OREGON CITY – Help Clackamas Community College tackle hunger at the fall Community Fair and Expo. The college will host vendors and provide music and an assortment of snacks Wednesday, Sept. 26, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., on the Oregon City campus, 19600 Molalla Ave. Vendors and attendees are encouraged to bring donations of non-perishable food items to help restock CCC’s Food Pantry which benefits students and the community.

Vendors are currently being sought. Past community fairs and expos have featured local artists, craftspeople, public agencies and retailers. To register for a table, contact CCC’s Student Life and Leadership Office for an application. The application form must be completed and received no later than Sept. 5, 5 p.m.

Selection for a table will be based on the following criteria:

  • Application received by Sept. 5, 5 p.m.
  • CCC clubs, Clackamas County residents and Clackamas County businesses have priority
  • Those who have not participated in previous CCC fairs and expos

The fee for a table is $25. Make checks payable to CCC Student Life and Leadership, and send to Michelle Baker, Student Life and Leadership, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City, OR 97045. Notification of any decisions will be made by email. For those not selected as a vendor, fees will be returned by mail on or around Sept. 17.

Vendors are also needed for a smaller version of the fair and expo on the Harmony Community campus Wednesday, Oct. 3, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 7738 S.E. Harmony Road, Milwaukie.

For more information, contact Michelle Baker at or 503-594-3041.