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Don't miss the Rockin' Round the Block auto show on Saturday, August 11, in downtown Gresham.
Don't miss the Rockin' Round the Block auto show on Saturday, August 11, in downtown Gresham.
Rockin' Round the Block Car Show Celebrates 20 Years of Raising Money for MHCC Scholarships (Photo) - 07/09/18

For 20 years, the Northwest Motorsports Association has been putting on a rockin’ good time in historic downtown Gresham. This summer, the Rockin’ Round the Block car show and family friendly festival returns on Saturday, August 11, bringing with it all the gusto and enthusiasm it did in its first year, along with some powerful name recognition.

“We’re ecstatic to be in our 20th year,” said Jerry Lyons, MHCC Automotive Technology instructor and the chair for the Rockin’ Round the Block planning team. “And this year, we hope to raise even more money for scholarships for MHCC Automotive students.”

The event, organized by the Northwest Motorsports Association, has raised $175,000 for MHCC scholarships over the last 19 years. Funds help students afford the cost of completing a certificate or associate degree in Automotive Technology at the college.

Plus, Rockin’ Round the Block has grown into one of the better attended events in downtown Gresham. According to the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce, the car show attracts more people to Gresham than any other annual event.

With great music, vendors, and activities planned, this year’s Rockin’ Round should continue to hold that record. The event will open with a ceremony at 10 a.m., followed by dancing at 11 a.m. Free children’s activities, including face painting and balloon animals, and music by Ron Ruedi and The Hurricanes will occur throughout the day. At 2:45 p.m., more than 50 awards and trophies will be awarded to car show participants, followed by a raffle drawing.

After the awards ceremony, the Main Street Cruise takes place. Grab your seat along Main Ave. early for a glimpse at more than 400 stock and classic cars as they cruise by. Then, celebrate into the night with more live music and activities.

Rockin’ Round the Block is a free event to attend. Car show participants can register their vehicles up until the day of the event. Sponsors and supporters include Weston Buick/Kia/GMC, Gresham Toyota/Scion, Gresham Ford, Speed’s Towing, Advance Auto Parts, Precision Body & Paint Inc., All About Automotive, MHCC Automotive Technology and U.S. Bank. Learn more online at rockinroundtheblock.com

Mt. Hood Community College will begin offering classes this fall for a new Computer Game and Mobile Applications Programmer certificate.
Mt. Hood Community College will begin offering classes this fall for a new Computer Game and Mobile Applications Programmer certificate.
New MHCC Certificate Teaches Computer Game and Mobile App Programming (Photo) - 07/02/18

Ready to build the next Fruit Ninja or Angry Birds mobile application game?

Mt. Hood Community College will begin offering classes this fall for a new Computer Game and Mobile Applications Programmer certificate. This 42-credit certificate will teach students programming skills in multiple languages – including Swift, Unity, Python, HTML, and JavaScript – while offering training in User Interface and User Experience to prepare graduates to work as entry-level programmers. Median starting salaries for entry-level programmers range from $60,000 to $100,000 in the Portland area.

“There’s a ton of potential here,” said Erika Ruhl, an instructor of Game Design at MHCC. “Students can use this training to fast-track into a programming career with one of the many industry employers in this region.”

“This certificate program can also provide great professional development to existing programmers, or it can prepare entrepreneurs to pursue their passions,” she added.

According to a forecasting report from App Annie, the app economy is expected to reach $101 billion globally by 2020, approximately doubling in size over four years. In 2015, mobile games made up about 85 percent – or $34.8 billion – of the global app market revenue.

Students in the Computer Game and Mobile Applications Programmer certificate program begin with classes in interface design and beginner game programming before moving on to courses in iOS mobile applications development and small games programming. Additionally, certificate earners can continue in their educations to complete an associate degree in Business Management: Mobile Application Development and Marketing at MHCC. This new two-year degree is aimed at preparing new programmers and providing enhanced training to existing workers.

“Almost every business and public organization needs a mobile presence, often in the form of an app,” added Ruhl. “With this certificate and degree, we want to train workers to serve in a rapidly growing field – an industry where the skills gap is increasing year after year.”

Interested in learning more? Visit mhcc.edu/ComputerGameMobileAppProgrammerCurriculum

The MHCC Aquatic Center will be open throughout the summer and offer a variety of fun events, including day camps for children and Dive-In Movies for all.
The MHCC Aquatic Center will be open throughout the summer and offer a variety of fun events, including day camps for children and Dive-In Movies for all.
Explore MHCC This Summer: Swim at the Aquatic Center, Enroll the Kids in Day Camp, or Visit the Saturday Market (Photo) - 06/29/18

This summer, plan on spending some time at Mt. Hood Community College to cool off, discover fun adventures, and explore new interests and cultures. Several great events will take place at the college in July and August, including Gresham Saturday Markets every Saturday and the 2018 Portland Highland Games July 20-21. Plus, the MHCC Aquatic Center will be open throughout the summer and offer a variety of fun events, including day camps for children and Dive-In Movies for all.

Looking to stay cool this summer? Check out what’s happening at the MHCC Aquatic Center. In addition to providing summer swimming lessons for children and adults, the Aquatic Center offers drop-in open rec swimming, Monday – Friday. Additionally, the natatorium will host Dive-In Movie Nights on July 20 and August 3 and 10. Watch 1980s classics – including Back to the Future and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial – on a giant screen in front of the outdoor pool as you lounge in floats.

Have kids who want to spend the summer exploring? Enroll them in the MHCC Aquatic Center’s weeklong Summer Day Camps (for ages 7 – 12). Each week features a new theme and new activities. On Super Heroes week (July 23 – 27) campers will fly sky high at the G6 Airpark, and on Silly Science week (July 30 – Aug. 3) they’ll have the chance to don lab coats and investigate the exhibits at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI).

Bring the family to one of several events occurring at the college this summer. Every Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., through September 29, vendors at the Gresham Saturday Market at MHCC will offer up fresh produce and handcrafted goods in the college’s parking lot W. You can also catch a baseball game at MHCC: the Gresham GreyWolves play their home games at the college’s Oslund Field throughout July and August. Have a car enthusiast in the family? Bring him or her to the annual Cruise-In at MHCC, hosted by the local Mt. Hood Mustangs and Fords club on Sunday, July 15. Finally, on July 20-21, one of the longest running events held at MHCC – the Portland Highland Games – returns! Listen to bagpipes, watch caber tosses and more events, and enjoy Scottish food and culture at this fun, family friendly event.

There’s always something exciting happening at MHCC. For a list of campus-wide events, visit www.mhcc.edu/Events-Calendar

Student Success Specialist Stephanie English with Student Erika Cardenas
Student Success Specialist Stephanie English with Student Erika Cardenas
MHCC Receives Grant for High School-to-College Bridge Program (Photo) - 06/29/18

Mt. Hood Community College recently received a $75,000 grant through the Gateway to College National Network to implement PDX Bridge – a Portland area program focused on connecting East County juvenile justice, foster, and homeless youth to post-secondary educational opportunities. The two-year grant was funded by the Meyer Memorial Trust.

PDX Bridge provides students from vulnerable populations with a “bridge” from high school through the completion of their first year of college. Through the program, high school students can access peer mentorship and college readiness/dual-enrollment classes. Once they finish high school, they will receive college success coaching at MHCC. Additionally, Worksystems’ SummerWorks initiative will offer summer internship opportunities to these students.

“With this grant, we will be able to serve some of the area’s most vulnerable and under-served youth populations,” said Kelley Keith, MHCC’s Dean of Adult Basic Skills and the grant manager. “This is a population very near and dear to my heart, ever since working with adjudicated and homeless youth in Oakland, California, more than a decade ago.”

The PDX Bridge program was piloted at Portland Community College in 2017. An initial cohort of 25 students will begin at MHCC by taking classes in Writing and Human Development.

“The students’ initial college start will be combined with intensive and comprehensive wraparound supports, led by a newly hired Student Success Coach,” said Keith. “And we’re already working with local case managers, high school counselors, and other partners to recruit youth for this opportunity.”

As part of the grant program, MHCC hired a student success coach who will guide, advise and connect the students to resources, and support and encourage them through their first year of college and beyond.

According to Children First of Oregon’s 2015 report, there are 3,066 children in foster care, 5,798 homeless children, and 3,366 adjudicated youth in the Portland area. Nationally, only 10 percent of foster youth enroll in post-secondary education and only 3 percent ob­tain a post-secondary credential, compared to 40 percent of their peers.

You can learn more about the PDX Bridge program at GatewaytoCollege.org/PDX-Bridge.html