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New stars often form in dust clouds that take on many shapes. A new star can be seen forming in the “eye” of this strange-looking object (top). The infrared image (bottom) allows us to see through the dust to see a whirlpool forming a new star, with jets
New stars often form in dust clouds that take on many shapes. A new star can be seen forming in the “eye” of this strange-looking object (top). The infrared image (bottom) allows us to see through the dust to see a whirlpool forming a new star, with jets
Space Oddities: Stars That Are Stranger Than Fiction (Photo) - 10/15/18

From afar, shimmering stars set in the night sky seem peaceful and tranquil. However, telescopic images can paint a different picture, showing us star “oddities.” For instance, older stars can become unstable and even explode. Many stars have doubles; there’s at least one instance of a person describing a “star within a star.”

Some stars are outright dangerous, too. In 2004, a star exploding over 50,000 light-years away affected Earth’s atmosphere. The star was appropriately named ASASSN-15LH. Another potentially hazardous star, WR 104, is pointed at us, but closer than ASASSN-15LH. And WR 104 could send a burst of gamma rays directly towards us.

Planetarium Director Pat Hanrahan will present “Space Oddities: Stars That Are Stranger Than Fiction” on Tuesday, Nov. 6, and Friday, Nov. 9, with shows at 6 and 7:15 p.m. on both days. Hanrahan will also identify stars in the current night sky and show observers where to find some of these curious stars and other attractions.

Visitors are encouraged to ask questions during each 45-minute live program. Children are welcome to attend. The MHCC Planetarium is wheelchair accessible. Admission for the general public is $5, and $2 for children (17 and younger) and for MHCC students (identification required). Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

Don't miss these upcoming shows in the Planetarium Sky Theater.

Dec. 4 and 7, 2018
Treasures of Orion and his Neighbors

Jan. 8 and 11, 2019
A Snapshot of Upcoming Astronomical Events for 2019

Feb. 5 and 8, 2019
Seeing the Invisible Universe

March 5 and 8, 2019
What did NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Find Beyond Pluto?

April 2 and 5, 2019
Auroras, Cosmic Rays, Shooting Stars, and Other Space Invaders

May 7 and 10, 2019
Current Spacecraft Exploration by NASA/JPL and By Other Countries

June 4 and 7, 2019
To Be Announced

All planetarium shows are at 6 and 7:15 p.m. For more information about the MHCC planetarium, visit

Private showings for groups are also available on Fridays.

Find your next job or career at MHCC’s Fall Career Fair
Find your next job or career at MHCC’s Fall Career Fair
Find Your Next Job or Career at MHCC's Fall Career Fair (Photo) - 10/11/18

Meet with dozens of representatives from multiple industries at Mt. Hood Community College’s Fall Career Fair, held Thursday, Oct. 25, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Gresham Campus.

The Fall Career Fair offers an exciting opportunity to build your network and learn about new industries and jobs. There’s also the chance to test out your resume and polish that elevator pitch, according to Jennifer McNeil, MHCC’s student career development coordinator.

“If you’re looking for that next step forward in your career, or even just exploring what opportunities are out there, this is the place to do it,” said McNeil. “We’ll have representatives from numerous industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, government, shipping and transportation, and recreation, just to name a few.”

“And these organizations are hiring for all different types of positions,” she added, “including full-time career jobs, and seasonal and part-time positions. You can really expect something there for everyone.”

All are welcome to attend the Fall Career Fair. Students at all stages in their programs should attend to learn about job opportunities in their respective fields. Community members interested in regional organizations and positions will find plenty of information at the career fair too.

If you plan to attend, have several copies of a current resume with you, suggested McNeil. Also, practice “pitching” yourself – including your career goals, work history, and skill sets – with friends and family. MHCC students can receive career planning assistance at the Career Planning and Counseling Center, located on the Gresham Campus in Room AC1152.

For more information, including a list of attending employers, visit

Attending employers:

  • Albertina Kerr
  • Allstate Insurance
  • Apartment Advantage
  • Applied Materials
  • Capsa Healthcare
  • Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare
  • Central City Concern
  • City of Gresham
  • Clark County Sheriff’s Office
  • Community Services, Inc.
  • EMS SubDesk/ESS
  • Amada Senior Care
  • Ever Fresh Fruit Co
  • FedEx Ground
  • Finnmark Property Services
  • Foundation Partners Group
  • GSS (Good Samaritan Society) Services@Home
  • GSS Fairlawn Village
  • Helping Hands Home Care
  • Hudson Group
  • Jacobs
  • John L. Scott Sandy
  • Kelly Services
  • Madden Industrial Craftsmen
  • Medline Industries
  • Metro
  • Metropolitan Family Service
  • Mt. Hood Meadows
  • Mt. Hood Skibowl
  • North Clackamas Parks and Recreation – Sports
  • On Semiconductor
  • Oregon Health & Science University
  • Oregon Tradeswomen
  • PacifiCorp
  • PeaceHealth
  • Petco
  • Portland Patrol Inc.
  • Portland Police Bureau
  • PPI Association
  • Reynolds School District
  • Rose Villa Senior Living
  • Sherwin-Williams
  • Springdale Job Corps Center
  • Standard TV and Appliance
  • State Farm Insurance
  • The Boeing Company
  • Thortex
  • Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue
  • United Salad Co./Duck Delivery/Mary's Organic Harvest
  • Up and Out, Inc.
  • UPS
  • Westside Community Focus

MHCC Board of Education Receives Prestigious PTK Award (Photo) - 10/10/18

The MHCC Board was recognized for its work with the 2018 Board of Trustees Excellence Award. The award celebrates the leadership and commitment to student success of trustee boards at postsecondary institutions and is given by the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. The MHCC Board was the only one of four selected nationally for the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) award.

Serving as a trustee of a community college can often be a difficult job. Members of the Mt. Hood Community College Board of Education are volunteers and not paid for their time. They work diligently within their communities to advocate for the college and for student success. And they do all this while serving four-year board positions and helping to guide the college and its mission.

“The MHCC District Board not only provides financial support for our Phi Theta Kappa chapter, but board members also participate in chapter activities and attend our events,” said Beth Sammons, MHCC instructor and adviser to the college’s PTK chapter, Rho Theta.

“One major way that the Board has supported Rho Theta over the years is by ensuring that one-third of each new club member’s dues are paid,” added Sammons. “As a result, Rho Theta has the lowest dues among PTK chapters in the Northwest.”

Members of the Board also attend Rho Theta induction ceremonies and participate in the club’s outreach campaigns and efforts. Rho Theta members provide annual updates to the Board on their efforts and initiatives.

“This award speaks to the commitment and tireless efforts of our Board members,” said MHCC President Dr. Lisa Skari. “Like the college, they’re dedicated to supporting our students, transforming lives through education, and championing community building, and we’re proud of their work.”

MHCC and the MHCC Board of Directors maintain a commitment to three core themes. These include providing the necessary tools to nurture and build upon learner success; partnering with businesses, government agencies and nonprofits to deliver state-of-the-art training and skills development; and taking pride in the local community through engagement in education, economic and cultural opportunities.

“We’re grateful for this honor from the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, Beth Sammons and the Rho Theta students,” said Diane McKeel, chair of the MHCC Board of Education. “We’re excited for what the future holds for MHCC and for its students, staff and our community.”

MHCC’s Board members will be presented with the award at the Association of Community College Trustee Leadership Congress, Regional Awards Luncheon, held Oct. 26 in New York City.

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