Oregon lawmakers in 2022 approved a $200 million Future Ready Oregon Career Pathways public investment program to advance opportunities for historically underserved communities
by Daniel Pearson, editor | OregonCityTimes.com | July 27, 2022 | Oregon City education news
OREGON CITY – Clackamas Community College (CCC) announced it received $980,919 in funding from the Oregon Legislature and plans to use half of the money to help students pay for child care, testing fees, textbooks, tuition, housing assistance, and gas cards.
The Oregon City-based college also plans to use funds to assist students with lower literacy levels and those who are English-language learners, CCC spokesperson Shalee Hodgson said.
“Each of the community colleges had an opportunity to apply for a specific amount of funding,” Hodgson said. “We applied for the full amount that we were eligible.”
The $980,919 in funding is part of the Oregon Legislature’s $200 million Future Ready Oregon Career Pathways public investment program, signed by Gov. Kate Brown on April 5, that lawmakers approved during the 2022 legislative short session. The program was created to advance opportunities for historically underserved communities.
CCC will use funds to hire directors to fill “key positions,” including one overseeing a review of certificate programs to determine what courses the college should offer to give students the best chance of beginning a rewarding career after graduation. Other certificate programs will be reviewed to see if they no longer offer students the best chance at a career.
Plans also include hiring an outreach coordinator to connect with new students.
Enrollment at CCC declined dramatically since the spring of 2020 before the original Covid-19 lockdown, and earlier this year it reportedly was the lowest it’s been for four decades.
Federal pandemic relief funds allowed CCC to avoid cutting some high-demand programs from 2020 to 2021.
“We are excited to help even more students be able to afford a college education and receive the training they need to get well-paying jobs,” CCC President Tim Cook said in a prepared statement. “This is not only good for our students, but also for the community and the businesses that need a trained workforce.”