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Anthropology instructor digs fossils … get it?

By Ethan M. Rogers / March 11, 2024

  By Ethan M. Rogers Anthropology instructor Keely Baca is a bit of a rebel. Ignoring her parents’ wishes that she enter the medical field, Baca found her way to anthropology instead. She preferred being outdoors, digging in the mud and exploring the natural world around her. Her journey, from awkward kid in the South…

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New diversity officer hopes to remove barriers for students and staff at the college

By Joson Baldridge / November 23, 2021

In May 2021, the college hired its first Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, a role the college says is necessary to help remove barriers to student success, increase staff and faculty diversity and build a sense of belonging for everyone at CCC. Casey Layton, a Warner Pacific alum who recently worked for Multnomah County, said…

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College administrator eager to bring more students back to campus

By Laura Canida / November 15, 2021

When David Plotkin was a student at Oberlin College in Ohio, he thought he was going pre-med. And then he took calculus, and eventually became an English major. The Clackamas Print sat down with the college’s vice president of instruction and student services to talk about his life helping lead the college and when the…

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What was the best part of 2020?

By Hannah oldham / March 4, 2021

We asked students on an online forum what was their best part of 2020? We got some interesting answers, from one about “green dino-poo” to finding new ways to be healthy.  Madelyn Alves: “The best part of 2020 for me personally was gaining control over my health. Not to say I had any urgent health…

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Cougar athletic director discusses plan for sports in the near future

By Riley Buerk / March 1, 2021

Jim Martineau is in his 18th year as the women’s basketball coach at Clackamas Community College. He is the athletic director at Clackamas. In a year unlike any other, he has done his best to manage all sports and keep everyone as safe as possible.  The Clackamas Print: Have winter sports been practicing, or meeting…

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Sue Mach proposes a new program

By Lizzy Marine / March 1, 2021

Sue Mach has a new idea to give people the chance to follow their dreams. Mach is a playwright and has been a professor at Clackamas Community College for the last 25 years. Mach proposed an idea of a “Transition Year” to Tim Cook, the college president, at an 11@11 meeting. Her idea is to…

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Mayor of Milwaukie brings his passion for photographing the outdoors to his job as advocate for the environment

By Margaret Wamuyu Gichachi / February 22, 2021

Mark Gamba has shot photos for magazines ranging from National Geographic to Sports Illustrated. Currently, he is the mayor of Milwaukie, Oregon. He is in his second term and has lofty goals, including making Milwaukie completely environmentally stable by 2040. After his final term as mayor is up, he plans to run for Congress or…

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Jordan Taylor, a new marketing specialist, tells his journey to CCC

By Clackamas Print / March 10, 2020

Story by Sophie Larsson Jordan Taylor is the new lead marketing specialist for the college. A community college alum, Taylor has a love for education which makes him a great addition to the marketing department and the community. TCP: What do you do as a lead marketing specialist? Taylor: It’s not only trying to build…

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Clackamas social work instructor shares her story

By Clackamas Print / February 18, 2020

By Zach Whitley Yvonne Smith is a human services and gerontology instructor at Clackamas Community College.  She has been here for 19 years and has a master’s in social work, bachelor’s in psychology, along with a minor in women’s studies from the University of Oregon. She also serves on the Executive Council for AARP. TCP:…

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Yellow brick road from Kansas to Oregon

By Clackamas Print / January 28, 2020

Story by Kyler Fleming Sue Zipperer is the new Clackamas Community College bookstore manager. Zipperer came to CCC from the University of Kansas and was previously the Store Manager of a Barnes & Noble in Portland. The Clackamas Print: What’s your background? Sue Zipperer: I come from about 27 years in managing [retail] Barnes &…

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