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Clackonomics: Senators stage walkout, delay public education funding

By Gabriel Lucich / June 12, 2023

The Oregon State 2023-24 budget was approved by the Legislative Fiscal Office’s Ways and Means Subcommittee in March. The State House voted and handed it off to the Oregon Senate for a vote and approval. Now dissenting Republican Senators in Salem are dragging their feet on the budget as they stage walkouts over unrelated issues.…

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A Rather Murky Resolution to the ASG Election Debacle

By Gabriel Lucich / June 5, 2023

  After a contentious election and accusations of election violations that stalled the release of the election results for nearly a month: Olivia Gordon, 17, a computer science student, will be the next Associated Student Government President, beating Bethany Day by seven votes. The incoming ASG Vice President will be Emily Dallas. “The Elections Challenge…

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The current state of budgetary affairs

By Gabriel Lucich / May 23, 2023

It’s a new term, with a new load of budget cuts. Clackamas students, faculty and administration are about to see where the state funding sits for the next fiscal year. Jeff Shaffer, CCC’s Vice President of Finance, Operations and Strategic Partnerships, is hopeful.  “This is the most positive I’ve been going into a Budget-Advisory Group…

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Sonoff signs off; Campus Safety gets new director

By Laura Canida / May 17, 2023

After a lengthy recruitment process, Clackamas Community College announced their new director of college safety position on March 21.  Dennis Marks was selected to fill the vacant position after the previous director of college safety, Tom Sonoff, retired. The Clackamas Print asked Dennis a few questions recently so that the CCC community could get to…

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Campus Safety responds to classroom incident that highlights need for mental health services

By Michaella Fithian / May 15, 2023

The first few weeks of college are nerve-wracking for any student, no matter their age or walk of life. COVID-19 certainly hasn’t helped, forcing colleges everywhere to move strictly online for over a year. Enter: Fall term of 2022. With a mixture of excitement and anxiety, students headed back to CCC. For one classroom, that…

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ASG election results on hold after complaints filed against candidate

By Gabriel Lucich / May 15, 2023

  The ASG elections were held last week, but results aren’t yet available. The reason why might surprise people.  There’s always conflict when people vie for leadership positions, and the student administration is not immune to this. Late last week, just before voting concluded, official complaints were filed against one of the candidates. Details of…

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Arbitrator to decide if former theater director’s termination justified

By Joseph Lohmolder / May 5, 2023

Over the past several months, Clackamas Community College put together a grievance committee consisting of eight full-time faculty members to determine if Jim Eikrem, the former theater director for Clackamas Community College, was terminated justifiably last fall.   Eikrem, who worked at CCC for 11 years before being fired last September, is currently in arbitration with…

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Cougar Talk Podcast: Juan Cortez shares insight on CCC counseling services

By Ethan M. Rogers / April 20, 2023

Clackamas Community College counselor Juan Cortes wants to remove the stigma of asking for help. In this week’s episode, host Ethan M. Rogers talks with Cortes about the free counseling services available through the counseling center.  Career counseling, mental health and personal counseling, referrals for long term therapy – these are just some of the…

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CCC employees fall for email scam

By Gabriel Lucich / April 18, 2023

It seems like there’s a scam around every corner these days. Even our public institutions are at risk of being targeted.    Locally, a particularly insidious phishing scam has been used to defraud citizens. Emails were received, claiming to be from the Oregon City Police Department, telling people to pay fines over the phone using prepaid…

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State funding fails, and a local solution

By Gabriel Lucich / April 18, 2023

The college is facing funding cuts from the state and low enrollment numbers. What steps are being taken to secure the future of higher education in Clackamas County? Jeff Shaffer, interim VP of Finance, Operations and Strategic Partnerships at Clackamas Community College, was kind enough to try to answer some of the questions about the…

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