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Media Advisory: PCC, community colleges celebrate day at Capitol
Photos and Story by James Hill
SALEM, Ore. – Students, board members, faculty and presidents from Oregon’s 17 community colleges will converge in Salem for Community College Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 5. College advocates will meet with state legislators to discuss state funding issues, the value of community colleges on the economy and for the community, and the ramifications to access and affordability of shrinking community college budgets. In addition to meeting with legislators, college representatives will conduct a number of demonstrations between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda to illustrate the many ways community colleges educate and train Oregonians. Lawmakers and the general public will learn more about how colleges train high-tech workers, health care providers and other professionals. PCC’s Veterinary Technology program students will offer information about the field and about the program. The students will conduct demonstrations with a resuscimutt (stuffed dog) that teaches students how to perform CPR. PCC’s Landscape Technology, Clackamas’s Horticulture and Chemeketa’s Viticulture programs will also be featured. Other community college programs and special demonstrations include: Rogue Community College’s Advanced Technology program’s mini-robots; Mt. Hood Community College’s Health Occupations; Linn-Benton’s simulation man for its Radiological Technology program; Lane and Chemeketa’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality programs will provide a food table; Oregon Coast’s aquarium for its Aquarium Science program; Clackamas’s Business Services and Workforce Training; Chemeketa’s Fine Arts; message chair from Central Oregon; and Clatsop’s Marine Fire Science.