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SHORT TAKES: Portland Teacher Program partners with Beaverton School District

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The Beaverton School District and the Portland Teacher Program have partnered to promote the development of a strong multicultural teacher workforce.

The Portland Teacher Program is a partnership effort among the Beaverton School District, Portland Public Schools, PCC, Portland State University and the University of Portland. It is designed to recruit and help prepare culturally competent teachers, with a special focus on historically under-represented groups in the teaching profession.

As a retention program, it assists selected students in completing teacher education through the regular coursework at PCC and PSU or UP.

Be part of the 2007 PCC Science Expo!

For the first time ever, PCC is hosting the state at-large high school science fair. Since the PCC Science Expo is affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), winners will compete at the Northwest Science Expo as well as the International ISEF Fair.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is the world’s largest pre-college science competition. It provides an opportunity for the best young scientists from around the globe to share ideas, showcase cutting-edge science projects, and compete for more than $4 million in awards and scholarships.

The PCC Science Expo will be held Saturday, March 3 in the PCC Sylvania HT gym. Get involved by volunteering to judge the projects, provide logistical support, or simply enjoy the event. For more information, call 503-977-4145.

Speaker tells of Japanese internment camp experience

Come and hear a personal story about being imprisoned in the U.S., based on your heritage, during a time of war. Henry Sakamoto, housed in a Japanese internment camp during World War II, will present on his experience at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 14 in Room 122 of Terrell Hall at the Cascade Campus.

Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued this executive order, which permitted the military to bypass the constitution and the safeguards for American citizens in the name of national defense.

The result of this order was the exclusion from certain areas, and the evacuation and mass incarceration of 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast, most were U.S. citizens or legal permanent resident aliens. Half of these people were children.

These Japanese Americans were forced to relocate to internment camps surrounded by barbed wire and armed guards for up to four years. Sometimes families were separated into different camps. Come hear Henry’s riveting story.

About James Hill

James G. Hill, an award-winning journalist and public relations writer, has been the Communications Specialist for the Office of Public Affairs at Portland Community College since November of 1999. A graduate of Portland State University, J... more »


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