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As Clackamas Community College approaches its 50th Anniversary in 2016, we want to celebrate the people and events that connect CCC and our community. Please share this email with others who may be interested in CCC and the Foundation. 


In This Issue
Corporate Challenge & ParTee on the Green
Student Spotlight - Brenda Alvarado
2013 Scholarship Reception
CRT presents "The 39 Steps"
Inspiration! by President Joanne Truesdell
Corporate Challenge & ParTee on the Green
Pam Bloom with
Pam Bloom with winning bid number at the ParTee on the Green.
Twenty-five teams registered for this year's Corporate Challenge held on August 26 at Willamette Valley Country Club in Canby.

As the teams enjoyed a day of golf with favorable weather, the ParTee committee busily readied for the evening's silent and oral auctions.

In all, nearly 200 guests enjoyed beverages and hors d'oeuvres hosted by Oregon Wealth Management, music by Tom Wakeling and Steve Christofferson, and participated in the silent auction.

As dinner got under way, Corporate Challenge guests heard from two students who have benefited from CCC Foundation Scholarships. Brenda Alvarado is pursuing an education as an immigration attorney, while Jeffery Kesterson is dual enrolled at CCC and OIT for a manufacturing degree. Both shared their compelling stories of how receiving a scholarship truly changed their lives.

Guests generously participated in a paddle raiser to benefit scholarships, emergency grants and the greatest need. Overall proceeds from the Corporate Challenge and ParTee are estimated to be near $70,000. Thanks to all who helped make this year's event so successful!

Student Spotlight - Brenda Alvarado

"Your generosity came at a fitting time in my life!" 
Brenda Alvarado When I was younger sleepovers were mainly for hanging with friends and birthday parties, it wasn't until my junior year in high school that it became my every night routine. I never really thought myself as being homeless, I thought of it more as ongoing sleepover. My name is Brenda Alvarado, and I am currently entering my sophomore year at CCC, this year I received the Rask Family Memorial Scholarship. I am currently entering my second year of pre requisites, with eventually graduating double majoring in Spanish and Law, with aspiration of becoming an immigration lawyer.

Just like any other person my age, I have always strived for educational success. The obstacles I have faced have shaped me into being the independent woman that I am.

Although I have spent the majority of the past three years thinking about where I was going to spend the night, financial instability and the struggles it brings were hassles I went through for a long time. Since the age of 16, I have had a number of odd jobs to pay things such as soccer and basketball, and most other people at 16 should not be paying for. My mother had me as a teen, and didn't really know how to handle my financial future when it was in her hands.

Coming from a tight knit Mexican American family with strong Latino traditions, another hassle came from not being able to admit my current living situation to my family. Being the oldest of 7 siblings, I have always had the pressure of setting the bar high when it came to education and lifestyle. I have already surpassed my families' achievements by becoming the first person in my family to go to college. I have an abundance of cousins and siblings who look up to me, I don't ever want them to be discouraged by the difficulties I have been through. I shelter my family from hearing the hardships I go through; to this day they are still unaware. I hope to tell them soon as my life is now in a completely new direction. It is easy to quit school and just focus on life and work, but I want them to see through me that with these hardships will later come reward.

By the time I applied to this scholarship, I was working a one full time job and part time job and was about to start classes as a full time student at CCC, so as you could imagine, your generosity came at a fitting time in my life. Your generosity and support for students like me, who know they can succeed, but need the little financial push to get their feet on level ground.

With your scholarship I am able to have the peace of mind of quitting my second job. I currently am moving into my own apartment, and working full time at my new job at Wells Fargo, with having more time available I am able to focus and pursue my academic goals. I'm excited for this upcoming year and further show how your money was not wasted. I will constantly work with dedication knowing there are people supporting the pursuit of my education.
2013 Scholarship Reception
Sunday, September 29
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Randall Gym, Clackamas Community College

The CCC Foundation is gathering at the end of the month to celebrate the donors who graciously provide funds and the recipients who were awarded scholarships for the 2013-14 school year. Recipients have the opportunity to meet and personally thank those who support their educational pursuits.

RSVP to Janet Meister at or 503-594-3131.
CRT presents "The 39 Steps"
Playbill for The 39 Steps

September 19 - October 5

Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.
The Osterman Theatre in the Niemeyer Center
Clackamas Community College


Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a cast of four), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance. A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure. Winner of two Tony and Drama Desk Awards!

Tickets may be purchased at or by calling 503-594-6047.   

Changing Lives. Changing Communities.



Greg Fitzgerald Signature   

Greg Fitzgerald, Executive Director
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President Joanne Truesdell
Joanne Truesdell
On August 29, the world watched President Obama leading the nation as we commemorated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. This historic event directly affected community colleges and the people we serve in a number of ways.

Fifty years ago, community colleges were scattered throughout the nation, in local communities, to be the avenue for the unemployed, veterans and those desiring an education, who were excluded from participating in a university. The March on Washington further opened access and opportunity. The changes that followed included everything from financial aid to antidiscrimination laws that broke barriers, making it possible for our communities to take advantage of Clackamas Community College and the opportunity education brings.

As we march toward our 50th year of service, what we do, how we do it and what we are willing to do to change, will be asked of us, by our community, our students, ourselves as we open the next 50 years.

In the words of Dr. King, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." May we be the foundation for change that the March on Washington was 50 years ago.


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