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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
9/11 First Responder speaks at fundraiser
Foundation Launches New Website
Student Stories - Brett & Judy Caldwell
Unistus Chamber Choir
2013 Staff Drive
Connect with Social Media
New Foundation Board Members
9/11 First Responder speaks at fundraiser for wildland fire fighting endowment
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State Representative Julie Parrish looks on as NYFD Retired Lieutenant
Joe Torillo presents an award to John Percin, Jr.'s father,
John Sr., and his brother, Matt.

A new endowment has been established in the Foundation to honor John Percin, Jr., a Granite Mountain Firefighter from West Linn, who was killed while fighting a wildfire on June 30, 2013.


Joe Torillo, a First Responder to 9/11 in New York City, was the keynote speaker at a fundraising event held on December 12, 2013 at Athey Creek Middle School. $8,000 of the needed $10,000 to start the endowment has been secured.


The endowment will provide scholarships to students in the Wildland Fire Fighting program at Clackamas Community College.


Contributions are still being accepted. To make a donation to this endowment, please visit the Foundation website at
Foundation launches new website
Foundation staff underwent two days if intensive training the first week of December. We learned how to update and add to our new website. 

We are pleased and excited to share this improved method of communication with our patrons and friends. Check it out now at

Student Stories - Brett and Judy Caldwell
Brett used to work as a "cable guy." It was a well-paying job. But he worked long hours and a lot of overtime. He was not able to spend much time at home with his family - his wife Judy and their five children. He had even less time for his favorite hobby: gardening in their backyard and growing food, including bananas and pineapples.


Now Brett and Judy Caldwell are both CCC students and scholarship recipients. Brett is earning an associate's degree in horticulture. Judy is earning an associate's degree and a certificate in urban agriculture. They are learning the business of small farming and how to grow and sell healthy food.

The Caldwell Family Farm was established almost a year ago. It is a small farm in Oregon City where they grow certified natural-grown produce. Brett and Judy sell fresh produce, flowers and jams at local farmer's markets. Their goal is to increase their farming knowledge, earn college degrees, grow their business and eventually own a larger, self-sustaining farm. The Caldwell family is living their American dream of a simpler, sustainable and more meaningful life. And with help from CCC and scholarships, they are learning skills to grow their farming business.

"We moved to Oregon and started over," says Brett. "We want our kids to appreciate things and know what's important. We're still struggling but we're so determined and much happier. Life is less stressful than it was before," Brett adds, with a smile, "except during finals week."

For more information, check out their FaceBook page:

Unistus Chamber Choir, founded in 1999, is a select choral ensemble of musicians who are bound together by their commitment to promoting peace, love and harmony through the performance of various styles of music. Lonnie Cline, Conductor / Artistic Director, was a teacher at CCC. He started an alumni choir a long time ago so that he would have a choir when he retired. So for years he has invited select alumni to sing. He is now in the process of turning it into a repertoire company. 

Changing Lives. Changing Communities.



Greg Fitzgerald Signature   

Greg Fitzgerald, Executive Director
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2013 Staff Drive
Building/Dept. Reps share strategies at the Kick-off Lunch

Each year, the staff of CCC supports the work of the Foundation on behalf of the students and staff.


This year, 75% of full time staff contributed to the Staff Drive. In addition, 82 part time staff donated. The total dollars contributed to endowments, opportunity funds, or area of greatest need equaled $55,016!


The Foundation sincerely appreciates the support we receive to help our students achieve their dreams. Thank you!

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Social Media
The Foundation is working to connect with you via social media.

New Board Members

The CCC Foundation is pleased to announce the election of two new members to the Board of Directors: Ron Cutter and Jamie Damon.




Ron Cutter is Senior Vice President for Brown & Brown NW. He specializes in insurance and risk management for governmental entities. He and his family reside in Molalla and enjoy a variety of outdoor activities.




Jamie Damon is a Regional Solutions Coordinator for the State of Oregon. She works to advance economic development initiatives and coordinate state agency problem solving for the South Willamette Valley. Jamie lives with her family in Eagle Creek.


Ron and Jamie fill the seats vacated by Diane
and Frank CutsforthThank you to Diane and Frank for their service and support of the Foundation.