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MHCC presents ‘Footloose’ the musical

Jump back to small-town life with a rebellious city teen bucking the city council’s ban of rock ‘n’ roll.

Mt. Hood Community College is staging the musical “Footloose” Feb. 21-23 and 28 and March 1-2 at 26000 S.E. Stark St.

“It is a coming of age story, so either you are a young person trying to establish your own identity, or you’re an adult who has already been through this period of transformation,” Artistic Director Mace Archer said in a news release.

“Either way, absolutely everyone can relate to it. It is also a wonderful story of healing and forgiveness, the story of a community that needs desperately to heal the wounds of the past. The story is timeless.”

MHCC’s production features a cast of 26, with Luke Swearingin playing Ren McCormack (Kevin Bacon’s part in the movie), Alex Giorgi as the Rev. Shaw Moore (John Lithgow’s part) and Tootsie West as Vi Moore (the Dianne Wiest part).

For more information on times and ticket prices, visit mhcc.edu/theatre. Individuals requiring accommodations due to a disability may contact the MHCC Disability Services Office at 503-491-6923 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

MHCC hosts annual funeral exercises

The 18th annual Mt. Hood Community College Funeral Arrangements Exercise will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in the Town and Gown Room, 2600 S.E. Stark St.

Each year, second-year Funeral Service Education students work with volunteers to make mock funeral arrangements, discussing options including cremation versus burial and urn and casket selections. The program is the only one of its kind in Oregon, and one of only three in the Pacific Northwest.

As students have an opportunity to practice working with families, volunteers experience the process of making funeral arrangements in a mock situation, without the emotions of a real death.

The exercise is free and open to the public. To volunteer for a one-hour appointment, contact Maximilian Bodzin at 503-431-9613 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Mountain climber to speak at MHCC Feb. 27

A world-renowned rock climber, mountaineer and guidebook author will speak at Mt. Hood Community College from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb 27, in the Visual Arts Theatre, 26000 S.E. Stark St.

Fred Beckey, 91, will share his adventures and climbing accomplishments from around the world the past 60 years, complete with photos.

Unofficially recognized as the all-time record-holder for first ascents, Beckey began climbing in the 1930s. He also has written several guidebooks and 10 other books.

Attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishable food or money donations for Barney’s Pantry, a student-run food bank at MHCC. The event is sponsored by Wildside, an outdoor club for students.

Beckey will sign books during a brief reception prior to his presentation in the student union.

To learn more about the Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education program, visit mhcc.edu/WildernessLeadership or contact instructor Josh Stratman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Centennial student appointed to cadet corps

Matthew Chambers of Centennial High School has been appointed by the superintendent of the United States Coast Guard Academy to the Corps of Cadets in New London, Conn.

Chambers will report June 30 for summer training and begin four years of college studies. Upon his graduation in the class of 2018, he will be commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Coast Guard.

An Eagle Scout and honors student, Chamber serves as drum major and president of the Centennial High School Band.

He is lead altar server at St. Henry Catholic Church and a member of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team.

Chambers is the son of Ric and Jeanne Chambers of Gresham.

Elmer’s Teacher Grant Program kicks off

The Kids In Need Foundation, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free school supplies to economically disadvantaged school children and under-funded teachers, is launching its fourth annual teacher grants program sponsored by Elmer’s Products Inc.

Beginning Friday, Feb. 14, teachers nationwide can visit the Kids In Need Foundation website to apply for an Elmer’s Teacher Tool Kit grant that can range from $100 to $500.

The grants will be given to certified K-12 teachers who wish to conduct classroom projects from the website catalog of award-winning projects previously funded by the Kids In Need Foundation.

Applications will be available online at www.kinf.org.

Gorsek pushes for career tech education

Last week, state Rep. Chris Gorsek, D-Troutdale, testified before the House Committee on Higher Education and Workforce Development in support of his bill to add Career Technical Education to state educational goals.

The Oregon Legislature began an ambitious goal in 2011 for the state, known as the “40-40-20” goal, which states that by 2025 all adult Oregonians will hold a high school diploma or equivalent, 40 percent of them will have an associate degree or postsecondary certificate and 40 percent will hold a bachelor’s degree or advanced degree.

House Bill 4058 would add apprenticeship programs to that “middle 40” goal.

“We need to connect more Oregonians to good paying jobs, and apprenticeship programs provide Oregonians with the skills they need to enter and succeed in the work force,” Gorsek said in a news release.



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