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LEARNING LOG: Local high schools get NIKE grants

What's Inside: Meetings set on special education, Transfers eased on Mt. Hood students.

FILE PHOTO - A woman holds a Nike sign.Three local high schools got grants from NIKE Inc. to fund a college prep program for students that don't always think of themselves as college material.

Gresham High School received about $5,555 and Barlow High School about $5,500 from Nike. Reynolds High School got $11,700.

The money will be used to bolster the schools' college-prep AVID programs.

NIKE awarded about $1.5 million in grants from it's Nike School Innovation Fund to 100 Oregon schools with the goal of increasing graduation rates, closing the achievement gap and helping all students in Oregon prepare for future success.

Meetings set on special education

The Gresham-Barlow School District is holding two meetings for parents of students in special education programs. The district wants to hear how parents think the programs can be improved.

The first meeting is from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, at Dexter McCarty Middle School, 1400 S.E. Fifth St. The second is from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, at Gordon Russell Middle School, 3625 S.E. Powell Valley Road. Call 503-261-4650.

Animate this!

Teens can register for an animation workshop led by artist Alex Chiu, which runs from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 11.

Teens can learn techniques and styles of animation from zoetrope animation, flip book animation, digital animation, paper-puppet stop-motion to claymation and more.

Open to all levels of experience. The library is at 17917 S.E. Stark St. Call 503-988-5123 for more information.

Transfers eased on Mt. Hood students

Mt. Hood Community College recently finalized four new "articulation agreements," which allows students to transfer more easily to four-year colleges to finish specific programs and get a bachelor's degree.

One new agreement is for associate of science with a music emphasis to transfer to a bachelor of music in contemporary music at Western Oregon University. MHCC associate of applied science in dental hygiene can transfer to get a bachelor in health studies at Portland State University.

A MHCC associate of applied science in respiratory care can move to PSU for a degree in health studies and an associate's in physical therapist assistant can advance to a PSU degree in applied health and fitness.