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LEARNING LOG: MHCC gets new chief of staff

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What's Inside: Gresham-Barlow hires contractors, Elementary students sign up for science club.

COURTESY PHOTO - Craig Kolins Craig Kolins has been hired as chief of staff to Mt. Hood Community College President Debra Derr.

He will function as a bridge between the administration, students and faculty, according to the college newspaper

The Advocate. Kolins worked at MHCC about 15 years ago and most recently was dean of instruction at Portland Community College's Southeast Campus. Kolins, who replaces Bill Backer who served in a temporary role, will start Thursday, March 30.

Gresham-Barlow hires contractors

The Gresham-Barlow School Board on Thursday, March 9, was expected to approve the general contractors to work on the significant school construction projects. The construction will be paid for by the $291.2 million bond voters approved in November. Fortis Construction will handle major renovations and additions to Gresham High School.

Lease Crutcher Lewis will take on renovations and additions at Barlow High School, and Bremik Construction will build the new North Gresham Elementary School. P&C Construction will build the new East Gresham Elementary School. All the firms selected are based in Portland.

Gresham-Barlow gets budget members

The Gresham-Barlow School Board was expected to approve three new budget committee members at the Thursday, March 9, board meeting. Darrell Buell was slated to be appointed to Budget Committee position 2, for a three-year term expiring June 30, 2019.

Amanda Gayken was expected to get budget committee position 4, for a one-year term expiring June 30, 2017. The board chose Justin Weatherford for budget committee position 5, for a three-year term expiring June 30, 2019.

The budget committee is a group of school board members and citizens that evaluates a school district's proposed budget. The committee takes comments and questions from interested citizens and reviews and makes changes in the budget.

Centennial's Owens named HR director

James Owens was named assistant superintendent and director of human resources for the Centennial School District by the school board at its meeting Wednesday, March 8. He had served as an interim for these jobs since July.

Owens replaces Paul Coakley, who was named superintendent for the district. Prior to this, Owens was principal at Butler Creek Elementary School. Owens has worked for the district for five years and was with the Reynolds School District for the previous seven years.

Elementary students sign up for science club

Science experiments can be fun, scary or gross. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade can register for a free, hands-on science event at the Gresham Library to find out which one it will be.

The event takes place from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, at 385 N.W. Miller Ave. Call 503-988-5123 for more information.

Library helps with college plans

Find out about all the programs Mt. Hood Community College offers at a free workshop. Learn how to use the college as a community educational resource and what kinds of degrees and professional certificates can be obtained.

The first hour of the workshop will be presentations and the second will provide time for one-on-one help.

The workshop is good for adults as well as high school students and will run from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, at the Gresham Library, 385 N.W. Miller Ave. Call 503-988-5123 for more information.

MHCC to hold job fair

Mt. Hood Community College is holding a Parkrose community job fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, at the school's Maywood campus, 10100 N.E. Prescott St.

The community is welcome to participate. There will be a job search and educational resources available, and a variety of employers will be on hand to discuss seasonal, part-time and full-time jobs.