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UCC Joins Statewide CTE Month Celebration

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All 17 of Oregon’s Community Colleges come together to raise awareness and advocate for Career and Technical Education.

ROSEBURG, Oregon – February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month. Umpqua Community College (UCC) is joining forces with the Oregon Community College Association (OCCA) to highlight the critical role CTE Education will play in Oregon’s economic recovery to help Oregonians build the skills to get back to work after the devastation of wildfires and the COVID-19 pandemic.

UCC is proud of its career and technical education programs. The College has worked hard to develop the right mix of programs that meet the needs of its community and industries. UCC provides programs in Business Management, Cybersecurity, Dental Assisting, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Science, Nursing, Welding, and more.

This year, celebrating CTE Month will be a little different. The OCCA stated, “Typically, OCCA hosts a CTE Day at the Capitol in Salem, where colleges bring hands-on examples of their CTE programs to the Capitol Rotunda and steps to demonstrate the hands-on benefits for legislators. Since the Capitol is currently closed to the public, the OCCA decided this year to host a virtual CTE month to expand upon the programs colleges highlight without the space restrictions at the Capitol.”

Each Wednesday in February, OCCA will host a “Workforce Wednesday” virtual forum at noon on Zoom for legislators and their staff. UCC’s Cybersecurity program will participate in Workforce Wednesday #2 on February 10.

UCC together with the OCCA encourages legislators to engage with colleges about their CTE programs, and to endorse House Bill (HB) 2907 to fully fund community colleges at $702 million for the 2021-23 biennium.

“Fully funding HB 2907 will allow Oregon’s community colleges to continue to provide this essential career and technical education for our students and to the state’s workforce, while serving as economic engines for local economies,” Dr. Cam Preus, OCCA’s executive director, said.

The community is encouraged to show their support of community college CTE programs by reaching out to legislators through the Take Action page of the OCCA website, www.occa17.com.

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Nestled in the beautiful North Umpqua River Valley, Umpqua Community College is the regional center for higher education in Douglas County, Oregon. UCC provides high quality college degree programs, workforce development, and community learning opportunities.

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