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Free college success course
Mt. Hood Community College will again offer its successful HD 100 College Success course this year, tuition free to all new MHCC students. This course is great for students who are making the transition from high school to college, or for those who have been out of school for a while.
The course introduces students to strategies for success, including library orientation, educational planning, self-management and working with others in a cooperative environment. Students not only get to meet other students, but also a caring faculty or staff person with whom they can connect throughout their time at the college.
This is a one-credit course which can be used for elective and transfer credit. Classes are available evenings, weekends and before fall term. An extra bonus is a grand prize drawing to be held at the New Student Orientation Day luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Students who attend the orientation and sign up for HD 100 have a chance to win a full term tuition waiver for winter 2008, provided they complete the HD 100 course with at least a C grade.
This course has been lauded nationwide for helping students stay in college.
For more information on the course, call 503-491-7432 or register online at www.mhcc.edu. You can also register in person at the Student Services Center from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday during the summer, or weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. after Labor Day.
Free college course for low-income adults
Oregon Council for the Humanities and Reed College offer a free college-level humanities course to low-income adults in Portland. Humanity in Perspective, a two-semester course in the humanities, begins its seventh year in Portland this fall.
Applications for the program will be accepted through Monday, Aug. 20. Applications are available for download on the OCH Web site, www.oregonhum.org, or by request from Jennifer Allen, OCH education program director, at 503-241-0543.
HIP aims to promote the intellectual and personal growth of students, to spark their interest in civic and community life, and to encourage them to continue their education. HIP offers course participants two semesters of instruction from Reed College professors in the humanistic disciplines. Students explore ancient and contemporary masterpieces in literature, philosophy and history. Writing instruction is also integral to the coursework.
Allen said, HIP was founded on the conviction that the humanities provide an avenue to ideas and skills that change peoples lives.
A student from last years course added, I used HIP to get out of the shelter a couple of nights a week, and I found a whole new world where I could read, write and study, and most of all feel important. I found a place that I didnt know existed and totally fell in love with.
The fall term begins Sept. 24. Classes meet over a seven-month period on Monday and Thursday evenings at New Avenues for Youth in downtown Portland. Reading and writing assignments are roughly equivalent to those of a first-year humanities survey course at Reed College.
Tuition is waived; books, on-site childcare, and bus tickets are also provided free of charge. Reed College grants a certificate of achievement, as well as transferable college credit, to any student who completes the course.
Students must be 18 years of age or older. The only entrance requirement is the ability to read an English-language newspaper and commit to attending class two evenings per week. The course is for adults who do not already have a bachelors degree.
Sign up for preschool
Gethsemane Lutheran Preschool, 11560 S.E. Market St., is accepting preschool registrations for the 2007-08 school year. The preschool program is for children who will be 3 or 4 years of age by Sept. 1. Call Karla Hills at 503-256-1835 for more information or to register.
Conservation district board to meet
The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, which includes all of Multnomah County east of the Willamette River, will hold its regular monthly board of directors meeting on Monday, Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. in Room 443 of Montgomery Park, 2701 N.W. Vaughn St. The agenda will include a speaker on ecosystem services trading, approval of the districts work plan for the Oregon Department of Agriculture and officer nominations for the Oregon Association of Conservation Districts. For information, please call 503-222-7645, ext. 114.
Rules for operating vending carts
If you have ever considered operating a vending cart in Portland, this months Lunch and Learn Brown Bag is for you. The Bureau of Development services will offer a free seminar on Friday, Aug. 10 from noon to 1 p.m. downtown at 1900 S.W. 4th Ave., Conference Room 2500-A.
Staff will define and offer examples of vending carts. They will discuss allowable locations, permitting and zoning concerns, and provide contacts at City Hall.
Service club changes meetings
Beginning in September, the Russellville Kiwanis Club will meet on Tuesdays at noon at Russellville Park, Southeast 103rd Avenue and Burnside Street.
Anyone who lives or works in the Russellville, Mall 205, Gateway or Parkrose areas is invited to join. If you have interest in community service, you will quickly learn that Russellville Kiwanis is involved in a host of community activities. Members will spring for lunch on your first visit. The group supports SnowCap Community Charities, DayBreak Homeless Family Shelter, Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp for Disabled Individuals, Kiwanis Doernbecher Childrens Cancer Program, Ronald McDonald House, Parkrose Little League and others.
To find out more, contact Charlie Ross at 503-252-1570.
Learn to manage your weight
TOPS, or Take off Pounds Sensibly, is a nonprofit weight-loss group for all ages. TOPS OR #213 was established in October of 1964 and is currently welcoming new members. The group meets at Parkrose United Church of Christ, 4715 N.E. 106th Ave. on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.
To learn more, contact Cristina Gwynn at 503-254-8488 or TOPSOR213@comcast.net or visit the TOPS Web site at www.tops.org.
Get out of debt
Woodland Park Baptist Church, 11375 N.E. Halsey St., will be offering Financial Peace University, a life-changing program by best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio host Dave Ramsey. This fun, 13-week class begins Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 6:45 p.m.
FPU is designed to teach families how to get out of debt and stay out of debt and includes small group discussions for accountability and discipline. Topics such as cash-flow planning, budgeting, dumping debt, saving, giving, and much more will be covered. Everyone can benefit from this program regardless of age or income. On average, FPU families have paid off over $5,300 in debt and saved $2,700 during this 91-day program. Free childcare will be provided for the classes, but registration is limited to the first 30 people to sign up. The cost is $90 per family, which includes all books and materials.
Plan now to take part in a free 20-minute video preview and registration on Sunday, Aug. 26 or Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m.
For more information, call Pastor Ken Blondeaux at 503-253-1944 or e-mail Alan Corzatt, church moderator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Buy ticket, support foundation, win car
For the low price of $20, you could be the proud owner of a brand new 2007 Pontiac. The Mt. Hood Community College Foundation is holding its fourth annual car raffle and is selling tickets to win a Pontiac G5/GT Coupe. Tickets are $20 apiece and a limit of 2,500 tickets will be sold. The car features power windows, power door locks and remote keyless entry. The retail value of the car is $18,350. Participants must be at least 18 years of age.
Proceeds from the raffle will be used to benefit MHCC students with scholarships and equipment. The car to be raffled is sponsored by Weston Pontiac Buick GMC Kia.
The winning ticket will be drawn at the Rockin Round the Block car show on Fourth Avenue and Main Street in downtown Gresham at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11. Tickets may be purchased by calling 503-491-7204 or in person at the MHCC Foundation Office, Room 2398, located at the Gresham campus of Mt. Hood Community College, 26000 S.E. Stark St. A printable order form can also be accessed online at www.mhcc.edu/foundation.
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