• Geocaching at CCC

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    Mini-grant funds high-tech treasure hunt on three campuses

    Thanks to a Clackamas Community College Foundation mini-grant, the college was honored to become a site in the worldwide scavenger hunt known as geocaching.

    Geocaching is a popular treasure hunt played by adventure seekers using a GPS app on their smartphones. The idea is to locate hidden containers, called caches. Once you find one of the caches on CCC’s campus, you can sign the log book and mark that you found it within the app. Many caches have trinkets to find and share. CCC’s own manufacturing department will make limited-edition coins to commemorate the 50th anniversary.

    Geocaching comes home

    CCC’s Oregon City campus was a significant place to start our visitors geocaching adventure because it was close to where the activity first began. The first documented placement of a GPS-located cache took place on May 3, 2000, by Dave Ulmer in nearby Beavercreek.

    The geocache initiative will kicked off during the college’s 50th birthday party May 21. An informational booth was also provided, for those needing assistance. Prizes were awarded for those who found all the caches that day. For more information, contact Casey Sims at caseys@clackamas.edu or 503-594-3186.

    The project has been a great collaboration between departments. In addition to the Manufacturing department, GIS (Geographical Information System) students used digital maps of the campuses to plot the hunt, and welding faculty and students created custom boxes to serve as the caches. CCC counseling faculty member Casey Sims led the efforts to create geocaches on CCC’s three campuses, thanks to mini-grant funding. Casey said he thought introducing this beginner-level, family-friendly activity to the campus would be, “a fun way for students and the community to explore our campuses.”

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    Since 1989, the CCC Foundation has supported a competitive mini-grant program that provides seed money to fund innovative programs or projects that enhance learning opportunities for students.

    The free app is called Geocaching Intro. To download it on your smartphone, visit https://www.geocaching.com/mobile.

  • Fun Fact #1

    Voters said yes to the formation of Clackamas Community College in 1966, the same year Interstate 5 was completed.

    Fun Fact #2

    The college’s first location was Gladstone High School. Seven part-time instructors taught 93 students during the evening when the school was vacant.

    Fun Fact #3

    The Clackamas Print, the award-winning newspaper written and designed by CCC students, has been published since 1966.

    Fun Fact #4

    The Chuck Clemans Sculpture Garden, home of unique art pieces including a throne with tentacles, is named for a former Board of Education member.

    Fun Fact #5

    The average age of all CCC students in 2014-15 was 32 years old.

    Fun Fact #6

    The college’s first full-time faculty member was Jane Rickenbaugh in 1967. She retired in 2003 after 35 years of service to the college, but has continued to teach.

    Fun Fact #7

    The Clackamas Print, once known as the Cougar Print, has been providing news for and about the college since 1966.

    Fun Fact #8

    President Joanne Trusedell was hired in 2007, 25 years after she graduated from CCC.

    Fun Fact #9

    CCC educates about 37 percent of high school grads who live in our service district.

    Fun Fact #10

    The Clackamas Print, once known as the Cougar Print, has been providing news for and about the college since 1966.

    Fun Fact #11

    While the Dental Assisting program was waiting for the Harmony Campus to be built, dental assistant labs were held at a working clinic -- Comfort Care Dental, owed by Dr. Kenneth Chung.

    Fun Fact #12

    CCC’s wrestling team has won five National Championships since 2011.

    Fun Fact #13

    The first building constructed on the current Oregon City campus was Clairmont Hall built in 1969. Barlow opened in 1972, followed by McLoughlin and Randall halls in 1972.

    Fun Fact #14

    In 2009 when the unemployment rate of Oregon reached more than 10%, enrollment at Clackamas increased more than 20% as people sought new career paths.

    Fun Fact #15

    CCC’s Nursing program has been housed in Clarirmont, Barlow, DeJardin halls before finding its permanent home on the Harmony Community Campus in North Clackamas.

    Fun Fact #16

    A Clackamas alum, Lisa O'Dea (Martin), was a silver medalist at the Olympics in 1988 in the marathon. She is also a former World Record Holder in the event, however, the only school record she holds at Clackamas is the 400 hurdles.

    Fun Fact #17

    In May 1966, following four years of work by a grassroots citizens’ planning committee, 62 percent of the voters in the proposed district in Clackamas County supported the formation of the Clackamas Community College District.

    Fun Fact #18

    In fall of 1967, classes were moved to a modular building on Warner-Milne Road. The entire library was packed into two boxes and the all necessities for college operations were moved with one U-Haul truck in one day.

    Fun Fact #19

    The college’s cluster of science buildings completed in 1981 is called the Pauling Center, named for Dr. Linus Pauling, the only person to receive two unshared Nobel prizes. His wife was a native of Clackamas County.

    Fun Fact #20

    The Oregon City campus is 165 acres. The average class size is 23.

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