• The history of CCC


    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. When students started enrolling for classes the following fall, Clackamas became Oregon's eighth community college.

    Clackamas Community College opened with 93 part-time students taking classes at Gladstone High School, and by the end of the first school year, the college had added 600 more students. The college was briefly located at a campus on Warner-Milne Road, but by 1968 voters and the Board of Education approved the permanent site on 165 acres in Oregon City, and soon after broke ground on the CCC's first permanent home -- the Clairmont Building. The college continued to grow and expand and was granted full accreditation in 1971.

    Time Capsule Opening

    Wonder what the college was like 25 years ago? During its 50th birthday on May 21, Clackamas Community College unearthed its time capsule, unveiling relics and personal treasures from 25 years ago. The capsule was buried in 1991, to be opened on the college's 50th anniversary.

    The college community broke ground on the Wilsonville campus in 1991, and on the Harmony CommunityCampus in 2008, giving more students throughout the county easy access to a quality education near home.  Wilsonville was originally home to the college's high-tech manufacturing programs before partnering with PGE and Pacific Corp in 2000 and becoming the premiere location for utility-based training in the area. The Harmony campus specializes in health sciences education from dental and clinical lab assisting to nursing, paramedics and more.

    In 2000, voters approved a $47 million bond measure to pay for six new buildings at the Oregon City campus in order to keep providing quality education and job training close to home for Clackamas County residents. Fourteen years later, the college again responded to community needs by asking voters to approve a $90 million capital improvement bond. The bond passed in November 2014 and planning for additional college improvements are under way.

    With a steady focus on progress and community spirit, the college has grown to serve a diverse student body of more than 35,000 students of wide ranging ages, backgrounds and program interests, with more than 1,300 classes taught each term.

  • Historic Photo Slideshow

    Clackamas was one of hundreds of community colleges in the country that started serving students in the 1960s.When Clackamas Community College opened in the fall of 1966, it was Oregon's eighth community college. Nine others would follow. Nationwide, nearly one community college was opened per week in the 1960s to keep pace with the growing demand for educational services. President Harry Truman is considered one of the founding fathers of the community college movement as the Truman Commission report made a strong recommendation for the establishment of a new, different type of college that would be community-based, offer vocational programs and welcome all who wanted to learn.

    Check out this slideshow of historic photos from CCC's past.

  • Leaving a legacy in Clackamas

    Watch this great video to learn more about the impact Clackamas Community College had had on individuals and the community at large.
  • Slideshow: History of The Print

    Founded in 1966, the student-run Clackamas Print has been reporting on issues of local and national interest for almost half a century. The students who participate in the newspaper aim to report the news in an honest, unbiased, professional manner. Content published in The Clackamas Print and on http://www.TheClackamasPrint.net is not screened or subject to censorship.

    The Clackamas Print, once known as the Cougar Print, has covered everything from the construction of college buildings to social issues including ADA access for students, legalization of marijuana and war. The student reporters, editors and photographers have also followed campus-related issues like the changing behaviors around smoking, from banning smoking in campus buildings in 1989 to banning smoking on campus (except for smoking shelters) in the past decade.

    At right is a slideshow of Print covers.

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    Third president was the consummate campaigner

     As the first dean of instruction, John Hakanson hired most of the first full-time faculty. He would become the third college president and served the college for 15 years in that role.

    Hakanson, was responsible for the rapid development of the main campus in Oregon City. A consummate campaigner, Hakanson led annual election efforts to secure taxpayer support for college operations. In 1978, he gained legislative approval for a new funding approach that required local elections every second or third year. Hakanson received national recognition for his leadership in establishing a comprehensive program of community schools.



  • Birthday Party Event Info

    Our birthday party on May 21 was filled with fun events for the whole family. Visitors reconnected with CCC alumni and staff while touring the Environmental Learning Center, taking part in the family festival, enjoying a campus walk to see the Outdoor Sculpture Invitational, while others pursued completing their passport on the geocaching tour.
  • 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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  • Give to the Foundation

    Clackamas Community College has been a beacon for people seeking a life of greater opportunity for 50 years. Tens of thousands of people have started their journey to increased earning potential at CCC. Finance remains the No. 1 barrier to entering college cited by parents and students. Many students are working one or more jobs and balancing family, community and personal commitments while coming to Clackamas Community College to reach their dreams of a brighter future. You can help.
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