Brigadier General Mike Caldwell of
the Oregon Military Department will recognize Clackamas Community College for
its outstanding work supporting military families and veterans at a ceremony
Saturday, Nov. 10, in Salem. Caldwell will present CCC the 2012 Family Program
Community Purple Award during the Oregon Community College Association annual
conference luncheon with college leaders from around the state in attendance.
In February, CCC was named the 2012
Family Program Community Purple Award winner by the National Guard Bureau. This
national award is given to one community group or organization from across the
country each year that provides support to family and service members of both the
Air and Army National Guard.
"The tireless and continued
effort of Clackamas Community College in support of veterans, service members
and families from all branches of the service is nothing short of
remarkable," said Caldwell, the deputy director of the Oregon Military
Department. "Clackamas Community College's numerous events and initiatives
have strengthened the Oregon Army and Air National Guard, as well as being open
to veterans and families from all branches of the service."
CCC has been recognized several times
over the past few years for its efforts to support veterans and military
families. These awards include the ESGR (Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve)
"My Boss is a Patriot” award and the ESGR "Pro-Patria" Award.
The college was a finalist for the ESGR National "Freedom Award" in
2011 and has been named a GI-Jobs Military Friendly School for three
consecutive years from 2010 through 2012.
The Community Purple Award is one
of several of the 2012 National Guard Family Program Volunteer Awards. Nominations
are solicited from across the country to recognize the important contributions
of volunteers to the Guard’s family programs. The CCC award recognizes the
efforts of President Joanne Truesdell; Shelly Parini, dean of College
Advancement; and Greg Myers, veterans affairs coordinator.
Since 2007, CCC has increased its
services and support for veterans and military families through several
initiatives. The college opened its Veterans Education and Training Center in
November 2009, one of the deliverables from a federal grant the college
received for veteran outreach and support. The college is a regional leader in
translating military training into college credit.
In addition, the college has hosted
three major career and benefit fairs, bringing veterans, members of the Oregon
National Guard and military families together with dozens of veteran-friendly
employers and veteran service providers. These fairs have been attended by
guard leadership from Washington D.C. and have been recognized as the national
model for the military to civilian reintegration process.
The U.S. Army Reserve opened the
Army Strong Community Center on CCC’s Oregon City campus in 2011, the first
center of its kind located west of the Mississippi and the first to be located
at a community college. The center connects military families with support
resource in the local community.
Two years ago CCC launched the “vetrepreneurship”
program, offering veteran small business owners and entrepreneurs 2,000
training hours and 900 hours of one-on-one counseling on small business
The award presentation in Salem
will be made with the nationally recognized Oregon National Guard Funeral
Honors team, which will perform a flag-folding ceremony. The presentation will
take place at the Salem Conference Center, 200 Commercial St. S.E. in Salem.
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