CCC Recognized for Support of Guard with National Award

 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 management.

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.

For more information, contact Janet Paulson, 503-594-3162.

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