OREGON CITY - The Oregon National Guard recently recognized
college leaders with the Commendation Medal for their support of
veterans activity. The Guard awarded the Commendation Medal to
Clackamas Community College President Joanne Truesdell and Shelly
Parini, dean of College Advancement.
First Sgt. Phillip V. Jacques presented the award during the
February Board of Education meeting. The college then presented
Sgt. Jacques with a certificate of appreciation for his support on
several shared projects.
The Guard award was given for outstanding service during the
period from Oct. 1, 2011 to Oct. 1 2012. During that time, the
college worked in partnership with the Oregon National Guard
Reintegration Team, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Oregon
Employment Department to present the first joint-service Hiring Our
Heroes Career and Benefit Fair at CCC. More than 700 veterans
attended the event.
The college also worked with the Army Reserve on the opening of
the Army Strong Community Center at CCC and supports veterans and
military family members through a dedicated scholarship through the
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.
In 2012, the college was awarded the Family Program Community
Purple Award 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.
CCC 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
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