Last evening, as a member of the CCC Board of Directors, I had the honor to attend the inaugural Presidential Awards Dinner at Clackamas Community College.  This event celebrated our most valued partners who have a commitment to community and the support of higher education in 2020 and 2021.  The honorees showcased the best of CCC’s Community and our broader regional support.  I am proud to be part of a community and a college who continues to put students of all ages first as part of the CCC Foundations’ Moving Students Forward campaign.  Invited guests included many local elected leaders who have a proven commitment to enhancing our workforce development and student opportunity programs.  It was a great opportunity to share ideas and to meet with others who have common goals and values.  Pictured along with me is Gladstone City Councilor Annessa Hartman (candidate for State Representative, District 40).  I know everyone’s educational path is unique, regardless of if you’re seeking a trade certification, G.E.D., or advanced degrees at all levels.  As your next State Senator, District 13, I will always prioritize creating opportunities and access for all of our neighbors.