Change is never easy, especially rapid, unexpected change. For many of us UCC students, spring term bears little resemblance to winter. Doing classes online requires a new set of skills and tools to succeed, many of which we have had to learn on the fly. Added to the mix isContinue Reading

Covid-19 Virus Biology key to understanding virus Ever wondered how something too small to see could send our nation into lockdown? The answer lies in the form and function of the miniscule virus pseudo-organism. What exactly is a virus? When compared to other infectious agents such as bacteria or yeast,Continue Reading

Owen Cherry/The MainstreamGail Radford shows Alicia Kutz and Kiela Manes how to prepare for sterile procedures. The dental assisting program at UCC brings together some of the key advantages of a community college education: affordability, learning valuable career skills and excellent employment opportunities after graduation. Tamara Loosli is the directorContinue Reading

Photo provided by Aaron CherryWild fires have an important function in maintaining the healthy and diversity of a forest ecosystem. Fire plays important role in forest ecology Wildfires play a complex role in forest ecosystems. While often perceived by the public as universally destructive, the real picture of the effectsContinue Reading

Owen Cherry / The MainstreamHoney McNamara stands beside a UCC Foundation Scholarships sign at the Student Resource Fair. Scholarships provide students with alternatives to student loans for financing tuition Attending college is expensive. Often students take out loans to cover tuition, but scholarships offer many students with a better wayContinue Reading

Owen Cherry/ The Mainstream Tratz asks Libby Fregoso (left) and Kylie Merlino (right) questions in Spanish during class. Spanish instructor uses unique teaching method to increase student language acquisition Learning a language can be hard, but it shouldn’t be boring. That’s why Nicholas Tratz, the Spanish instructor at Umpqua CommunityContinue Reading

Owen Cherry / The Mainstream Chemistry professor discusses common obstacles and success strategies for chemistry students Joseph Villa, who has a doctorate in analytic/environmental chemistry, has been a chemistry professor at Umpqua Community College since 2014. Villa spent 13 years studying chemistry. Here he shares some of his educational storyContinue Reading