UCC took gold in welding and second and third in the automotive contest during the SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference at Camp Withycombe on March 15 to 16 in Clackamas. UCC has been competing in association with SkillsUSA since 1985. Derek Meier took first for gold in the welding category. Ian Fisher is the lead welding instructor for the current 26 students in UCC’s program. In the automotive category, Garrett Wene won second and Kelton Sivola won third. Kevin Mathweg is the automotive instructor for roughly 21 students. “The students need to be at a comprehensive caliber to go to the competition. There areRead More →

Monica Botwinick has been highly engaged at UCC as a full-time student, peer mentor, Phi Theta Kappa five-star officer, QSA Club president, and Debate Club public relations officer, as well as wife and mother of three.  After experiencing many life challenges, like simultaneously being homeless, jobless, and pregnant at 21 years old, Botwinick allowed those experiences to take the backseat on a journey filled with opportunities to help others who have also dealt with loss and persistent struggle. Recently, Botwinick found herself on a fast-track to bringing her visions of becoming a Post-Partum Mental Health Counselor to fruition.  “On April 23, over 30 supporters, manyRead More →

Passion comes through loud and clear whenever Sophia Garcia, UCC’s Accommodations Specialist Ambassador, explains why she enjoys working with students so much. Garcia, who is currently pursuing an Associates of Arts Oregon Transfer degree at UCC, serves as the friendly face of the Accessibility office. “I just want students to be empowered through us,” Garcia says. Garcia asserts what she considers to be the best thing about working in Accessibility: “Seeing people succeed when they didn’t think that they could.” Even though accessibility offices are common across U.S. college campuses, students often fail to reachout for accommodations and support. One of the reasons for thisRead More →

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America lists symptoms, provides tips on anxiety management. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America states that “anxiety disorders are real, serious medical conditions – just as real and serious as physical disorders such as heart disease or diabetes. Anxiety disorders are the most common and pervasive mental disorders in the United States.” And, anxiety is on the rise. “There is no question that all of the national surveys we have at our fingertips show a distinct rise in the number of mental health problems,” Dr. Jerald Kay, chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the Wright State UniversityRead More →

In 2017, Healthline reported that many people are unaware that nearly 4% of American adults (as many as 9 million people) are affected by one of the three ADHD disorders. Adult ADHD, which impacts brain functioning, presents in ways that may affect decision-making, memory, academic achievement, relationship stability, general social interactions, and substance abuse. Healthline reported that “if left undiagnosed and untreated, ADHD and its frequent companions, depression and low self-esteem, can prevent the sufferer from reaching his or her full potential.” Various characteristic behaviors can reveal an adult ADHD diagnosis. Some of them are when a person is unable to stop being late orRead More →

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Black History month is not just a month to be celebrated; black history is American history.  Black History month: commemorative; American History: inclusive for all Americans.  Many black writers address the principle of being appropriately and fully respected as Americans, either in historical accounts or in everyday life.  Dorothy Butler Gilliam’s and Oprah Winfrey’s recent writings continue to address this need for change. These two female authors’ books are not about victims, nor authored by martyrs, but rather, the writers are progenitors.  Each stand up for their respective core beliefs, taking action for over 40 decades.  They are individually devoted to paving the way forRead More →

A political cause needs a compelling appeal to get people to stand strong in 46 degrees under hovering dark grey skies.  But Sunday afternoon, January 20, nearly 40 Oregonian men and women did just that at a peaceful protest entitled Womxn’s Rally 2019: Standing Strong in the Umpqua Valley. This year’s women’s rights rally is a continuation of the 2017 Women’s March which inspired record voting as well as a record number of women candidates and female election winners. The 2019 Women’s March served as a uniting voice demanding that congress listen to issues of  inequality including equal pay for women, the LGBTI community’s rightsRead More →

This is first in a series about the college career cycle for a UCC student. For the 2018-19 academic year, the UCC Foundation awarded $473,710 in scholarship funds, part of which were raised at the annual Legacy Ball fundraiser. “It’s very rewarding to see students reach their educational goals,” Honey McNamara said. McNamara is UCC’s scholarship and donor relations coordinator. McNamara described what inspires her in her job. “The stories of our veteran students, homeless students, and students who have suffered great loss in their lifetimes are the most inspirational to me,” McNamara said. McNamara, is at the helm of UCC’s Office of Advancement asRead More →

Stress hurts. No question. Students often fail to seek social support and human connection before allowing chronic stress and anxiety to drive them into isolation. The Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors, including directors from Oregon State University, published results from a 2013 study showing that anxiety is the top presenting concern among college students (41.6 percent), followed by depression (36.4 percent) and relationship problems (35.8 percent). College students’ mental health is a growing concern, the survey found. Whether students have chosen higher education to open doors, to begin a new dream career, to learn about a passion, or to seek overall lifestyleRead More →

Just one day after the third anniversary of the UCC mass shooting, the state on Oct. 2 held an all-day Trauma Informed Care Training and Community Forum in the Lang Center on campus. Host Mandy Davis, the director for Trauma Informed Oregon, engaged 130 people in a conversation about recognizing the widespread impact of trauma on Oregonians and how to better care for those who have experienced trauma. Trauma Informed Oregon (TIO) is a statewide collaborative working to prevent or reduce the impact of traumatic experiences on children, adults, and families. TIO also advocates for informed policies and practices, providing training on the profound effectsRead More →