I am writing in support of the Clatsop Community College bond measure to build a new campus.

I was born and raised in Seaside, and am a proud graduate of Seaside High School. In 1967, Clatsop Community College was housed in what was then the "old" Astoria High School. Forty years have passed, and over that time this community and its economy have dramatically changed. But CCC is still in the same location, trying to be a 21st century community college.

Clatsop County needs a vibrant, technologically current facility with the capacity to serve more students. Community colleges are a tremendous resource for local residents, affordably priced and with a great return on investment.

Community colleges take students where they are and help them reach their educational, career and/or personal goals whether they are 16 years old or 60. Community colleges are also an essential component of local economic growth and sustainability, providing an educated, well-trained workforce.

Here are but a few more reasons to vote "yes" for the CCC bond measure. Vote "yes" so your child can get an affordable college education close to home. Vote "yes" so your unemployed neighbor can get retrained. Vote "yes" so a single parent can obtain a family-wage job. Vote "yes" so a friend can complete their high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma. Vote "yes" to provide assistance to small businesses. Vote "yes" because you care about your community and future generations, and you value education.




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