About CTE Month  
  February is CTE Month!  
  February is National Career Technical Education (CTE) Month. The OCCA and Oregon's 17 community colleges look forward to sharing with legislators the impact community college CTE programs have on Oregon's workforce, communities and the state's economic recovery from COVID-19 and devastating wildfires. Each week in February will feature different CTE career/industry areas. Be sure to look for additional communication from your local community college about their CTE programs.  
  This Week's Career Area  
  Health & Biomedical Sciences  
  LBCC Nursing ProgramCareers in health and biomedical sciences are at the forefront of today's COVID-19 pandemic. Nurses are caring for COVID-19 patients and vaccinating the public. Medical assistants are assisting patients and physicians with virtual appointments. Those in biomedical sciences are helping to advance the healthcare industry. Community college health and biomedical science programs are training the new healthcare workforce during one of the most challenging times in history. These students learn the skills and knowledge they need with state-of-the-art technology to jump right into a career in helping people.  
  Workforce Wednesday Zoom Session  
  Miss today's Workforce Wednesday noon Zoom session? Click here to view the recording, which features Central Oregon Community College (Medical Assisting), Southwestern Oregon Community College (Paramedic/Fire), Oregon Coast Community College (Nursing), and Mt. Hood Community College (Mental Health). Hear from students, faculty and business partners about what makes these programs special and relevant in their communities.

Be sure to join us for next week's Workforce Wednesday noon Zoom session (Feb. 10) on Business/Management/HR/Communication/Arts/Info. We try to keep these to about 30 minutes, so they're quick snapshots of the great programs at our colleges!
  Program Highlights  
  Community college nursing students administer COVID-19 vaccinations  
  Nursing students at several community colleges, including Linn-Benton Community College, Oregon Coast Community College and Klamath Community College, are volunteering their time to help give COVID-19 vaccinations in their communities. These students are putting to good use their newly-acquired skills from their classroom labs into real situations to aid in slowing the pandemic's spread. In addition, Lane Community College's health clinic is also helping with vaccination clinics. Read an article about some of this great work by student volunteers here!  
  Pandemic gives new purpose to OCCC nurses in training  
  Nursing students at Oregon Coast Community College say they went into the program to help people, but that the COVID-19 pandemic has given new purpose to their impending profession. Check out this great video from OCCC!  
  TBCC puts medical assistants to WORK  
  Tillamook Bay Community College launched its Medical Assisting program just a year ago, and the first class cohort had 100% job placement! Local healthcare providers have told TBCC they would love to hire every one of the programs students if they could. TBCC is just one example of how community colleges put Oregonians to work!  
  LBCC dental assisting students help underserved populations  
  Linn-Benton Community College in Albany has a fully functional dental clinic - Delta Link - in the college's Healthcare Occupations Center, where students in the dental assisting program volunteer to help underserved populations of patients. Not only does it help the community, but these students also get real-life experience working hands-on with patients. This is just another example of how community colleges serve their local communities! After all, "Community" is our middle name!  
  CTE Month in the News  
  This week's Oregon Community College CTE news  
  Robust Washington County partnership creates job opportunities in healthcare - Portland Community College, 2/3/21
Community colleges dedicate month to career techinical education in support of HB 2907 - Ontario Argus Observer, 2/2/21
Oregon's community colleges celebrate CTE Month - KTVZ, 2/1/21
Career and Technical Education Month starts today - KEZI, 2/1/21
Nursing students volunteer for vaccine duty - KOIN, 1/28/21 (Oregon Coast CC)
How the pandemic is propelling demand for short-term college programs - PBS, 1/26/21
  Video: Community Colleges put Oregonians back to work  
  CTE Month Video  
  Oregon community colleges serve their specific communities, and programs reflect the needs of their local business and industries. Check out the wide array of career & technical education programs that Oregon community colleges offer in this great video!  
  Community College Caucus  
  Legislators: Join the Community College Caucus!  
  Legislators: Do you want to show your support for community colleges? Join the Community College Caucus!

The Community College Caucus began in 2019 as a bipartisan group of legislators who wanted to support the work of the colleges, engage in issues affecting students and institutions, and work for increased funding for Oregon's 17 colleges.The Community College Caucus is open to any member of the legislature who would like to participate. The Caucus usually meets monthly depending on the legislative schedule and what issues are being considered in the legislature. The first meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 11.

Community College Caucus meetings usually include a short presentation by community college leaders, students, advocates, employees or industry partners followed by discussion and then planned actions Caucus members intend to take in the legislative process such as supporting particular legislation.

Typically, meetings are at noon and include lunch but are currently online due to the pandemic. Questions? Contact OCCA Deputy Director John Wykoff.

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