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New study enumerates impact of UCC and its students, faculty & staff on regional economy
What would Douglas County be like without Umpqua Community College?
An economic study of the College's impact on the community concluded that UCC "plays a significant role in the local economy and is a sound investment from multiple perspectives."
- "Students benefit from improved lifestyles and increased earnings."
- "Taxpayers benefit from a larger economy and lower social costs."
- "The community as a whole benefits from increased job and investment opportunities, higher business revenues, greater availability of public funds and an eased tax burden."
"Douglas County was fortunate to have the conscientious and futuristic leaders back in the 1960s to secure the location of a community college in our community," said Neil Hummel, a prominent local Realtor and early UCC graduate.
"Their vision, commitment and investment in getting Umpqua Community College located here has paid big dividends over the years in providing workforce training, career training and transfer credits for thousands of students who would not otherwise have that opportunity," Hummel said. "I know because I was one of those students."
More than two-thirds of all Douglas County adults over 18 years of age participate in a class, event or activity at UCC every hear.
The study was conducted in August of this year by Economic Modeling Specialists Inc. (EMSI). It was previously called CCbenefits and, under that name, conducted a study for the College about the potential for growth of the wine industry in southern Oregon with the advent of the Southern Oregon Wine Institute at UCC.
"Altogether," the current study found, "the average annual added income due to the activities of UCC and its former students equals $196.5 million. This is approximately equal to 7.7% of the total Douglas County economy."
Two other figures stand out: $178.5 million is the net contribution to the region from the higher income of former students who are still active in the regional workforce; $18 million of direct income comes from faculty and staff paychecks and purchases of services and supplies that are made and multiplied in Douglas County.
Beyond the numbers are the impacts UCC and its graduates have in the healthcare field, to take just one example, in the hospitals, doctors' offices and dental clinics throughout the area, and in automotive technology, to take another, where UCC's Toyota T-Ten program trains mechanics at work in many dealerships across Oregon.
"Douglas County is a net importer of jobs in the health care field," said Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, a Roseburg pediatrician and CEO of The Physicians of Douglas County (DCIPA). "This economic study shows the impact of UCC in our community in terms of dollars and cents. And, it is considerable. But, beyond that, is the impact the College has on healthcare locally. The graduates of UCC in registered and practical nursing, dental assisting and hygiene and clinical medical assisting affect the health and quality of life of people throughout Douglas County."
"UCC has been a huge community resource for decades," said Roseburg car dealer Clint Newell. "There is a tremendous amount of education and knowledge within our community that wouldn't exist without UCC. Serving a major role, UCC makes Douglas County a better place to live."
The study is divided into four sections: the Student Perspective; the Business Perspective; the Social Perspective, and the Taxpayer Perspective. Among the findings are:
- The Student Perspective: By 2020, about 23% of the anticipated 15,000 new or replacement jobs available in Douglas County will require an education level of an associate's (2-year) degree or greater.
- The Business Perspective: In addition to $18.5 million in payroll, UCC spent $25.2 million in fiscal year 2009-10 for supplies and services. An estimated 36% was spent in Douglas County.
- The Social Perspective: Oregon will see avoided social costs amounting to $1.5 million per year due to UCC students, including savings associated with improved health, reduced crime and reduced welfare and unemployment.
- The Taxpayer Perspective: For every dollar appropriated by state and local government to UCC, taxpayers will see a return with cumulative added value of $2.10 in the form of higher tax revenues and avoided social costs.
"It is my belief," Hummel said, "that education is the catalyst for economic growth and UCC has consistently responded to the needs of our employers. In fact, the College recently added an additional 17 career classes for students to get the knowledge and skills they need to work in these new careers and stay in Douglas County. When the needs are there, UCC responds."
Financial Aid Literacy Seminar
The Financial Aid Literacy Seminar was developed in response to changes in federal regulations that affect both the institution and students and to help students borrow responsibly. We have also included information regarding several changes that have occured both at the Federal and Institutional levels. Understanding the new Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy and how your decisions can impact your finanial aid is important information allowing you to make informed decisions.
Along with the new Financial Aid SAP policy you will learn more details regarding the Federal Direct Loan program and what you can expect should you decide to borrow money to help finance your education.
The online seminar is composed of six units which can be completed in 2 - 2.5 hours at your convenience, however your financial aid check disbursement is dependent on completion of the course. The on-campus course is usually completed within the same time frame of 2 - 2.5 hours.
How to Enroll for this course (Both Online & On-Campus)
Enrolling in the course is easy - online registration for FALL term is currently open until September 22, 2011 and can be accessed by following the directions on this link to the student information page
To enroll after online registration is closed, you will need to complete one of the following steps:
1. Come in person to the Registration window located in Campus Center and turn in an Add-Drop form.
2. Print and complete the “Add-Drop / Schedule Change form” from http://www.umpqua.edu/forms-and-publications and fax it to the Registration office at 541-440-4612.
If while registering for this class you run into a 'HOLD' on your account, please contact Shannon McFarland at 440- 4630
How to Access this course on Angel
To access your course on Angel you will need to wait for approximately one hour after registration and then sign onto Angel and complete the course. For your convenience we have included a direct link to Angel, simply click here to get started
If you are attending a Face-to-face class please come to the lab indicated on your registration on the date and time you've signed up for.
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Nine UCC students receive awards, two firsts, at SkillsUSA competition
More than 300 students from Linn-Benton, Lane, Umpqua and Portland community colleges and Estacada and Aloha high schools competed April 9 at the Rock Creek Campus of Portland Community College. Community college students competed against college students; high schools against high school students.
The UCC students were accompanied by automotive technology instructor Kevin Mathweg and welding instructor Ian Fisher.
Students competed in several different skills categories pertaining to diesel vehicles, including engines, transmissions, electrical, hydraulics, precision-machining, shop skills, failure analysis and interview skills. One winner from both the high school and post-secondary level will be chosen to go on to the SkillsUSA national competition, held in June in Kansas City, MO.
SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization that provides services for high school and college students, who are preparing for careers in trade, technical, health and skilled service occupations.
This year, UCC’s technical education programs were well represented by eleven students competing in five separate events. Overall, nine medallions were awarded to our students with two students – Virgil Pippen and Jack Essary – winning their events and qualifying for the National competition June 19-24 in Kansas City, Missouri.
The results for Umpqua Community College are below:
AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE TECHNOLOGY
1st - Virgil Pippen
2nd - James Pope
3rd - Jack Allen
POWER EQUIPMENT TECHNOLOGY
2nd - Runningwolf Condo
3rd - Colby Allen
DIESEL EQUIPMENT TECHNOLOGY
7th - Chris Moore
9th - Torry Piechowski
WELDING - General
1st - Jack Essary
WELDING - Fabrication Team
2nd - Joshua Walters, Dan Hendrix, and Michael Livermore
The Mainstream Receives Three Awards from Among 603 Entries
BY ISAAC GRAHAM
UCC may be a relatively small community college, but the students who attend it are still accomplishing great things. This year four students have been honored by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association for their contributions to The Mainstream.
The ONPA holds an annual newspaper contest for both Oregon commercial publications and state collegiate newspapers. This year 603 collegiate entries were submitted in the contest; many of these competitors had a significant advantage over The Mainstream in funding. The Mainstream, for example, received $3,000 this year from UCC for publication costs for the entire year whereas Lane Community College’s The Torch received upwards of $65,000 for half a year of production.
“We are really proud of these awards as they represent approval by industry leaders of our students’ work,” says Mainstream adviser Melinda Benton. “The goal is to continually improve and find better ways to connect with our community.”
The awards won this year were for Best Website, Best Special Section and Best Graphic. The ONPA gives out a first, second and honorable mention award for each category, but placements have not been announced yet.
The Special Section award was given for two pages about Abnormal Psychology which highlighted Suzanne Schultz’s class on that topic. The award was given to designers David Young and Jesse Proctor along with writer Ryan Blocker. Although the hard work of writing the article and laying out the page was done by these three students, the section was somewhat of a team effort as many other staff members and students contributed assistance and ideas.
This same section also won Young and Proctor the Best Graphic award. Young and Proctor are both students in UCC’s Visual Communications program. Young is a senior designer in his third term with The Mainstream and Proctor served two terms.
“David and Jesse are both very gifted designers, and The Mainstream is extremely fortunate to have them on staff,” says Benton.
The final award for Best Website was awarded to Angela Churchill, the Mainstream’s web editor, and Tatyana Wahlman, the web assistant. Churchill was awarded second place in this category last year as well.
Unlike most college newspaper websites, The Mainstream’s is created entirely by UCC students without the use of commercial templates.
The ONPA awards also provide a way for UCC students to view the work of other newspapers around the state; The Mainstream aims to glean from these ideas to further improve future publications.
[The writer is a UCC student and member of The Mainstream staff.]
UCC’s Umpqua Singers perform at Oregon’s Capitol at invitation of Roseburg state Rep. Bruce Hanna
Monday morning, May 16
UCC’s Umpqua Singers perform at Oregon’s Capitol at invitation of Roseburg state Rep. Bruce Hanna
"The UCC Chorale came to the Oregon Capitol today. Before the opening ceremony in the House of Representatives, they did an impromptu concert in the Rotunda. The height of the room, combined with the dome and all the marble makes for an acoustically amazing environment. What a talented group!"
- House Speaker Bruce Hanna -
UCC's Umpqua Singers Singing in the Capitol Rotunda
(Source: Oregon State Legislature's Legislative Video)
The Umpqua Singers, Umpqua Community College’s premiere scholarship singing group will perform Monday, May 16, for that day’s opening of the House of Representatives floor session at the state Capitol in Salem.
At the invitation of House co-Speaker Bruce Hanna, R-Roseburg, a UCC graduate, the Umpqua Singers will begin singing at 10:15 a.m. in the House chamber. They may also perform at 9:45 under the Capitol rotunda.
Additionally, they will meet with Speaker Hanna at 9:30.
UCC President Joe Olson will be joining the Umpqua Singers in the House chamber.
UCC’s Umpqua Singers are one of the premiere vocal jazz ensembles in the Pacific Northwest. This 13-member group performs a broad range of musical styles ranging from traditional swing to contemporary R & B. With 14 CD’s to their credit, the group performs 45-50 engagements per year. The Umpqua Singers were the featured performers at the Capitol Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington D.C. on December 12, 2002. In 2010, they have traveled to Aranda de Duero, in Spain, Roseburg’s sister city. In addition to frequent radio and television broadcasts, the Umpqua Singers have been featured on FOX, C-SPAN, and XM Satellite Radio. The Umpqua Singers is a scholarship program at Umpqua Community College.
The Umpqua Singers are under the director of Dr. Jason Heald, director of music studies at UCC. Dr. Heald is an active composer, performer, educator and clinician in the Pacific Northwest. He holds a Ph.D. in composition from University of Oregon. Before arriving in Roseburg, he taught at Western Oregon University, Linfield College and Mt. Hood Community College. Dr. Heald is a published composer and has also been the recipient of many ASCAP symphonic and educational awards.
The members of this year’s Umpqua Singers and their high schools are: Katie Beach, Douglas; Katy Bennett, home schooled; Arielle Chasteen, Umpqua Valley Christian; Erin Duckworth, Glide; Brandon Franko, Grants Pass High School; Nick Kirby, Oakland; Taylor Luzier, Sutherlin; Shady Moore, Douglas; John Olson, Roseburg; David Powlison, Roseburg; Taylor Siling, Roseburg; Brandon Westmoreland, Sutherlin, and David Whitney, South Albany High School.
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