Clatsop Community College and the School Districts of Clatsop County will host an Education Town Hall presentation, Monday, December 3, 7:00 – 8:00pm in the CCC gym, Patriot Hall, 1650 Lexington Avenue, Astoria. Representatives of the college; the Astoria, Jewell, Knappa, Seaside and Warrenton School Districts; and Oregon Deputy Superintendent of Education Rob Saxton will be present to discuss Oregon's education goals, the State's new approach to education investment, and the response of local educational institutions. All parents, students and interested individuals are encouraged to attend.
Governor Kitzhaber's education reform began with creation of the Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB). Chaired by the Governor, the OEIB is overseeing a new and unified system for investment in and delivery of public education. Coupled with this new structure is an ambitious statewide goal (known as 40-40-20) to ensure that by 2025, at least 40% of Oregonians have achieved a bachelor's or higher degree, at least 40% have achieved an associate degree or post-secondary credential, and all Oregonians have a high school diploma or equivalent. To both spur and measure progress toward meeting these goals, all K-12 schools, community colleges, and universities are required to develop and implement achievement compacts with the OEIB that include performance goals such as the rate of graduation and the numbers and types of credential earned.
Working in collaboration, Clatsop Community College and all Clatsop County School Districts have developed a new program to address these achievement goals for our students – the Coastal Commitment. This effort is designed to increase opportunities for Clatsop County high school students to earn college credit while in high school. By jump-starting their post-secondary education, students will be more likely to continue and to succeed in earning a post-secondary credential. The results will include not only individual success but also economic gain for Clatsop County.