Campus Connection March 2021 

national farmworker awareness week

TVCC Celebrates NFAW With Two Special Events!

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To celebrate National Farmworker Awareness Week (NFAW), the TVCC College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) has partnered with Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF). NFAW is a week of action for students and community members to honor the important contributions made by farmworkers and to raise awareness about the issues they face. TVCC CAMP invites the college campus and community to attend these two free events scheduled for March 30 and March 31.

The Bandana Project is a public awareness campaign aimed at addressing the issue of workplace sexual violence against farmworker women in the United States.  It is an art-activism and advocacy project that serves as a healing tool for women across the U.S., Mexico and other countries.

Community members, community organizations, advocates, governmental representatives, lawyers, anti-sexual violence activists and many others decorate white bandanas with words of encouragement, motivating statements, inspirational pictures and art. These bandanas are then hung in a public place as a visible demonstration of our support for farmworker women and our commitment to ending this problem.

At the age of 10, Cecilia Violetta López began to work in the fields in Rupert, Idaho, alongside her mother and brother. Later in her life, Cecilia studied music education, and she went on to pursue a career in opera. Join TVCC-CAMP in listening to Cecilia's story as a farmworker to an opera singer. Accompanied by pianist Nathan Salazar, she will also perform a few songs.

In-person event registration is required, and seating is limited.  Please click on the following link to register:

If you are not able to attend in person check out the livestream event option via Zoom:


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The Nursing Department and students have been very busy, and we are excited to be able to share some updates in regard to job openings, scholarships, and more. Visit the Health Professions web page here to check out the February 2021 Nursing Newsletter!

If you are interested in entering the healthcare field, then take a quick tour of the TVCC RN Nursing Program at


SBDC helps business one neighbor at a time

Oregon’s Small Business Development Centers are an essential service to Oregon’s small businesses, helping businesses with one-on-one advising, mentorship, and guidance.

The TVCC SBDC has been an integral part of TVCC since 1984. Above is a snapshot of the work they did in 2020.


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The TVCC Associated Student Government team recently had the opportunity to represent TVCC, Eastern Oregon, and underrepresented students at the legislative level regarding the Student Voice Bill (HB 2590).  The ASG President, Vice President, and Academic Senator have been working closely with the Oregon Student Association to advocate for the bill, which is sponsored by Oregon Representative Teresa Alonso Leon. The Student Voice Bill would provide more representation from legislators at community colleges across the state, with a focus on rural colleges like TVCC. Team members also had the opportunity to present a personal testimony regarding the bill during a legislative session. 

In addition, the ASG team took part in the student budget call-in last week to urge legislators to support HB 2907, which would fully fund Oregon community colleges at $702 million. Students were able to share personal experiences and concerns and send messages to many representatives across the state.

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Career Pathways has been working with TVCC Instructional Designer, Nicole Baird, to develop a Basic Computer Skills course in response to a need expressed by instructors.  It was found that students who did not have basic computer skills struggled to keep up in their classes, and/or delayed class time.  

In an effort to encourage student success, this project will encompass creating an online training on basic computer literacy proficiencies that will allow a student to acquire the necessary skills to be more successful in class. The course will consist of two components: a self-paced step-by-step introduction to computers that can be taken in the library with the assistance of hardcopy instructions, and a monitored asynchronous self-paced online course for when the student feels comfortable enough to proceed online. 

This new Basic Computer Skills course is expected to be available after spring term. Career Pathways is excited to see how students will benefit from completing this course.  For more information, please contact Sharlene McCaslin, Career Pathways Specialist, at (541) 881-5589.

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TVCC Recruiting Coordinator Julianna Hernandez conducted her first in-person visit this year to Vale High School where she hand-delivered prizes to excited students. At the March 2 TVCC CTE Virtual Open House, Vale High School was the largest group to attend the event and were the lucky recipients to win the bulk of the give-a-way prizes.  

Special thanks to Vale High School for your participation!   The Admissions Office looks forward to many more events in the coming months!

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Congratulations to Instructional Designer Nicole Baird for successfully completing the QM Master Reviewer Certification. The Master Reviewer Certification (MRC) is an advanced certification course for experienced QM Peer Reviewers. The role of QM Master Reviewer is integral to ensuring the rigor and consistency of the peer review process.  At TVCC, we are excited to have this level of expertise working to improve student learning outcomes.

Quality Matters is the gold standard for creating and delivering online courses. TVCC is looking forward to certifying more courses in Quality Matters.

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A new job board and career services information area is available near the west entrance of the Student Services Center. The job board features job announcements and career opportunities from employers who have expressed an interest in hiring TVCC students and alumni across a wide range of careers and industries. 

The adjacent career services information area contains literature and informational pieces meant to assist students with building resumes and cover letters, preparing for job interviews, and numerous other career-related items. 

Any TVCC students or alumni interested in exciting new career opportunities are welcome to visit the job board. As a reminder, any TVCC students or alumni seeking career advising services or assistance are encouraged to contact TVCC Career Advisor Zach Widner at or (541) 881-5818.

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On October 9, 1961 district voters went to the polls to determine whether or not a community college should be established. The response was an overwhelming “yes” with 1,926 voting in favor and 286 opposed.

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Congratulations again to the TVCC Employees for their contributions and dedication during 2020: Janell Abston, Eddie Alves, Nicole Baird, Carol Buttice, Scott Carpenter, Vern Davis, Diahann Derrick, Anne Marie Kelso, Kristine Needs, and Cathy Yasuda.  We appreciate the work you have done for students, colleagues, and our campus.

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Starting spring term, students in the English as a Second Language program will have the opportunity to sign up for a Welding and Computer Science 101 course.  To learn more, check out the March 10, 2021 article in the Malheur Enterprise by clicking the button below:

Malheur Enterprise

If you would like information on the HEP or CAMP Program, please visit or check out these great videos:



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We recently asked Kent Banner, a faculty member in the TVCC Business Department, about his sabbatical experience in Hawaii during the 2019-2020 school year. Click on the below link to read his interview:


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TVCC will be hosting a free Emerging Writers class in April 2021 to all high school students interested in dual credit. Non-high school learners interested may attend for the cost of a regular TVCC college credit. Click the below link to see the event flyer in English and Spanish.