Restart Your Education

Posted: August 8, 2011

Patrick Nearing decided to return to college and finish up his degree after having been away from classes for more than two decades. A successful chef, he had topped out as far as job advancement and knew that a college degree would help him to achieve his dream of a career in music.

Nearing joins an estimated 60,000 people in the MHCC service district who put their college education on hold because of work, finances, military, family – or other life responsibilities.

MHCC, with Rho Theta honor society, have planned two free events – called Restart – to help people return to College and achieve their dreams. Restart events will be held Aug. 16, 6 – 8 p.m. and Nov. 5, 10 a.m. – noon. Both events will be held in the main mall of the Gresham Campus at 26000 SE Stark St. in Gresham, Ore., just down the steps from the flagpole and fountain. (If the November Restart needs to be relocated due to weather, watch for directional signs on campus.)

‘Restart’ – It’s Not Too Late to Complete College 

“It’s an opportunity for people to restart their education – restart their life,” says Shawn Schlogel, a Rho Theta officer and MHCC student. “Restart events are designed for people who have some college credits – from any college, not just MHCC. We’ve put together an array of services to help people apply for admission, register for classes, learn about financial aid and explore a wide variety of career options.  And, there will be door prizes, refreshments and testimonials from successful returning students.”

Schlogel says guests can learn about campus resources such as tutoring, support for students with disabilities and services for veterans and non-native speakers of English. Families are welcome.

 “We have made it easy to restart your college career. All the essential steps will be brought together in a single space and Rho Theta members and MHCC staff will be on hand to guide you through the process.” he says.

Nearing, the student who is trading in his chef’s hat for a trumpet, has his sights set on building a career that combines music and business. “The world has changed, and people need education more than ever, or they are going to be left behind,” he says. Nearing serves as president of Rho Theta, the College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of two-year colleges.

 College Completion on a National Scale 

President Barack Obama has emphasized that, in order to remain competitive in the world economy, America must produce an additional 5 million degrees and certificates by the year 2020. Closer to home, the state of Oregon has set a goal of 40 percent of Oregonians with two-year degrees by 2020. According to the Oregon University System, the state is currently at 29 percent.

For more information on MHCC’s Restart events, please contact Rho Theta at 503-491-7020 or

Individuals requiring accommodations due to a disability may contact the MHCC Disability Services Office at 503-491-6923 or 503-491-7670 (TDD). Please call at least two weeks prior to the event to ensure availability.

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