MHCC Competes on Same Level as MIT and Other Colleges
Cast Your Vote by 11 a.m., April 6

Posted: March 26, 2013

Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) may not be playing in the NCAA basketball tournament, but it has its own "Cinderella story" developing – sort of the "March Madness" of great student ideas and projects that address some of the world's most pressing challenges.

Called the Clinton Global Challenge (CGI), the "final four" of this sixth annual "March Madness event" will take place: April 5 – 7 at Washington University in St. Louis.

MHCC joins other institutions of higher learning – all major four-year universities and colleges – in a contest to identify the best ideas in the areas of education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health.

About a thousand projects were reviewed by panel of judges, including President Clinton. MHCC is pleased to announce that it is included in the Sweet 16. MHCC will be represented by Glenda Alfaro, a student in the college's Scholarships for Education and Economic Development (SEED) program.

Glenda Maribel Alfaro Salmeron
Glenda Maribel Alfaro Salmeron

In 2013, she pledged her commitment to replenishing nutrient-poor soil and stimulating agricultural production through composting in Jardins de la Nueva, El Salvador. In November, she will distribute composting bins to 12 families and teach them the basic steps for composting at home, bringing her knowledge and environmental technology to her native country.

The public can vote for their favorite CGI commitment at The first round of voting will remain open through 11 a.m. Pacific Daylight Savings Time, March 28. Voting will continue in subsequent rounds (or brackets) until April 6. President Clinton and TV's Stephen Colbert will take part in announcing the winner.

"All MHCC students, employees and the public are encouraged to vote," says Nikki Gillis, SEED program coordinator. "We are proud of our SEED students and want the world to know that MHCC is competing head-to-head against students from Duke University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Columbia University. MHCC is the only community college in the bracket."

A Cinderella story, indeed!

Information on SEED
SEED is an international development program that brings young leaders from rural areas of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean to the United States for two-year technical training programs.

After completing their program of study, SEED scholars return to their native countries with the skills needed to work for positive change in such areas as reforestation, waste reduction, watershed restoration and environmental education programs.

MHCC currently hosts 37 scholarship recipients for the 2012-13 academic year, hailing from the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua and Mexico.

For more information on the CGI, please visit

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