MHCC Announces 2013 Community Partnership Awards

Posted: June 6, 2013

Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) is pleased to announce the 2013 recipients of the Community Partnership award, Microchip Technology Inc., and Suburban Auto Group.

The award is a tradition in which MHCC recognizes community organizations that have partnered closely with the college over the years. The MHCC District Board of Education will host a reception for the winners June 12.

Partnering for High Tech

Microchip Technology Inc.’s partnership with the college and its students dates back many years. The company works with MHCC to provide customized training to Microchip employees. “Working with MHCC helps us keep things local, build a better network of providers and offer our team members an on-site source of valuable training,” stated Lynn Stephan, Microchip’s manufacturing training and organizational development manager. She was quoted in a feature story on the company, published in the winter 2013 issue of College + Community, MHCC’s quarterly magazine.

Microchip also supports the college by sending representatives to serve on advisory boards and providing internships to MHCC students. In addition, the company provides scholarships and supports MHCC Foundation fundraising events, such as the annual auction and dinner. Several Microchip executives have carved out time in their busy schedules to serve on the Foundation board.

“Mt. Hood Community College is a great business partner and rich resource for Microchip and other local businesses,” said Kathy Clevenger, Microchip vice president. “We’ve partnered with the college since we opened our Gresham manufacturing facility in 2002, for customized training, grant funding opportunities, technical training and employee selection.”

Clevenger added, “We enjoy raising the profile of our industry and helping future engineers by providing an annual tour and industry overview to MHCC engineering students.”

Partnering for Auto Tech

Suburban Auto Group has been a solid and generous business partner to the college for more than 20 years. The company continuously supports MHCC’s Ford ASSET training program by serving on its advisory committee, sponsoring ASSET students through paid dealership cooperative work experiences and providing full-time employment to MHCC graduates. In fact, six out of seven (87 percent) of the dealership’s technicians are MHCC graduates.

Suburban Auto Group’s Nancy Jaksich serves as president of the MHCC Foundation Board. Her company has donated equipment to the college, as well as made donations to scholarship funds and the Automotive Technology programs. The car raffle at this year’s auction and dinner was made possible by Suburban Auto Group.

Jaksich says, “It is a huge honor for Suburban Auto Group to receive the Community Partnership Award. My husband, Jerry Jaksich, and I have been involved with MHCC for the past 30 years. We appreciate the value that MHCC programs bring to our business through its Ford ASSET program. Education and quality trained individuals are our future.”

Whether it’s preparing students for future work, providing hands-on experience in the workplace or encouraging the importance of community, Microchip and Suburban Auto Group are vital community partners to MHCC.

For more information, please contact the Office of College Advancement, 503-491-7204 or

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