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ROCK CREEK KUDOS: Siechen honored by FAA for mechanic work

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Phil Siechen, retired Aviation Maintenance Technology instructor, was honored today by the Federal Aviation Administration for outstanding service as a designated mechanic examiner for the past 18 years. The award was handed out by an official from the Portland Flight Standards District Office.

Siechen spent 30 years teaching at PCC’s AMT program and performing mechanic examiner duties for the FAA. He was appointed in 1989 and conducted approximately 400 examinations over the last 18 years. The presentation was made by Hank Baller, an airworthiness supervisor at the local Flight Standards District Office. Congrats to Phil!

Alonso recognized as PSU Leadership Fellow

Teresa Alonso, director of the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), has been recognized by Portland State University as a leadership fellow. PSU s Institute for Non-profit Management has created the Leadership Fellows Program in collaboration with local community leaders to promote leadership opportunities for people of color. The program provides training and support for individuals who work in non-profit organizations, and is focused on developing individuals and the communities that serve ethnic populations. Congrats to Teresa!

Rodriguez, Martinez-Zapata honored by PSU

Narce Rodriguez, dean of Student Development at Rock Creek, and Eduardo Martinez-Zapata, director of the Educational Talent Search program, were both recently honored by Portland State University. PSU’s Educational Equity Program gave the two certificates of appreciation for outstanding contribution to promoting diversity and supporting multicultural students at the university, establishing the diversity achievement scholarship. Congrats to Narce and Eduardo!

Sonnleitner elected to Peace and Conflict Consortium

In late April, Rock Creek political science instructor Michael Sonnleitner was elected president of the Peace and Conflict Studies Consortium. The consortium is affiliated with eight peace and conflict studies programs in Oregon, Washington, and California. He will serve is term for the 2007-2008 year. Kudos to Michael!

Auto Collision Repair program wows NATEF inspectors

The Auto Collision Repair Program received kudos from National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation inspectors during a recent site visit portion of the recertification process. NATEF certification is integral to the program’s success as it allows students the highest rate of post-certification employment. NATEF certification reflects some of the industries highest standards. PCC received a unanimous recommendation for recertification. The site inspectors stated, “The team also agreed that the school should be recognized as a leading school in the Pacific Northwest as role model for other Collision Programs. The most impressive thing that was noticed by all three evaluators was the dedication of faculty, the rapport with all industry and other programs on campus.”

Congratulations to all in the Auto Collision Repair program!

About James Hill

James G. Hill, an award-winning journalist and public relations writer, has been the Communications Specialist for the Office of Public Affairs at Portland Community College since November of 1999. A graduate of Portland State University, J... more »