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Clatsop Community College Historic Preservation and Restoration Program to begin in Fall 2009

From: Caitlin Wright
To: Media
Date: 06/11/09
Subject: State Approves CCC Historic Preservation and Restoration Program PR

Clatsop Community College
Contact: Kristen Wilkin 503-338-7696

Clatsop Community College Historic Preservation and Restoration Program to begin in Fall 2009

Clatsop Community College (CCC) is pleased to announce that the Historic Preservation and Restoration Program has received state approval and will begin offering courses in Fall 2009.

The program offers students two degree options: a one-year certificate or a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in Historic Preservation and Restoration.

The one-year certificate curriculum will provide students with general construction skills and a basic understanding of the issues facing historic preservation and restoration. The second year focuses on planning and completing historic preservation and restoration projects. Students will further their knowledge by developing a deeper understanding of the history, materials and methods for working with historic structures. Completion of the second year leads to an Associate’s degree.

The newly approved program is not only designed for degree seeking students. It will be a valuable asset to the Columbia-Pacific region as a whole, providing individuals interested in any aspect of historic preservation an opportunity for training in this area. The College will work in conjunction with various organizations—including the City of Astoria, the Lower Columbia Preservation Society, and Columbia Pacific Preservation—to provide a well-rounded and hands-on curriculum.

CCC Instructor Lucien Swerdloff says, “Although the complete program is designed to prepare individuals for work in the building trades with an emphasis on the preservation and restoration of historic and vintage residential and commercial buildings, it is flexible enough to accommodate a variety of interests. Individuals interested in obtaining a degree can enroll as full-time or part-time students. Students may also take specific courses; for example, a homeowner may want to learn how to document a historic house or a carpenter may want to learn techniques for preserving vintage windows.”

Linda Oldenkamp, a member of the CCC Advisory Committee for the Historic Preservation and Restoration Program says, “Receiving State approval for this program is fabulous; it is exactly what our area needs. Per capita, Astoria has the most historic housing stock of any city in the State of Oregon. It will be helpful to owners of commercial and residential buildings. I can see some owners signing up for classes to obtain the skills to work on their own projects. Those who want to hire the work to be done will now be able to find people who have knowledge of historic preservation and training in restoration. It seems almost too good to be true.”

“This program is an important step in establishing historic preservation as an economic motor by creating a well trained workforce that can work on both historic preservation and new construction projects,” says Jay Raskin, a local architect who does historic preservation projects. “It also ties into other efforts to promote and build upon the economic importance of historic preservation for the region.”

For information about CCC’s Historic Preservation and Restoration program or if you are interested sharing your skills by being an adjunct faculty for the program, please contact Kristen Wilkin at 503-338-7696, email at, or Lucien Swerdloff,

For information about the program and/or to register for classes, please visit the CCC website at where you may download both the 2009-10 CCC catalog and 4-term academic schedule.

Clatsop Community College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.

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