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Statement regarding PPS Strike

Update from the PNACAC regarding Portland (Oregon) Public Schools strike

On Sunday, November 26, 2023, a tentative agreement was reached between the teachers’ union (PAT) of the Portland Public Schools (PPS) and the school district. Classes were in session yesterday, Monday, November 27, for the first time since Tuesday, October 31.

Teachers, counselors, and students have many priorities they are juggling as they return to school this week. PNACAC is sending this update to encourage institutions to continue to be flexible whenever possible when working with PPS students. There were numerous deadlines related to college admissions in the past few weeks, as well as a number of upcoming deadlines later this week. Any support you can give students, teachers, and counselors from PPS is in the best interest of students.

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2021 PNACAC Professional Awards

PNACAC strives to honor exemplary professionals among our membership and the professional community. Please congratulate our 2021 award winners!

Sister Shawn Marie Barry Distinguished Service to Youth Award: Robert “Bob” McClory; Ketchikan High School, Ketchikan, Alaska
This award is given to a PNACAC member who serves as a secondary school counselor, independent counselor, or a college level admission officer currently engaged in counseling, recognizing them as one "who have given outstanding and faithful service to youth."

Throughout Bob's years in education, he has helped numerous students with setting up summer internships, meetings with potential employers, and other various recognitions and experiences! He is passionate about creating opportunities and maintaining programs in his state that will provide students with the necessary skills to enter today’s workforce, specifically within skilled trades (CTE). Bob is a counselor who cares deeply about his students and continues to maintain contact with his students during their adult lives. Retiring this year, Bob plans to continue his involvement in education in various ways.

Exemplary Service Award: Kathleen Barnes Grant; Minds Matter Portland, Portland, Oregon
This award is for individuals who have provided longstanding, exemplary service to students and to the PNACAC organization throughout their career.

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Winter/Spring 2021 Newsletter

Winter/Spring 2021 Newsletter

News, updates, and more from the Northwest's premier college admission counseling organization. See this newsletter in email format.

In This Issue

  • President's Pen
  • Member Perspective: Motivating Gratitude
  • 2021 PNACAC Conference Registration Now Open
  • Vote! 2021 PNACAC Ballot Now Live
  • Update: Seattle NACAC 2021
  • PNACAC College Fair Committee: Seeking Volunteers
  • Montana Spring Virtual Events
  • Updates from NACAC
  • Member Updates

President's Quill

Patrick Wilson
PNACAC President, Senior Associate Director of Admission
Linfield University, McMinnville, OR

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Statement in Support of AAPI

Statement in Support of Asian, Asian-Americans, Pacific-Islanders

Earlier this month, we reached the official year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic. For months prior, the world tracked the development from China, throughout Asia and eventually around the world.
As the disease spread, so did inflammatory and discriminatory comments regarding its origin in China that has led to a dramatic increase in violence against People who identify as Asian, Asian-American and Pacific Islander. Discussions at a congressional hearing Thursday continued that hateful rhetoric.
This week, three specific things occurred that are leading PNACAC to send this statement:

  • NACAC Issues Statement of Support for Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander Students
  • Stop AAPI Hate, a reporting center launched in March 2020 created by the Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council (A3PCON), Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), and the Asian American Studies Department of San Francisco State University, released their 2020-2021 National Report (more on this below)
  • A white man shot and killed eight people in Atlanta. Of those killed, seven were women and all but one appeared to be of Asian descent. The suspect has been arrested and admitted to the killings. There is now a discussion on if he will be charged with hate crimes related to race, national origin or biological sex and gender identity. Georgia’s hate crimes law covers all.

We’ll admit, we are late to address this issue. And so why address it at all? Because…

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