The Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission negotiates and enforces cable service franchise agreements; manages the public benefit resources and assets derived from the franchises; and advocates on behalf of the public interest on communications policy issues at local, state and federal levels.
The MHCRC serves the communities, residents and local governments of Fairview, Gresham, Portland, Troutdale and Wood Village and Multnomah County, Oregon (its member “Jurisdictions”).
MHCRC Commissioners and staff, along with other community partners and leaders, celebrated the grand opening of the Rockwood Library’s Makerspace on April 2, 2016. The Makerspace is a new, hands-on addition to the Rockwood Library for young people to learn science, technology, engineering, arts and math skills using cutting-edge technology and skilled adult mentors. The MHCRC Community Technology Grants program invested over $300,000 to create a modern and robust place of learning for the youth of Rockwood.
The NW Film Center Hero’s Magnificos Program, also an MHCRC grantee, held its Spring break film camp at the new Rockwood Makerspace. Some of videos made during the camp were screened during the Makerspace celebration. Another great example of community organizations working together to put technology and design skills into the hands of traditionally underserved youth.
The MHCRC Chair, Carol Studenmund, along with many others, urged the Portland City Council to adopt the Digital Equity Action Plan (DEAP) during Council consideration of the plan on April 6. The Portland Council unanimously adopted the plan, which establishes a series of strategic actions for public, private and nonprofit partners in Portland/Multnomah County to undertake to address digital equity. The Council also directed the City of Portland’s Office for Community Technology to implement the plan with community partners. View a pdf of the plan
MHCRC’s TechSmart Initiative Program Director Julie S. Omelchuck and TechSmart grantees from David Douglas, Parkrose and Portland Public school districts attended this year’s AcceleratED conference in Portland. AcceleratED provides content workshops and opportunities for collaboration around successful strategies and practices for integrating technology into teaching and learning. Read an interview with keynote speaker Daisy Dyer Duerr, a rural educator and consultant from Arkansas.
AcceleratED is sponsored by OETC, a nonprofit consortium of K-20 educational organizations designed to aggregate knowledge and expertise to support schools’ integration of instructional technology in order to improve educational outcomes for all students.