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June 23, 2021
CAREERS Special Edition
Juneteenth Established as Holiday
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June 19, 1865, when Union sol-
diers brought the news of freedom
to enslaved Black people in Gal-
veston, Texas — two months after
the Confederacy had surrendered.
That was also about 2 1/2 years
after the Emancipation Proclama-
tion freed slaves in the Southern
It’s the first new federal holi-
day since Martin Luther King Jr.
Day was created in 1983. One of
the federal holidays, Inauguration
Day, happens every four years.
Biden noted the overwhelming
support for the bill from lawmak-
ers in both parties.
He signed the legislation
surrounded by members of the
Congressional Black Caucus as
well as the lead sponsors of the
legislation in the Senate, Sens.
Edward Markey, D-Mass., and
John Cornyn, R-Texas. He was
introduced by Vice President Ka-
mala Harris, the nation’s first Af-
rican-American vice president.
“We have come far and we
have far to go, but today is a day
of celebration,” Harris said.
The Senate passed the bill un-
der a unanimous consent agree-
ment that expedited the process
for considering legislation.
Portland Community College flight teacher Sheri Fisher, PCC Aviation Science Chair Larry Altree and
student Ivette Alonso Garcia, showcase a new aviation curriculm for high school students interested
in careers as aviation maintenance technicians, avionics technicians or professional pilots.
Aerospace Careers for Everyone
New pathway for under-
A new education pathway is giving under-repre-
sented high school students a chance at flying high
in the field of aviation.
Portland Community College has partnered with
the Hillsboro School District on its new Oregon
Aerospace Careers for Everyone (O-ACE) Program.
This is a training pathway program for high school
students interested in careers as aviation mainte-
nance technicians, avionics technicians, or profes-
sional pilots. A big goal of the effort is to diversify
the aviation industry by introducing more nontradi-
tional and under-represented candidates, like wom-
en and people of color, to the field.
PCC’s Aviation Science and Aviation Mainte-
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Advancing Equity in the Courts
CHRIS GUINN III
5265 NE MLK Jr. Blvd, Portland, OR 97211
Oregon Supreme Court Justice
Adrienne Nelson is being honored
for distinguished leadership for
her work to eliminate structural
barriers to the courts and advanc-
ing procedural fairness for histori-
cally marginalized constituencies,
including people of color.
Nelson, the first African Amer-
ican to sit on the state’s highest
court and on any appellate state Oregon Supreme Court Justice
court, was recently presented the Adrienne Nelson
equity achievement award from
the National Consortium on Ra-
cial and Ethnic Fairness in the
The award recognizes a dis-
tinguished lifetime or an excep-
tional contribution to the goal of
advancing and preserving a court
system that is free of racial and
ethnic bias and is fair to all court
Nelson was given credit for
leading efforts to educate judges,
court staff, lawyers, jurors, and
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