Bonamici hears concerns of community colleges, students

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., after a Veterans Day ceremony in 2019 in Hillsboro. She heard from the presidents of Portland, Chemeketa and Clatsop community colleges and students during a virtual session on Friday, April 9.

Community colleges and their students will benefit from an array of federal aid programs, but presidents and students told U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici they would like help maximizing their benefits.

President Joe Biden's pandemic recovery plan, which Congress passed and Biden signed on March 11, contains $40 billion for higher education — Oregon's share is estimated at $400 million — plus $39 billion nationally for child care, and other sums for vaccinations, food and housing assistance.