Although fall classes at Treasure Valley Community College don’t begin until Sept. 30, our campus is already full with activities. We celebrated our second-annual Race to the Future run this past Saturday.

If you saw people running, walking and strolling through town this weekend they were likely a part of this fun event. We are excited about the momentum and support that is growing for our student’s effort to raise funds for a new soccer complex.

Next weekend we’ll welcome back alumni from our TVCC baseball program for alumni activities. On Sept. 15, we invite you to join alumni and current students in the Oscar Lopez Memorial Golf Tournament at Scotch Pines golf course in Payette. Start time is at 9 a.m.

Each year there are approximately 30 teams (foursomes) who play a scramble format. Prizes for the first, second, and third place (net) scores will be awarded at the lunch following the tournament along with prizes for “Closest to the Pin,” “Longest Drive” and “Longest Putt.” Proceeds benefit our athletics programs and provide support for student travel and competitions.

If you register by Monday, you can save $10 on your registration fee. And if you’ve never attended, you’re missing a great event. Our student athletes will carry your gear and serve as caddies and entertain you throughout the tournament. The shot-gun start, camaraderie and just general enthusiasm for our athletic programs makes this a really fun day. To register, check out our athletics webpage at www.gochuks.com. For more information, please contact the TVCC Athletic Office at (541) 881-5890.

Later that same week, we’re ready to host another important community event focused on understanding poverty in our community on Sept. 19 in the John J. Easly gym. In partnership with Oregon State University Extension Services, Malheur Education Service District, Four Rivers Healthy Communities, and Oregon Department of Human Services, TVCC is hosting a poverty simulation event. A poverty simulation bridges the gap from misconception to understanding. The day will feature an interactive immersion experience designed to allow participants to experience the struggles, barriers and difficult choices that so many students and families in our community face when they lack resources.

Poverty is a reality for many individuals and families, but unless you’ve experienced poverty directly, it can be difficult to truly understand the challenges our students face. At TVCC, we see students who struggle to pay for food, housing and other basic needs while they balance the costs of getting a degree. Helping our faculty and staff become more aware of the realities our students face creates not only more empathy for our students, but it also gives us a chance to look at our college services and policies that may inadvertently create more hardships for students who are already in crisis.

We know education is one of the root solutions of poverty. When students can stay in school, complete their degrees and go on to get better jobs, they can break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families. We see the difference education makes every day and learning more about how we can support our students to be more successful is a continued priority for us.

Check out our webpage at tvcc.cc for more information or to register for this free event, or email Roberto Trinidad at rtrinidad@tvcc.cc. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the community is invited to attend. Lunch is included with attendance.

Thank you for joining us all as we work to increase more support for students at TVCC.

Dana Young is president of Treasure Valley Community College. The views and opinions expressed in this column do not necessarily represent those of The Argus Observer.

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