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Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley along with two other cosponsors has introduced a bill, which would target for-profit colleges who advertise job training but do not offer the needed certifications or training for graduates to find employment after graduation.

 

The "Protecting Students From Worthless Degrees Act" would limit the availability of funding to schools which according to Merkley, take advantage of students and tax payers, "these programs end up with folks just attending for weeks or months because a lot of them, you know once they are in the program they have already paid their tuition often for a year and they have already lost a years worth of financial support but they quickly find out the program is basically a scam and so they drop out, which you can understand but they still are on the hook for that whole years worth of payments."

 

Non-accredited schools are currently eligible for a wide range of grants and loans.

 

Merkley hopes this bill will help protect students from wasting time and money, and help protect the state from making bad investments in useless degrees.

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Traffic

 

 

  • Click on the link for the latest conditions on the mountain passes.

 

  • Intersection of NW Broadway Street and NW Delaware for waterline replacement project, road closures with detours clearly marked for thru traffic, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily with roads opened nightly. Motorists are encouraged to avoid this area and use Bond Street and Wall Street.

 

  • Nels Anderson Road between Nels Anderson Place and Brandis Court, single northbound shoulder closure will be in effect, two-way traffic to be maintained. Project completion expected December 2017.