College town hall draws large Malheur County crowd

By John Braese

And Pat Caldwell

The Enterprise

ONTARIO — Treasure Valley Community College is an asset to the community but needs to do a better job of marketing its strengths and build a stronger bond with local residents.

Those proved to be three key themes from a town hall session Thursday night held at Four Rivers Cultural Center. The session attracted a standing-room-only crowd of about 125, including residents, elected and appointed officials, students and college executives and faculty.

“There were some real valid opinions that are not voiced much and they need to be voiced,” said Samantha Savage, the secretary for the TVCC student government.

The town hall – sponsored by the Malheur Enterprise and moderated by publisher Les Zaitz – featured presentations from the college administrators and then an open forum.

Speakers from the floor focused on four subjects: Student needs and wants, business community needs . . .