August 12, 2002

Mount Hood Community College
Attn: Mr. Robert Silverman, PhD., and President
26000 SE Stark St
Gresham, Oregon 97030


Dear Dr. Silverman:

It has come to the attention of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) there might be a proposal to eliminate the Mount Hood Community College Environmental Health and Safety Program. We call on you for assistance to ensure that this does not happen.

The Environmental Health and Safety program at Mount Hood Community College provides students a basic understanding of environmental health and safety issues, with the goal of preparing them for advanced education and responsible careers in safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) management. The program has been under the capable stewardship of Dr. Javid Mohtasham, and has been of significant assistance in advancing occupational safety and health in the Pacific Northwest. The program has graduated almost 100 graduates and they have gone on to earn bachelors degrees and hold responsible positions with governmental agencies, private industry, or with other professional organizations. The program has a history of success and should not be eliminated.

Also enclosed with this letter you will find a copy of a publication titled Safe Work in the 21st Century, Education and Training Needs for the Next Decade's Occupational Safety and Health Personnel, which was published by the Institute of Medicine. The government estimates are that there is going to be a significant increase in the need for SH&E professionals in the near future, and this will be an excellent opportunity for Mount Hood Community College to continue its program and provide benefits to the community. We understand the current concerns with the ongoing budget, but we oppose eliminating a program, which is so clearly positioned for future growth and success.

As the elected Vice-President for ASSE Region 1, and an active safety professional from this great state, I conclude this letter by reinforcing that we are in need of your assistance to ensure that this vital program is not eliminated. Please feel free to contact me at 503/221-8978 at your earliest convenience if you should have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

Respectfully Yours,

Brian A. Clarke, CSP
Vice-President, ASSE Region 1


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