Tell Oregon Community College To Repay Squandered State Funds

Target: Michael Hay, President of Mt. Hood Community College

Goal: Repay state funds that were used for faculty luxury expenses rather than educational purposes

It has recently come to light that Mt. Hood Community College’s wilderness education program squandered state funds, which had been designated for educational purposes, on personal items for the staff. The program cannot produce the records to account for $13,000 given from the state to the Oregon community college. Students also contributed money to the program, which is now believed to be squandered as well.

The state of Oregon is now investigating these charges. According to the state, the Mt. Hood Community College program wasted state funds on expensive dinners and clothing items, such as designer sunglasses. The Mt. Hood Community College board wants to terminate the employment of those responsible, but so far no actions have been taken. No names have been given as far as who the responsible parties are.

Mt. Hood Community College needs to repay the money that one of its programs squandered. While it was not college leadership that fraudulently spent taxpayer dollars, the college is directly responsible for all of its programs. No educational program should be allowed to scam the government and the citizens of a state in order to gain more money for luxury expenditures. Sign the petition letter below, and stand up for taxpayers and against cheats and con-persons.


Dear President Hay,

It has come to light that Mt. Hood Community College’s wilderness education program squandered $13,000 worth of state funding. This funding, designated to go to educational purposes, was mishandled and abused by your faculty. Not only were state funds mishandled by your faculty, student contributions were also squandered.

Your college board has announced that they are seeking to fire the individuals responsible; that course of action is not nearly enough. There is abundant evidence that state funds were used for luxuries such as fancy dinners and designer sunglasses. It is admirable that you and the rest of your faculty are interested in terminating the guilty parties; however, there is still a debt that remains unpaid.

Your college must repay the state for the abuses of funding one of your programs participated in. You are directly responsible for your faculty, and the taxpayers of Oregon should never have to bankroll faculty luxury items. This precedent cannot be allowed to stand. Please acknowledge that your college is responsible for this squandering, and repay those to whom you are indebted. You are an educational institution; please ensure state funding is used to that end.


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