KCC Students To Share Personal Stories of Transformation in Two Public Performances

Klamath Community College is pleased to present Education/Transformation, a performance project in which seven KCC students who have experienced challenges in getting a college education will be performing monologues about their experiences.

The students will present two community performances. The first is in the KCC Conference Center on Thursday, May 16, at 5 p.m. The second is 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, at the First Presbyterian Church, 601 Pine Street, in downtown Klamath Falls.

Both performances are free and a reception will follow each. The seven students participating in the project have experienced a range of serious challenges, making it difficult for them to consider attending college, as well as staying in college. Among those challenges are physical and mental disabilities, PTSD in the wake of military service, recovery from abuse, being a non-native English speaker, and attending college as an older student.

“Each performer has an inspiring story to tell about making a very real success of attending college in spite of these challenges,” said project coordinator Carol Imani.

Imani, who has been a community college writing instructor for 25 years, has coordinated two similar performance projects: With You on the Journey, in which family members of people in prison told their stories, and Shaping a Future, in which individuals newly out of prison presented monologues about why they went to prison and how they are adjusting to life after prison.

Education/Transformation was funded with grants from the Oregon Arts Commission, the Klamath County
Cultural Coalition, and the KCC Foundation.

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