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NPMTC continues Vanport Film Project through 2014; builds ADA bathroom through community grants.

Meyer Memorial Trust, Portland Development Commission, Multnomah County Cultural Coalition and the Black United Fund gave support through their 2014 grant programs to the North Portland Multimedia Training Center, an educational project of The Skanner Foundation. 

PDC is providing nearly $20,000 to upgrade to ADA standards one of the existing downstairs bathrooms at the training center site on Killingsworth. The building’s design already has several built in advantages for people with disabilities with its wide doors and spacious hallways. Building owner and The Skanner Foundation President, Bernie Foster says this helps toward their commitment of being 100 percent ADA compliant for NPMTC trainees. Their next big challenge is to provide ADA access to the second floor of The Skanner Newsgroup building, where training occasionally occurs. Part of the PDC project is to provide a design and estimate for second floor ADA access.

Meyer Memorial Trust, The Black United Fund, and Multnomah County Cultural Coalition provided a total of $14,000 in support to train HD camera production. Productions will include the Vanport Film Project and PSA’s made by PPS students attending the Community Transitions Program through Portland Public Schools.

NPMTC understands the impact of these awards and sees them as a stabilizing factor for the training center as well as providing leverage for additional funding. NPMTC trains individuals in the community at no charge to use professional state of the art HD video cameras as the method to record oral history interviews and other productions. 

In 2014 NPMTC will continue to collect Vanport stories to create a video archive for the community and the public at large and to provide opportunities to view the productions in venues across the city. For more information, visit npmtc.org or call NPMTC at 503-285-5555 x 521.

2014 Vanport Oral History Project

March 2014

The North Portland Multimedia Training Center through its Vanport Oral History Video Contest sought producers to interview Vanport survivors. Dozens of survivors came forward to be interviewed. We acknowledge and appreciate the many individuals in the community that helped with our outreach and continue to help us. 

Four Vanport related videos have been produced and are available to view. Several more Vanport interviews have been filmed and are being edited to include in the NPMTC 2014 Oral History project to collect video recorded histories about Vanport, Oregon.

Productions resulting from interviews will be submitted to public access TV, posted on social media and multimedia websites. Venues throughout the city will provide opportunities for Portland communities to view them. 

If you are interested in volunteering for this project or to learn more about it, please contact Naomi Pierce, npmtc@comcast.net or call 503-285-5555, X 521, go to www.npmtc.org or visit the NPMTC page on Facebook and "Like" us. 



Call for Producers to Interview and Record Vanport Survivors' Oral Histories

January 2014

The North Portland Multimedia Training Center through its Vanport Oral History Video Contest seeks producers to interview Vanport survivors. Dozens of survivors have agreed to be interviewed.

Productions resulting from interviews arranged by NPMTC will be entered into the Vanport Oral History Video Contest (see contest rules at www.npmtc.org), submitted to public access TV, posted on social media and multimedia websites. Ultimately productions will be shown at venues throughout Portland and the region. 

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Naomi Pierce, npmtc@comcast.net or call

503-285-5555, X 521. For more information go to www.npmtc.org or visit NPMTC page on Facebook. 

Interviews will be scheduled as early as June 12 and throughout the summer 2013.  




Swapping Stories and Reminiscing about “Life in Vanport.” 

November 2012

Guests (left to right) Mariah Taylor, LuLa Russell, Sarah Cason, William Woods and Leonard Paden recalled times as a resident or builder of Vanport, Oregon before the flood. Interviews were filmed by trained HD camera producers for the “Life in Vanport” project of the North Portland Multimedia Training Center (NPMTC) sponsored by The Skanner Foundation and Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission. To learn more about the project, go to www.npmtc.com



A Visit From the FCC

Federal Communications Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein (top left) toured the North Portland Multimedia Training Center in October 2007 while attending the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) conference in Portland. Also on the tour at The Skanner were representatives from Portland Community Media, Mt Hood Cable Regulatory Commission, NE Business Association and former training center students.


Student Filmmakers Celebrate
Graduation reception in their honor

L-R: Students Ron Brown, Elise Dahan, Sean Brown; Training Center Administrator, Naomi Pierce, Director Bernie Foster, Students Vo Minh McBurney, Utomi Odum, Tyrone Hines. Bottom row: PCM Trainers Tim Rooney and Peter Poire'-Odegard. Not pictured: Students Darien West and K. Shawn Edgar. Student Filmmakers Celebrate at a graduation reception in their honor June 13, 2007 at The Skanner News Group. Nine graduates finished Phase I of the Train the Trainer program in Multimedia, an educational project of The Skanner Foundation’s North Portland Multimedia Training Center. Trainees participated in nine weeks of classes learning journalism principles and how to tell a story using digital video and audio recording equipment. The reception included screening of students’ productions, “Cleaning up the Boulevard” and “101 and Still Counting.”

The Skanner Newsgroup partners with The Skanner Foundation, Oregon Economic & Community Development Department, Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission and Portland Community Media to create the production training center.


Governor Kulongoski approves Strategic Reserve Fund Grant of $147,250 for Skills Training in Video Production and Technology

SALEM, OR—Today Governor Kulongoski awarded the Skanner Foundation an Oregon Economic and Community Development Department (OECDD) grant for the development of a neighborhood multi-media training center in North Portland.  In partnership with Portland Community Media, Portland Community College, and several local media companies, the Skanner Foundation will use the $147,250 grant from the Governor’s strategic reserve fund to train individuals in video production and journalism. 

“One of the most important investments we can make in Oregon’s economy is in the skills of our citizens,” Governor Ted Kulongoski said.  “This partnership is a model for communities across Oregon because by collaborating across the public and private sectors, we not only help Oregon employers access the skilled employees they need, but we help Oregonians access the skills training they need to compete in a global workforce.”

With video, technology, media and other skills learned at the center, graduates will be able to access job opportunities in Oregon’s growing film, video and multimedia industry that would otherwise not be available to them.  The training center will be modeled after Portland Community Media’s facility, and will train students in working with cable television broadcast systems.  It will also create a program with a ‘train-the-trainer’ component, adding to the number of qualified video production and cable access trainers available at the center and in the broader community. 

“Providing accessible and meaningful technology training is critical for economic growth, especially with the technology industry we have here in Oregon,” said Bob Repine, Director of the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department.  “Oregon companies depend on a talented workforce to grow our economy.”

Total project costs are estimated at $463,000 over three years.  The project is a public-private partnership, with private funding already secured by The Skanner Foundation to contribute to the state’s strategic reserve fund grant.


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