This OER could not be possible without the support from many different people. Financial support for the original text came from a grant through Open Oregon (, while support for the Penn State adaptation came from the OAER Leads Adoption Grant (

Dr. Kate Mclean would like to thank Dr. Bryan McGeary for his incredibly helpful introduction to the world of OER, and guidance in adapting this textbook. Wade Shumaker also provided invaluable technical support within the PressBooks interface.

Dr. Shanell Sanchez wants to personally thank all her colleagues at SOU for taking on this endeavor with her. The first plan was to adapt and edit an existing OER, but after an exhaustive search of OERs, we found there is a dearth of CCJ OERs. We realized that if we wrote this book, we would be one of the first CCJ OERs available. The initial idea seemed a bit overwhelming, but watching it come together was amazing. Dr. Sanchez had a vision for what an ideal textbook should look like for first-year students and our newest majors or potential majors, but it was not possible without all of us working together.

Amy Hofer at Linn-Benton Community College served as our grant manager, but she went beyond that. She has served as an excellent resource, mentor, and helped us find opportunities to present our experiences at conferences.

Dr. Jeffrey Gayton was our university librarian at Southern Oregon University and helped coordinate this project from the start of our application to the release of our OER going live.

Brian Stonelake, a professor in the Mathematics department at Southern Oregon University, provided excellent guidance and insight to us when we were applying for the grant.

Christina Richardson was our student that served as a contributing editor, as well as created our glossary for this OER. She went through the entire book to pose suggestions, edits, and comments that helped make the end product better.


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