87,000 people count on Portland Community College – more than any other educational institution in Oregon.

From training our community’s workforce to preparing students for four-year schools to leading the way in educational access and sustainability initiatives, the work we do at PCC today is at the heart of our region’s success tomorrow.


No single institution in the Portland metro area is as integral to the fabric of the community as Portland Community College. As the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon, we serve more than 87,000 students each year. From training our community’s workforce to preparing students for four-year schools to leading the way in educational access and sustainability initiatives, the work we do at PCC today is at the heart of our region’s success tomorrow.

The PCC district covers 1,500 square miles and 13 school districts, including all of Washington County and parts of Multnomah, Columbia, Yamhill and Clackamas counties. But we’re not just big geographically – we are one of the largest employers in the state, and two-thirds of households in the PCC district include someone who has taken a class at PCC.

Our values reflect those of our community because we are the community. Wherever you live, PCC is a part of your neighborhood – in the form of a campus, a learning center, a class or a workforce training program. We are the place where students know they can access affordable, high-quality education and businesses can turn to for skilled, educated workers.

PCC is committed to an excellent, accessible education for every kind of student; the development of a diverse student body, faculty and staff; the economic growth of our region; and

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doing our work in a fiscally responsible and environmentally sustainable way. We invite you to visit our campuses and see how the education PCC provides every day is creating a better future for our community.


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Access for All at PCC
Making education available for every kind of student

Access. It’s perhaps the single best word to sum up the character and commitment of Portland Community College. We believe in providing access to an affordable, quality education in an atmosphere that encourages the full realization of each individual’s potential – no matter their age, ethnicity, location, level of education or financial status. PCC offers college transfer programs for students wishing to earn a four-year degree; career and technical education programs to provide workforce training; adult basic skills; English for speakers of other languages (ESOL); high school completion and dual credit programs; continuing education classes for lifelong learners; the Life by Design program for seniors looking to discover their passion; and distance education opportunities for students who need the flexibility offered by online learning.

Leah Gibson, Gateway to College Grad
PCC graduate Leah Gibson knows what it’s like to face challenges. As a troubled teenager, she dropped out of three different high schools, but through PCC’s Gateway to College program – which serves youths who have dropped out of high school or may not graduate – she earned her high school diploma. Gibson went on to serve as the student body president at Cascade Campus and earn her Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree. “It’s amazing how much I’ve learned and grown at PCC,” said Gibson, who continued on to study journalism at Black Hills State University in South Dakota.

How it Works
Affordable tuition. The fees and tuition for a year of classes at PCC are about half of what they are at an Oregon public university. Commitment to diversity. For its diversity initiatives, PCC earned the 2007 National Equity Award. PCC is the most diverse institution of higher education in the state with 26 percent students of color. More than 44 percent of degreeseeking students at PCC are the first in their families to go to college. Outreach programs. PCC offers programs specifically designed to serve the unique needs of underrepresented students in higher education. For example, the Portland Teachers Program trains students of color for careers in K-12 education. Educational Talent Search, Middle College and Upward Bound provide high school completion and college preparation for students from low-income families or first-generation college students. College preparation. PCC helped more than 22,000 individuals with pre-college reading, writing, math or English language instruction in 2007-08. Dual credit programs allow more than 2,000 high school students each year to complete college-level courses. Flexible locations and schedules. PCC provides a variety of locations and the largest selection of distance learning opportunities in the region. Students with jobs, children and other responsibilities can create schedules that work for them. In fall 2008, 25 percent of credit students enrolled in at least one distance learning class. Strong student services. At PCC, students don’t get lost in the shuffle. Career counselors, financial aid advisors and faculty members are easy to find. Resources like Disability Services and Multicultural Centers help students develop the right support networks. Financial support. Thirty-seven percent of full-time, first-time, degree-seeking students receive some form of assistance to help pay for tuition. PCC’s popular Financial Aid Day guides students through the application process for federal financial aid and the Oregon Opportunity Grant.

More than 44 percent of degree-seeking students at PCC are the first in their families to go to college.

Student services – such as multicultural centers, women’s resource centers and child care centers – provide support outside the classroom to students with a broad range of needs. And because a culturally competent and diverse staff is important in creating a climate that allows all students to succeed, the PCC Board of Directors has made a commitment to actively increase staff and faculty diversity.


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PCC Career and Technical Programs
Training the Portland area’s workforce for a stronger economy

PCC trains people for the careers that sustain our region’s economy. By 2020, the Portland metropolitan area will be home to 2.5 million residents, an increase of about 369,000 people. As the population grows, so will the need for emergency services, construction workers, nurses, welders, engineering technicians and other skilled workers. By responding to the continued and changing needs of our region, PCC provides the training necessary to keep our economy vital. PCC maintains strong partnerships with local and regional employers in order to keep its curriculum relevant and targeted to the current market. Many local business and industry partners provide opportunities for internships that give students critical hands-on experience, and as many as 80 percent of students stay and contribute to the regional economy initially after they leave the college. One such industry partnership is between PCC’s microelectronic technology program and SolarWorld, the largest photovoltaic manufacturer in the country. PCC and SolarWorld developed the curriculum for the photovoltaic technology associate’s degree to prepare students for a career in the solar industry and specifically, direct employment at SolarWorld’s 480,000-square-foot production plant in Hillsboro.

Richard Lucero, Registered Nurse
Richard Lucero turned to PCC at age 50 when his press technician job became obsolete. He graduated from PCC’s nursing program and is now a registered nurse with Legacy Health System, just like his daughter, a 2001 PCC nursing grad. “So many kind teachers were so influential in my nursing career,” said Lucero.

How it Works
Rigorous standards. PCC-trained students are known for their skill level upon graduation. In 2007, 92 percent of PCC students who took national licensing and certification exams earned a passing score. Responding to regional needs. PCC has the flexibility to meet the workforce needs of our region. For example, to address a lack of qualified welders, PCC and Vigor Industrial joined forces to open a training center in the industrial heart of Portland. In-demand training. According to the Oregon Employment Department, more than 90 percent of Oregon’s high-demand, high-wage job openings will require higher education if applicants want to be competitive. More than 60 percent of the nation’s new registered nurses and the majority of allied health professionals train at community colleges. Business and industry partnerships. PCC works with local businesses and industries to make sure they have the workforce they need. Companies like SolarWorld, Genentech, Northwest Caterpillar dealerships, Intel and many others have all worked with PCC to create curriculum to ensure students are prepared for available jobs. Industry-trained faculty. PCC students learn from faculty members who have years of hands-on field experience. New programs in emerging fields. PCC quickly responds to growing demand for training in fields like multimedia and sustainability. Renewable energy systems training was developed within the electronic engineering technology program to address the emerging market. Wide range of career fields. With more than 80 areas of study that result in career and technical certification or an associate’s degree, PCC offers a direct link to great jobs for individuals while building a skilled workforce for our community. Community value. In a 2009 survey of Portland metro area residents, eight out of 10 people describe PCC as the place to provide students with skills to compete in today’s economy.

Eight out of 10 people surveyed describe PCC as the place to provide students with skills to compete in today’s economy.


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PCC Transfer Programs
Preparing students for four-year colleges and universities

PCC is the number one gateway to higher education in our region, serving more college freshmen and sophomore credit students than the seven Oregon University System schools combined. PCC students continue on to earn four-year degrees at schools from Portland State University to Princeton University. In the last five years, approximately 22,000 PCC students have transferred from PCC to a school in the Oregon University System. Attending PCC is an affordable, high-quality way to complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree. Small class sizes, faculty focused on teaching, and industry-recognized programs developed in close partnership with local businesses give PCC students excellent experience so they can continue higher education wherever their goals may take them. In fact, research shows that, academically, PCC students go on to perform as well or better than those who start at a four-year institution. More college-educated Oregonians increase our edge in the global marketplace and contribute to the vitality of our community. College graduates have more skills, earn more money, and are more likely to vote and participate in community service than residents who have not graduated from college. In the last five years, PCC has awarded more than 11,000 degrees and certificates, and prepared thousands of people to successfully take their next chosen step in higher education.

Jordan Rainner, Transfer Student
As a single mother, Jordan Rainner was drawn to PCC because of its affordability and the flexibility she had in planning classes around the demands of her life. “My ultimate goal is to help others, not just have a job,” said Rainner, who is studying for a career in health care. “At PCC I can work full time while going to school to pursue my calling.” After PCC, Rainner plans to attend OHSU and become a physician assistant.

How it Works
Focus on teaching. Many PCC instructors have PhDs and other advanced training, but they also have the freedom to focus on the classroom rather than on publishing and research. The average student-teacher ratio in credit classes is 19:1, so students get plenty of opportunities to interact with faculty members. Affordability. PCC’s tuition is about half the cost of a four-year university and one-tenth the cost of a private school. Options. No matter what students decide to major in, they can take classes in everything from accounting and biology to theater and dance. Easy transfer. PCC credits are readily accepted out-of-state, even at America’s most prestigious colleges and universities. Oregon Transfer Degrees meet freshman and sophomore general education requirements at Oregon University System schools. Student support. From career counselors to tutoring services to writing centers, PCC offers the kind of support students need to succeed. Early start. The PCC dual credit program lets high school students earn college credit while taking classes at their high school. In 2006-07, high school students earned 15,000 college credits through PCC’s dual credit program, saving an average of $433 in tuition and fees per student. International education. PCC students study abroad in Italy, Spain, France, Costa Rica and Mexico and earn college credits. About 650 students from 70 countries come to PCC to study every year, creating a rich, multicultural atmosphere for learning. Distance learning. Online and television courses give students even more opportunities to create a schedule that works for them. The majority of PCC graduates complete at least one distance learning class. Dual enrollment. Each year, about 1,870 students take part in the dual enrollment program, which allows them to simultaneously enroll at PCC and a local university. This arrangement gives students the opportunity to take advantage of classes, services and expertise at each school, greatly expanding their resources and options.

PCC serves more college freshmen and sophomore credit students than the seven Oregon University System schools combined.


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The PCC Foundation
Each year, PCC helps tens of thousands of people in our community access higher education and career training. But despite efforts to keep tuition low, many students can’t afford to go to college. And as state funding declines, PCC struggles to keep programs current and responsive to emerging needs. That’s where the PCC Foundation comes in. The PCC Foundation’s vision is to ensure that every student who wants to go to college can attend PCC regardless of their ability to pay, and to support PCC as the premier training and educational center in the state. Each year, the PCC Foundation makes opportunity happen for students by awarding hundreds of scholarships and providing thousands of dollars in program support so students learn with the latest technology and up-to-date curriculum. However, even with the generous support of grants and private donations, the PCC Foundation’s endowment is still less than 2 percent of the average endowment of a state university. Hundreds of qualified PCC scholarship applicants are turned away each year due to lack of funds. The PCC Foundation seeks to build a $15 million endowment to ensure that community access to these programs continues to expand into the future and that programs remain of the highest quality.

Making opportunity happen for PCC students and the community

Tera Roberts, Future Nurse Practitioner
Less than five years ago, Tera Roberts faced the ultimate life challenge. Left by her husband, she had to care for her children with food stamps providing minimal support. She knew she needed a better way to provide for her family. The PCC Foundation awarded Roberts the Century Club Scholarship for women returning to the workforce and eventually she earned her place in a nationally recognized nursing program. “I don’t know where I’d be if it weren’t for PCC and the PCC Foundation,” she said. “A lot of people at the college helped me succeed.”

How it Works
Inspiring vision. The PCC Foundation is working to ensure that any student can receive a PCC education without regard to cost, and to support PCC as the foremost post-secondary educational institution in the state. Volunteer board members. Led by a volunteer board of directors, who represent a wide range of business and community interests, the Foundation mobilizes private support for student scholarships and education programs. Dedicated donors. Foundations, community friends, alumni, corporate partners, faculty, staff and retirees contribute to the PCC Foundation with grants, cash gifts, bequests, in-kind donations, faculty and staff contributions, fundraising events and corporate sponsorships. Every gift supports the dreams of students who will become our community’s nurses, teachers, social workers, firefighters and more. Immediate impact. Gifts made to the PCC Foundation have a direct and powerful impact. Each year, they allow the Foundation to award hundreds of scholarships and hundreds of thousands of dollars in program support. A gift of $1,000 covers the cost of tuition for one student for one term, and $2,500 provides faculty with the resources they need to update curriculum. High demand. More than a third of full-time, degree-seeking PCC students need financial assistance with tuition. Due to a lack of funding, the Foundation is not able to award scholarships to hundreds of qualified applicants every year. In 2008-09, the total number of applicants for scholarships significantly increased due to students’ financial circumstances. Preparing for the future. The PCC Foundation seeks to address the current and growing need for financial support. With added contributions of $500,000 per year, the PCC Foundation could award 200 more scholarships and provide an additional $250,000 in educational support annually.

Every gift to the PCC Foundation supports the dreams of students who will become our community’s nurses, teachers, social workers, firefighters and more.



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Business at PCC
Strengthening our region’s economy

The top challenge to growing Oregon businesses with a competitive advantage is growing a trained, skilled workforce. At the center of the solution is Portland Community College. From health and manufacturing to basic skills in computer technology, PCC’s contribution is key to the development of competitive companies, productive people and innovative ideas. Last year, approximately 45 companies and agencies – including the city of Portland, Precision Wire Components and the Port of Portland – turned to PCC to train 6,150 workers. Thousands more took continuing education courses including certification and re-certification classes in real estate and insurance. From displaced workers striving to get back on the job, to executive leaders honing their management skills, PCC provided training to professionals at every level. In addition to PCC’s regional standing as a corporate trainer, the college has an academic reputation for turning out highly skilled workers. For example, PCC’s biosciences program and customized training department helped lure the biotechnology company Genentech to Oregon, which will add 300 jobs to the local economy. By infusing the local workforce with highly trained employees, PCC strengthens businesses and the local economy.

Trish McNamara Hennon, Precision Wireless Components
Human Resources Director at Precision Wireless Components, Trish McNamara Hennon, partnered with PCC to bring a formalized training process to her company. As a result of the program PCC built, Hennon said, “Training time on the floor has been streamlined so new employees are trained faster and more efficiently than in the past. What once took three months or more can now be accomplished in a few weeks.”

How it Works
Vast resources. As the largest college in Oregon, no other training entity comes close to matching PCC’s educational system in size, scope and range of training services. Variety of training areas. From health care training to IT certification to leadership development, PCC offers a wide menu of training services. Retraining for workers. PCC and partnering agencies helped nearly 5,000 dislocated workers with job search support and enrolled almost 9,300 individuals in welfare-to-work education and training programs in 2006-07. International reach. As a member of Global Corporate College, PCC offers a worldwide training delivery system through an international network of leading colleges, providing businesses with access to quality, market-relevant corporate training. Delivery options. Training can be held on-site at businesses, at one of many PCC locations or online via distance learning classes. Business recruitment. International companies like Genentech and SolarWorld have built facilities in the region based in part on curriculum and training partnerships with PCC. Small business. PCC’s Small Business Development Center offers resources and training for small business owners throughout the PCC district. In 2008, the SBDC served 900 clients, created 142 jobs and made $2.64 million in Small Business Administration loans available to small business owners. Continuing education. PCC offers flexible and affordable classes for professionals who require continuing education credits. In 2008, 12,726 people took continuing education courses to stay current in their fields.

More than 6,000 employees from 45 companies received PCC training for their unique workplace needs last year. 12,726 people took continuing education courses to stay current in their fields.
Pictured: PCC Small Business Development Center clients and YOLO Colorhouse founders, Janie Lowe and Virginia Young

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Community Education
Enriching the community through lifelong learning

PCC’s Community Education program is guided by the principle that learning continues throughout life. With a quarterly slate of more than 1,200 classes, the college operates one of the largest personal enrichment programs in the nation. Last year, more than 30,000 individuals enrolled in Community Education to pursue interests from art to solar technology, wealth management to yoga, healthy cooking to language classes. Community Education is just that: education for the community, provided by the community. Teachers are local experts who have an interest in offering a class, but may or may not have formal teaching experience. Whether a certified financial planner, or just a fantastic cook, community members of all backgrounds find opportunities to become partners in addressing community interests. The result is often an intergenerational, cross-cultural setting for learning. Most importantly, because the

Katy King, Published Author
Katy King, a government relations professional, wanted to turn her talents to writing nail-biting mystery novels and decided to enroll in ‘How to Get Published,’ a PCC Community Education class. “The course gave me the tools, a network and the confidence to keep moving forward,” said King. Her first mystery novel “City of Suspects” was published in 2003.

How it Works
Hundreds of classes. From outdoor adventures to classes that bring out the artist in everyone, Community Education offers more than 1,200 classes every term. Community partnerships. More than 80 organizations partner with PCC to provide expertise and class space to Community Education students. These include locally owned businesses like Ryerson Hardwood Floors and Mr. Sun Solar, which works with PCC to give individuals the technical skills to work on renewable energy projects. Locations across town and around the world. Classes are held online, at PCC campuses and centers, and in more than 100 locations throughout the PCC district – from private businesses and public schools, to community centers, churches, libraries and other buildings with easy access to accommodate students’ busy schedules. Travel tours head for destinations around the world such as Egypt, Peru and Italy, to name a few. Community teachers. Classes are taught by local community members who have knowledge to share. Professionals, who are experts in their fields, join with skilled amateurs to offer classes at all levels. Wide range of topics. Community Education offers non-credit classes in five areas of study: Creative Arts, Home and Garden, Language and Culture, Work and Life Balance, and Recreation and Wellness. Creative Arts Fine Arts Performing Arts Photography Art of Writing Home and Garden Food and Wine Green Living Horticulture Hobbies and Crafts Home Improvement Pets Welding and Metal Work Language and Culture Educational Services Languages World View Travel Tours Recreation and Wellness Work Out Dance Mind-body Fitness Sports Health and Wellness Work and Life Balance Careers Transitions Resources Computer Skills License Renewal Money Matters Personal Paths

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Last year more than 30,000 students enrolled in PCC Community Education classes.

its costs by tuition and fees – its character is shaped entirely by public involvement and community goals. It also creates the opportunity for PCC to respond quickly to community concerns and interests. Classes are offered online and in every corner of the PCC district, so they are convenient to access throughout the community.


Every year close to 10,000 people connect with PCC cultural events, including Winter Powwow, Art Beat, Semana de la Raza and the Cascade Festival of African Films.

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PCC in the Community
Serving, learning and growing in the community

Throughout the district, PCC campuses and centers take a unique and active role in their surrounding neighborhoods. We cultivate partnerships with local businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations to serve the educational needs of students while contributing to the growth and development of district communities ranging from Newberg to Vernonia, Forest Grove to Southeast Portland. One way PCC reaches out is by being a rich and vital resource for culture and the arts. Events like the Cascade Festival of African Films, Asian New Year, Semana de la Raza and the Winter Powwow bring thousands of people to each campus for enriching cultural experiences, while PCC’s annual Art Beat celebration invites community members to enjoy free dance, theater, music and visual art performances and exhibits. Service is another integral piece of PCC’s community-oriented mission. Hundreds of students each year have the opportunity to volunteer with community agencies, learn about social issues and make a difference as part of PCC’s Service-Learning program. PCC also offers resources such as free access to campus libraries, career planning information, tuition-free skills classes through the Margaret Carter Skill Center, and much more.

Greg Gerstner, Engineering Instructor
In 2007, about 200 PCC students helped recycle and repair bicycles for children, making them the largest group of student volunteers at the Community Cycling Center in Northeast Portland. The project was set up by PCC engineering instructor Greg Gerstner. “The PCC engineering group – they are fantastic,” said Neal Armstrong, volunteer manager at the nonprofit. “Greg has a philosophy of service and puts it behind his curriculum.”

How it Works
Community partnerships. More than 100 local organizations, schools and government agencies work with PCC to provide educational opportunities. Service-Learning. Each year, students in PCC’s Service-Learning program perform 10,000 hours of community service as part of their coursework, giving them hands-on experience while benefiting 131 community organizations. Community outreach. PCC students have many opportunities to serve the community on campus as they learn. On “Dental Sealant Day,” for example, second-graders visit Sylvania Campus to have their teeth cleaned and sealants affixed by dental hygiene students. Similarly, building construction students have worked with the nonprofit organization ReFit to provide home modifications – such as wheelchair ramps – for low-income people with mobility challenges. Volunteer programs. For residents wanting to stay engaged and get involved, PCC provides a range of opportunities including the Volunteer Literacy Tutor Program, which serves adult literacy students, and the Senior Service Corps, which matches seniors with meaningful volunteer projects. Public resources. Many of PCC’s resources are open to the public, such as campus libraries and PCC career resource centers, which offer free career assessments to potential students. Through a partnership with Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation, a 32-acre recreation facility with playing fields, tennis courts, running trails and play areas is available for public use at PCC’s Rock Creek Campus. Cultural events. PCC offers incredible opportunities to celebrate the cultures of our community at events that are free and open to the public. Semana de la Raza honors Latino culture, the Winter Powwow is a celebration of Native American culture and ancestry, and Asian New Year commemorates the new lunar year while celebrating Asian traditions. Arts. PCC’s Art Beat is a weeklong celebration of the arts in May. The Cascade Festival of African Films is the largest African film festival on the West Coast with more than 5,000 attendees in 2008. PCC Theater Arts puts on three main-stage shows a year, drawing crowds of about 1,800 people each year.

To fuel the growing green economy, PCC has developed programs in renewable energy systems, alternative fuels, solar voltaic manufacturing and sustainable building.

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Sustainability at PCC
At PCC, sustainability isn’t just an ideal; it’s a commitment. From environmentally sound operating practices to a curriculum that supports our region’s emerging green industries, Portland Community College is committed to doing its part to protect our natural resources. And because PCC has the ability to respond quickly to industry needs, the college already has degree or certification options to serve the developing green industry. Green courses of study include renewable energy systems, solar voltaic manufacturing, sustainable building, and the only alternative fuel vehicle repair program in the state. By working with industry leaders and sustainability organizations such as Earth Advantage to create relevant curriculum, PCC ensures that students are learning the right skills to meet the needs of this growing industry. In addition, PCC Community Education offers non-credit Green Living courses to help community members learn skills to live more sustainably. In 2006, the PCC Board of Directors adopted the Sustainable Use of Resources policy that commits PCC to becoming a leader in academic programs and operational practices that model the sustainable use of resources. Since that time, the college has committed to meet silver LEED certification or better for all new construction, and PCC President Preston Pulliams signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, requiring the college to create and adopt a plan to become carbon neutral.

Building a “greener” workforce and shrinking our carbon footprint

Amanda Ferroggiaro, Interior Design Program Chair
As part of a National Science Foundation grant, instructor Amanda Ferroggiaro took part in faculty internships with the ReBuilding Center and Portland Energy Conservation Inc. “I think students are really craving to know how to do the right thing,” said Ferroggiaro. “There’s definitely a sense of responsibility and a sense of ownership with the environment, and I think it’s just great that the faculty has had an opportunity to step up to the plate and meet that need.”

How it Works
Commitment. PCC’s commitment to sustainability comes from the very top and is focused on building a foundation that will ensure consistent and lasting progress. Institutional commitments include the PCC Sustainable Use of Resources Policy and the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. Curriculum. PCC is at the forefront of training students for careers in sustainability, and its content has been integrated into a wide range of academic programs from electronic engineering technology to interior design. In 2008, the National Science Foundation awarded PCC almost $700,000 to infuse sustainability content, practices, tools and techniques into PCC programs that impact the built environment. Community outreach. Non-credit Community Education courses provide community residents with the tools they need to make their lives and neighborhoods more sustainable. Green Living classes are offered in urban farming, waste minimization, water conservation, solar energy, natural building and more. Campus Green Teams. Led by faculty and student volunteers, PCC Green Teams help organize events and support sustainability initiatives such as learning gardens and recycling. LEED certification. PCC’s goal is for all new construction to achieve at least LEED silver certification, a building rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. PCC’s Willow Creek Center – which is being built on the MAX line at Southwest 185th Ave. and Baseline Road – is on track for a LEED platinum certification, the highest ranking possible. Recycling and waste reduction. PCC food services uses biodegradable serving ware in all campus cafeterias. The Rock Creek Campus vermicomposting system creates a closed loop that takes pre-consumer cafeteria scrap, composts it and uses it in the garden to grow food to serve again in the cafeteria. The Sylvania Learning Garden is beginning to create a similar system (see picture at right). Transportation. PCC strives to reduce single-occupant vehicle ridership by providing free intercampus shuttles, discounts for student TriMet passes, pre-tax payroll deduction TriMet passes for employees, discount parking permits for carpools and free bicycle and motorcycle parking. With any new construction, PCC’s goal is to locate sites in locations with excellent public transportation options. New facilities such as the Willamette Building (downtown) and Willow Creek Center (Washington County) will meet that goal.

Pictured: Environmental center coordinator Josh Liebschutz checks on the Sylvania Learning Garden, which composts waste from campus eateries to fertilize the garden, which in turn grows produce and herbs that can be used in the cafeteria.


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Stewardship at PCC
Using our community’s resources wisely

Portland Community College is committed not only to making college accessible to students, but also to good stewardship and careful consideration when it comes to using the public’s tax dollars. This commitment is reflected in the inclusion of “effective and ethical use of public and private resources” as one of the key values recognized by the PCC Board of Directors. Each year, the college undergoes successful audits and has been awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for seven straight years. In order to qualify for this award, PCC’s budget document must be judged proficient in several categories that include its use as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide and communications device. The public values the college’s fiscal responsibility. In a 2009 survey, the majority of those questioned believed PCC gives a good return on the tax dollars received. In fact, for every dollar appropriated to PCC by state and local government, taxpayers will see a return of six times that amount in the form of higher tax receipts and savings associated with improved health, fewer unemployment claims and other avoided social costs.

Harvey Platt, Chairman/CEO, Platt Electric Supply
“PCC gets more out of each educational dollar that’s provided to it than any other organization of its kind in this community,” said PCC Foundation Board Member Harvey Platt, who lends his support to Portland Community College because it’s affordable, available everywhere in the community and offers a range of programs for students. Platt Electric Supply donates scholarship money specifically for students training in the electrical trades.

How it Works
How $1 gets spent. About 52 cents of every dollar PCC brings in as revenue is spent on instruction and instructional support; 26 cents is used to support students and the college; 10 cents goes to facilities maintenance and operations; and 12 cents makes up the cost of transfer expenditures, contingencies and the ending fund balance. Revenues. PCC receives funding from three primary revenue sources: state funds, student tuition and local property taxes. As a proportion of total operating revenue, the state’s general fund support has dropped from 52 percent in 2000 to 35 percent in 2009 -11. The 2009-11 general fund budget is $327.67 million. State Formula Support Tuition and Fees Property Taxes Beginning Fund Balance 34.89% 35.97% 15.85% 9.82% Transfer Revenues Interest on Investments Miscellaneous 2.01% 0.41% 1.05%

Oversight by elected board. The seven-member PCC Board of Directors, selected from across the district, is responsible for ensuring the college’s effective and ethical use of public and private resources. Annual audit. The college successfully undergoes an independent financial audit every year. As a recipient of the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award seven years in a row, PCC satisfies nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. Commitment to affordability. With unemployment on the rise, more people are turning to PCC for retraining in new careers. During tough economic times, it’s more important than ever that PCC continues to offer affordable education and job training opportunities. 2008 Bond Measure. In November 2008, voters approved PCC’s bond measure to expand workforce training, update equipment and technology, and serve more students throughout the district. Already, the bond measure is helping fund construction for the new Willow Creek Center in Washington County, as well as to develop a new facility in Newberg. Most new construction related to the bond will begin by 2012 and be completed by 2016. The college is committed to completing the projects on time and on budget.

In a 2009 survey, the majority of those asked believed PCC gives a good return on the tax dollars it receives.
Pictured: PCC Board of Directors member Denise Frisbee (second from the right) reviews bond construction with architects.

PCC Campuses
Part of a vibrant, diverse community, Portland Community College has three comprehensive campuses that offer university transfer courses, career and technical training, libraries, neighborhood bookstores and student services. The fourth campus, the Extended Learning Campus, is comprised of the Southeast Center and centers and businesses throughout the community where job training, specialized programs and transfer courses are offered.

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Cascade Campus 705 N. Killingsworth St. PCC’s Cascade Campus in North Portland serves almost 18,000 students annually. The most racially and ethnically diverse student body in the district, Cascade is home to the emergency services and professional multimedia programs. This urban campus offers college transfer classes, business administration, allied health training, K-12 teacher preparation and teacher’s assistant programs.

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Portland Metropolitan Workforce Training Center

Extended Learning Campus/Southeast Center 2305 S.E. 82nd Ave. and training centers and locations in the Portland metro area. The modern and airy Southeast Center opened to students in 2004 and serves as headquarters for PCC’s Extended Learning Campus, which serves more than 45,000 students annually. Southeast Center serves 9,300 students annually and offers classes for the first year of a college transfer degree and career and technical programs. The center is also home to the nationally replicated alternative high school program, Gateway to College.

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Central Portland Workforce Training Center


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Rock Creek Campus 17705 N.W. Springville Road. Located between Beaverton and Hillsboro, Rock Creek Campus sits amid farm and wetlands twelve miles west of downtown Portland. The 256-acre campus serves more than 18,000 students annually, provides an array of college transfer classes and hosts programs like veterinary technology, landscape technology, microelectronics technology, diesel service technology, auto collision repair and building construction technology.

Washington County Workforce Training Center
PCC programs moving to Willow Creek in 2010

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Willow Creek Center
Open early 2010


Future Center

Sylvania Campus 12000 S.W. 49th Ave. Just 10 minutes from downtown, the Sylvania Campus rests on the gently sloping hills of suburban Southwest Portland. Serving more than 26,000 students annually, Sylvania is home to dental and nursing programs as well as dozens of college transfer and career and technical programs like early childhood education, radiography, machine manufacturing, nursing, electronic engineering and gerontology.

Future Center


Sylvania Campus

PCC Reference
www.pcc.edu Enrollment 87,000 – that’s more than every school in the Oregon University System combined. In the last 5 years, more than 22,000 students have transferred from PCC to a school in the Oregon University System. Student profile Average age – 35 Most frequent age – 20 57% women, 43% men 65% employed full or part time Ethnic backgrounds* 74% Caucasian 10% Hispanic 10% Asian, Pacific Islander 5% African American 1% Native American Educational backgrounds of new students* 49% No previous college 35% Some college 4% Associate’s degree 8% Bachelor’s degree 4% Graduate degree Why students come to PCC* 35% Work toward bachelor’s degree 22% Personal enrichment 13% Explore new career 11% Explore new educational opportunity 11% Skills to get or keep a job 5% Improve writing, math, reading skills 4% High school completion Student enrollment* 48% Lower division transfer 28% Career and technical programs 9% Adult education 6% Community education 8% Other Certificates and degrees 11,190 certificates and degrees awarded in the last five years. More than 100 certificates and degrees are offered in more than 80 areas of study. District area The PCC district covers 1,500 square miles and 13 school districts including all of Washington County and parts of Multnomah, Columbia, Yamhill and Clackamas counties, with cities including Lake Oswego, Tualatin, St. Helens, Vernonia, Beaverton, Tigard, Hillsboro, Banks, Forest Grove, Sherwood, Scappoose and Newberg. Governance A seven-member board elected by zone for four-year terms. Programs University transfer Career and technical training Business development and training Services for displaced and unemployed workers Community Education Continuing education for health care, IT and other professionals High school completion Dual enrollment Adult basic skills English for speakers of other languages Campus Locations Cascade Campus 705 N. Killingsworth St., Portland Rock Creek Campus 17705 N.W. Springville Road, Portland Sylvania Campus 12000 S.W. 49th Ave., Portland Center Locations Southeast Center 2305 S.E. 82nd Ave., Portland Central Portland Workforce Training Center 1626 S.E. Water Ave., Portland Hillsboro Education Center 102 S.W. Washington St., Hillsboro Portland Metropolitan Workforce Training Center 5600 N.E. 42nd Ave., Portland Washington County Workforce Training Center 18624 N.W. Walker Road, Beaverton Small Business Development Center 2025 Lloyd Center Mall, Portland Willamette Building 722 S.W. 2nd Ave., Portland Willow Creek Center S.W. 185th Ave. and Baseline, Hillsboro Contact Numbers General information: (503) 244-6111 PCC Foundation: (503) 977-4382 Switchboard, toll free: (866) 922-1010 Office of College Advancement: (503) 977-4382 Admissions: (503) 977-8888

*Percentages may not add to 100% due to rounding.

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