Wednesday September 26, 2018
SNc Channels:



Sep-25-2007 05:49printcomments

Portland Community College Enters 46th Year

Officials at PCC say they will begin the year with plenty to cheer about‏

Portland Community College campus in Oregon
Photos courtesy: Dana Haynes.PCC

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - This week marks the beginning of the 46th school year at Portland Community College, and it appears that as the college enters this year, it will be as popular as ever.

PCC says they conducted a survey in May and June and found that metro-area residents think highly of PCC. The survey's results indicated that 73 percent of the respondents think PCC's operation and performance are "pretty good" to "excellent." Another 70 percent say they are familiar with the PCC Communities magazine and non-credit schedule.

Another 56 percent of people surveyed say they have taken at least one PCC class. That tells PCC that more than half of metro residents have, at one time or another, been PCC students. It is reported that no other institution of higher education comes close.

The news from the survey does come at an opportune time. The PCC Board of Directors say they have been discussing the likelihood of going out for a bond measure in November 2008, in order to prepare for a population increase expected in the Portland area and the need to prepare students for the careers of the future.

"The exact details of such a bond are still being crafted, but every campus could expect to see additional programs and services to help us in our mission of serving the community," said District President Preston Pulliams.

One of Britain's Brightest Comes to PCC

The college traditionally kicks off fall term with the In-Service program for all faculty and staff. But organizers say this year's In-Service could be called anything but "traditional."

The keynote speaker for the September 17th event was Sir Ken Robinson, a noted educator and adviser to nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities, and governments around the globe. Sir Ken gave a rousing yet humorous speech on creativity and the demands on colleges in the 21st century.
For more on Sir Ken Robinson, visit:

Good News from Oregon's Legislature

Support from the Oregon Legislature in 2007 was very good for PCC as the state looks down the road at a first-ever, even-year legislative session to be held in February 2008.

The Legislature began the process of refunding all levels of education in Oregon last spring, including community colleges.

PCC received a funding boost of about 17 percent, gained additional money for the Cascade Campus Skill Center, and received a matching grant for the Willow Creek project in Washington County, which will be a one-stop-shopping facility for the unemployed and under-employed.

Opportunity Grants get More Funding

Lawmakers also nearly doubled the amount of money in the Oregon Opportunity Grants, meaning larger grants to even more Oregonians, to help provide access to everyone. That additional money becomes available in July 2008 but money in the state grants is still available for this academic year. You can learn more at "That matches one of my key goals: Access to everyone who wants a college education," said Pulliams. "It's a goal I know PCC's board of directors shares. Make no mistake: community colleges have not been fully funded. But this Legislature has moved in the right direction. It acknowledged that community colleges are a key partner in the process of providing affordable education for Oregonians and training the next generation of the state's workforce. We're now on a path toward full funding. And we'll continue to work with legislators to ensure that they perceive us to be part of the solution in getting Oregon ready for the 21st century."

PCC Foundation Continues Momentum

PCC also starts the year with good news on campus. The PCC Foundation raised a total of $1.4 million in revenue and the endowment now stands at more than $2.5 million. This is money that goes to grants, helping even more students gain access to college, and to support innovative college programming and faculty development. The foundation's new executive director, Rick Zurow, will help kick off the 2008 foundation drive soon.

Big Events for 2007-08

This school year will feature the big, signature events that you've come to expect from PCC, such as the Cascade Festival of African Films, Art Beat, the Winter Powwow at the Sylvania Campus, the Harvest Festival at Rock Creek, and the Asian festival at the Southeast Center.

"Plus, we've also opened up brand new sports facility at Rock Creek -- in conjunction with our partner organization the Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation District -- featuring fields for soccer, lacrosse and football, diamonds for baseball and softball, and tennis courts," Pulliams added. "This looks to be another great year for Portland Community College, and we can't wait to get started."

Portland Community College is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon, serving approximately 88,200 full- and part-time students. For more PCC news, please visit us on the Web at PCC has three comprehensive campuses, five workforce training and education centers, and 200 community locations in the Portland metropolitan area. The PCC district encompasses a 1,500-square-mile area in northwest Oregon and offers two-year degrees, one-year certificate programs, short-term training, alternative education, pre-college courses and life-long learning.

Comments Leave a comment on this story.

All comments and messages are approved by people and self promotional links or unacceptable comments are denied.

Henry Ruark September 25, 2007 8:25 am (Pacific time)

To all: Surely wish PCC the best possible continuing future, as one of the strongest and also finest educational agencies in this fine State. I was fortunate enough to work in early years there with Dr. Amo DeBernardis, whose leadership in first dreaming the possibility of PCC and then spending a large part of his professional life in making the dream come true. His leadership and dead-on determination to "get the job done right" was one strong component of the foundation for the future we now find exemplified here. Another was the courage and willingness to understand the realities involved, by the College Board and Portland city leaders, sometimes hard to achieve, that continue to make further progress possible for the entire State.

[Return to Top]
©2018 All opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of

Articles for September 24, 2007 | Articles for September 25, 2007 | Articles for September 26, 2007
Steele`s Karate
In Salem
Sign Up Now!


Your customers are looking: Advertise on!

Tribute to Palestine and to the incredible courage, determination and struggle of the Palestinian People. ~Dom Martin

Call 503-362-6858 to Order Ahead  or for Party Reservations!

Special Section: Truth telling news about marijuana related issues and events.