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PCC opens new center for Swan Island industry PCC opens new center for Swan Island industry
The new Swan Island Trades Center gives businesses and students access to needed training Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014
Wearable Tech Series: Thanks to a shirt, instructor’s mom is alive and well Wearable Tech Series: Thanks to a shirt, instructor’s mom is alive and well 1
An instructor mother’s life was saved by a shirt that reported vital signs back to a company in Pennsylvania Monday, Sep 22, 2014
Wearable Tech Series: Faculty show girls how fun engineering can be Wearable Tech Series: Faculty show girls how fun engineering can be 2
High school girls get a crash course in the world of wearable technology Monday, Sep 15, 2014
The 2011 graduate of the Medical Assisting Program at Portland Community College is one of countless number of PCC alumni who have gone on to work in the health care field. PCC Medical Assisting alum loves his healthcare role 1
Stephen Date uses skills he learned at PCC to serve his clinic’s patients Monday, Sep 8, 2014
In addition to his life as a teacher, Sears is a major player in the state’s literary community and founder of the Oregon Literary Coalition. Oregon’s Poet Laureate is PCC’s own Peter Sears 1
For those of us who don’t use the word “villanelle” in our daily lives, writing a poem might seem like a difficult undertaking. But for Oregon Poet Laureate Peter Sears, poetry is actually the easier of his two art forms. The PCC writing instructor says he is involved in two art forms: writing and teaching. “I think in many ways that teaching is the greater art form. Primarily because it’s so hard. A poem you can put aside into the background, but students — they’re right there in front of you.” Peter Sears is well known in Oregon’s literary scene as both a teacher and as a poet. His words have graced the pages of countless publications like The Atlantic, […] Monday, Sep 1, 2014
PCC camp gives high school girls level playing field PCC camp gives high school girls level playing field 1
A group of high school girls got to learn about skills needed to fabricate parts for robots Monday, Aug 25, 2014
Q&A: Karin Edwards takes helm of Cascade ship Q&A: Karin Edwards takes helm of Cascade ship 15
The Cascade Campus of Portland Community College has a new president. Karin Edwards took up her new post in July. Edwards comes to Cascade from Three Rivers Community College in Connecticut, where she served as chief student affairs officer. Recently, Edwards sat down for a Q&A session to reveal who she is and what she has planned for PCC’s North Portland campus. What is it about the campus and PCC that inspired you to apply for your new job? Edwards: I was inspired to apply for the position of Cascade Campus president because Portland Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the state of Oregon, serving approximately 90,000 students annually. PCC is well-known and well-respected for its quality […] Monday, Aug 18, 2014
Student building a better prosthetic hand at PCC’s MakerSpace Student building a better prosthetic hand at PCC’s MakerSpace 11
Jordan Nickerson goes all in to develop a better prosthetic hand at PCC’s MakerSpace Monday, Aug 11, 2014
PCC’s SBDC staff, left to right, front row: Tammy Marquez-Oldham (director), LaQuita Martin (client services coordinator) and Sean Harry (business advisor); back row: Yevette Johnson (program specialist), Kristen Mozian (client services manager and, Bob Hanks (executive director of CLIMB). PCC’s SBDC wins Small Business Week awards 1
The college’s Small Business Development Center is recognized for excellence at the state and regional levels Monday, Jul 28, 2014
Sara Seely honored for her dedication to Rock Creek community Sara Seely honored for her dedication to Rock Creek community 10
The Rock Creek librarian wins the annual Bill Christopher Award Monday, Jul 21, 2014