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PORTLAND, Ore. – For a week in November local flavor takes a backseat. From Nov. 13-17, Portland Community College will celebrate its international flair with the Fourth Annual International Education Week.

At each of the three comprehensive campuses around the Portland metro area, PCC will host fairs and speakers who’ll discuss what life is like abroad. The keynote speaker for International Week is Randy Rasmussen, assistant photo director for The Oregonian newspaper. His 20-minute PowerPoint presentation, “Life in Iraq with the Oregon National Guard,” will show soldiers in Iraq from two different trips there by Rasmussen in late 2004 and early 2005 when he was embedded with them. He will present from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16 in the Upper Mall of the CC Building at the Sylvania Campus, 12000 S.W. 49th Ave.

In addition, PCC faculty who traveled abroad during the summer to study other educational systems will present on their experiences. Those presenting traveled to India, China, Brazil and Japan.

“This year we wanted to focus more on faculty,” said Marcio Lemos, PCC International Education program specialist. “We want to give an international perspective. Sometimes we don’t get a broad sense of what happens around the world, but this event will.”

In conjunction to the faculty presentations, each campus will host an International Student Showcase where students and the community can celebrate the international flavor of PCC. The showcases will be from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14 in Building 3 mall at the Rock Creek Campus (17705 N.W. Springville Road); 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15 in the Student Center cafeteria at the Cascade Campus (705 N. Killingsworth Street); and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16 in the CC Building at the Sylvania Campus.

For more information, please call 503-614-7150. For a complete schedule of events, please visit the Web site:

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.

About James Hill

James G. Hill, an award-winning journalist and public relations writer, has been the Communications Specialist for the Office of Public Affairs at Portland Community College since November of 1999. A graduate of Portland State University, J... more »


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