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PCC partners with Linfield on dual enrollment plan
Photos and Story by James Hill
Linfield College and Portland Community College have joined forces to provide more educational opportunities for Oregon students.
The new partnership will help students attending PCC, Tillamook Bay Community College or Columbia Gorge Community College complete a bachelor’s degree by providing an easier transfer between those institutions and the Linfield Adult Degree Program and Portland Campus.
Many students follow a variety of enrollment patterns when pursing an undergraduate education, said Linfield President Thomas L. Hellie in announcing the agreement.
“This partnership will help ease that transition for students and provide them with additional support prior to transferring from community colleges to Linfield to complete their degrees,” Hellie said.
The program is designed to improve access to support services and information, assist in designing education plans, increase curricular choices and help tailor students’ educational experiences to fit personal goals and preferences. In addition, financial aid can carry over to any of the schools involved and student advising can be integrated among the programs.
“I’m always excited when PCC can expand opportunities for academic endeavors for our students,” said Christine Chairsell, vice president for academic and student affairs at PCC.
More than 50 percent of Linfield’s Adult Degree students already have completed at least some coursework at PCC. Linfield’s Adult Degree Program is designed to allow students to complete their bachelor degrees through traditional and online classes. Advisers in Albany, Astoria, Bend, Coos Bay, Eugene, McMinnville, Portland and Salem serve nearly 500 students majoring in accounting, arts and humanities, business information systems, international business, management, social and behavioral sciences and nursing.
Linfield’s Portland Campus was established in 1982 through a partnership agreement with Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Center, now part of Legacy Health System. The Portland Campus is located in historic Northwest Portland adjacent to the Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Center. The campus, houses the Adult Degree Program, Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing and an interdisciplinary major in health sciences.