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From Nov. 17-21, Portland Community College plans to celebrate the rich diversity of its international students and highlight international education opportunities for the community.

The sixth annual International Education Week will honor PCC’s international students, faculty, and staff. This event is part of a bigger, national joint initiative of the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Department of Education. The schedule will include various district wide workshops for faculty and staff from the returning participants of the Council on International Educational Exchange trips to different countries last summer, including those who went to Oaxaca, Mexico. All events are free and open to the public. For complete details, visit

“This week-long event intends to raise awareness about study-abroad programs to American students as well as to expose prospective international students to the education and culture of the United States,” said Marcio Lemos, International Education program specialist.

The kick-off will be on Monday, Nov. 17, with the performance of Show Brazil ( playing a mix of Bossa Nova, Brazilian Jazz, Carnaval and Brazilian Traditional music from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the auditorium (Room 104), Moriarty Arts and Humanities Building, Cascade Campus, 705 N. Killingsworth St.

There will be the International Showcase is set from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at locations across the district through the week. The showcase, which features performances, food and displays of PCC’s international students’ cultures, will take place in the mall of Building 3, Rock Creek Campus (17705 N.W. Springville Road) on Tuesday, Nov. 18; the cafeteria at the Cascade Campus (705 N. Killingsworth St.) on Wednesday, Nov. 19; and the mall of the CC Building at the Sylvania Campus (12000 S.W. 49th Ave.) on Thursday, Nov. 20.

In addition, the Ballet Folklorico Lo Nuestro will perform at the Rock Creek Campus from 1 to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18, The Forum, Building 3. Also performing will be the Russian folk band Chervona ( from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20, in the mall, CC Building, Sylvania Campus.

For more information, call (503) 614-7117 or email If you want to know more about the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs with the U.S. Department of State log on to

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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