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Seems we under-estimated one waiting list

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Nine days to go.

We’ve been using some numbers for students on waiting lists. Come to find out, we’ve been under-estimating at least one of them.

For instance, I’ve written that the Rock Creek Campus serves 95 students in the welding program and 50 students on the waiting list to get in. Not so. I’m now being told that Rock Creek serves 95 students with 85 more on the waiting list.

How can that be, if we’ve increasing welding opportunities by expanding to Swan Island? This is only a guess, but we could be a victim of our own success. We’ve focused on the welding program in a lot of news articles and editorial endorsements. Photos of welding students have appeared in The Oregonian, The Portland Tribune and the Daily Journal of Commerce.

Could be, as more students hear about the program, more try to get in.

The bond measure would address the welding waiting list by expanding the program to the east side, possibly in the Southeast Center.

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About Dana Haynes

Dana Haynes, joined PCC in 2007 as the manager of the Office of Public Affairs, directing the college's media and government relations. Haynes spent the previous 20 years as a reporter, columnist and editor for Oregon newspapers, including ... more »


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