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PCC forums focus on economic news and impact on the college

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President Pulliams and Wing-Kit Chung, vice president for financial affairs, spoke to more than 50 people this morning at Cascade Campus. The topic: the impact of the crummy economic news out of Salem and Washington, D.C., and how it will affect Portland Community College.

They gave a worst-case scenario that showed the college losing $11 million in the first year of the 2009-11 biennium, and $9 million in the second year. That’s out of a budget of about $155 million. It would be a big hit.

Now, that’s all guess work. We don’t know how the federal stimulus package helps us yet. We don’t know if the Oregon Legislature is going to dip into the rainy-day fund it established in 2007. We don’t know if President Obama’s various economic strategies will kick-start the economy.

Again: that was a worst-case scenario. It could be much less draconian.

Want to hear the whole message? More forums are scheduled for:

Ï Thursday, Feb. 19, 10 to 11 a.m., Cedar Room, Sylvania.

Ï Monday, Feb.y 23, 1 to 2 p.m., Cedar Room

Ï Monday, March 2, 9 to 10 a.m., Event Center, Rock Creek.

Ï Tuesday, March 3, 10 to 11 a.m., Tabor 140, Southeast Center.

Ï Monday, March 9, 11 a.m. to noon, Room 304, Central Portland Workforce Training Center.

Ï Tuesday, March 10, 2 to 3 p.m., Washington County Workforce Training Center

Ï Monday, March 9, 9 to 10 a.m., Auditorium, Portland Metro Workforce Training Center.


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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