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As PCC's student population grows older, the media notices

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Oregon Public Broadcasting just posted the following Associated Press brief, regarding the student population at PCC growing older:

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An aging population and the recession are boosting the ranks of older students at Portland Community College.

The school says the number of full-time equivalent students 50 or older taking career and professional technical courses has increased by nearly 19 percent since 2006.

Spring term marks the seventh straight term for increased enrollment at Portland Community College.

Officials say more people are using the community college to retrain or get the additional education they need to find a job.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that, by 2016, workers between the ages of 55 to 64 will increase by more than 36 percent and those 65 and older by more than 80 percent.

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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