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PCC Southeast supports local community in 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade
Photos and Story by Gina Whitehill-Baziuk
More than 80 faculty, students and staff from the Southeast Center volunteered to support or march in Southeast Portland’s biggest event of the year – the sixth annual 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade on April 28.
The PCC community marched in the parade to show their support for local businesses and neighborhoods and represented the college with pride by carrying a green banner to mark PCC’s 50th anniversary this year. The most eye-catching site was the 35 different country flags PCC marchers carried in the parade – visually representing the diversity of the campus and the Southeast Portland community.
The show of support goes both ways for PCC and the broader community — thanks to voters’ support for the the 2008 $374 million bond measure, the Southeast Center will expand and become a full comprehensive campus to serve this same community.
Construction crews are expected to begin work this fall on a $39 million expansion, adding classrooms, science labs, a full service bookstore, a learning center/library, food service facilities, commercial storefronts, green space for public gatherings and a child development center. When work is completed, students can earn academic credentials without having to leave the center for another PCC campus.
Read the rest of this story and view event photos on PCC’s 50th Anniversary website: 50th branding hits the parade route.