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Bond intern “Serves up Style” at the Home and Garden Show

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Space designed by PCC’s “Upcycle” team on display at the Portland Home and Garden Show this fall. It features a hand painted map of Downtown Portland.

Space designed by PCC’s “Upcycle” team on display at the Portland Home and Garden Show this fall. It features a hand painted map of Downtown Portland.

October 3, 2013
Written by Christine Egan 

Last July, PCC instructor Amanda Ferroggiaro turned her student, Sandy Barrientos, onto a unique internship opportunity with the PCC Bond Program.  Since July, Sandy has been working with the Bond Program‘s interior furnishings specialist,  Zahava Jones, to inventory and tag existing furniture at Rock Creek, source furniture for Southeast Center and review floor plans to assess the space for Cascade and Sylvania campuses.  Sandy is taking her last class this term, earning her associate’s degree in Interior Design this December. For now, her plans are to continue interning with the Bond Program through the end of 2013.

“This internship has been a wonderful experience. Everyone has really made me feel very welcome and I am learning a lot more than I thought I could ever learn. The whole experience has opened my eyes to a new world of opportunities that I didn’t know about,’ Barrientos said.

In between her last class and her work at the Bond Program, Sandy is doing a second internship as a design team member for the “Serving up Style” Competition this year. She is one of six PCC students enrolled in the college’s Design Build, Residential Architectural Design and Interior Design programs, participating in the PCC team. The interior design competition is an annual fundraiser for Molly’s Fund, an organization with a mission to inform the public about lupus by partnering with the medical community, foundations and government organizations. Robin Rigby Fisher, a PCC instructor, is advising the student team.

“Our team name – UP-CYCLE –  guided us in the development of our design concept for our space – quirky and sustainable. We furnished the space using mostly materials found in vacant lots or construction sites, or purchased on Craigslist,” explains Barrientos.

"Upcycle" booth with Danielle Colding, HGTV 2012 Design Star

UP-CYCLE’s space provided the perfect backdrop for a promotional photo with HGTV 2012 design star, Danielle Colding, and Joe Vithayathil from Portland’s local television station, KPTV.

“Our concept and space is quirky as compared to the others as we used materials that a person might see outdoors and even incorporated a tree into the design,” Barrientos said.

Teams partner with contractors, painters, flooring installers, wall decorators, local retail outlets, artisans, artists, and others to display a showcase of their talents in a 12’ x 16’ dining room. This is the fifth year of the competition and Molly’s Fund will announce the winning teams this Saturday evening (October 5, 2013) at the “Serving up Style” Gala.  Last year the “Serving up Style” Competition raised more than $60,000 for Molly’s fund.

 PCC’s 2008 voter-approved $374 million bond program is increasing opportunities for residents to access quality, affordable higher education close to where they live and work. Additional classrooms, updated equipment and technology, and advanced workforce training programs are helping to pave the way for future employment options. For more information, visit

About Christine Egan

Christine Egan is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer and has a graduate degree in land use and environmental planning. Prior to her Peace Corps service in the Dominican Republic, she lived in Washington DC serving as a legislative advisor to ... more »


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