County Residents Urged to Attend PCC Forum October 21

Students, parents, employers and community leaders are invited to participate in an open discussion October 21 beginning at 6:00 PM at the Columbia River Receptions & Events at Meriwether Place in St. Helens. The forum is sponsored by Portland Community College. Light refreshments will be available.

“Since early June, we have been meeting with people from St. Helens, Scappoose and Vernonia asking them to share their thoughts related to the PCC center scheduled to open in the county in 2017,” said Sandra Fowler-Hill, president of the PCC Rock Creek Campus.  “We have studied surveys completed by students and school administrators, we have heard from local employers, and we have heard directly from more than 100 individuals who attended our summer forums. It’s time to report back to the community what we heard and discuss next steps.”

She added, “The PCC Center will be successful only if Columbia County residents support it.  We hope to offer the types of classes, programs and services that will appeal to a broad range of learners. This includes technical training, college prep, community education and offerings that would make a good employee a great employee.”

Through credit and non-credit classes, PCC has had a presence in Columbia County since 1968. One of the most popular and sustaining partnerships is the dual credit program which allows local students to earn free college credit while attending high school. Over the past five years, 490 local students have earned 4,585 college credits for a savings of $345,012.

“PCC is committed to the people of Columbia County and the response to the dual credit program is one indication of their interest in higher education. The classes we have offered at the high schools, the St. Helens High School welding program in particular, has been successful and going forward, we hope to build on these partnerships.”

Registration for first-time students at PCC opens Nov. 18 for the winter term which begins Jan. 5.

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