PCC Columbia County Update

• In November, PCC was awarded a planning grant from the Ford Family Foundation to explore how our Future Connect program model could be implemented in rural communities in PCC’s district, including Columbia County. Future Connect is a scholarship and support program that provides low income/first generation college students with support to access and succeed in college. PCC staff will reach out to stakeholders in Columbia County and western Washington County over the next year to learn how Future Connect might be implemented in rural communities. To learn more about this exceptional program, please visit http://www.pcc.edu/resources/future-connect/.

• Vernonia High School has started a Distance Learning Program through PCC which allows students to earn both high school and college credits simultaneously. It began last fall as a pilot program and successfully engaged 16 students in a college-level writing course. The goal is to develop the program and offer a diverse array of classes. This program, supported by Vernonia School District and offered at no cost to participating students, is an excellent opportunity to get a running start at college-level work.

• Always eager to recycle usable goods, Rock Creek Campus made its second major surplus donation to Vernonia Schools in November. The school received 21 computer tables, 50 overhead storage bins, one ADA standing desk and 12 Dell flat screen monitors. The donation was valued at $11,600. Rock Creek made an earlier donation to Vernonia in May. The value of that delivery of 85 computers and 47 flat screen monitors was assessed at $17,450. The total Rock Creek surplus donation to Vernonia Schools in 2014 was $29,050.

• PCC’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has had success in Columbia County. According to SBDC faculty member Leslie Hildula, she has met regularly with four clients from South Columbia County. Two are from Scappoose, one from St. Helens and one from Warren. As a result, one client has expanded her shop and is offering new products and services this spring. Another professional services client, working out of a home office, has doubled her sales. A third client has improved his operations and is slowly improving his marketing efforts. The fourth client, a graduate of our Small Business Management program, enrolled in Advanced SBM and is now meeting with that program’s adviser in Portland. For more information on the SBDC program, please contact Leslie at 503-939-8648 or at hildulal@gmail.com. The program web site is at www.bizcenter.org/PCC.

• Kudos to April Long, the Scappoose resident who earned a two-year degree in aviation maintenance technology at the Rock Creek Campus. She is now a full-time employee working for The Boeing Company in Gresham. She started her new job in January. Last summer, April was one of 12 PCC students selected for a paid internship sponsored by the company. We wish her all the best.

• A small number of people have volunteered and others have been nominated to serve on the proposed PCC Center Community Advisory Board. We will accept additional names for consideration until February 13. Please forward names and contact information to Janis.nichols@pcc.edu.