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PCC Foundation breaks record, raising nearly $610,000 at annual gala (Photo) - 05/21/18

PORTLAND, Ore. – It was a record-breaking night for the Portland Community College Foundation.

The philanthropic division of the college hosted its seventh annual gala on Saturday, May 19, raising a record $609,757 for scholarships and success initiatives – nearly $100,000 more than last year. With the theme, “Kick Up a Storm for Student Success,” the PCC Foundation’s “An Evening for Opportunity” Gala attracted more than 480 attendees to the event held at the Downtown Portland Hilton Hotel. Funds raised will help hundreds of PCC students, many being the first in their families to attend college and with deep financial need, to be supported in their academic pursuits.

“The gala was sensational and a true transformation of opportunity for student success,” said PCC Foundation Board Chair Susie Lahsene, recently retired senior manager for transportation and land use policy for the Port of Portland.

To cap the evening, the PCC Foundation recognized Howard Butzer and Robert Wimmer with its 2018 Patron Award. The college awards this honor to people or organizations that have made a significant contribution to PCC to ensure access to education for students. Wimmer and Butzer, partners for 30-plus years, decided to create scholarships for students who need extra financial support in order to attend college. In addition to supporting scholarships in their names, the two have also included the PCC Foundation in their estate plans as members of the Amo DeBarnardis Legacy Society.

“Every dollar raised helps change the life of a student, and you could certainly tell from the student stories that the return on this investment is high,” said PCC President Mark Mitsui.

The PCC Foundation is a nonprofit organization that expands access to education by funding scholarships and educational programs that support students at Portland Community College, the largest higher education institution in Oregon.

 

About Portland Community College: Portland Community College is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon and provides training, degree and certificate completion, and lifelong learning to more than 73,000 full- and part-time students in Multnomah, Washington, Yamhill, Clackamas, and Columbia counties. PCC has four comprehensive campuses, eight education centers or areas served, and approximately 200 community locations in the Portland metropolitan area. The PCC district encompasses a 1,500-square-mile area in northwest Oregon and offers two-year degrees, one-year certificate programs, short-term training, alternative education, pre-college courses and life-long learning.

Visit PCC news on the web at http://news.pcc.edu/

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PCC selects Chris Villa to be next Rock Creek Campus president (Photo) - 05/10/18

BEAVERTON/HILLSBORO, Ore. – This summer, Portland Community College will have a new president leading its Rock Creek Campus (17705 S.W. Springville Road).

Christopher Villa, who currently serves as the vice president of Student Services at Los Angeles Mission College (LAMC), has been picked to lead the college’s comprehensive campus in Washington County. Villa will start in his new role on Aug. 1, succeeding the retiring Sandra Fowler-Hill.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be the next campus president at PCC’s Rock Creek Campus,” Villa said. “It is evident that the faculty, staff, students, and members of the community have a deep connection to the college that is infectious. I am looking forward to being a part of the PCC Rock Creek community and to continue our efforts to improve access and success for students.” 

Villa has a long and dedicated career in the community colleges, with focal areas in student success and equity. Prior to joining LAMC, Villa served as vice president of Student Services at Fresno City College from 2009 to 2015. Beginning in 2006, he worked as vice president of Student Support Services at Long Beach City College, where he played a key role initiating the Long Beach College Promise, a commitment of three local public education institutions to improve college preparation, access and completion for their students. While at LAMC, he has led the equitable student success campus agenda to develop and implement its Guided Pathways Program and revitalize its Student Success Center.

He is also an esteemed community leader and teacher. Villa has served as a Board Member for the California Community College Chief Student Services Administration Association and was a member of the California Chancellor’s Office Advisory Group on Student Mental Health. In addition, Villa is a mentor for the National Community College Hispanic Council, an affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges. He was a participant in the Executive Leadership Institute sponsored by the League for Innovation in the Community College.

Villa earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine. In addition to administrative roles, he has taught part-time within the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department at California State University, Northridge, teaching doctoral and masters level courses to practicing community college administrators, faculty, and staff.

“Dr. Villa has many skills and assets to offer PCC, and I am delighted he will be joining our team,” said PCC President Mark Mitsui.

The 260-acre Rock Creek Campus, founded in 1976, is a critical resource for Washington County. Among the woodlands, wetlands and functioning farm, there are 14 career tech programs and a 3.6-acre Learning Garden. Approximately 66 percent of Rock Creek students enroll in the college transfer program and approximately 18 percent of students enroll in career/technical programs. The campus serves approximately 21,000 students a year.

 

About Portland Community College: Portland Community College is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon and provides training, degree and certificate completion, and lifelong learning to more than 73,000 full- and part-time students in Multnomah, Washington, Yamhill, Clackamas, and Columbia counties. PCC has four comprehensive campuses, eight education centers or areas served, and approximately 200 community locations in the Portland metropolitan area. The PCC district encompasses a 1,500-square-mile area in northwest Oregon and offers two-year degrees, one-year certificate programs, short-term training, alternative education, pre-college courses and life-long learning.

 

Visit PCC news on the web at http://news.pcc.edu/

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New course explores Medication Assisted Treatment of opioid-use disorders - 05/02/18

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Community College’s Institute for Health Professionals is offering a new learning tool this spring to combat Oregon’s growing opioid epidemic, which Governor Kate Brown declared a public health crisis in February.

Instructor Nick Reguero will teach the day-long seminar on Saturday, May 19, exploring a strategy called Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). The cost is $119. MAT is the use of medications in combination with behavioral approaches and therapies to offer holistic treatment for individuals suffering from ongoing opiate misuse. While many people have been helped by MAT, it is not without controversy. Many question how people grappling with addiction can take a drug and still be clean.

“I offer MAT in my work at Central City Concern, and it gives people a second chance to live healthy, productive lives,” Reguero said. 

The United States is experiencing an unprecedented opioid epidemic. Since 1999 the rate of overdose deaths involving opiates has nearly quadrupled, with more than 165,000 people dying from prescription opioid overdoses. The year 2014 saw the most deaths on record due to drug overdoses, with an astounding six out of ten involving an opiate.

MAT is one of the tools available in the fight against opiate misuse. Reguero encourages people to take his course to gain a broader understanding of how to support recovery of those who have struggled with opiate misuse.

Details:

What: “Medication Assisted Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders”

When: 9 a.m. to 3:50 p.m., Saturday, May 19.

Cost: $119.

Location: CLIMB Center, 1626 SE Water Ave.

For more information, call (971) 722-6633, or email amy.evans3@pcc.edu. To register for the class, visit www.pcc.edu/enroll/registration/

About Portland Community College: Portland Community College is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon and provides training, degree and certificate completion, and lifelong learning to more than 73,000 full- and part-time students in Multnomah, Washington, Yamhill, Clackamas, and Columbia counties. PCC has four comprehensive campuses, eight education centers or areas served, and approximately 200 community locations in the Portland metropolitan area. The PCC district encompasses a 1,500-square-mile area in northwest Oregon and offers two-year degrees, one-year certificate programs, short-term training, alternative education, pre-college courses and life-long learning.

Visit PCC news on the web at http://news.pcc.edu/

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Multicultural Night aims to share culture with community (Photo) - 04/25/18

PORTLAND, Ore. – It will be a night to remember.

Portland Community College’s Southeast Campus (2305 S.E. 82nd and Division) is hosting its third annual Multicultural Night from 3-9 p.m., Tuesday, May 15 in the quad. The event, free and open to the public, attracted more than 700 people last year.

Thanks to the efforts of the Unity Through Diversity student club, Multicultural Night aims to bring together students and community  members to share elements of their culture through foods, storytelling, dances, songs, art displays, and more. It features dance, music and entertainment throughout the evening, including: live music and belly dancing by the Ritim Egzotik Band, violinist Megumi Sasaki, Lion Dance by Viet Hung Jr., the Inclusive Arts Vibe Dance Company, Ballet Folklo?rico Corazones Alegres, Indian and Afghani dances by Sitara, Japanese dance by Team Taponesque, Teva Oriata Polynesian Dance Troupe, the Hmong Dancers, and an international fashion show. The event will also include complimentary food from local businesses, raffle prizes, a kids area, a tea ceremony by Wakai Tea Association Arts, and a resource fair.

In addition, State Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer, Southeast Campus President Jessica Howard and PCC President, Mark Mitsui will speak.

“Multicultural Night is an example of people from different backgrounds working collaboratively in a diverse environment to host a community event,” said student organizer Kien Truong. “This effort will give our community members the opportunity to be exposed to many of the different cultures in Portland and create connections within the community.”

The public is also welcome to attend a pre-event panel and luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in the campus’ Community Hall. The Education Equity Panel will focus on the equity of global education and its effect on the local workforce in light of the growing use of automation. Panelists include State Sen. Michael Dembrow, PCC Chair Kali Thorne-Ladd, PCC Board Member Mohamed Alyajouri and President of Save Cambodia Thayvie Sinn. Sinn’s non-profit focuses on preserving the Cambodian identity by providing resources through the promotion of cultural preservation, socio-economic and sustainable development, and building international relations for Cambodia and its diaspora.

Multicultural Night is sponsored by the Unity Through Diversity student club, Jade District members, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon and the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce.

About Portland Community College: Portland Community College is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon and provides training, degree and certificate completion, and lifelong learning to more than 73,000 full- and part-time students in Multnomah, Washington, Yamhill, Clackamas, and Columbia counties. PCC has four comprehensive campuses, eight education centers or areas served, and approximately 200 community locations in the Portland metropolitan area. The PCC district encompasses a 1,500-square-mile area in northwest Oregon and offers two-year degrees, one-year certificate programs, short-term training, alternative education, pre-college courses and life-long learning.

Visit PCC news on the web at http://news.pcc.edu/

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