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Dr. Bennings attending 2023 State of the Union as Congresswoman Bonamici's guest (Photo) - 02/06/23

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici announced that Portland Community College President Dr. Adrien Bennings will join her at the State of the Union on Tuesday.

Bonamici, a community college graduate and senior member of the House Education and Workforce Committee, has long partnered with PCC to increase access to higher education and expand career pathways. She successfully worked with Dr. Bennings to secure $910,000 of Community Project Funding for PCC’s semiconductor and advanced manufacturing workforce pathway, which will make it possible for more students to get high quality jobs in these critical fields. The funding will be used to support students through tuition scholarships, equipment, and basic needs support, as well as for the professional development of educators and faculty.

“I’m thrilled that Dr. Adrien Bennings will be my guest at the State of the Union,” said Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. “Community colleges play an essential role in our communities, and open doors to new opportunities for individuals and families. I would not be where I am today without my time at Lane Community College, and I am grateful for Dr. Bennings’ commitment to making higher education more accessible and equitable. We have a remarkable opportunity to leverage the power of community colleges during the implementation of the CHIPS and Science Act, and I am glad to support PCC’s work to help more Oregonians access quality jobs in the semiconductor and advanced manufacturing fields. I look forward to continuing to work closely together on this effort, as well as to make higher education more accessible, address student hunger, and more.”

Dr. Bennings has served as the President of PCC since the summer of 2022, and is PCC’s first permanent female president in its history. She has taught courses in human resources development, academic development and retention, and small business development. Dr. Bennings has held progressively higher-level positions in higher education for more than 15 years. She will attend the State of the Union in person.

“I would like to thank Congresswoman Bonamici for this opportunity to be her guest for President Biden’s State of the Union Address and her tireless support for community colleges,” said Dr. Adrien Bennings, PCC president. “I’m thrilled at the opportunity to highlight the great work and collaboration that institutions like PCC provide to people from all backgrounds. Her leadership and work have enabled us to increase partnerships and expand outreach, support and training on many issues, including advanced manufacturing workforce development.”


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 50,000 full- and part-time students in Multnomah, Washington, Yamhill, Clackamas, and Columbia counties. PCC has four comprehensive campuses, 10 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.

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