PORTLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE

United States, Oregon

Portland Community College is a public community college in Portland, Oregon. The goal of the college is to educate a skilled workforce, prepare students to successfully enter four-year schools, enrich the community through lifelong learning, build a greener workforce and reduce our carbon footprint, and become good financial management of public funds people. Portland Community College supports student success by providing opportunities for quality education while promoting economic development and promoting sustainability in a collaborative culture of diversity, fairness, and tolerance. The Office of Equality and Inclusion is committed to the urgent, continuous, and comprehensive work of creating a university atmosphere to demonstrate the college's commitment to civil rights, diversity, equality, and tolerance.

Campus Life

The college is spread across four campuses. The Cascade Campus situated in the heart of North Portland offers a centralized culture and focuses on programs in the arts, job training, college transfer, and self-improvement courses. It also holds film festivals. The Rock Creek campus is located 12 miles from downtown Portland. The campus is a 260-acres of the area which holds woodlands, wetlands and grasslands, a diverse collection of farm animal, career tech programs, and a 3.6-acre learning garden. This campus serves approximately 20,000 students a year. Thirdly, the Southeast campus is 200,000 sq ft of land allowing students to complete an associate or transfer degree without traveling to another campus. And lastly, the Sylvania campus has an impressive fitness venue with a swimming pool, performing arts center, and witnesses community collaboration for individual growth.  

Noted Alumni

Some of the well-known alumni of the Portland Community College are Margaret Carter the first African-American woman elected to the Oregon state's legislature, Richard Curtis a politician from Washington state, Karen Gaffney the first person with Down syndrome to complete a relay swim of the English Channel, the owner/founder/professional cuddler, author, and the creator of the Certified Cuddlers Certification Program Samantha Hess, Jon Hill the former White House Executive Chef, Matt Keeslar an American actor, President of the Marshall Islands Christopher Loeak, 2012 Miss Oregon Nichole Mead, Rebecca Skloot an author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and contemporary artist Marie Watt.