Portland Community CollegePortland Community College
(or PCC) is Oregon
's largest community college
, located in Portland
. It serves close to 90,000 residents in the five county area of Multnomah
, and Columbia
. PCC enrolls over 100,000 students annually in this 1500-square-mile area in northwest Oregon.
The college was founded in 1961 as an adult education program for the local public school system. Voters approved the establishment of an independent district for the college in 1968.
There are three main campuses, which are larger facilities offering two-year degrees and a range of typical student services:
- Sylvania, opened in the southwestern suburbs of Portland in 1996 and serving over 26,000 students annually
- Rock Creek, a 256-acre suburban campus also opened in 1996, near Hillsboro
- Cascade, an urban campus, located in the heart of north Portland
There are several centers throughout the metropolitan area
, which are smaller facilities offering more limited or specialized programs:
- Central Portland Workforce Training Center, located near OMSI
- Portland Metropolitan Workforce Training Center
- Washington County Workforce Training Center, also known as the Capital Center
- Southeast Center, opening Winter 2004 in the former home of the local U.S. Corps of Engineers headquarters
- Hillsboro Education Center, on the MAX line
It's a member of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges, with teams competing against those from the community colleges of Chemeketa, Clackamas, Mt. Hood, Lane, Linn-Benton, Southwestern Oregon, and Umpqua.