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Portland Community College is great stuff.

July 3, 2006

It’s been a couple years since I took classes at PCC, and this summer I enrolled in a couple philosophy classes.  I knew that PCC has been undergoing some very significant growth, but I wasn’t expecting so much change.  PCC has really grown into a great place for affordable education.  Credits are only $67 each, meaning that someone could go there full time for less than $1000 a quarter – which is the cost of one class at Marylhurst and won’t quite pay for two classes at PSU. 

During the 2003-2004 school year over 83,000 students—55% female, 45% male—attended PCC.   That’s a lot of people going to school.  PCC offers tons of non-credit classes featuring all manner of neat topics and projects in addition to courses that lead to a certificate, associate’s degree, or transferable credits to a 4-year college.  It’s too late to enroll in credit courses for the summer, but there are still many non-credit classes, many of which are less than $50, to choose from. PCC has three campuses – Cascade is my favorite – and 5 centers around the metro area. 

All of the campuses are significantly enhanced with new buildings, art, and community activities.  At Cascade there are several new buildings and seemingly endless construction projects.  Go check it out for yourself sometime soon and take advantage of all the inexpensive things to do and learn.

Cascade Campus

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 3, 2006 7:05 pm

    Good to know. I took a couple classes at PCC a few years ago and loved the experience. The instructors were local professionals with day jobs and were teaching more or less as a labor of love. They taught from their own relevant experience and had all kinds of interesting anecdotes and case studies to share. Their passion was evident and that made all the difference in taking the coursework beyond the didactic and making it much more practical and accessible. In short, PCC pretty much kicks ass.

  2. July 4, 2006 1:21 am

    Word to that, people. That’s where I got my Graphic Design degree, where I learnt to have passion for something, where I finally found something that was truly challenging.

    And I still feel that, despite its vocational focus (and it hurts to have to say ‘despite’, because that’s like damning with faint praise) and lower price I STILL got a better education than anyone at the Art Institute. My instructors had a life in and a passion for design, and they transferred that on to me.

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