Career Pathways Department
The Career Pathways Department supports students to complete short-term, stackable credentials that lead to a degree and jobs that offer pathways for advancement. Career Pathways certificates are 12 to 44 credits, can be completed in less than a year, and prepare students for employment in high-growth, high-demand industries while also providing a stepping stone to an associate degree, bachelor degree, and beyond. There are many Career Pathway options to meet the needs of students. Whether students are attending college for the first time, changing career paths, upgrading skills in their field, ESOL, or recent GED or high school graduates, there are pathways to meet their needs.
Career Pathways supports and empowers students to reach their education and career goals through:
- Individualized career and college success coaching
- Free classes and workshops, to promote college success and prepare students for internships and career opportunities
- Connection with internships, job shadows, employer presentations, and job opportunities
- Assistance navigating college resources, the process of becoming a student, and how to pay for college
- Educational advising, to map out students’ options for advancing their career and education over time
- ABS Career Pathways designed for ESOL, GED, or students testing into Math 20, Reading 80/90, and Writing 80/90: ABS Pathways offer students a faster path to gain the skills and college certificates they need to quickly enter the workforce and/or complete their degree. ABS Pathways allow students to build their academic and/or English communication skills while they are taking their college classes, in a format that is relevant to their lives and career goals.
Additional information can be found at www.pcc.edu/cp.
CLIMB Center for Advancement
CLIMB – Continuous Learning for Individuals, Management and Business – serves the needs of working professionals, individuals, managers, and businesses who want accelerated, specialized, high-quality training.
The CLIMB Center for Advancement delivers the training and development programs backed by the experience and size of Portland Community College. CLIMB is a hub of expertise, talent and training opportunities, using trainers who are industry experts and who bring real world experience to participants.
CLIMB Professional Development and Training
Professional Development and Training provides professional quality training and development services. These services help people and organizations reach their peak performance to maximize profitability and sustainability in the global marketplace. Professional Development and Training is the one source partner for responsive, relevant and results-oriented solutions in leadership, sales, communication, customer service, IT/software and industrial/technical trades in most industries. Programs are tailored to meet clients’ needs and delivered at times and locations convenient to the client.
CLIMB for Health Care Professionals
The Institute for Health Care Professionals offers timely, relevant and innovative solutions for health care providers. Educational opportunities offered are: professional development/continuing education courses; certification/re-certification; entry level health care training; customized training; and American Heart Association (AHA) training through its AHA designated Community Training Center. Choose from traditional classroom format, customized on-site training or online education (both self-directed and interactive).
Life by Design NW
Life by Design NW redefines how to successfully navigate worklife transitions and meaningful retirement. Life by Design NW training programs and services address the needs of the changing workforce and provide opportunities for giving back to the community. Programs are targeted at the Boomer 50-plus population to include life and retirement planning, skills based volunteering, affinity group gatherings, workshops for businesses for succession planing and the transition of retirees, and special events intended to empower people in finding their purpose and passion.
Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
PCC’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a hub of entrepreneur and economic development for small businesses throughout the PCC district. Utilizing a business development pathway model which guides the entrepreneur through the stages of business development – pre-start, start-up, pre-growth, growth, maturing, and transition – the SBDC challenges and inspires small business owners to grow healthy businesses; creating jobs, increasing sales and accessing capital. The SBDC combines business education with business advising to create an environment that supports small business owners in achieving their goals. Services include: business concept development programs, business design programs, entrepreneurial skill programs, small business management programs, international trade advising and education, and capital access services.
PCC Community Education provides hundreds of non-credit personal enrichment classes that feature local experts as instructors and do not involve grades or exams. Classes are offered in five general areas: Arts, Home and Garden, Language and Culture, Recreation and Wellness, and Work and Life Balance. Educational travel programs are also offered in addition to the programs listed below.
Most Community Ed classes are designed for adults (age 16 and over) and are typically offered during evenings or on weekends to accommodate busy personal schedules. Classes are offered at PCC campuses and centers, in neighborhood locations throughout the Portland metro area, and online at www.pcc.edu/online.
Non-credit classes do not meet the federal requirements for financial aid and most Veteran’s benefits, are not equivalent to credits and may not be used toward PCC certificates and degrees.
Continuing Education and License Renewal
Community Ed provides Continuing Education courses which offer CEU credit used for professional licensure renewal and preparation for taking the next step in one’s career. Class formats feature in-person, hands-on learning opportunities from industry experts. Visit www.pcc.edu/career for more information.
Community Ed offers ODOT approved Driver Education for teens and adults. Drivers Ed classes are available at many PCC campuses and centers and area high schools. Visit www.pcc.edu/drive for more information. ODOT required motorcycle rider safety training courses are also offered in cooperation with TEAM OREGON. Visit https://team-oregon.org/ or call 800-545-9944 for more information.
Summer Teen Program
Additionally, Community Ed offers dedicated summer term classes for teens (age 12-17) through the Summer Teen Program. Visit www.pcc.edu/community/teen for more information.
Swim with Community Ed
Community Ed also offers youth, adult, and parent/child swim classes through the Swim with Community Ed program. Classes are based on American Red Cross curriculum and offer a positive learning experience with low student-to-teacher rations. Visit www.pcc.edu/community/swim for more information.
International Customized Contract Training
Portland Community College’s International Contract Training Program (ICT) offers international business, industry and government traditional and customized training and educational services. ICT offers international organizations more than 60 traditional degree and certificate programs available through PCC as well as the option of customized training and educational services offered in the United States.
Occupational Skills Training
Mt Tabor Hall (MTH), Room 128
The Occupational Skills Training program is designed to provide the opportunity for students to receive instruction in a specific occupational area. The programs are individualized and allow flexibility in program design, delivery, and implementation. Individualized plans are developed in consultation with the student, PCC faculty, PCC OST coordinators, work-site supervisors, and agency representative(s), if appropriate.
For more information, please see the Occupational Skills Training section of the catalog.
Workforce Development Programs
WorkSource Portland Metro Tualatin
7995 SW Mohawk
WorkSource Portland Metro Beaverton
241 SW Edgeway Drive
Beaverton, OR 97006
WorkSource Portland Metro Central
30 N Webster Street, Suite E
The WorkSource Centers provide a comprehensive menu of workforce services to job seekers and businesses. The Centers provide a range of educational, employment and business services through a collaboration of partners, including Worksystems Inc., the Oregon Employment Department and the Department of Human Services. The Workforce development programs offered through the Centers (and at a variety of other locations) include:
- The Dislocated Workers Program (DWP), which helps people who have lost their jobs due to downsizing, layoffs, or plant closures.
- The Workforce Investment Act Adult Program, which provides services to unemployed or underemployed adults.
- The Steps to Success Program (STS), which provides services to individuals receiving public assistance.
- The Food Stamp Employment and Training Program, which provides services to individuals receiving food stamps.
- The Rapid Response Program, which begins working directly with employers and employees when a pending layoff or closure is announced to minimize the impact of job loss.
Through these programs the WorkSource Centers offer:
Services to job seekers including: a career center with computers, printers and fax machines for job searches; job listings; job search workshops; career counseling; assessment and testing; computer classes; Adult Basic Education; work experience opportunities, English as a Second Language classes and career technical training.
Services to businesses including: new employee recruitment; job applicant screening and referral; skill testing; customized pre-employment training; Jobs Plus training, rapid response and out placement services.