The Cascade Campus is situated in the revitalized North Portland area, offering students a centralized location and broad ties to the many cultures represented in its surrounding community. Approximately $60 million in capital investments have changed the face of the campus in recent years, by expanding its footprint and adding a humanities building that is home to professional music, multimedia and a state-of-the-art auditorium. Others include a new technology, physical education and emergency services buildings, which provide the needed lab and classroom space to accommodate growth.
PCC purchased the land in the late 1960s and the new campus opened in the fall of 1971. Ever since, Cascade Campus has become a focal point for much-needed job training, college transfer and self-improvement courses. The campus is home to a number of unique programs offered nowhere else in the PCC system, such as Medical Laboratory Technology, Ophthalmic Medical Technology, Emergency Telecommunicator / 911 Dispatcher, Emergency Medical Services, Professional Music, Fire Protection Technology, Multimedia, Paralegal, Criminal Justice, Facilities Maintenance Technology, Apprenticeship, Middle College, Portland Teachers Program, ETAP Cement Masons Apprenticeship Boot Camp, and the Margaret Carter Skill Center, which gives people of all ages a chance to learn the basic tools that will put them on the path to a new career.
Cascade is home to the acclaimed Cascade Festival of African Films, one of the most prominent and popular film festivals in the Northwest, and is the focal point of Black History Month celebrations for the college. Also, Cascade’s self-guided walking art tour is anchored by its new art gallery, which opened in the fall of 2006. The campus provides the home court for PCC’s men’s and women’s basketball teams.
Cascade served more than 24,000 students during the 2011-2012 academic year under the guidance of Campus President Algie Gatewood.