Rock Creek Campus
The Rock Creek Campus is about 12 miles west of downtown Portland, in the rapidly growing Beaverton-Hillsboro area of Washington County. Rock Creek is nestled amid farm and wetland, perfect for PCC’s veterinary, landscape, building construction and biology programs, which use the natural areas for their outdoor learning labs. It houses Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation’s sports complex where students have access to softball and lacrosse fields, tennis courts and soccer pitches. The campus is home to a fully functioning farm with sheep, rabbits, llamas and cows.
Spacious, open malls highlight Rock Creek, which opened in 1976. Today, it features diesel service, auto collision repair, building construction, veterinary and welding, to name a few programs. The campus has been the epicenter of partnerships with green energy giant Solar World, biotechnology firm Genentech (Roche) and Hillsboro Aviation, where student pilots have access to two FAA certified flight schools. Rock Creek also is home to federal programs that serve primarily first-generation Latino college students to develop leadership and educational opportunities. Its recycling initiative, where cafeteria scraps are degraded via a worm compost to eventually nourish the burgeoning organic garden, is a model loop system.
The 256-acre campus features the Harvest Festival, where free pumpkins from the garden are the norm each fall, plus Semana de la Raza in the spring – a celebration of Latino culture. Rock Creek is a model for successful partnerships with area high schools through the PAVTEC program, including the acclaimed Middle School Girls Conference that introduces local girls to science and math careers. In 2003, the renovation of the science-technology building provided state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms, and construction of the student services facility gives Rock Creek a full-service library, bookstore and cadre of student support services. The on-campus hangar houses the Aviation Maintenance Technology program where students can get hands-on experience maintaining airplanes and helicopters.
Rock Creek serves about 18,700 students annually under Interim Campus President, Birgitte Ryslinge.