College History

1961
Sample of college logo from the 1960's

Sample of college logo
from the 1960's

Portland Community College begins as the adult education program of Portland Public Schools.
1965
Because the college included students from many areas outside the Portland school district, the school board appointed an advisory council to supervise the college and to give representation to areas beyond the district. As the advisory council and the school board developed programs and plans for the rapidly growing college, it became evident that the college needed to be a separate governmental unit with its own elected board.
1968
Sample of college logo from the 1970's

Sample of college logo
from the 1970's

Voters of the five-county area approved the formation of a new college district, the Metropolitan Area Education District. It included the school districts of Portland, Sauvie Island and Riverdale in Multnomah County; Lake Oswego in Clackamas County; St. Helens, Scappoose and Vernonia in Columbia County; Newberg in Yamhill County; and all of Washington County. The voters also elected the first board of directors and approved a tax base.
1971
The name was changed to the Portland Community College District.
1980
Sample of college logo from 1960's

Sample of college logo
from 1980-1985

District residents showed continuing support for their college, voting to increase the PCC tax base.
1986
Voters again increase tax base for the college as enrollment begins to surge.
1992
Enrollment growth of 25 percent since 1986 led voters to approve a $61.4 million bond measure to expand facilities at all campuses and repair and upgrade existing buildings.
1994
Sample of college logo from 1985-1994

Sample of college logo
from 1985-1994

The library and performing arts center opened on the Sylvania Campus, first of new facilities to be completed.
1996
New facilities at Cascade and Rock Creek campuses are completed, as well as workforce training centers in central Portland and Beaverton.
1998
PCC opened another workforce training center in Northeast Portland.
2000
Sample of college logo from 1994-2000

Sample of college logo
from 1994-2000

District residents approved a $144 million bond measure for new construction and building upgrades to help meet an enrollment growth of 50 percent since 1986.
2001
Construction from the 2000 bond measure begins as Sylvania's dining room is renovated and architecture plans are set for all three campuses, including the Southeast Center.
2002
Hillsboro Center opens. Groundbreaking for a new Southeast Center, with plans to open at the new location in winter of 2003.
2004
Sample of college logo, current version

Sample of college logo,
current version

In January, the Southeast Center opened at a new location on Southeast 82nd Avenue and Division Street. The new center provides residents in outer southeast Portland with greater access to higher education.
Dr. Preston Pulliams is named the fifth president of PCC. Five new buildings opened to students in the fall at Cascade, Sylvania and Rock Creek campuses.
2005
In October, PCC dedicated the $7.5 million Daniel F. Moriarty Arts and Humanities Building at the Cascade Campus.
2008
Voters approve PCC's $374 million bond measure to address workforce shortages in industry, update equipment and technology, and expand classroom space.