Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

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Job ready in a year or less

Many of PCC's Career/Technical programs offer students the opportunity to earn short-term certificates, ranging in length from one term to one year. These certificates can act as a credential for entry-level employment in a particular industry or as a benchmark on the way to an advanced degree. Below is a brief description of the types of certificates available in one year or less:

Career Pathways Certificates
These certificates are short-term credentials (12-44 credits) which prepare students for entry-level employment within an occupational area. Career Pathways certificates may be the first certificate a student earns while pursuing a longer certificate or an AAS degree.
One-year Certificates
These certificates can be obtained in one year or less and can prepare students for a variety of occupational endeavors, including licensure and test preparation. In addition, these certificates can be an additional step on the way to pursuing a longer certificate or degree.

More short term opportunities

Career Pathways
Gain the skills to jumpstart your career in more than 20 occupations in demand in the Portland metro area. Career Pathways Trainings are offered in an intensive, short-term format (1 or 2 terms). All trainings provide assistance and the tools needed to make a successful career transition in today's competitive job market. Credentials are available for most trainings.
Management Training
The Management and Supervisory Development Department can provide practical, real-world, hands-on training in any topic you choose.
Margaret Carter Skill Center
The Skill Center takes a hands-on approach to learning and applied skill training. Programs include classes in life-skill education, technology and computer literacy, employment exploration concepts and applied office techniques, communications and trades math.
Professional Development (Community Education Seminars and Classes)
Team building, communications styles, motivating others, working with a multicultural workforce, assertiveness training and more.
Professional Licensing
CEUs for electrical license renewal, accountants, tax preparers and consultants.