Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Career Pathways are short-term, stackable certificates that lead to a degree and jobs in high-growth fields that offer pathways for advancement.

Career Pathway Academic program Average wage Length
Accounting Business Administration $36-40,000/year 1-2 terms
Activity Consultant Gerontology $27-35,000/year 2 terms
Activity Professionals Gerontology $30-44,000/year 2 terms
Advanced Behavioral & Cognitive Care Gerontology $45-55,000/year* 3 terms
Bioscience Technology Bioscience Technology $40-45,000/year 2 terms
Computer Applications Computer Applications & Office Systems $32-37,000/year 1 term
Corrections Criminal Justice $50-59,000/year 2 terms
Customer Service Management & Supervisory Development $36,906/year 1 term
End of Life Care & Support Gerontology $45-55,000/year* 3 terms
Fire Protection Fire Protection Technology $60-65,000/year 3 terms
Healthy Older Adults Fitness Technology $40-45,000/year 2 terms
Horticultural Therapy Gerontology $30-44,000/year 2 terms
HVAC/R Facilities Maintenance Technology $50-55,000/year 1 term
Interior Furnishing Interior Design $25-35,000/year 3 terms
Management: Customer Service Management & Supervisory Development $50-55,000/year 2 terms
Manufacturing Technician Machine Manufacturing Technology $25-40,000/year 2 terms
Office Assistant Computer Applications & Office Systems $29,000-33,000/year 3 terms
Renewable Energy Electronics Engineering Technology $30-40,000/year 3 terms
Retail Sales & Service Business Administration $30-40,000/year 1 term
Solar Voltaic Technology Microelectronics Technology $30- 40,000/year 1 term
Web Assistant: I & II Computer Applications & Office Systems $30-35,000/year 1 term
Word Processing & Spreadsheet Computer Applications & Office Systems $32-44,000/year 2 terms

*Prior experience or education in the field required or recommended.

ABS (Adult Basic Skills) Career Pathways

Faster path and support for ESOL students, GED graduates, and students testing into Math 20, Reading 80/90, and Writing 80/90; or a good option for students wanting extra support and an individualized pace.

ABS Career Pathway Academic program Average wage Length
Accounting Business Administration $36-40,000/year 1-2 terms
Computer Applications Computer Applications & Office Systems $32-37,000/year 1 term
Customer Service Management & Supervisory Development $35-40,000/year 1 term
HVAC/R Facilities Maintenance Technology $50-55,000/year 2 terms
Retail Sales & Service Business Administration $30-40,000/year 2 terms

Other options

CLIMB: Institute for Health Professionals offers several  entry-level healthcare trainings that lead to jobs and can prepare you for additional education, including Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy, Patient Access Specialist, and Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) . Training is non-credit. Contact climbhealth@pcc.edu or 971-722-6633 for more information.