Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon


Students entering technology education building

The Skill Center partners with a number of area businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies to both recruit students and to help place them in jobs. Program partners include:

  • Legacy Emanuel Hospital
  • Housing Authority of Portland
  • Self-Enhancement Inc.
  • Portland Development Commission
  • Oregon Health & Science University
  • Urban League of Portland
  • Oregon Department of Human Services
  • City of Portland
  • Central City Concern
  • Oregon Tradeswomen
  • Airway Science for Kids (AWS)
  • … and many more

Community Events and Guest Speakers

Highly regarded professional and government officials are invited to speak to our students. They generously share their life experiences and guide our students to explore their career options. These are some of the distinguished guest speakers:

  • Lt Cols. Alexander Jefferson & William Holloman - Tuskegee Airmen
  • Warren Fluker - Urban League of Portland
  • Joe Nunn - Project Clean Slate
  • Jose Rivera - Oregon Human Development Corporation
  • Marty Stockton - City of Portland Planning and Sustainability
  • Melissa Madenski - Multnomah County Library
  • Chip Shields- State Senator
  • Margaret Carter- Former State Senator
  • Loretta Smith- Multnomah County Commissioner


Skill Center has co-sponsored many employer workshops including:

  • US Bank
  • City of Portland