Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Class Info

We're offering classes in the following topic areas:

Apparel Design

Fashion and Fit: Alter Your Clothes

Interested in fashion or a wardrobe upgrade? Learn how to use a sewing machine and alter your clothing! Change hem and sleeve lengths plus many tips and tricks! No experience necessary, bring your own sewing machine or borrow one in class. For ages 12-17.

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Cooking

Culinary Boot Camp

This is how it’s done. Knife skills, mise en place, soup, stocks and sauces. Learn cooking methods such as roasting, grilling, sauteing, braising, poaching, and steaming. Gain more confidence – and eat the fruits of our labors! For ages 12-17.

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Classic Crepes

Bon appetit! Travel to France and learn to make crepes that are thin and delicious with various fillings, from simple to elegant, savory and sweet. We will make and taste spinach and mushroom, ham and cheese and fresh strawberry crepes. For ages 12-17.

This class is NOT gluten-free.

Japanese Cooking for Teens

Learn how to make some favorite dishes beloved by Japanese teens! Whip up delicious Japanese dishes with Andrea Obana that are easy, and fun to make as well as eat. Wear pants, closed-toed non-slip shoes and a long sleeved shirt. For ages 12-17.

Gohan Desu Yo: Intro to Japanese Language and Cuisine

Time to eat, in Japanese! In this introductory class students will learn language experientially as they make and sample a variety of dishes (noodles, pickles, sushi, etc). All levels welcome, but the class is geared to beginners. For ages 12-17.

  • Location: Southeast Campus, COMX Kitchen
  • Instructor: Leila Wice
  • Tuition: $79 + $50 fee
  • Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8/2 – 8/11
  • Times: 10:30am-1pm

Mexican Cooking 101

Learn the basics of Mexican food, from the secret of salsa making and enchiladas, to staples like Mexican beans, easy tostadas and a delicious Mexican-style corn on the cob. For ages 12-17.

Dance

Cuban Salsa Dance: Casino

Move your shoulders, hips and feet in coordination with the beat of the salsa tunes of the Casino dance. Differentiate between the two kinds of Cuban claves (beat patterns) so that you can translate the music into your own body movements. For ages 12-17.

  • Location: Sylvania Campus, Room TBA
  • Instructor: Gonzalez
  • Tuition: $69
  • Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7/12-7/28
  • Times: 5-6:20pm

Jazz/Funk Dance: Beginner/Intermediate

Explore the foundations of jazz and funk. Think big, think energy, think pizzaz…and mix it with groove, and finding your own character when you dance. Also learn technical steps like turns, kicks, and leaps. For ages 12-17.

Emergency Preparation

Zombie Apocalypse Survival Workshop

Don’t be caught off guard when the zombie apocalypse hits! Improve your odds of survival by learning how to fend off the walking dead, make an emergency preparedness kit, start a fire by yourself, and more. For ages 12-17.

Walk Like a Zombie; Talk Like a Zombie

See the zombie apocalypse from the other side. Learn how to act like a zombie and create your own shambling personality. Make homemade blood and do basic stage makeup. Then test your zombie persona out by scaring the next class of survivors. For ages 12-17.

Hobbies

Tarot

Explore Tarot concepts under expert guidance of instructor Jill Sled. Teens and young people are portrayed in the Tarot, discover symbols and secrets to access its wisdom. Bring a deck of regular playing cards for this hands-on class. For ages 12-17.

Languages

Spanish Immersion

Don't let your ​Spanish skills fade this summer. Get your tongue moving again with games, activities, discussions, music and more. Bring lunch or plan to eat at PCC cafeteria. For students with at least 1 year of Spanish study. For ages 12-17.

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Section 2
  • Location: Sylvania Campus, Room TBA
  • Instructor: Alyssa Grant
  • Tuition: $189
  • Dates: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 7/11-7/29
  • Times: 1:30-4:20pm

Money Matters

Finances for Teens

We incorporate all aspects of personal finance to provide teens with the foundation needed to make informed financial decisions. Topics include savings, budgeting, what is credit, investing, risk management and entrepreneurship. For ages 12-17.

Landing Your First Job

Explore your career personality. Discover job-winning secrets for workplace success. Includes tips on resume-building, writing applications, and how to really shine at the interview. For ages 12-17.

Sports

Archery

The ancient skill of archery is making a comeback! Come learn basic skills through fun archery games and competitions. All equipment provided. For ages 12-15.

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Section 2
  • Location: Sylvania Campus, HT Gym
  • Instructor: Paul Webb
  • Tuition: $69
  • Dates: Saturdays 7/16-8/13
  • Times: 11:30am-12:50pm

Boot Camp and Weight Lifting

Get started on a work out program. Group warm up, cardio, strength, mobility exercises and more will be covered. For ages 12-17.

  • Location: Sylvania Campus, HT Gym
  • Instructor: McGrath
  • Tuition: $109
  • Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays, 7/11-8/18
  • Times: 3-4:30pm

Tennis

This intro class includes grip, strokes and scoring rules. Bring racket and one unopened can of tennis balls. For ages 12-17.

Kayaking

Discover kayaking! Come learn basic strokes, boat control and the fundamental elements of kayaking. Equipment and supervised instruction provided. For ages 12-15.

Section 1
  • Location: Portland Kayak Company, 6600 SW Macadam Ave, Portland, OR 97239
  • Instructor: Ann Brown
  • Tuition: $180
  • Dates: Monday – Wednesday, 7/25-7/27
  • Times: 9am-1pm

Must reg/drop by 7/15.

Section 2
  • Location: Portland Kayak Company, 6600 SW Macadam Ave, Portland, OR 97239
  • Instructor: Ann Brown
  • Tuition: $180
  • Dates: Monday – Wednesday, 8/22-8/24
  • Times: 9am-1pm

Must reg/drop by 8/12.

Technology

3D Printing 1: Basics

Learn the basics of 3D printing technology and applications. Learn how to use 3D design software (CAD) and prepare 3D files for 3D printing. 3D print a design you create. For ages 12-17.

App Attack!

Using a specialized app and game development tool, you will explore the world of web-based apps. You will learn the basics of mobile app design and game development, and see firsthand how the world of App publishing functions. For ages 12-17.

Section 1
  • Location: Southeast Campus, Room TBA
  • Instructor: TBA
  • Tuition: $149
  • Dates: Monday – Thursday, 7/11-7/14
  • Times: 1-3:50pm
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Code Breakers

Calling all future coders, programmers and designers! Learn the basics of coding languages like HTML, JavaScript and CSS through a series of web projects and design challenges. This course has the essentials you need to begin your journey. For ages 12-17.

Section 1
  • Location: Southeast Campus, Room TBA
  • Instructor: Instructor TBA
  • Tuition: $149
  • Dates: Dates: Monday – Thursday, 7/11-7/14
  • Times: 1pm-3:50pm
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Make Your First 3D Video Game!

Develop a game concept that goes well beyond the limitations of traditional 2D game design. You will learn the physics behind 3D games, explore beginner event scripting, level design, controlling flow of gameplay, and story telling. For ages 12-17.

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Section 2
  • Location: Southeast Campus, Room TBA
  • Instructor: Instructor TBA
  • Tuition: $149
  • Dates: Dates: Monday – Thursday, 7/25-7/28
  • Times: 9am-11:50am

Minecraft Designers

Ever wish you could design your own characters and buildings to use in your games? Learn the basics of creating 3D models using new software to design objects, create character skins, and import them into your favorite Minecraft world. For ages 12-17.

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Section 2
  • Location: Southeast Campus, Room TBA
  • Instructor: Instructor TBA
  • Tuition: $149
  • Dates: Dates: Monday – Thursday, 7/25-7/28
  • Times: 1pm-3:50pm

Minecraft Modders

Use Minecraft to learn the basics of modding and foundations of programming. Learn scripting and logic statements as you create your first mod! Introductory coding will be taught through a simulated environment inspired by Minecraft. For ages 12-17.

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Section 2
  • Location: Southeast Campus, Room TBA
  • Instructor: Instructor TBA
  • Tuition: $149
  • Dates: Dates: Monday – Thursday, 8/15-8/18
  • Times: 9am-11:50am

Solar Energy: The New Power

Thousands of Oregonians are using solar energy to generate electricity, heat hot water, cook food, and even propel cars. Learn from a professional about how it's done, the technologies used, and new career opportunities in solar energy. For ages 12-17.

  • Location: Southeast Campus, Room TBA
  • Instructor: Patterson
  • Tuition: $65
  • Dates: Tuesdays, 7/11-7/25
  • Times: 10am-12 noon

Book provided.

Test and College Prep

College Essay Writing Workshop

This workshop will help juniors and seniors identify meaningful personal stories, giving them the space and guidance to tell those stories in their own authentic voices as they learn the techniques for writing stellar personal statements. For ages 15-17.

  • Location: Sylvania Campus, Room TBA
  • Instructor: Greys Franke
  • Tuition: $195 + 10 fee
  • Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7/5-8/2
  • Times: 10-11:50am

1-on-1 conference will be scheduled for a Wednesday in July.

SAT and Standardized Test Prep

The new SAT is here! Learn strategies in taking this test (and the ACT, PSAT/NMSQT and other standardized tests) to maximize your score. We will cover the Reading Test, the Writing and Language Test, the Math Test and the now-optional Essay. For ages 12-17.

Section 1
  • Location: Sylvania Campus, Room TBA
  • Instructor: Jean Mittelstaedt
  • Tuition: $245 + $110 fee
  • Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays, 7/11-8/10
  • Times: 9am-12:50pm (first and last class session) 10am-11:50am (all other class sessions)
Section 2
  • Location: Southeast Campus, Room TBA
  • Instructor: Jean Mittelstaedt
  • Tuition: $245 + $110 fee
  • Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7/12-8/11
  • Times: 9am-12:50pm (first and last class session) 10am-11:50am (all other class sessions)

Visual Arts

Ceramics: Using the Force

Listen to your imagination. Bring the abstract to life by using your eyes, hands and tools to shape clay. Balance the spontaneity of creativity with the physical mastery of the hand. Handbuilding and throwing techniques included. For all levels, ages 12-17.

Comics Studio

Learn all the necessary skills and steps for making comics in this immersive week-long workshop. Guided instruction is provided for writing, designing characters, page layouts, penciling, inking, print preparation and more. For ages 12-17. Bring your lunch.

Drawing at the Portland Art Museum

Each day, we’ll visit 2D and 3D art in the museum galleries, and draw what we see. We’ll explore composition, shading, value, shape and perspective with pencils. We’ll also draw from our own imaginations, inspired by what we’re seeing. Supply list. For ages 12-17.

  • Location: Portland Art Museum 1119 SW Park Ave, Portland OR 97205
  • Instructor: Shelley Chamberlin
  • Tuition: $169
  • Dates: Tuesdays – Fridays, 7/12-7/22
  • Times: 10am-12:50pm

$20 payable to Portland Art Museum for pass.

Photography: Beginning

Learn the basics of camera operation, including f-stops, shutter speeds and lenses, while improving your compositions and developing your own style. Bring film or digital camera with owner’s manual to class. For ages 12-17.

  • Location: Sylvania Campus, Room TBA
  • Instructor: Ellen Regal
  • Tuition: $55
  • Dates: Wednesday – Friday, 7/6-7/8
  • Times: 1:30-3:20pm

Loaner cameras available. Field trip during class time.

Introduction to Black and White Photo and Darkroom

Shoot black and white film, and learn to develop and print your shots in a photo lab using darkroom materials. An introduction to this retro and fascinating art process. For ages 12-17.

  • Location: Sylvania Campus, TABOR 131
  • Instructor: Mike Riches
  • Tuition: $155 + $35 fee
  • Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7/12-7/28
  • Times: 10am-12:50pm

Photography: New Perspectives

Stop and take the time to see like a photographer. During field trips we will learn about perspective, composition, lenses and light to create unique images. Classroom time will be spent selecting and critiquing photographs. For ages 12-17.

  • Location: Sylvania Campus, Room TBA
  • Instructor: Ellen Regal
  • Tuition: $79
  • Dates: Monday – Thursday, 7/25-7/28
  • Times: 10am-12:30pm

Introduction to Zentangle®

Zentangle® is an easy to learn, healing, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Any age or skill level can enjoy this art technique. It can help with stress, depression and ADHD. Materials included. For ages 12-17.

Writing

Creative Writing: Voice in Fiction and Story

With an emphasis on point of view, voice and originality, we will read and write every day. Through the study of writing techniques, you will make your writing stronger, more convincing and creative. For ages 15-17.

Writing Creative Stories

Set your imagination free. Through writing prompts, read and write every day. While focusing on writing as creative expression, improve your technique and hone your ideas in your own original story. For ages 12-14.