Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

The PCC Foundation, in partnership with PCC’s Office of Professional and Organizational Development, is pleased to announce the award winners for PCC Foundation mini-grants, supporting PCC student retention.

PCC Foundation mini-grants give financial support to faculty and staff projects that improve the quality of instruction, programs, and services at PCC. The mini-grant program is supported by the PCC Foundation with funds raised through the annual Faculty/Staff/Retiree Campaign and through general Foundation fundraising.

Cascade Women's Resource Center and Multicultural Center

B. WEL Academic Excellence Project

Facilitator: Debbie Stone

The Cascade Women's Resource Center and Multicultural Center will partner to provide services to the B. WEL. African American Scholarship Program, and other students on campus to provide additional hours of culturally responsive tutoring to African American and African descent men and women students of PCC. This project will offer a Homework Hub to provide a central study place and time for these students in a computer lab. The Homework Hub will offer academic mentoring by a WRC staff, focusing on time management, on-line homework an Desire2Learn computer navigation, and use of other computer programs to complete college assignments.

Sylvania Library

Closing the Research Gap

PCC librarians, in collaboration with Reading, Writing, and ESOL faculty, will develop a series of online instructional videos, targeted to learners at the pre-100 and 1- levels, that will provide instruction for developing essential research and critical thinking skills. Each short captioned video will be targeted at developing a specific skill, and provide clear, engaging instruction with no assumption of prior experience. Faculty and students would have access to the videos at their time of need.

Cascade Men of Color

Men of Color Resource and Support Initiative

The Men of Color Resource and Support Initiative will be a series of workshops designed around the seven habits of highly successful people and Get Better Not Bitter put forth by the late internationally renowned Steven Covey and Facilitator/Author and Corporate Trainer Joseph Almond. The series of workshops during the Fall term of 2015 will culminate in a Get Better Not Bitter keynote address by Mr. Joseph Almond. The Men of Color Resource and Support Initiative team will engage PCC's Cascade campus men of color student in several activities over an academic year focusing on the seven principles of success: Be Proactive; Begin with the End in Mind; Put First Things First; Think Win-Win; Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood; Synergize; and Sharpen the Saw.