Frequently Asked Questions

Email: project.degree@pcc.edu

What is Project DEgree?

Project Degree is designed to help college students requiring pre-college level coursework to access the support and resources they need, so that they can progress through developmental education and on to a college degree or certificate.

Project DEgree Initial Two Quarters

All students begin in a learning community of 20-25 students. In the first quarter students take Reading 90, Writing 90, Student Success and Survival (CG  100 ). Students may also take an additional course, generally Math 20. These courses include learning projects that integrate the material of the classes. Each learning community is assigned a Faculty Mentor who works intensively with each student.

Students progress as a learning community in the second quarter, taking Reading and Writing 115 together, Today's Careers (CG 130) to help them figure out their career goals, or Financial Literacy (CG 114) to increase their financial awareness.

Project DEgree in Subsequent Quarters

Students who successfully complete the first two quarters will fully transition into college-level coursework and work toward the certificate or degree of their choice. Students are encouraged to continue to take a 12 credit load each term. They are supported by a Faculty Mentor and Program Manager who work in collaboration with other advising staff, provide advising and connect students to college resources and supports as needed.

Who is eligible to be a Project DEgree student?

Students who meet the following criteria will be eligible to apply:

  • Place into Reading 90 and Writing 90, or be willing to take these classes if they place higher in either reading or writing.
  • Have Financial Aid in place or have the ability to pay tuition.
  • Be willing and able to commit to two term learning community experience.
  • Have a desire to succeed in completing a degree at PCC

How much does it cost?

Students pay tuition for the classes they take (with the exception of a free, three credit College Survival and Success class in the first term). Students receive many additional services and supports free of charge to help them progress toward a degree.

What do Project DEgree students commit to?

  • Students are committed to the workload necessary to help them achieve their ultimate goal – earning a college degree or certificate.
  • Students commit to taking 9-12 credit hours during their first term and continuing to be a full-time student (12 credit hours) thereafter.
  • Students commit to working as a team in cooperation with faculty and student peers.

What kind of support helps Project DEgree students earn a college degree?

Students who are accepted into the program are assigned a Faculty Mentor who provides support and helps the student to access resources. The following services, among others, are provided by the student support team:

  • Transcript reviews and academic advising.
  • Assistance with completing enrollment and registration.
  • Referrals to resources, such as financial aid, tutoring, counseling, student activities, and health services.
  • Personal advising and guidance including assistance with problem solving, time management, goal setting, and stress management.
  • Assistance with financial aid and scholarship applications.
  • Assistant with program and/or transfer school applications.
  • Assistance with accessing community resources.
  • $50 PCC Bookstore gift card the first term you participate in the program.

When and where are the classes offered?

Project DEgree admits students fall and winter terms and the learning community coursework lasts two quarters. Project DEgree classes are located only at the SE Center at Portland Community College. After completing Project DEgree classes, students are free to take classes at any of the Portland Community College campuses. The Faculty Mentor helps students plan out their specific class schedule and provides ongoing support.

Admission Steps:

  • Complete College Placement Tests: Take the PCC college placement test in reading, writing and math. The testing dates and information on preparing for the tests are available online. Bring photo identification when you take the test.
  • Submit an application to the program. Applications can be found in Mt. Scott Hall, Room 106 or on-line at pcc.edu/prepare/developmental project-degree/. Be sure to complete the essay questions.
  • Make an appointment for an interview with the Faculty Mentor.
  • After you are notified that you have been accepted into the program, the Faculty Mentor will help you to enroll in classes.

For best consideration, please apply to the program as soon as you take your placement test.

For more information, please call:

Rebecca Vogt: 971-722-6228, Rebecca.vogt@pcc.edu
or Slava Scott: 971-722-6212, sscott@pcc.edu

Apply Online or send applications to:

Project DEgree
Mount Scott Hall, Room 106
Portland Community College, Southeast Center
2305 SE 82nd Ave
Portland, OR 97216