Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Community-Based Learning Staff

Our program staff are available to provide the following:

  • Individual consultation on integrating community-based learning into your course
  • Class/meeting presentations per your needs and requests
  • A comprehensive list of approved community-based learning sites
  • Assist the community with the development and enhancement of community-based learning programming
  • Relationship building with new partners
  • Problem solving/quality control
  • Regular workshops/training on community-based learning


Hannah Cherry, PCC District Community-Based Learning Program Coordinator
Hannah CherryHannah holds a MS in Counseling with an emphasis in Student Development in Higher Education from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), and a BS in Public Policy and Management from University of Southern California. She served for several years as the Program Coordinator for SERVE (Service Experiences for Revitalizing Education) at CSULB, a program that supports the collaboration of faculty and community partners. She has also served in a variety of other service-related settings, including a year as an AmericCorps VISTA developing volunteer management systems. Hannah’s passion for service focuses on building bridges between educational institutions and the community. As the PCC Community-Based Learning Program Coordinator, Hannah works to develop partnerships with community organizations and help faculty develop successful community-based learning assignments for their classes.

Cascade Campus

Lisa George, Community-Based Learning Faculty Coordinator

Lisa GeorgeLisa has given her time to community concerns as a student volunteer and a project manager for a variety of organizations. She has also taught social studies at a local high school where she supervised PCC community-based learning students in her classroom. She sees education as a liberating, empowering tool for students and the community. A part-time sociology instructor at PCC since 2004, her experience in various community-based learning roles gives her insight into what instructors, students, and partner organizations need to create enriching learning experiences that benefit all.

Rock Creek Campus

Alissa Leavitt, Community-Based Learning Faculty Coordinator

Alissa LeavittAlissa Leavitt, a native Oregonian and first generation college graduate, has been teaching in Health Studies at Rock Creek since 2011.

Alissa is a graduate of Portland State University (PSU) with both a Master of Public Health (2007) and a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education (2005). She became a Certified Health Education Specialist in 2008 and completed the PSU Teaching Adult Learners Certificate in 2015. Her interests include food systems, nutrition, consumer health issues, and public health.

Before joining PCC, Alissa worked with the State Oral Health Program to assess and plan oral health messaging and training. Her work experience includes child health services research at Oregon Health & Science University. She also worked for the National Cancer Institute where she helped plan and evaluate cancer control strategies for organizations that reach medically underserved populations.

When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and young son, practicing yoga, riding her bike, and studying Italian.

Southeast and Sylvania Campus

Laura Sanders, Community-Based Learning Faculty Coordinator

Laura Sanders Laura teaches online and face-to-face writing classes for both the Southeast Campus and Sylvania. She earned degrees from Loyola University (New Orleans) and the University of Southern California. Laura's experience in nonprofit development gives her special appreciation for both the instructional and community engagement aspects of service learning. She is passionate about teaching rhetoric and composition because she believes that social problems require responses from an informed and engaged electorate. Laura has seen firsthand how much students benefit from using skills developed in class to address real-world problems. She looks forward to helping other instructors find ways to integrate community-based learning projects into their curricula.

CTE - All Campuses

Diane Shingledecker, Community-Based Learning Faculty Coordinator*

*On Sabbatical Winter 2017-Spring 2017

Diane ShingledeckerDiane has been incorporating CBL into her computer and business classes for the past 13 years at PCC.  She has coordinated the Sylvania eCycling efforts for the past 10 years which has culminated in permanent, eCycling bins being add to the ground floor of the Sylvania library along with regularly scheduled collection and hard-drive smashing events.  Fall 2016 will be the third year for the PCC Extra Life Gaming Marathon which brings computer, ESOL, Spanish, Nursing, and ASPCC students together to raise money for OSHU Doernbecher’s.  Both have allowed Diane to grow collaborative on-campus CBL projects across diverse disciplines and student groups.  Diane recently had an article about on-campus CBL published in the national Community College Journal (June/July 2016) entitled “Success Stories: A New Twist on Service Learning.”  

Diane has been selected for a 2016-2017 PCC Sabbatical to complete her Master’s Certificate in Service Learning at PSU.  During this sabbatical, she will be traveling to India with PSU to learn more about international service and to work in orphanages and schools there.  Her graduate capstone project will focus on ways to build our CBL program back here at PCC.  In preparation for this, Diane received a scholarship to attend the AAWCC National LEADERS Institute in June 2016.

Diane is also excited about the possibilities of combining CBL with distance learning.  A DL instructor for over 10 years herself, she wrote a best practices blog last year entitled “Commas Do Matter – Even Virtually!” about her online CBL Website Proofreading Project. Her article  “Proofreading An Unexpected Case for Service-Learning” will be published in the Community Works Journal shortly.

Diane has presented at a variety of conferences.  She presented a workshop entitled "Sustainability through Community-Based Learning" at both the Spring 2015 Conference of the Western Business Educators Association and the Sylvania PT Fall In-Service 2015. She has also presented CBL workshops at the past three PCC conferences.  She currently is preparing to speak about CBL at several local and national Social Justice Conferences.  She will be leading a workshop with Lisa George entitled “Framing Social Justice Education with Service-Learning” at the 2016 Teaching with Purpose Conference on October 14-15, 2016 in Portland.

AmeriCorps VISTA Member

Jessie Ghiglieri, Community-Based Learning Outreach and Engagement Specialist

Jessie GhiglieriJessie Ghiglieri holds a B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis in Community Resource Development and development studies, and a minor in psychology from Washington State University. Her previous VISTA term of service involved developing an orientation program for refugees in SW Washington. She has served her community in several capacities including as a board member and homeless prevention advocate for the Community Action Advisory Board.  And as an advocate for college student with disabilities. She is also a PCC ASPCC Alumni and is excited to be spending her last term of service at PCC.

Jessie is currently completing a year of service through Campus Compact of Oregon’s AmeriCorpsVISTA program. Her primary assignments include:

  • Developing and implementing Community Engagement Advocate Work Study Positions
  • Scaling up the Neighbor to Neighbor Fair (formerly the Community Engagement and Volunteer Fair)
  • Creating video/multimedia content for an online CBL Toolkit
  • Identifying potential funding sources to support, scale up, and sustain CBL outreach and engagement efforts.

CBL is in its second year of this VISTA project focused on student outreach and engagement. The overall goal of the VISTA project is to promote a campus culture of community engagement that highly encourages students, primarily from underserved and lower socioeconomic communities, to access opportunities for early field experiences with non-profit organizations. These experiences will both increase student retention rates and students’ capital in the labor market to be successful throughout their lifetime. As a result of project activities, which will focus on building program capacity, a baseline for student participation in community-based learning will be established.