Community-Based Learning Staff

Sylvania SS 215 | 971-722-4419 | FAX: 971-722-4959

Community-Based Learning Staff


Joshua Liebschutz, PCC District Service-Learning Program Coordinator, 971-722-4419

Joshua Liebschutz  After moving to Portland in 2007 to teach Environmental Science at PCC, Joshua became very involved in sustainability programming at the college and eventually started the Sylvania Environmental Center and Learning Garden. This work in sustainability led Joshua to focus more on creating opportunities for students to become involved with the many nonprofit and educational organizations in Portland. As the PCC Community-Based Learning Program Coordinator, Joshua works to help other faculty develop successful community-based learning assignments for their classes.


Cascade and Rock Creek Campuses

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. 


Southeast Center

Laura Sanders, Community-Based Learning Faculty Coordinator

Laura Sanders Laura teaches online and face-to-face writing classes for both the Southeast Center 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.


Sylvania Campus

Elizabeth Cole, Community-Based Learning Faculty Coordinator

Elizabeth Cole

Elizabeth Cole has been an ESOL teacher at PCC since 2007.  A native Oregonian, she participated in service-learning in high school, college, and graduate school, including tutoring street children while studying abroad in Ecuador and crafting a training manual for the Marion County Juvenile Department funded by a Community Service Scholarship. As a student, Elizabeth found these experiences led to personal and academic growth.  At PCC, Elizabeth co-created the ESOL Service-Learning Tutoring Project, an interdisciplinary collaboration serving ESOL students at PCC.  In 2010-2011 year, she received the State Department’s English Language Fellowship, a grant which funded a year of service in Constatine, Algeria.  During that time, Elizabeth led a workshop on service-learning for English language teachers at a national conference.  Elizabeth currently serves as a Volunteer Coordinator for the ORTESOL board and volunteers for the Mazamas, a local non-profit promoting conservation and outdoor education.


CTE - All Campuses

Diane Shingledecker, Community-Based Learning Coordinator

Diane ShingledeckerDiane has been a Computer Applications Instructor at PCC since 2001, first as a part-time instructor at Rock Creek and then as a full-time instructor on the Sylvania campus.   For six years, she has coordinated the community-based learning eCycle Drive project that gives students the opportunity to put their computer skills to use planning, advertising, and running this computer and Styrofoam recycling event while giving back to the community and helping the environment.  Diane is excited to be the new CTE Faculty Coordinator for Community-Based Learning.  She hopes to help other faculty see how engaged students can become when their technical skills are used out in the community!


The Community-Based Learning Staff can provide:

  • 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