Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Community-Based Learning Staff


Hannah Cherry, PCC District Community-Based Learning Program Coordinator, 971-722-4419
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 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 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.

Sylvania Campus

Elizabeth Cole, Community-Based Learning Faculty Coordinator

Elizabeth ColeElizabeth 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 Faculty Coordinator

Diane ShingledeckerDiane has been incorporating CBL into her computer and business classes for the past 11 years.  She has coordinated the Sylvania eCycling efforts for the past nine years and the Extra Life Gaming Marathon for the past two years.  Both have allowed Diane to grow collaborative on-campus CBL projects across diverse disciplines and student groups.  Diane especially enjoys the challenge of finding community work for the less-traditional CBL disciplines which includes many of the CTE programs.

Diane recently 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.  The workshop gave an overview of CBL along with snapshots of all the exciting CTE CBL projects that are currently happening across PCC.


AmeriCorps VISTA Member

Alex Orlet, Community-Based Learning Outreach and Engagement Specialist


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