Strengthening our region’s economy
PCC Small Business Development Center clients and YOLO Colorhouse founders, Janie Lowe and Virginia Young.
The top challenge to growing Oregon businesses with a competitive advantage is growing a trained, skilled workforce. PCC answers this challenge, providing skilled workers in fields ranging from healthcare to manufacturing to computer technology. PCC’s contribution is key to the development of competitive companies, productive people and innovative ideas. From displaced workers striving to get back on the job, to executive leaders honing their management skills, PCC provided training to professionals at every level.
How it Works
- Vast resources.
- As the largest college in Oregon, no other training entity comes close to matching PCC's educational system in size, scope and range of training services.
- Variety of training areas.
- From health care training to IT certification to leadership development, PCC offers a wide menu of training services.
- Retraining for workers.
- PCC and partnering agencies helped nearly 5,000 dislocated workers with job search support and enrolled almost 9,300 individuals in welfare-to-work education and training programs in 2006-07.
- International reach.
- As a member of Global Corporate College, PCC offers a worldwide training delivery system through an international network of leading colleges, providing businesses with access to quality, market-relevant corporate training.
- Delivery options.
- Training can be held on-site at businesses, at one of many PCC locations or online via online learning classes.
- Business recruitment.
- International companies have built facilities in the region based in part on curriculum and training partnerships with PCC. The educated workforce produced by PCC's biotechnology program attracted Genentech to Portland, and SolarWorld teams with PCC to provide workforce training for their staff.
- Small business.
- PCC's Small Business Development Center offers resources and training for small business owners throughout the PCC district. In 2008, the SBDC served 900 clients, created 142 jobs and made $2.64 million in Small Business Administration loans available to small business owners.
- Continuing education.
- PCC offers many programs to help advance your career through continuing education, including flexible and affordable training for professionals and businesses. In 2008, 12,726 people took continuing education courses to stay current in their fields.