PCC in the Community

Serving, learning and growing in the community

Native American dancers

The Winter Powwow – an annual celebration of Native American culture and ancestry that attracts more than 1,000 participants each year.

PCC campuses and centers take a unique and active role in their surrounding neighborhoods. We cultivate partnerships with local businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations to serve the educational needs of students while contributing to the growth and development of district communities ranging from Newberg to Vernonia, Forest Grove to Southeast Portland.

How it Works

Community partnerships.
More than 100 local organizations, schools and government agencies work with PCC to provide educational opportunities.
Community-Based Learning.
Each year, students in PCC's Community-Based Learning program perform 10,000 hours of community service as part of their coursework, giving them hands-on experience while benefiting 131 community organizations.
Community outreach.
PCC students have many opportunities to serve the community on campus as they learn. On Dental Sealant Day, for example, second-graders visit Sylvania Campus to have their teeth cleaned and sealants affixed by dental hygiene students. Similarly, building construction students have worked with the nonprofit organization ReFIT to provide home modifications – such as wheelchair ramps – for low-income people with mobility challenges.
Volunteer programs.
For residents wanting to stay engaged and get involved, PCC provides a range of opportunities including the Senior Service Corps, which matches seniors with meaningful volunteer projects.
Public resources.
Many of PCC's resources are open to the public, such as campus libraries and PCC career resource centers, which offer free career assessments to potential students. Through a partnership with Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation, a 32-acre recreation facility with playing fields, tennis courts, running trails and play areas is available for public use at PCC's Rock Creek Campus.
Cultural events.
PCC offers incredible opportunities to celebrate the cultures of our community at events that are free and open to the public. Semana de la Raza honors Latino culture, the Winter Powwow is a celebration of Native American culture and ancestry, and Asian New Year commemorates the new lunar year while celebrating Asian traditions.
Campus art galleries feature rotating exhibits and artist talks. PCC's Art Beat is a weeklong celebration of the arts in May. The Cascade Festival of African Films is the largest African film festival on the West Coast with more than 5,000 attendees in 2008. PCC Theater Arts puts on three main-stage shows a year, drawing crowds of about 1,800 people each year.