Lifelong Learning at PCC

Enriching the community through lifelong learning

Community education furniture making class

Education for the community, provided by
the community: from wood crafts to solar technology.

PCC’s Community Education program is guided by the principle that learning continues throughout life. With a quarterly slate of more than 1,200 classes, the college operates one of the largest personal enrichment programs in the nation. Community members of all backgrounds become partners in addressing community interests. The result is often an intergenerational, cross-cultural setting for learning. Most importantly, because the program is self-supporting – covering its costs by tuition and fees – its character is shaped entirely by public involvement and community goals.

How it Works

Hundreds of classes.
From outdoor adventures to classes that bring out the artist in everyone, Community Education offers more than 1,200 classes every term.
Community partnerships.
More than 80 organizations partner with PCC to provide expertise and class space to Community Education students. These include locally owned businesses like Ryerson Hardwood Floors and Mr. Sun Solar, which works with PCC to give individuals the technical skills to work on renewable energy projects.
Locations across town and around the world.
Classes are held online, at PCC campuses and centers, and in more than 100 locations throughout the PCC district – from private businesses and public schools, to community centers, churches, libraries and other buildings with easy access to accommodate students' busy schedules. Travel tours head for destinations around the world such as Egypt, Peru and Italy, to name a few.
Community teachers.
Classes are taught by local community members who have knowledge to share. Professionals, who are experts in their fields, join with skilled amateurs to offer classes at all levels.
Wide range of topics.
Community Education offers non-credit classes in five areas of study: Creative Arts, Home and Garden, Language and Culture, Work and Life Balance and Recreation and Wellness.