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Academic Program Reopening

Updated August 2, 2021.

PCC’s Resumption Stages describe the operational phases we move through for the return of in-person instruction and support services we offer.  This is a framework to aid in planning and is subject to change based on executive orders, health authority guidance, and PCC’s assessment of conditions.

Considerations include, but are not limited to COVID-19 prevalence, guidance from public health officials, health and safety, financial exposure, access considerations, and availability of critical equipment, supplies, and services.

Each Resumption Stage includes criteria for the types of in-person courses that will be offered. The Academic Affairs Council mapped credit and non-credit academic programs to each Resumption Stage as listed below.

Limited reopening

Types of in person classes allowed:  Credit and Non-Credit courses, activities, clinicals, preceptorships, and internships that require in-person contact or skills, and that are deemed essential to maintaining the health and safety of Oregonians.

Academic programs
  • Bioscience Technology
  • Dental Assisting
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Fire Academy
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Imaging
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Medical Professions (MP 113)
  • Nursing
  • Ophthalmic Medical Technology
  • Veterinary Technology
Non-credit programs
  • American Heart Association
    • Basic Life Support courses
    • Pediatric Advanced Life Support
    • Adv. Cardiovascular Life Support courses
  • Motorcycle Safety Training (classroom portions remain remote)
Exceptions
  • Apprenticeship/Trades
  • Auto Collision Repair Technology (Co-ops Only)
  • Auto Service Technology
  • Aviation Maintenance
  • Dealer Service Technology/Think Big
  • Diesel Service Technology
  • Landscape Technology (Co-ops Only)
  • Machine Manufacturing Technology
  • Welding Technology

Modified reopening

Types of in person classes allowed:  Credit and Non-Credit courses, activities, clinicals, preceptorships, internships, and training that require in-person contact or skills, and meets the following:

  • Deemed essential to the completion of degrees, certifications, or industry certifications, and
  • Deemed essential to maintaining the health and safety of Oregonians, or
  • Benefits the economic viability of Oregonians (programs in sectors such as Construction, Maintenance, Trades, IT, and other auxiliary sectors to healthcare).
Academic programs
  • Addiction Counseling (270a, 152, 160 only)
  • Apprenticeship/Trades
  • Architectural Design and Drafting (Co-op only)
  • Auto Collision Repair (shop remains closed for community/public cars)
  • Automotive Service Technology (shop remains closed for community/public cars)
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology
  • Aviation Science
  • Bioscience Technology
  • Basic Life Support / American Heart Association (through Institute for Health Professionals)
  • Building Construction Technology
  • Building Inspection Technology (Co-op only)
  • Dealer Service Technology
  • Dental Assisting
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Diesel Service Technology
  • Electrical Trades
  • EET: Biomedical Technician (Co-op Only)
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Exercise Science (FT100 and Co-ops only)
  • Facilities Maintenance Technology
  • Fire Protection Technology
  • GIS (GEO 223, 248, 252, and 254 only)
  • Health Studies (HE112 practical exam only)
  • ITP (Internships only)
  • Landscape Technology
  • Machine Manufacturing Technology
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Imaging
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Medical Professions (MP113 only)
  • Microelectronics Technology
  • Nursing
  • Ophthalmic Medical Technology
  • Radiography
  • Veterinary Technology
  • Welding Technology
Non-credit programs
  • American Heart Association
    • Basic Life Support courses
    • Pediatric Advanced Life Support
    • Adv. Cardiovascular Life Support courses
  • Dental Restorative CEU courses (Will use Vanport Clinic)
  • Dental Radiology CEU courses (Will use Vanport Clinic)
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) – Fully online with the exception of 1 3-day in person meeting at the end of each term
  • Motorcycle Safety Training
  • Optician Tech
  • Sterile Processing Technician (Has clinical component)
Exceptions
  • Gerontology (Co-op only)

*Some programs may be unlisted and granting exceptions to certain courses. Contact your advisor to see if your course has an exception.

Sustained reopening

Types of in person classes allowed:  Courses, activities, clinicals, preceptorships, internships, and training that require in-person contact or skills, and meets one the following:

  • Deemed essential to the of completion of degrees, certifications, or industry certifications, or
  • Deemed essential to maintaining the health and safety of Oregonians, or
  • Deemed essential to completion of industry certifications and/or required industry continuing education requirements, or
  • Benefits the economic viability of Oregonians (Credit and noncredit programs, activities, training and professional development in sectors such as Construction, Maintenance, Trades, IT, other auxiliary sectors to healthcare and other high demand sectors).
Academic programs
  • Addiction Counseling (270a, 152, 160 only)
  • Apprenticeship
  • Architectural Design and Drafting
  • Art (Studios only)
  • Auto Collision Repair (shop remains closed for community/public cars)
  • Automotive Service Technology (shop remains closed for community/public cars)
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology 
  • Aviation Science
  • Bioscience Technology
  • Basic Life Support / American Heart Association (through Institute for Health Professionals)
  • Building Construction Technology
  • Building Inspection Technology
  • Civil & Construction Engineering Technology
  • Culinary Assistant Training
  • Dealer Service Technology
  • Dental Assisting
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Diesel Service Technology
  • Early Childhood Education 
  • Electrical Trades
  • Electronic Engineering Technology
  • EET: Biomedical Technician
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Engineering Transfer 226
  • Exercise Science
  • Facilities Maintenance Technology
  • Family and Human Services
  • Fire Protection Technology
  • Gerontology (Co-ops only)
  • GIS
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Studies (HE112 practical exam only)
  • Interior Design
  • ITP
  • Landscape Technology
  • Machine Manufacturing Technology
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Imaging
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Medical Professions
  • Microelectronics Technology
  • Multimedia
  • Nursing
  • Ophthalmic Medical Technology
  • Physical Education (Outdoor only)
  • Radiography
  • Veterinary Technology
  • Welding Technology
Non-credit programs
  • American Heart Association
    • Basic Life Support courses
    • Pediatric Advanced Life Support
    • Adv. Cardiovascular Life Support courses
  • CWT Training (held at business sites if they are operating and have a health and safety plan in place)
  • Dental Assisting program (non-credit) (Will use Vanport Clinic)
  • Dental Restorative CEU courses (Will use Vanport Clinic)
  • Dental Radiology CEU courses (Will use Vanport Clinic)
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) – Fully online with the exception of 1 3-day in person meeting at the end of each term
  • IV Therapy (Has clinical component)
  • Motorcycle Safety Training
  • Optician Tech
  • PCC and Community Sites: Outdoor classes
    • Community sites: Indoor classes
      • Community businesses (if they are operating and have a health and safety plan in place)
      • Art studio classes
  • PD&T Electrician CEU courses
  • Pharmacy Tech
  • Phlebotomy (Has clinical component)
  • Sterile Processing Technician
Exceptions
  • Adult Basic Education
  • American Sign Language (ASL)
  • Civil and Construction Engineering Technology
  • Criminal Justice (co-op only)
  • Computer Aided Design & Drafting
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • High School Equivalency (GED) preparation
  • K-20 instructional partnerships
  • LINKs Program (CG, Reading, Writing, Math, Physical Education)
  • Math Education
  • Music (Practice, Performance, Recording spaces)
  • Paralegal (co-op only)
  • Pre-College Math
  • Reading/Writing (through WR 227)
  • Science labs (Biology and Chemistry)
Student Support / Administrative Services

Services and schedules will be limited.

*Some programs may be unlisted and granting exceptions to certain courses. Contact your advisor to see if your course has an exception.

Full reopening

Types of in person classes allowed:  Courses and activities are offered and available online, remote, and/or in-person with a normal PCC approval process.

Academic programs
  • All academic programs are available.
Non-credit programs
  • All non-credit courses are available

FAQ

How were academic programs mapped to resumption stages?

For each resumption stage, there is a list of “types of in-person classes allowed”  The Academic Affairs Council identified the programs that met these definitions.

Who makes the decision about which programs are included in each stage?

The Academic Affairs Council is responsible for mapping programs to stages.

What do academic departments need to do to get ready to reopen?

The Reopening team will work with academic departments on health and safety planning when COLT announces their forecast for an upcoming term.

When an academic program is on the list to to return to campus, are all courses included?

No. Only the components of a course that cannot be offered remotely can occur on campus.   This means many courses will continue to be offered remotely.

What if I have a question not answered here?

Please write to covidquestions@pcc.edu[opens in new window] or attend a Q&A session with the Director of COVID-19 Reopening Angela McMahon.

If you suspect you may have COVID-19

If you have been to a PCC campus or center and believe you may have COVID-19, please notify the COVID-19 Reporting Team at 971-722-1919 or covidreporting@pcc.edu.

Have a question?

If you have any questions about the topics listed above or on any topic relating to COVID-19, please email covidquestions@pcc.edu.