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Board votes to make SE a full campus; bond funds key factor in growth

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Stairs in the new Library at Southeast feature colorful maps of the world.

May 16, 2014
By Karen Kane

The Portland Community College Board of Directors voted last night to turn its Southeast Center into a full comprehensive campus effective fall term 2014. The vote, which came at the board’s monthly meeting, makes Southeast the college’s fourth location offering full academic and support services. This means students will no longer have to travel to other campuses to complete their associate or transfer degree.

The vote was enabled in large part because of the significant upgrades made through the $374 million bond program approved by Portland residents in 2008. Nearly $48 million of the bond funds have been invested at Southeast, located at SE 82nd Avenue and SE Division Streets. Because of the funds, a new Library and Student Commons have been built, the existing Mt. Tabor Hall has had seismic and technological upgrades installed, and renovations are being made to the historically significant German American building. Land has also been acquired to accommodate the new buildings as well as expanded enrollment.

Read more about the board’s decision here.

For a full description of the upgrades at Southeast, see this fact sheet and construction guide.

PCC’S 2008 voter-approved $374 million bond program is increasing opportunities for residents to access quality, affordable higher education close to where they live and work. Additional classrooms, updated equipment and technology, and advanced workforce training programs are helping to pave the way for future employment options. For more information, visit

About Karen Kane

Karen Kane is the Community Relations Manager for the Sylvania Campus. A passionate storyteller and communicator, Karen has told the stories for several organizations in Portland, including the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and the ... more »