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Columbia County residents invited to help plan future PCC center

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Shea Jewell (left) and April Long shared their PCC stories at PCC’s Columbia County forum in St. Helens on Oct. 21.

November 3, 2014
Written by Amy Mintonye

On October 21st more than 60 Columbia County residents and Portland Community College representatives sat down in St. Helens to discuss the new Portland Community College center scheduled to open in Columbia County by 2017. Construction of the Columbia County Center will be paid for with voter-approved bond funds.

“We have heard you and we are back with you tonight to talk about your expectations and next steps,” Rock Creek Campus President Sandra Fowler-Hill said.

Fowler-Hill promised to continue to include the Columbia County community in the future center’s planning by creating an advisory committee with representatives from Vernonia, St. Helens and Scappoose. “We know that such a council will help sustain the momentum and keep us focused on what PCC has to deliver to make the center a success,” she said.

Read more about the meeting.

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