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President Mitsui to host ‘Fireside Chats’ on future of PCC, student success and bond

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Do you feel passionate about Portland Community College’s future? Then Mark Mitsui wants to have a chat with you.

Throughout October, the PCC President will visit each campus and many of the college’s centers for “Fireside Chats: The Future of PCC.” Mitsui will discuss the college’s goal to foster greater accessibility and equitable student success, through long-term visioning for PCC’s facilities and the 2017 bond measure. Students, staff and faculty are welcomed and encouraged to attend these gatherings, which will include a short presentation followed by a question-and-answer session. Coffee and light snacks will be provided.

The face-to-face conversations with Mitsui are an opportunity to come together as a community and discuss the future development of the college and its facilities. There will be plenty of chances to talk with the president as there will be a total of nine gatherings in all, with one at each campus and five more at various centers.

“Fireside Chats” Schedule:
  • 2-4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 4, in the Oak Room, College Center, Sylvania Campus.
  • 10 a.m.-noon, Friday, Oct. 6, in the Rose Room, Downtown Center.
  • Noon-2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 9, in rooms 203/204, Student Union, Cascade Campus.
  • 1-3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 11, in Room 115, Newberg Center.
  • 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday, Oct. 12, in the Community Hall, Southeast Campus.
  • 1-3 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12, in Room 104, CLIMB Center.
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 13, in the auditorium, Building 2, Portland Metro Workforce Training Center.
  • 10 a.m.-noon, Monday, Oct. 16, in the Event Center, Building 9, Rock Creek Campus.
  • 1-3 p.m., Monday, Oct. 16, in rooms 103/104, Willow Creek Center.

What Would the Bond Do?

The PCC bond measure of $185 million would:

  • improve workforce training programs to better align with current and future jobs.
  • invest in training for Health and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programs.
  • upgrade safety, security, building longevity and disability access.

If passed, it is estimated to the tax rate of 40 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value for the next 16 years. Learn more about it!

About James Hill

James G. Hill, an award-winning journalist and public relations writer, is the Public Relations Manager at Portland Community College. A graduate of Portland State University, James has worked as a section editor for the Newberg Graphic, Wo... more »

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x by Dan 1 year ago

I am in full support of President Mitsui’s directives/strategies thus far, especially those to eliminate superfluous spending!

This may be wishful thinking, but I suppose this is as good of a place as any to make these statements and suggestions…

1. Many of PCC’s weaknesses stem from the fact that it is decentralized. Streamlining so we operate as a single unit (wherever possible) would undoubtedly benefit all of us.

2. This is one word I hope everyone at PCC will incorporate in their vocabulary: OPTIMIZE! I realize many of us are struggling to keep up with the day-to-day, but I see avenues for improvement e v e r y w h e r e. Just think about all of the 5 minute tasks that could be shortened to 1 minute… for everyone at PCC (including students). The little thing$ add up!

3. We should be cautious of our current model of committee based decision making. As the saying goes, “A camel is a horse designed by committee.” Seem familiar? So many bureacratic entities within PCC influence the outcome of decisions that affect us all, but how often is this process / input actually essential? How often is it actually helpful?

x by Venita Garner 1 year ago

I know its probably not in the budget but I think a parking structure would be good. You shouldn’t have to be on campus two hours before your 10 am class starts to get a parking spot. If you get there at 9:30 you drive around looking for a parking spot. Just a thought.