Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon Portland Community College

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Why Occupational Skills Training at PCC?

PCC’s Occupational Skills Training (OST) is a cost-effective worker training program using a worksite-based training model. Every year, our program helps hundreds of students train in their chosen occupational area, preparing them for employment. If you’re looking for a way to get bottom-line results quickly, Occupational Skills Training is a great choice. Consider Occupational Skills Training as your first choice for training.

We are flexible and committed to your client’s training needs! Occupational Skills Training regularly works with:

  • Disabled veterans
  • State vocational rehabilitation customers
  • Injured workers in both Oregon and Washington
  • Oregon Employment Department’s Trade Act program

Our program is a Career Technical Education program training students to a career pathway. We invest time in our training plans, which range from 3 months to 2 years, and provide students with a long-term vocational path.

What does Occupational Skills Training offer?

  • Flexibility
    • Plans can start at any time.
    • We offer an open-entry, open-exit training model.
  • Variety
    • Occupational goals represent nearly every industry.
    • Call us if you seek training for something unique.
  • Individualized plan and curriculum
    • Every plan can be customized.
  • Location
    • We work throughout Oregon, Washington, and beyond.
    • Call us for details.
  • Credentials
    • Students can earn Portland Community College certificates.
      • Less than one year certificate
      • One-year certificate
      • Two-year certificates are available.
  • Access
    • No academic prerequisites are required to participate in this program.
  • Hands-on and worksite-based training
    • Training takes place at an employer host site.
    • Occupational Skills Training is great for your clients who prefer hands-on, real-world experience.
  • Tuition-based pricing
    • Call for a quote.
You can count on the OST team to:
  • Woman working in building constructionPrepare your clients for employment
    • Employers move applicants with hands-on experience to the front of the line.
  • Communicate
    • We remain in contact with students, host sites, and you throughout the training.
  • Document training and progress with timesheets, trainer reports, and quarterly reviews.
  • Bring expertise
    • Occupational Skills Training is the largest program of it’s kind in Oregon.
    • Our team has over 30 combined years of experience, and this program has been helping students for over 20 years at Portland Community College.
  • Provide workers compensation coverage for each student while training at an employer host site.
  • Consult with you
    • Call us if you are having difficulty finding a host employer.
  • Bring results
    • Over 50% of OST students are offered employment at the host training site. Many others go on to find related employment elsewhere.
    • Wages average over $20 per hour.


Degrees and certificates by number of terms to complete
Award Length Financial aid eligible Currently accepting students?
Certificate: Occupational Skills Training 2 years ban Yes, contact us at 971-722-6127 or ost@pcc.edu to get started.
Certificate: Occupational Skills Training 1 year ban
Certificate: Occupational Skills Training Less than 1 year ban


Next steps

Whether you’re a host employer looking for an intern or a student looking for career training, it’s easy to get started:

Interested in learning more? We would love to hear from you. Occupational Skills Training is a terrific option for your clients. We offer flexibility, customization, and measurable results. We welcome your email or call to discuss your particular case and how we can help. Please contact us today for a quick quote or more information at 971-722-6127 or ost@pcc.edu.