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What is Occupational Skills Training?

Occupational Skills Training (OST) is a customized training program designed for you to gain skills and experience in a new vocation at businesses throughout Oregon and Washington.

What can you expect in your Occupational Skills Training program?
  • An assigned trainer at the company will train, coach, and track your progress in your chosen occupation.
  • Well-defined learning objectives for your training goal monitored by progress reports submitted by you and your trainer.
  • Current, marketable, and real-life skills.
  • Training programs from 2 terms (6 months) up to 8 terms (2 years).
  • OST plans can start at any time. We are not tied to regular college term dates.
  • Opportunity to earn certificates.

While OST is not eligible for federal financial aid, we can work with private-pay individuals. If you are working with an Oregon or Washington worker’s compensation vocational counselor, with the Veterans Administration’s Chapter 31 program, Trade Act, or other agency, you may be able to include Occupational Skills Training as part of your retraining plan.

Upon successful completion of your OST program, you will earn a Recognition Award in your chosen career field and may potentially earn a PCC certificate, depending upon the number of credits completed.

Next steps

Applying to PCC is free and only takes a few minutes. Apply nowchoose “Undeclared” when asked which certificate or degree program are you interested in.

For questions about our program or directions on how to get started, give us a call or have your career professional reach out to us at ost@pcc.edu or 971-722-6127.

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