Home Back Issues June 2013 Funding the Future

Funding the Future

| Print |  Email
Articles - June 2013
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Article Index
Funding the Future
Page 2

 

Produced by the Oregon Business marketing department

BY CORY MIMMS

0613 YS PCC 01
Above: Associate vice president Kristin Watkins (left) with director of developent Kim Kono
Below: Commissioner Amanda Fritz with students enrolled in PCC's Future Connect scholarship program
// Photos by Christopher Barth
0613 YS PCC 02

Preston Pulliams retires as president of Portland Community College (PCC) this month, and as part of his swan song, he’s asking corporate donors and community leaders to participate in a new fundraising campaign. Launched last year, “The Campaign for Opportunity” aims to help fund educational opportunities for first-generation college students, who comprise 40% of PCC’s student population.

In a recent letter to the PCC donor community, Pulliams said the aim is to reverse the alarming trend toward undereducated youth, which diminishes “our economic vitality and our state’s quality of life.” More than half of the campaign’s $1 million goal has been reached, with Hoffman Construction providing the largest donation so far: $50,000. The idea is to raise the full 1 million by the time incoming president Jeremy Brown takes over on July 1.

Money from the campaign will funnel into various scholarship funds and student-support programs at PCC. One beneficiary is the Jefferson Middle College, a partnership between PCC, Portland Public Schools and Jefferson High School. Students in the program are required to attend PCC and graduate from high school with 12 to 45 college credits.

Future Connect, a PCC scholarship program, will also receive funding from the Campaign for Opportunity. Last fall 200 Future Connect students enrolled at PCC, 92% of whom were from low-income families; 83% were first-generation students. Each group of incoming Future Connect students requires approximately $760,000 in scholarships and student services over two years. Half the money comes from the cities of Portland and Hillsboro.

Key to the effectiveness of the program is the “college success coaching,” which helps underprivileged students adapt to college life, plan careers and transfer to four-year universities. “It dramatically increases the success rates of these students,” PCC associate vice president Kristin Watkins says. “Without those supports, they’re not likely to succeed in college.”



 

Comments   

 
Guest
0 #1 Fundraising/Eve nt Planning ConsultantGuest 2013-06-07 09:52:24
Simply amazing!
Quote | Report to administrator
 

More Articles

Healthcare Perspective

November/December 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
BY KIM MOORE

A conversation with Majd El-Azma, president and CEO of LifeWise Health Plan of Oregon, followed by the Healthcare Powerlist.


Read more...

Innovation: a critique

News
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
1008 innovation thumbBY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

A Design Week panel discussion raises questions about how innovative we really are.


Read more...

Launch

October 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY

October's Launch article features Soul Kitchen, Easy Company and Slick's Big Time BBQ.


Read more...

The Rail Baron

October 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER

Oil is gushing out of the U.S. and Canada, and much of it is coming from places that don’t have pipeline infrastructure. So it’s being shipped by rail.


Read more...

October surprise

News
Sunday, October 12, 2014
roundup-logo-thumb-14BY LINDA BAKER

Cylvia Hayes, tabloid vs. watchdog journalism and the looming threat of a Cascadia earthquake.


Read more...

Grape Expectations

October 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
BY HANNAH WALLACE

Well-financed outsiders from France and California are buying up vineyards and wineries in the Willamette Valley.


Read more...

Constant Contact

October 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
BY AMY MILSHTEIN

To prevent burnout, companies are banning email and after-hours communications. But is the 24-hour workday here to stay?


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS