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
0613 YS PCC 05
Above: Last fall 200 Future Connect students enrolled at PCC.
Below: First-generation college students comprise 40% of PCC's student population.
// Photos by Christopher Barth
0613 YS PCC 04

As tuition costs around the state continue their upward climb, corporate partnerships and scholarships are critical to ensure low-income students have equal access to post-secondary education. During the 2012-13 school year, tuition increases ranged from 3.8% at Portland State University to 9.9% at Southern Oregon University.

A full-time student at PCC carries an annual tuition load of approximately $4,000, a relatively inexpensive education. The high rate of return is one of the reasons Oregon companies have a history of investing in PCC programs. Intel, for example, supports the microelectronics program and hires a significant number of the program’s graduates. SolarWorld partners with the college to train future employees.

“We have quite a bit of corporate support,” PCC director of development Kim Kono says, and it is this support that makes educational opportunities for disadvantaged young people possible.

In the 21st century, higher education is increasingly important for job attainment. At the same time, the traditional four-year university is out of reach for a growing number of students. Now more than ever, low-income students are looking to community colleges to meet their educational goals. The Campaign for Opportunity aims to make those goals a reality. “No other institution provides the same kind of access to a college education that we do, and to this particular group of students,” Watkins says.

Approximately 1.3 million students have attended PCC since it was founded in 1961, and in the past five years alone, the college awarded 16,000 certificates and degrees in 80 different areas of study. With 94,000 students across 13 school districts, it is the largest institution of higher education in Oregon.

0613 YS PCC LogoP.O. Box 19000
Portland, OR 97280
971-722-4382


 

Comments   

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

More Articles

The 2014 List: The Top 33 Small Companies to Work, For in Oregon

March 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014

100best14logoWebOur 100 Best Companies project turned 21 this year, so pop open the Champagne. Our latest survey gives us plenty to cheer.

 


Read more...

From the Editor: The human factor

March 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

In this issue, we celebrate our 21st annual 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon project.


Read more...

Barrister bands

March 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
IMG 4691BY LINDA BAKER

An intellectual property attorney by day, 48-year-old Stoll Berne attorney Tim DeJong is a singer and guitarist by night.


Read more...

Buy the book

News
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
2 03.25.14 thumb bookshopBY VIVIAN MCINERNY | OB BLOGGER

Oregon is home not only to many fine writers but also several accomplished small publishers.


Read more...

Rapid ascent

March 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
IMG 4255-2BY AMY MILSHTEIN

Kelly Dachtler, president of The Clymb, redefines outdoor retail.


Read more...

Wheel man

March 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER

Les Schwab has put a premium on customer service since 1952, when legendary namesake Les Schwab founded the company with one store in Prineville. (Schwab died in 2007.) But if the corporate principles remain essentially the same, the world around this iconic Oregon business has changed dramatically.


Read more...

The solution to youth unemployment

News
Thursday, February 27, 2014
02.27.14 Thumbnail TeenworkBY ERIC FRUITS

Because they have little chance of working for someone else, today’s teens need to be entrepreneurs. But, first, we must teach our teens that entrepreneurship starts small.


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