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    Page 12
September 28, 2016
Minority & Small Business Week
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Portland Community College students get hands on training while enrolled in a HVAC class at the
college’s Swan Island Trades Center in north Portland.
Preparing for High Demand Careers
Portland Community College’s
Career Pathways Program will
benefit from a recent $100,000
grant from the JPMorgan Chase
Foundation to expand career op-
tions for low-income students
and youth of color.
The money will help bolster
student outreach and recruit-
ment to increase the number of
students accessing college to ob-
tain degrees and careers with ad-
vancement opportunities.
The goal is to increase the
number of youth completing
Career Pathway credentials by
20 percent. Plus, it will enhance
Career Pathways’ existing work-
force connections and partner-
ships with regional employers,
Portland Public Schools and
Worksystems, Inc.
PCC’s Career Pathways has
been recognized by the White
House for its students earning
short-term, stackable certificates
that prepare them for employ-
ment in high-growth, high-de-
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On the course of action she will
follow, Branam says PDC can do
more to support small, and minori-
ty owned businesses, such as de-
veloping mentorships for up and
coming minority entrepreneurs
and ensuring that PDC construc-
tion and contracting funds equally
go towards minority projects.
Branam is asking for commu-
nity support and input on bringing
mand industry sectors, as well
as providing a stepping stone to
an advanced college degree, and
healthcare, construction, technol-
ogy, hospitality, and professional
and business services sectors all
face shortages of skilled workers.
By 2018, Oregon will be
among the top five states where
available jobs will require some
type of college or post-secondary
education, officials said.
PDC’s goals to fruition. She in-
vites people to attend two upcom-
ing forums at New Song Church
in northeast Portland on Tuesday,
Oct. 6 and Oct. 20 to discuss the
strategic plan with the community.
“We would like to dramatical-
ly increase the number of families
that are self sufficient, so that they
can sustain their families and be
able to really thrive in our city,”
says Branam. “I’m really excited
about what we have in front of us.”
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