PCC Rock Creek Business Partners

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>>MAN: Okay, let's roll it into 20 and see if the light comes on.
>>DR BRAD KROHN: The first digit is very apparent
in both of these films.
>>JOSEPH: You're using 2.57.

>>MAN: So I want you to come up with a solution.
>>MAN: There are only a few avenues for companies like ours
to find technicians that are ready to go to work.
>>WOMAN: This is a field that's ever-changing,
and so you need a program that can accept feedback, hear feedback.
>>WOMAN: Businesses really do help shape our curriculum.
>>MAN: How can I make your organization better,
because I know that in turn, you'll make our organization even better.
>>DAVID RULE: We are working with our local communities
to provide the work force, both now that they want,
and the work force that they want in the future.


>>GRANT KENDALL: We're a pretty good sized hospital here.
At least 2/3rds of our certified technicians have graduated
from the Portland Community College Rock Creek program.
>>CONNIE: Certified veterinary technicians are critical to the veterinary business
because veterinarians cannot do their job by themselves;
there need to be people who know who to do restraint,
and blood draws, and a lot of the peripheral things.
>>AMBER: I'm a certified veterinary technician,
here at the North Portland Veterinary Hospital.
...here we go...
I graduated from the PCC Vet Tech program out at Rock Creek.
As a graduate from the PCC tech program, I know the training
that everybody's gone through, and I really appreciate
how prepared the students are, and I'm also actively involved
in the hiring process here and I know what to look for.
>>GRANT KENDALL: Students come in;
each quarter they spend 160 hours with us, practicing.
It's a chance for them in a safe environment
to gain some of the practice and some of the experience,
so when they graduate, they're ready to go.
[on phone] You can drop her off if that's more convenient for you.
>>CONNIE: Partnering with PCC is a great thing to do
because people are taking all kinds of classes,
but if they've had no experience in the real world,
they have no idea what is coming.
And getting to do that while you're in school
makes school more relevant to you.
>>DR BRAD KROHN: I want to come in and check that.
[student] Okay.
>>DR BRAD KROHN: Okay. Joel, you stay with the restraint.
>>JOEL: As a student working at a job in the clinic,
I get hands-on experience. I get to learn on the job,
which also ties into school, what I'm learning in school.

>>DR BRAD KROHN: Urinary bladder is this nice little water balloon
that we see right here, and a lot of times it causes upper deviation
of descending colon...
We have, at any given time, 30 dogs, 30 cats,
a horse, a cattle herd, a sheep herd.
This really is an elite training program of its kind
for veterinary technicians, and I think that really hinges on the fact
that we have so much opportunity for hands-on learning
with all the animals that we're able to house on the campus,
and also with our community partnerships.
>>GRANT KENDALL: I'm part of a, an advisory board
that meets quarterly.
>>DAVID RULE: Each of our career technical education programs
has an advisory board that's an integral link to that program.
The advisory boards are made up of both business
and industry leaders, and the faculty from our programs themselves.
Together, they go over the curriculum and the learning outcomes,
the skills that are going to be needed by our students
to enter successfully into the workforce.
>>GRANT KENDALL: What we do to help the faculty stay in touch
is give them feedback on their curriculum and what they're teaching,
and we also help them understand, or explain to them,
what talent we're looking for when someone graduates.
>>DR BRAD KROHN: This really creates an experienced,
employable technician at the end of this degree.
>>JOEL: One of my internships is at a family practice,
a small animal clinic, where they ended up hiring me
after my clinical because of the program,
and the reputation of our program, and just from the knowledge
and experience that I was able to bring to the clinic.
>>DR BRAD KROHN: Applicants to the program ask me
what I like most about veterinary medicine,
and my answer has switched from saving my patients
to seeing my students succeed. So I know I'm in the right place.
>>AMBER: I go home feeling good
that I've actually helped people and their pets, and it's, it's amazing.

>>MAX LYONS: Hillsboro Aviation operates a fleet of 74 aircraft.
We fly about 60,000 flight hours a year.
It's important for Hillsboro Aviation
to partner with Portland Community College
because it gives Hillsboro the opportunity
to help direct the quality of training
for the aviation mechanics and the pilots.
RAINER: I think the partnership between Hillsboro Aviation
and Portland Community College is a great opportunity.
MARSHALL PRYOR: The aviation maintenance technology program
here at Portland Community College is a certification program
for aircraft mechanics.
They've replaced safety wire with what?...
>>COREY: The skills I've been learning here
go over a broad range of anything from basic physics
of how an aircraft actually flies to the inner workings of mechanics
of an engine and all of the fine tuning and the gears
that are involved in that.

>>NORM: Well, this is the aircraft I'm working on.
It's the Schweizer 300CB...
I'm a Marine Corp veteran, so I'm using my G.I. bill right now,
and with going through PCC the program's totally funded,
so I can go all the way from literally when I started, I...
the only thing I'd done is
I'd ridden in the back of a helicopter several times.
And now, you know, I'm going out and flying solo for five hours,
just on my own in that helicopter by myself.

>>MIKE BAMBURG: We're able to provide a lot of input
to Portland Community College. Our flight instructors go over
and assist in the labs that take place.
>>ISAAC: I think a key advantage to having PCC aviation program
partnering with businesses is the business can tell the program
what their needs are, what kind of skills they demand,
for once you've completed.
>>COREY: As you progress in the program you are exposed
to the different aspects of an airplane
and what basically are the guts of it.
>>NORM: The aviation industry is extremely competitive.
And so coming out with a higher level than everyone else just,
you know, makes you the best competitor.

MARSHALL PRYOR: Our students move directly into the workforce.
MAX LYONS: We hire a number of the mechanics
that graduate from the program,
as well as pilots that graduate from the program.
SARAH: Interacting with a real business,
and gaining very valuable learning experience
in a college environment, combined to make me a lot better prepared
to enter the job market.
>>COREY: My interest when I graduate here
is to work on general aviation aircraft,
so smaller aircraft would be my preference.
>>SARAH: Portland Community College
and their aviation science program allowed me to turn a dream
into the most fulfilling career I could have ever imagined.
MAX LYONS: It attracts a group of people
that are making their dream come true.
SARAH: When you leave here,
there really is something to come into when you graduate.
RAINIER: It's just the best office you can have.

>>JILL EILAND: The partnership between Intel
and Portland Community College began
by a real workforce development need at Intel
where we needed more technicians to come to work in our factories.
And since the Rock Creek campus is right here in our backyard
in Washington County, we reached out and said,
could you help us co-design a microelectronics training program,
and if so, we'd like to take as many of your graduates as possible.
One of the key advantages of Portland Community College
is our ability to respond extremely quickly
to market and industry demands.
>>JILL EILAND: Intel hires a variety of Portland Community College students,
both as graduates and as interns.
And I would tell you that the quality of the students
that come to Intel from Portland Community College is exemplary.

>>TIFFANY: One of the greatest things about PCC
is its partnership with companies like Intel and Solar World.
Those companies know what the instructors...
they know the curriculum, and they know that they can trust PCC
to train the students well.
>>JOSEPH: People generally come out of this program
getting jobs at Intel that are paying a liveable wage.
>>JILL EILAND: Intel and Portland Community College
have an ongoing, mutually advisory group that meets.
We design, contribute to,
and advise on the microelectronics training program.
We're committed to the success of the program,
and I think that the professors at PCC
are committed to teaching the real world skills.
>>JAKE: Currently we're learning about the vacuum technology.
We're learning about how vacuum works
in the semi-conductor factory.
>>TIFFANY: Some of the skills that we learn in this program
is about building circuits, analyzing them, troubleshooting,
the components, how electronics work. Little things like soldering.
And working in a team is really important.
>>JILL EILAND: Not only do we get interns
from Portland Community College,
but last year we hired all 28 graduates
of the PCC Rock Creek microelectronics program.
>>TIFFANY: They know what we're capable of.
They know what we're learning. And they helped to determine that,
so they know that they can take us right out of the program
and put us into a job and we'll excel in it.

>>PAT THOMAS: McCoy Freightliner is a Freightliner dealership
that sells trucks, sells parts, and sells service.
>>JORDAN: I'm a general technician here.
I work on anything that's general related.
It could be electrical, chassis, engine, anything like that. Even body.
I got my schooling at PCC. For me, it's been great working
at this dealership because they do a little bit of everything.
>>PAT THOMAS: PCC's diesel program
is specifically geared towards on highway trucks,
so it makes a really good fit for a truck dealership.
>>CASSIE: You learn a lot about taking the whole entire engine apart
and putting it back together.
>>BOBBY: Right now in the fuel systems class
we're kind of going over all the different types of fuel systems
that have evolved.

>>RUSS DUNNINGTON: Our local industry is terrific.
They support us with equipment, trucks, service literature.
They're very active in our advisory committee.
They help us tailor the program to what kind of technicians
that they want to see coming into their shop.
And they support us with technical support like computer software.
And when we have issues, or we need assistance,
they're always there to help us.
>>BILL: Some of the advantages
in having industry partners in this program...
for example, KAT, Cummins, and Detroit Diesel...is
they hire right out of the school, and they really want that technician
that's got the 1 year certificate
or the 2 year Associates of Applied Science degree.
And they actually come and they see what we're doing
and they give the instructors feedback,
so the instructors know what we need to know.
And the industry knows that we also are learning
what we need to know, and are really qualified technicians.
>>PAT THOMAS: I get to know the technicians
even before they come knocking on my door looking for a job.
>>CASSIE: They get to see how we work and they know that,
coming from here, we're going to be good at what we do.
>>PAT THOMAS: We benefit from getting very good technicians,
and they benefit from all the insight that the advisory board
as a whole brings to the program.
>>BILL: Almost all of the jobs that are out there
want somebody who's either got five years experience
or has been through the 2 year program here or somewhere else.
>>CASSIE: You know, they're telling us all the time about new jobs
that are coming out and we're able to get to them before others
who aren't in the program.
>>PAT THOMAS: Technicians are hard to come by.
And so having a program that provides well trained,
workforce ready technicians is essential to this dealership,
to McCoy Freightliner.

>>BOBBY: It helps keep a lot of workers in the community;
if they know that there's businesses around here
that are willing to hire them right out of the bat
then it keeps a lot of the workers here.
>>RUSS DUNNINGTON: What we do is we train future diesel technicians.
Then they graduate, or often before,
they go out and they work in the industry.

>>JORDAN: I wouldn't be here if it weren't for the partnership
that McCoy Freightliner has with the college.
>>PAT THOMAS: Our partnership
with the Portland Community College is important.
>>RUSS DUNNINGTON: It's crucial to have industry partners
for any career technical education program.
Without it, we couldn't afford to offer the quality education
that all of our programs here do.
By partnering with PCC,
the industry is investing back in the local economy.
I think the advantage of partnering with the college
is you can explain to the college what your training requirements are,
what you need for your employees.
>>JOEL: Business partnerships enrich my educational experience.
>>MIKE BAMBURG: When you leave here,
you are a leg up on everyone else.
>>MAX LYONS: I think a lot of local businesses and local people
really don't understand the importance
that Portland Community College plays in the community
in providing employees and staffing that are well trained
for different industries in the area.
>>DAVID RULE: Through their work with us,
the businesses receive the most highly trained
and skilled workforce possible for their direct needs.
>>RUSS DUNNINGTON: The students come,
they get good education. They go out into the workforce.
They earn dollars. Those dollars go back into the community,
and it makes the community thrive.
>>JILL EILAND: We need good people,
and PCC turns out good students.
From day 1, and for the past 50 years,
Portland Community College has been responsive
to the local community and businesses' needs.
>>DAVID RULE: We look forward to the future 50 years and even beyond.