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Mark Mitsui
Mark Mitsui
Mark Mitsui talks CTE in front of US Senate caucus (Photo) - 06/29/18

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, June 28, Portland Community College President Mark Mitsui spoke on a panel called “Advancing Quality Work-based Learning” in front of the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus in Washington, D.C. Mitsui talked about the CTE successes at PCC and the importance of reauthorizing the budget for the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.

Held in the Dirksen Office Building, the caucus is co-chaired by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) and Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI). Their aim is to call attention to CTE as a proven method for promoting the country’s continued economic growth and ensure that students have the skills they need to succeed.

Mitsui highlighted how the college and the state of Oregon is increasing CTE certificate completion and facilitating stronger wages locally. He told the senators that PCC has more than 1,600 employer partners that advise on curriculum, training practices and job skills to meet industry needs.

“Thanks to the partnership between PCC and employers, we offer many work-based learning opportunities like apprenticeships and internships, as well as co-operative education agreements,” Mitsui stated.

He went on to highlight successful first-of-its-kind apprentice partnership with Madden Industrial Craftsmen, as well as how the college is the education and training lead for the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center (OMIC) consortium. OMIC and PCC recently earned more than $300,000 worth of grant funding to expand and enhance regional apprenticeship opportunities throughout the area. The largest, a $247,512 Oregon Employment Department Apprenticeships in Manufacturing Grant, is creating four new OMIC-aligned registered apprenticeship standards, and is embedding National Institute for Metalworking Skills credentials into the center’s Machinist Apprenticeship Program.

“The goal with OMIC is to close the gap between R&D and workforce training,” Mitsui added.

Mitsui touched on PCC’s Career Pathways Program, which sports a completion rate of 94 percent with little disparity between populations, highlighting how the historical opportunity gaps are closing.

“Fifty percent of each cohort are low-income and half are students of color,” he said. “The difference in this achievement is the student success coaches and the wrap-around services within the programs. These make all the difference in the world.”

Mitsui continued that this work is paired with the SNAP 50/50 program, a statewide grant project led by PCC. The SNAP 50/50 Consortia builds a pathway to living-wage jobs by increasing employment and training opportunities for individuals and families who are receiving SNAP. This could mean helping students complete their GED, increase their English skills, earn a college credential, do an internship, or find a job that leads to a living-wage career.

He told the senators that PCC has a robust K-12 pipeline for career tech. Recently, PCC earned a $175,000, two-year grant from the Meyer Memorial Trust to implement the Workforce Connect Program, which aims to build job readiness skills for underrepresented, first-generation and low-income high school students in Columbia, Multnomah and Washington counties.

PCC has been on the forefront in facilitating partnerships and providing resources to CTE programs. Recently the college forged an agreement with Delta Air Lines to provide instruction and curriculum through the Preferred Partner School initiative, and the PCC Foundation secured a $100,000 Career Pathways’ JPMorgan Chase Foundation grant to grow avenues to jobs for trades students at the college’s Swan Island Trades Center.

At the end of his testimony Mitsui suggested that there should be a “center of excellence” designation and an innovation program for Perkins to support low-income students interested in CTE, as well as higher funding levels.

“We want to encourage and incentivize sector partnerships across the country, and expand work-based learning models to make this happen,” Mitsui said.

 

About Portland Community College: Portland Community College is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon and provides training, degree and certificate completion, and lifelong learning to more than 73,000 full- and part-time students in Multnomah, Washington, Yamhill, Clackamas, and Columbia counties. PCC has four comprehensive campuses, eight education centers or areas served, and approximately 200 community locations in the Portland metropolitan area. The PCC district encompasses a 1,500-square-mile area in northwest Oregon and offers two-year degrees, one-year certificate programs, short-term training, alternative education, pre-college courses and life-long learning.

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The grants will expand regional apprenticeship opportunities and close the career pathway gaps in the region
The grants will expand regional apprenticeship opportunities and close the career pathway gaps in the region
PCC's OMIC partnership reaps $300,000 in training funding (Photo) - 06/25/18

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ore. – Portland Community College and its training partners with the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center (OMIC) recently earned more than $300,000 worth of funding to kick-start critical education and skill training in the region.

The largest is a $247,512, 30-month Oregon Employment Department Apprenticeships in Manufacturing Grant (Oregon AIM). This grant will assist the Advanced Manufacturing Registered Apprenticeship Program (AMRAP) within the training center in Columbia County, which has yet to be built.

“OMIC Training is about strengthening education and workforce training for the manufacturing sector, from K-12 to a doctorate,” said Chris Holden, director of the OMIC training center. “The Oregon AIM grant will support our current focus of developing industry driven apprenticeship programs aligned with nationally recognized credentials and certifications to drive what training looks like, not only at the OMIC Training Center, but what feeder programs look like in pre apprenticeship and high school CTE programs.”

The funding will expand and enhance regional apprenticeship opportunities throughout the area. It will increase the number of apprentices in PCC’s Pacific Northwest Industrial Maintenance and Millwright Program by 120 during the three years of the grant; create four new OMIC-aligned registered apprenticeship standards for mechatronics technicians, industrial fabricators, CNC operators and machinists; and set a new standard in industrial fabrication for an apprenticeship program through Madden Industrial Craftsmen. In addition, there will be online training classes for the apprentices to reduce their travel.

“As we develop advanced manufacturing apprenticeship programs we will explore with OMIC academic partners alignment of apprenticeship training to higher degree pathways,” he said. “One of the exciting desired outcomes of the Oregon AIM grant is scaling or replicating this apprenticeship model across the state.”

In addition to the apprenticeships, the grant will help PCC customize registered apprenticeship classes to reach additional individuals, promoting scalability across the state. The college can now embed National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credentials into the Machinist Apprenticeship Program where possible. It also facilitates more participation from small- and mid-sized companies.

Partners include the Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP), Worksystems, Inc., Northwest Oregon Works, Pacific Northwest Industrial Maintenance and Millwright Program advisory members, OMIC-aligned advisory members, Madden Industrial Craftsmen and the Oregon Department of Human Services.

And, the Northwest Regional Education Service District’s STEM Hub is the recipient of a $74,510 grant from the Oracle STEM Education Grants Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation. This funding will help OMIC partners close gaps and expand career-connected learning throughout Clatsop, Columbia, and Tillamook counties. Activities include internship model expansion, college and career fairs, and professional development for high school teachers and counselors.

“A portion of this grant will support several workshops over the next two to three years to help CTE & STEM instructors in the region to learn how to align with OMIC training programs and goals,” Holden added.

 

About Portland Community College: Portland Community College is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon and provides training, degree and certificate completion, and lifelong learning to more than 73,000 full- and part-time students in Multnomah, Washington, Yamhill, Clackamas, and Columbia counties. PCC has four comprehensive campuses, eight education centers or areas served, and approximately 200 community locations in the Portland metropolitan area. The PCC district encompasses a 1,500-square-mile area in northwest Oregon and offers two-year degrees, one-year certificate programs, short-term training, alternative education, pre-college courses and life-long learning.

Visit PCC news on the web at http://news.pcc.edu/