Author Archives: John Ostgarden

Presidential Finalist Melinda Nish

In addition to her extensive instructional and administrative experience, as well as her educational background reported by Jim Hill, Ms. Nish has had a complicated and controversial tenure as superintendent/president at Southwestern College (SWC), in Chula Vista, CA. As reported in the college’s student newspaper, The Sun, Ms. Nish was a

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Presidential Finalist Mark Mitsui

Mark Mitsui has been Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges at the United States Department of Education since 2013.  As that position is one appointed by the President, his position will be probably end next January, and he has applied for positions other than PCC.  MItsui was a finalist for “Chancellor”

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Presidential Finalist Rassoul Dastmozd

Rassoul Dastmozd (pronounced RAHS-ool DAHS-most)  immigrated from his hometown of Rahst, Iran (near Tehran) in 1979 during the early stages of the Islamic revolution. According to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press, Dastmozd enrolled in Redlands Community College in Oklahoma, later transferring to a four-year college in Minnesota. As Iranian financial assets

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ASPCC to Host Portland Mayoral Debate

With the growing disconnect between politicians and students in Portland, there is a need for students to get involved in local politics. With this in mind, The Associated Students for Portland Community College will be hosting a Portland Mayoral debate on May 6. This is the last debate before the May

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Apply Now to Serve on the District Student Council

Applications are now open for District Student Council Chair for Portland Community College. Students looking for an opportunity to develop and demonstrate exceptional leadership skills are encouraged to apply by April 8th. The mission of the District Student Council is to unify the Associated Students of Portland Community College at each

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