Author Archives: John Ostgarden

Presidential Finalist Melinda Nish

By John Ostgarden|May 23, 2016

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

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Presidential Finalist Mark Mitsui

By John Ostgarden|May 23, 2016

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

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Presidential Finalist Rassoul Dastmozd

By John Ostgarden|May 23, 2016

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

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ASPCC to Host Portland Mayoral Debate

By John Ostgarden|April 23, 2016

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

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Mike Rasmussen- Welding Instructor and a “Human of PCC”

By John Ostgarden|April 23, 2016

Our “Humans of PCC” series continues with a five-minute video profile of welding instructor Mike Rasmussen.  This video was created for Erik Fauske’s Multi-Media class. Missy Miedema did the camera work, Adam Michaels directed, sound recording was by “Olaf” and

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Student Killed in a Motorcycle Accident on April 1.

By John Ostgarden|April 23, 2016

On Tuesday, April 19th, Sylvania Campus President, Lisa Avery sent an email that began with, “It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of the passing of PCC student, James Ritchie. Ritchie was tragically killed in a motorcycle

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YAL Documentary Premier Screening: “Can We Take A Joke”

By John Ostgarden|April 7, 2016

Portland, Oregon—On Wednesday, April 13th 2016 at 5:00pm, the Portland Community College Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) chapter will be hosting a screening of the new hit documentary “Can We Take A Joke.” The screening will take place at the Sylvania

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ASPCC Sylvania Iron Chef Competition: APPLY NOW!

By John Ostgarden|April 7, 2016

Do you like cooking? APPLY NOW FOR THE ASPCC SYLVANIA IRON CHEF COMPETITION:  Date: April 19th, 2016 Time: 11:00am-1:00pm Location: PCC Sylvania Cafeteria Emceed by Lisa Avery _________________ What can you make with Rice/Pasta/Bean and Quinoa within 45 minutes? Choose one of them

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Apply Now to Serve on the District Student Council

By John Ostgarden|March 28, 2016

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

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2016 Alchemy Cover Contest Winners Announced

By John Ostgarden|March 8, 2016

Alchemy, Sylvania’s award-winning literary review, holds an annual cover contest awarding cash prizes to the top three winning designs. Sylvania’s graphic design department creates the final cover image for publication. Alchemy’s student editorial board, graphic design faculty, and creative writing faculty

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PCC picked by OHSU for innovative dental practice project

By John Ostgarden|March 8, 2016

The education experience for students in Portland Community College’s Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting programs has gotten real.  The Tilikum Bridge Project, named after Portland’s new transit bridge that is in full view of Oregon Health & Science University School

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