PCC Training Center

Through applied research and advanced technical training, OMIC R&D and PCC are addressing advanced manufacturing challenges through the partnership of industry, higher education, and government.

Fostering Applied Research and Development in Columbia County

Fall 2020 is the estimated launch date of Portland Community College’s training center in Columbia County, focused on advanced manufacturing and offering programs based on an apprenticeship model. The center is part of the regional Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center (OMIC) in Scappoose, which seeks to combine applied research and development and workforce training, to serve the region’s advanced manufacturers and create economic mobility for area residents to access living wage careers in the metals manufacturing industry.

Preparing Students for the Future

Lynn Tran, a 17-year-old from Tigard High School, works on a robotics part during her lab at the Sylvania Campus.

Lynn Tran, a 17-year-old from Tigard High School, works on a robotics part during her lab at the Sylvania Campus.

Portland Community College is developing an innovative training model to prepare Oregon’s next generation of advanced manufacturing talent.

Through its training center, the college will offer such programs as Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operation, Machining, Welding, and Mechatronics. Its programs will be based on an apprenticeship standard, such that students can complete an associate degree or certificate leading to an advanced degree. Emphasis will be placed on craftsmanship, professionalism, and placing graduates into high-wage, high-demand advanced manufacturing jobs – a sector whose future looks very bright in Oregon.

Until the training center’s opening, courses will launch in temporary space at Scappoose High School beginning in Fall 2018.