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How is career planning different than a job search?

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on December 10, 2018

by Jennifer Anderson

Over the course of a 40-year career, you are likely to spend 100,000 hours of your life working.

The hours of your life that you spend working will largely dictate whether or not you find it easy to be a happy person. They’ll have an impact on your health, your relationships and your finances. Those 100,000 hours will also have an impact on the world.

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Topics: Professional Development

How to Become a Dental Assistant in Oregon

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on December 04, 2018

Considering becoming a dental assistant? You’re not alone. The industry is continuously growing, with an estimated 65,000 more dental assistants needed by 2026. Dental assistants play a significant role as a member of the dental health care team, increasing the efficiency of the dentist in a number of ways. They provide patient care, take x-rays, assist with dental procedures, and handle other routine tasks.

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Topics: dental assisting, Healthcare

11 Ways to Jump Start Your Professional Development Today

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on December 04, 2018



Regardless of what field you are in, whether you hold a professional license, or continuing education is required for your profession, everyone benefits from professional development on a regular basis. 
Proactively completing formal learning and development demonstrates initiative to your manager, and if you are the manager, it sets a great example for your staff.

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Topics: Professional Development, Portland Community College, Employee Training

SBDC - Three Locations Where You Can Attend an SBDC Orientation this December

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on November 30, 2018


Orientations offered by PCC’s Small Business Development Center (at no cost!) are a great way to learn about the opportunities we offer to help turn  business ideas into action. A typical orientation includes a small group of future entrepreneurs – but may also include sole-proprietors and small business owners seeking to find efficient, practical and effective solutions to common business-related challenges. You’ll leave our 2-hour orientation having identified new resources, and with an action plan to guide your next steps.

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Topics: Small Business, Starting a Business, Getting Your Recipe to Market, Growing a Business, Encore Entrepreneurship

Orientations for Entry-Level Healthcare Programs

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on November 29, 2018

During the next few months PCC's Institute for Health Professionals will host orientations for several of our entry-level healthcare programs in advance of our winter and spring terms. These orientations are a great opportunity to learn about the requirements for each program. You can learn about the related job markets, expected starting wages, and can ask important questions about application requirements for each. The good news - healthcare jobs are in high demand and you can't go wrong with one of these programs. Below we'll offer a summary of each orientations with a link enabling you to RSVP, plus our internal contact if you have additional questions.

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Topics: Healthcare

Technology, and a Trend Towards Management-by-Project Alter Useful Project Management Skillsets

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on November 26, 2018

Before Mark Van Heuvel began teaching at PCC he had a career as a manager working with iconic regional and national food and beverage industry brands, including Kraft. He’s been an instructor with PCC for more than twenty years and currently leads several Project Management courses with PCC’s Professional Development and Training program. We recently connected with Mark to learn about trends in project management. 

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Meet Your Advisor: Dr. Sean Harry

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on November 26, 2018

Dr. Sean Harry is a Senior Advisor and Instructor who has worked with the PCC Small Business Development Center for over seven years. Each year he helps more than 150 small business owners turn their dreams into reality. Sean works with businesses at every stage of the small business growth curve, from start-up to mature businesses with more than $10m in sales. 

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Topics: Small Business, Meet the SBDC Team

How is your business doing? Represent Oregon in the 2018 Federal Reserve Small Business Credit Survey

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on November 20, 2018

How can we better inform Federal policy makers about the needs of Oregon's small businesses? 

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A Diverse Career in Mediation Demonstrates the Value of Skillful Communication During Conflict Resolution

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on November 19, 2018

Mediation Instructor Tsipora Dimant is a former program manager with PCC’s Community Education program – but her connection to Portland Community College runs even deeper. She arrived in the United States from Israel in 1974 and earned a GED, then an Associate’s Degree from PCC. Tsipora began studying mediation in 1992 and became an instructor for the subject in 2005. Inspired by the conflict in her native Israel, Tsipora strives to find resolutions to complex communication challenges. Her experience in mediation training spans decades and encapsulates diverse fields including small claims court, business, nonprofits and higher education.

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Topics: Mediation, PCC, Portland Community College

Why Your Retail Business Needs to be Online THIS Holiday Season

Small business owners have avoided making real strides into developing a proper online presence because of uncertainty about how to design their website or use social media in a meaningful way for their business.

But, you can't afford to think that way--especially THIS holiday season!

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Topics: Small Business, Retail, Growing a Business

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