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5 Things You Should Know About Professional Medical Coding

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on December 09, 2019

In the fast-paced world of healthcare, the importance of medical coders cannot be underestimated. This in-demand career allows healthcare offices and hospitals to run smoothly and provide patient care. Although not directly involved with patients as a coder, you will play a vital role in ensuring that doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals can continue to do their jobs well.

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Topics: Healthcare, Entry Level Healthcare Careers, Medical Coding, institute for health professionals

Instructor Spotlight: Andrew Bruce, Master Optician

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on December 05, 2019

With a background as an optician dating back to his teenage years in his home country of England, Andrew Bruce is highly skilled in the industry and is honored to be a Master Optician. The Optician ABO Test Prep course that he instructs will be his first with Portland Community College. Continue reading to learn more about his experience and passion.

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Topics: Healthcare, Entry Level Healthcare Careers, Optician ABO, PCC Stories

SBDC - Five Times You Can Attend an SBDC Orientation in January 2020

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on November 27, 2019


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

Meet Our New Capital Access Team Advisor: Harlan Barcus

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on November 27, 2019

With over 35 years of professional banking experience under his belt, Harlan Barcus began his work with the PCC Small Business Develop Center and Oregon Small Business Development Center Network Capital Access Team in October 2019.

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Topics: Small Business, Meet the SBDC Team, funding, Capital Access Team, PCC Stories

Cross-Cultural Experience in China Improves Curriculum for PCC Dental Assisting Program

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on November 26, 2019

Earlier this year PCC employees Stacy Bone (Institute for Health Professionals) and Ginny Jorgensen (Integrated Community Dental Assisting Instructor) traveled to China with A-dec, a leading dental equipment manufacturer located in Newberg, Oregon. Bone said her goal was to help educate and encourage dentists to utilize the benefits of having a dental assistants working chair-side, a practice that isn’t yet common in China. Bone and Jorgensen connected with Chinese audiences and shared best practices during demonstrations for prospective dental assistants.

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Topics: Healthcare, Meet the IHP Team, institute for health professionals, dental assisting, PCC Stories

9 Things to Know About Ayurveda

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on November 25, 2019

When it comes to natural medicine, Ayurveda is an ancient practice that has shown results over thousands of years. The primary goal of Ayurveda is to improve health through holistic approaches to healing. By taking an Ayurvedic training, it is possible to gain personalized benefits for your health. The first step of any training is to learn the basics. 

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Topics: Healthcare, Ayurveda

Fall/Winter Ayurveda Chai Recipe - and effects of various kitchen spices

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on November 18, 2019

The following is a special chai recipe offered by our Ayurvedic Yoga Health Program Instructor, Ann Wagoner. This balancing (Satvic) tea is wonderful in fall. Add spices for your constitution (Dosha). 

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Topics: Ayurveda, Yoga

Instructor Spotlight: Jackie Babicky-Peterson on the Business Design Series

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on November 15, 2019

Jackie Babicky-Peterson has been with Portland Community College since 2001. With a well-versed background, Jackie teaches the Business Design Series for PCC's Small Business Design Center. Keep reading to learn more about the program. 

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Topics: Small Business, Meet the SBDC Team, Business Design Series, PCC Stories

5 Steps to Becoming a Patient Access Specialist

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on November 06, 2019

Patient access specialists are frontline healthcare workers who provide routine and essential services in all medical settings. These include medical offices, hospitals, clinics and other facilities.

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Topics: Healthcare, Entry Level Healthcare Careers, Patient Access

5 Common Changes in Today's Evolving Workplace

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on November 04, 2019

“When life is hard, you have to change”
Shannon Hoon, Blind Melon 

In life, change is inevitable, including in the workplace. Today’s workplace is continuously shifting, ushering in a new norm with a variety of changes and disruptions. This can bring about positive change and growth, or lead to negative consequences. 

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Topics: Professional Development, Change Management

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