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Pass the State Licensing Exam for the State of Oregon, Learn How Real Estate Works in the Real World

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on September 07, 2018

Jerry Lasselle is an instructor for PCC’s real estate broker test prep course and has taught the course for more than ten years. He’s worked as an accountant for a large national CPA firm and also as a staff attorney for large Northwest law firm. He’s lived in Portland all his life and says he’s amazed at the many changes the city has experienced. We recently checked in with him to learn more about his experience with real estate and what continues to inspire his interest. 

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Real Estate Property Management - Skills Can Lead to a Career, or Help Students Improve their Personal Investment Management Skills

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on August 28, 2018

Dave Amato has been active in the real estate industry for 45+ years and an active Real Estate Broker since 2003. During his 23-year career as a builder/developer his projects added over 200 units of housing to Portland metro market. He has served on the board of directors for the Portland Metropolitan Home builders and currently serves on the Board of the Oregon Association of Realtors. We recently sat down with him to learn more about his course.

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Topics: Real Estate, Property Management License, Portland Community College, Portland, Oregon

More than License Prep: Real Estate Course Helps Individuals Understand Real Estate for Their Own Purchases or Investments

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on August 17, 2018


Gary Calvert is a former Air Force pilot and professional diver, and currently works for Washington County in Hillsboro for its housing authority. He’s lived in the Portland-metro area for over 30-years and has been teaching at Portland Community College for nearly as long, and in various capacities. He recently connected with us to share more about his passion for education and his interest in real estate.

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Topics: Real Estate, Brokerage, Pre-licensing, Portland

Coaching: A Leadership Skill that Belongs in Your Intellectual Trophy Case

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on August 14, 2018

By Michelle Brubaker

“We’re way past big speech time” said Coach Norman Dale in the renowned 1986 sports film Hoosiers, based upon a small-town Indiana basketball team that made it to the state finals.

The coach, portrayed by actor Gene Hackman, knew that it wouldn’t be a motivational pep talk to a bunch of underdogs that led to victory. The championship would be the result of ongoing leadership bringing individuals together to achieve a common goal. 

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Topics: Coaching, Leadership, Interpersonal Communication

How to Get Started in Real Estate Property Management

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on June 27, 2018

The demand for licensed property managers is high — and it’s growing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 10% increase (faster than average) in employment opportunities for property, real estate, and community association managers over the next decade. Median pay for a licensed property manager is just under $60,000 per year. If you’ve been looking for a career that provides job security and a good salary — or you want to learn to manage the properties you already own — becoming a licensed property manager might be the right choice for you.

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Topics: Real Estate, Professional Development

Tips to Launch Your Real Estate Broker Career

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on June 21, 2018

If you enjoy working with people, like the idea of making your own schedule, and you’re comfortable generating and pursuing leads, a career as a real estate broker can be both satisfying and financially rewarding. After three years of experience, a broker can become a Principal Broker and lead a team. Often times the general public will refer to the Broker as a Real Estate Agent — but there’s a difference. Read on to learn more!

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Topics: Real Estate, Professional Development

4 HR Skills for Every Manager

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on April 24, 2018

As a manager, you are the first line of defense when it comes to addressing day-to-day HR issues before they become serious. However, it’s important to arm yourself with the necessary skills to empower your team and avoid possible legal headaches. In this post, we’ll take a look at four leadership skills that are essential for promoting effective teamwork.

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Topics: Leaders, Management, Leadership

It's Not What You Say, But How You Say It (and 4 Other Effective Communication Tips)

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on March 28, 2018

In work and life, effective communication is a critical piece to successful relationships, leadership, and growth. There are communication challenges that can trip up any professional — like reacting instead of responding, treating everyone the same, or assuming your message is understood. And today’s many outlets for communication — like email, text messages, social media, and instant messaging — can actually make communication more complicated, rather than easier.

In this post, we’ll take a look at some wise words that offer practical advice for effective communication.

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Topics: Leadership, Professional Development

3 Steps to Drive Organizational Change in a Non-Management Role

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on March 14, 2018

Organizational change is almost always difficult, and if you’re trying to encourage it from a non-leadership or non-management position, it can be even more challenging. However, there are strategies that can help you be successful in persuading others to adopt change.

PCC CLIMB offers a variety of classes in leadership skills, relationship management and networking that can help you be more effective when working with others to advance your ideas. In this post, we’ll take a look at three specific ways you can drive organizational change, even if you’re in a non-management role.

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Topics: Professional Development

Are You Looking at Things From All Angles? 7 Steps to Take When Making a Tough Decision

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on February 15, 2018

One of the most important life skills a business professional can develop is the ability to make smart and informed decisions. Both logic and emotion play a role in the process, but in order to accurately identify your options and choose the right solution, you need to explore things from all angles.

In this post, we’ll take a look at the process for how to make a tough decision and how you can feel more confident about your decision-making skills.

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Topics: Professional Development

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