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Improve Efficiency, Performance and Leadership with PCC Professional Development Courses Occurring in April, May and June

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on March 25, 2019

PCC offers noncredit courses each term for talented professionals seeking new skills or trainings from a variety of topics to improve performance around the office. Below we've assembled a list of one-day workshops occurring in April, May and June - and selected from both our Professional Development and Training and Institute for Health Professionals programs. 

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Topics: Professional Development

Changing Customer Service Trends Require Adjustments to Technology

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

Michelle Brubaker’s experience at PCC offers a common story. It starts out something like this: she’s passionate about what she does, she’s been with PCC for over two decades, and she’s constantly keeping up to date with industry trends to bring timely relevance to the topics she instructs. She's also an author of several books about marketing and a consultant and public speaker. We connected with Michelle to learn a little more about her experience, vision and what she brings to the classroom.

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Topics: Professional Development, Customer Service

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

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, Employee Training, Portland Community College

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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Topics: Professional Development, Meet the PDT Team

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: Professional Development, Meet the PDT Team, Portland Community College, Mediation, PCC

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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Topics: Professional Development, Meet the PDT Team, Stories & News

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: Professional Development, Meet the PDT Team, Stories & News, Real Estate, Portland, Portland Community College, Property Management License, Oregon

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: Professional Development, Real Estate

Company Culture Is More Than a Mission Statement

We get it, not all companies can be Google, offering complimentary laundry services, haircuts, gourmet meals, nap pods, swimming pools... We can go on but you get the idea. Google discovered early on that a happy employee is a productive employee. When you can hold on to great employees, it means less time and money spent on recruitment and training. And keeping those employees happy? That will translate to your bottom line. Read on to discover why company culture is MUCH more than just a mission statement.

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Topics: Professional Development, Small Business, Leadership, Growing a Business

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