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Advocate for Small Business Exports: Jeff Stell

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on December 01, 2021

This month we interviewed Jeff Stell with Business Oregon who, after 26 years working at the Oregon Department of Human Services, decided to try something new. He enrolled at Portland State University in the Master of Public Administration program and simultaneously took a new position at Business Oregon as the Business Projects Incentives Coordinator where his job was to implement incentive programs that would strengthen the development of businesses, communities, and economies in Oregon. With that shift Jeff says he “encountered three career changing opportunities" that helped him discover that a great amount of import/export activity happening across the state, and exporting wasn’t getting the attention it needed at the state and local levels.

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Topics: Small Business, Global Trade, Exporting, Business Oregon, CGBP, Certified Global Trade Professional

Meet Functional Nutrition Instructor, Courtney Cronk

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on November 24, 2021

Courtney is a functional nutritional therapy practitioner and yoga instructor. She earned her master’s degree in applied behavioral science/counseling in 2002 from Bastyr University with the intention of becoming a licensed marriage and family therapist, but instead started a family of her own and stayed home for several years until her youngest started kindergarten. In 2013 she continued her studies at the Nutritional Therapy Association and works in a family functional medicine clinic in Portland, Oregon. In 2017, Courtney rounded out her education by becoming a registered yoga teacher, and currently specializes in teaching yoga to seniors.

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Topics: Healthcare, Functional Nutrition, Integrative Healthcare

Meet Functional Nutrition Instructor, Kira Freed

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on November 24, 2021

Kira Freed, MEd, MScN, is an adjunct faculty member at Portland Community College, teaching in the Functional Nutrition program. She also has several roles at her alma mater, National University of Natural Medicine, as the Teaching Kitchen Coordinator, a Professional Teaching Assistant for the Nutrition program, and as a Food as Medicine Everyday educator. 

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Topics: Healthcare, Functional Nutrition, Integrative Healthcare

A Journey of Gratitude

Posted by Ann Wagoner on November 23, 2021

The past two years have been a time of incredible change, including reconnecting with nature and many of its attributes. For anyone who thought that they lived in isolation from mother nature, we all realized how interconnected humanity is. 

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Topics: Yoga

How PCC Helps Kids with Youth Mental Health First Aid

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on November 23, 2021

Teachers, childcare workers, and mentors of all types receive training in physical safety and first aid, including in CPR certification. Most parents and guardians feel comfortable knowing that the people caring for their children have a strong knowledge of these skills so they can respond quickly should a rare crisis occur. It ensures caretakers have the tools they need to maintain physical safety themselves or seek the necessary emergency assistance from a local hospital or other healthcare resources.  

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Topics: Mental & Behavioral Health

Experience + Expertise, Meet Your Instructor: Dr. Sean Harry

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on November 12, 2021

Dr. Sean Harry is an instructor who has worked at the CLIMB center since 2011. Harry teaches early business start up classes through the Small Business Development Center. Dr. Harry has helped hundreds of small business owners, and now he is ready to help you! Read more about Dr. Harry below.

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Topics: Small Business, Meet the CLIMB Team, Meet the SBDC Team

Pros & Cons of Online College Education

Posted by CLIMB Center on November 04, 2021

The past few years have shown us that more education is possible online than anyone ever thought possible. With rapidly expanding tools, professors who are growing in online teaching proficiency, and substantial savings in costs, online education has become an advantageous and valuable option.  

Portland Community College has also seen value in the idea of a local online experience, offering a variety of hybrid courses that are primarily online but with practical or hands-on components here in Portland, Oregon. Whether you're considering online college vs. traditional college or trying to choose between online colleges themselves, you'll be impressed with the options available now. You should also weigh the online college pros and cons to make an informed choice and be ready for the benefits and drawbacks of this kind of program.  

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Topics: Professional Development, CLIMB Center, Remote Career Training

Shaping Your Career Around Your Life

Posted by CLIMB Center on October 29, 2021

The past few years' turmoil has caused many recurring mentality shifts, but a surprisingly positive one is how people have spent time in their homes and with their immediate families or roommates. Here in Portland, family members who would have been out at work or in socializing settings poured their time into their family life and, in many cases, discovered that there were changes needed in their more hectic day-to-day. 

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Topics: Professional Development, CLIMB Center, Employee Training

Tips for Getting Your First Internship

Posted by CLIMB Center on October 26, 2021

In many careers, your first step after college is going to be an internship. Internships provide you with valuable experience, give you crucial insight into the working world, and help you land your first job. If you are truly fortunate, you may even be able to leverage your internship into a full-time position with that company. 

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Topics: Professional Development, CLIMB Center

Reasons Why Learning is a Fantastic Hobby

Posted by CLIMB Center on October 19, 2021

Developing hobbies at any age requires attention and skill, and learning is no exception. Many individuals discover that taking a course here and there can bring back some delights from their favorite classes in school or college.  

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Topics: CLIMB Center, Portland Community College

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