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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

Meet our instructors: Megan Deras Gardner MS, CNS®, CCN, DCES, CKNS℠, CPT, FNS

Posted by CLIMB Center on June 10, 2021

A graduate of the National University of Natural Medicine with a Master of Science in clinical nutrition, Megan went on to earn the gold standard in nationally recognized certifications. She is credentialed with the Board of Certified Nutrition Specialists (BCNS®), currently one of only a few practicing in Oregon. 

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Topics: Healthcare, Meet the IHP Team, CLIMB Center, Functional Nutrition

Continuing Your Career As A Pharmacy Technician

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on June 08, 2021

As quality of life continues to improve here in the Portland area, the importance of high-quality pharmacies providing life-sustaining medicine grows with it. One of the key careers within pharmacies is pharmacy technicians, the staff who support the pharmacist and complete key tasks within the pharmacy. This career takes much less training than becoming a pharmacist, while still offering excellent pay and opportunities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that pharmacy techs make on average $35,100 per year. However, since this profession is in very high demand, pay may come closer to $20 per hour. 

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Topics: Healthcare, CLIMB Center, Pharmacy Technician, institute for health professionals

How You Could Benefit From Getting a Project Manager License

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Topics: CLIMB Center, Project Management, Remote Career Training

How You Can Get Ahead With Web Design and Development Courses

The internet is key to so many companies and industries, and every single website has to be created and maintained by someone with knowledge in web design. Learning web design, unlike some other computer-related fields, is incredibly straightforwardAfter a short course, you can launch a variety of careers in web design. After establishing expertiseweb designers can continue learning new programming languages and new elements or software, building your skills to be more versatile and keep up with the times. 

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Topics: CLIMB Center, Remote Career Training, Web Design

Interested In Medical Coding? Take Anatomy and Physiology for Coders

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on May 24, 2021

Medical coders, also known as Medical Records and Health Information Specialists, are in high demand around the Portland area and beyond. With Oregon Health & Science University Hospital, as well as Adventist, Providence, and Legacy Good Samaritan, Portland is in many ways the healthcare hub of the state. Given the complexity of the healthcare and insurance world, these high-demand professionals have a relatively quick educational pathway to a job that makes on average $44,090 per year. 

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Topics: Healthcare, CLIMB Center, Medical Coding, institute for health professionals

Making a Career As A Dental Health Specialist

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on May 21, 2021

Portland’s population is constantly expanding and with it, there is a steady rise in the need for excellent dental care in our community. While any given practice may have one or a few dentists, each practice has excellent paying jobs like Dental Hygienists or Dental Assistants that require less extensive training periods than going through a full dental program.  

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Topics: Healthcare, CLIMB Center, institute for health professionals, dental assisting

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