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Renew Your Electrician's License with PCC

Posted by PCC Continuing Education on December 06, 2022


As a licensed electrician in Oregon, it is your professional responsibility to renew and maintain the appropriate licensure. Oregon grants various specialized electrical licenses, each of which has its requirements for education and work experience. It is vital to note that while the Oregon CCB (Construction Contractors Board) offers contracting electrical licenses, the Oregon BCD (Building Codes Division) office provides non-contracting electrical licensure. 

Renewing your electrical license does not need to be tedious. At Portland Community College (PCC), we can walk with you every step of the way to ensure you complete your electrician continuing education requirements in time to submit an electrician renewal license application.  

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Topics: Professional Development

What Skills Does Mediation Training Provide?

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on November 29, 2022

Nearly every workplace experiences conflict, but some places interact so closely with individuals and groups in crisis that mediation is a skill used daily. Even if your workplace is generally pleasant, your best bet for maintaining calm at work is to feel fully equipped to handle conflict that occurs.

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Topics: Professional Development, Mediation

How to Acquire Your Property Manager License & Learn the Key Skills

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on November 21, 2022

So much of the market for housing in Portland is rentals. With so many people moving to the city, these newcomers prefer the flexibility of renting over purchasing a home. As a result, there is a significant demand for property managers to work with renters and owners to make the rental process go smoothly. Whether you're opening doors to a career as a professional property manager or want to be able to DIY your management as a housing investor, it's a great idea to learn the background necessary.  

Learning to obtain a property manager license in Oregon is also incredibly achievable and affordable. Becoming a property manager in Portland is an exciting, varied field with lots of room for growth and entrepreneurship once you gain experience. 

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Topics: Professional Development, Real Estate, Property Management License

Expand Your Professional Development with Ed2Go

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on October 19, 2022

The workplace is constantly evolving, and many find that just keeping the status quo is a way to fall behind. You're gaining experience and skills on the job, but after a few years or even decades, new technology, techniques, or company direction can mean that you need additional training. The good news is that Portland Community College partners with ED2GO, a national online class provider, with busy career professionals in mind. The programs are focused on getting you the best, most helpful information without additional commute time and on your timeline. 

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Topics: Professional Development

Tips to Seamlessly Prepare for a Career as a Realtor

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on October 12, 2022

Careers in real estate don't have to be full-time jobs. Real estate is structured on a commission basis, meaning you can often remain a real estate agent whether you sell one or two houses a year or 100. When you decide you want to learn how to become a real estate agent Portland needs, you may first balk at the idea of leaving your current work or spending a lot of time in school to prepare for a career.

However, there are ways to make your preparation seamless without losing your current income stream before you scale up to your real estate agent goals.

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Topics: Professional Development, Real Estate

Become a Better Manager with Mediation Training

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on September 19, 2022

When managing a collaborative team, you'll occasionally mediate between team members experiencing conflict. Even collaborative team members can sometimes butt heads and disagree in ways that stall communication and your work. It's the manager's job to fairly evaluate what has gone wrong, assist in group reconciliation, and find a path forward that accommodates everyone.

That is harder than it sounds, and it still sounds pretty difficult! Many managers opt to train in specific strategies for mediation rather than assuming they'll just muddle through it. As a result, their teams can grow confident that their managers can handle and resolve conflict actively, rather than leaving everyone to fend for themselves. Actively resolving conflict helps teams work together better by not leaving tensions unspoken, where they could fester and damage working relationships or become a bigger issue later. These are just some of the benefits of mediation training for managers, with bigger boosts in confidence and effectiveness that can come down the road.

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Topics: Professional Development, Management, Mediation

Does Real Estate Property Management Help Me or an Investor?

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on September 14, 2022

Perhaps you're interested in exploring property management roles and how they fit into the broader real estate landscape. A reasonable question is whether you'll benefit from working as a property manager since the rent goes to the landlord or owner of the property. On the other hand, you might worry that you can't get into real estate because you don't have the capital to invest in property right now.

In either case, you should take heart that property managers can build thriving businesses without investing in property themselves. Real estate is a very stable place to earn your income since everyone needs a place to live. Real estate and property management is a business like any other, and working for a management company isn't very different than working at any company.

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Topics: Professional Development, Real Estate

Tips to Launch Your Real Estate Broker Career

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on September 07, 2022

Real estate brokers have a lot of opportunities in the Portland market. You may be more familiar with the generic term real estate agent, but in Oregon, to be officially licensed to sell and buy homes as an agent for the sellers and buyers, you must pass the exam to become an official real estate broker. That career is exciting since much of your income comes from your hustle and the networks you can build. Even when markets are in flux, great real estate brokers make their business connections, shift from working with lots of sellers to working with more buyers and find creative ways to grow their reach.

Once you've found success in this field, there are many opportunities to use your experience to start your team and lead other real estate brokers as a Principal Broker. It allows you to combine your leadership skills with the work you have developed a strong ability to do.

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Topics: Professional Development, Real Estate

Provide a Better Teaching Experience for All with Equitable Grading

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on August 24, 2022

Teachers have been improving how they differentiate students' abilities for many decades. Most teachers now recognize that different students have different strengths and benefit from different approaches and perspectives on learning. Teachers take professional development coursework to continue learning how other educators implement differentiation in their classrooms, helping more students have positive outcomes from the schooling process.

Let's look at what equitable grading is and what it can contribute to efforts to improve equity and inclusion in the classroom.

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Topics: Professional Development

7 Reasons Why You Need to Make Employee Skill Development a Priority

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on July 01, 2022

Does your company invest in professional development for its employees? If not, now is a great time to reconsider. Investing in the professional growth of your employees has many benefits that more than justify any associated costs. In this post, we’ll look at five different reasons managers should make skill development a priority.

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Topics: Professional Development, Small Business, HR & Organizational Effectiveness

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