PCC Rock Creek Campus celebrates its 40th Birthday!
When Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus opened in 1976, the Bethany area was mostly open fields and farm land. Naysayers doubted the college would thrive or grow much past its expected enrollment capacity of 2,500 students. While many voiced their opposition to the purchase of the 250 acre-parcel valued at $584,955, PCC President Dr. Amo De. Bernardis saw what others did not.
He said, “You didn’t have to be a genius to see that Washington County was where the land was and deduce that is where people are going to build their homes. We should be there too.”
Today, the campus welcomes more than 20,000 students a year and offers a robust college transfer program and 13 career and technical programs. The campus also enjoys partnerships with key local profit and non-profit organizations that reflect both its curriculum and its commitment to community engagement.
The 40-year history of the Rock Creek Campus will be celebrated in an exhibit at the Washington County Museum Storage & Archive facility, beginning January 20, 2017. The facility is located on the east side of PCC Rock Creek campus at 17705 NW Springville Road, Portland.