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Oct 31, 2012

Groundbreaking at PCC Southeast Center gives community reason to celebrate

Senator Merkley shares his words of support
Shovel ceremony at Southeast Center groundbreaking event
PCC Vice President Randy McEwen and PCC board member Jim Harper share in the day's event
Shovels hit the dirt for the groundbreaking ceremony at Southeast Center
State Rep Mike Dembrow participates in the ceremonies
State Senator Diane Rosenbaum voices her support for PCC's mission
Earl Blumenauer addresses the event crowd
State Representative Dembrow gives a thumbs-up to the crowd
Martial Arts performer from the Portland Art and Cultural Center in SE Portland
Elephant-masked event participant
Face painting at the event results in a small tiger
Chinese Fan Dancers from Portland Art and Cultural Center
The band Chernova entertained the crowd!
Trina Hsing and Bill Rude listen to event speakers
A crowd of people take part in the Southeast Center Fall Fest on October 30
Larry Holmberg and Pam Blumenthal take part in the festivities
U.S. Senator Merkley and Congressman Earl Blumenauer talk at the event
Congressman Earl Blumenauer takes part in the Fall Fest event
U.S. Senator-Jeff Merkley addresses the large event crowd
President Jessica-Howard welcomes event participants
Shovel Ceremony at the event
Students from Harrison Park School
Students from Harrison Park School
Harrison Park student showing the Passion Maps developed by the students
Harrison Park students enjoy the event
Harrison Park School students outside the event tent
Martial Arts performers from Portland Art and Cultural Center


Close to 300 people took part in the Community Fall Fest at PCC Southeast Center yesterday (October 30, 2012) to welcome the new campus president Jessica Howard and celebrate the ground breaking for two new buildings at Southeast Center. Thanks to the bond approved by voters in 2008,  PCC has been able to expand its campuses and centers to increase and improve educational opportunities for people across the college’s five-county district.

At the festive event, PCC students, faculty and staff rubbed shoulders with federal and state elected officials and people from the neighborhood, business community and local public schools and organizations under the shelter  of a large white tent set up in the campus parking lot and construction site. The fun and lively event was a warm and welcomed reprieve on an otherwise rainy day —  drawing people in to enjoy live music; food, ice cream and drinks prepared by local vendors; Chinese dance and martial arts performances; artwork by students from Alder Elementary and Harrison Park schools; mask making, face painting, balloon twisting and a ground-breaking celebration.

Currently Southeast Center covers just over 10 acres, with two buildings encompassing approximately 91,000 square feet. Upon completion of this expansion, the center will grow to 18 acres, with a total of six buildings, more than doubling in size to 200,000 square feet.  This will translate into more academic opportunities for people taking classes (credit and non credit) at Southeast Center.

For more information about the future for Southeast Center, read Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Southeast Center’s 2008 bond-funded improvements.









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Interested in learning more about this topic or including information from this post in a news article? Contact Gina Whitehill Baziuk, Public Involvement and Stakeholder Engagement Manager for the PCC Bond Program.

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