The Beaverton School District partners with Portland Community College (PCC) in many ways to promote student success. The following are just a few of the opportunities PCC provides to BSD students:
Dual Credit Opportunities – Eleven BSD high schools participate in the dual credit opportunities at PCC. In the 2015-16 school year, 3,647 BSD students earned more than $983,000 in college credits from PCC.
Future Connect Program – Since joining the Future Connect program at PCC in 2013, the City of Beaverton has contributed $300,000 in scholarship assistance and 229 Beaverton School District students have received financial support. The Beaverton cohort has a retention rate of 91%.
Preview Days/Career Tech Tours/Campus Visits – More than 1,000 BSD students find their way to Rock Creek every year to attend Preview Days, career tech tours and campus visits. PCC participates in the Career Tech Night at Merlo Station High School.
Rock Creek Learning Garden – Last year, 641 K-12 BSD students engaged in the Rock Creek Learning Garden education program which included 29 garden-based field trips. The Learning Garden also continues its long-standing partnership with Terra Nova High School, providing more than 200 high school students annually with opportunities to learn about sustainability and gardening and a PCC orientation session for interested students. The Learning Garden also has a unique partnership with Springville K-8 students who visit weekly during the school year where they grow produce which they later use to make pizzas in the PCC Food and Nutrition Lab.
Early College High School/Opportunity Knocks – Early College High School students attend PCC Rock Creek full time to earn college and high school credits. Last June, 95 BSD students graduated from the Early College program and earned more than $924,000 in scholarship assistance. Opportunity Knocks supports BSD high school juniors and seniors who wish to enroll in a single class at PCC. BSD pays the tuition. Currently 36 BSD students participate.
Career Encounters - The inaugural year of Career Encounters at PCC Rock Creek welcomed 44 BSD students to the career tech emersion program where eligible BSD juniors and seniors explore five career technology education programs (CTE) as possible alternatives to four-year degree programs. All student expenses are covered by the BSD.
PCC's TRIO Talent Search increases the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in college. Annually, the program serves 400 BSD students.