PCC announces president finalists

Portland Community College's president search advisory committee has narrowed the pool of candidates to three finalists. The three candidates under consideration are Jeremy Brown, associate dean of faculty at Princeton University; Tod Burnett, president of Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Calif.; and Richard Duran, president of Oxnard College in Oxnard, Calif.

The finalists were winnowed from a field of nine semi-finalists from around the country. PCC's next college president will replace Preston Pulliams, who is retiring at the end of June. Pulliams joined PCC as president in 2004. The college will hold forums in March for the public and college community to solicit feedback about each of the finalists, and PCC's board of directors will conduct finalist interviews. Following is the forum schedule: March 11-12 (Burnett); March 13-14 (Brown); and March 18-19 (Duran).

The announcement of PCC's next president is anticipated in April.

Fern Hill hosts resource fair

A family resource fair is set for 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 20 and Thursday, March 21 at Fern Hill Elementary School, 4445 Heather St., Forest Grove.

Information about local resources, including the Forest Grove Family Resource Center, Lifeworks, Unified Sports, homeless services, migrant education, Neighborhood Watch, the Fern Hill Parent Club, Adelante Mujeres and others, will be available to attendees. For more information, call the school at 503-359-2550.

PCC offers GED classes

Portland Community College will offer 10 weeks of nighttime general educational degree (GED) preparation classes at Forest Grove High School. Orientation and placement for new students will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 and Thursday, March 21 in Room 2115 at FGHS, 1401 Nichols Lane.

Classes start April 1. Monday night from 6 to 8 p.m. is math only; Tuesday and Thursday feature comprehensive classes and run from 6 to 9 p.m. 

For more information, contact Marisol Planchart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Students feted for STEM achievement

Forest Grove High School students Emilia Anderson and Joelle Bruckert-Frisk will be among 12 girls from Washington County high schools recognized for their achievement in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Sunday, March 10 at Pacific University. The girls will be honored at a reception hosted by the American Association of University Women and Pacific University’s Center for Gender Equity.

County legislators talk education at town hall

Sen. Bruce Starr (R-Hillsboro), Rep. Ben Unger (D-Hillsboro) and Rep. Joe Gallegos (D-Hillsboro), along with representatives of the Hillsboro School District, will host a town hall on Thursday, March 21 to discuss education in Oregon.

The three legislators wish to hear from parents, teachers and constituents about the state of education in local communities. The event is at Century High School, 2000 S.E. Century Blvd., Hillsboro. For details, call Sean Dunn, 503-986-1715; Louis De Sitter, 503-986-1429; or Caroline Cowley, 503-986-1430.

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