Portland Community College: Give the gift of opportunity
"Thank you for not only helping me chase my dreams, but also allowing me to touch people's lives."
Lilly Boone is focused on completing her associates degree from PCC's Automotive Service Technology Program. She is dreaming of converting a school bus into a mobile auto shop and home for herself. She wants to repair vehicles for families who choose mobile lifestyles (tiny home dwellers, RV enthusiasts, etc.), but cannot make it to a traditional repair shop when their home, or vehicle, needs fixing.
PCC's wrap-around student support services made a difference in giving Lilly the chance to succeed at college once she decided to enroll. She was able to access the college's free food resource for low-income or hungry students, and utilize counseling services. She then was directed to apply for financial help with the PCC Foundation, eventually earning a career-technical scholarship to pay for tuition and tools.
"It has been a dream come true for me," Lilly said of PCC. "The teachers here show endless support and true drive to help students reach their life goals. I hope that my story can inspire others to realize they do not need much to start chasing their dreams. They just need the passion and determination to take them all the way."
"Thank you for giving me the confidence to push through and keep trying. Now my sister is following in my footsteps."
Adan Uribe is a first-generation college student who is just finishing up his first term at PSU after transferring from PCC. He's currently studying social work and hopes to return to PCC as a Future Connect program coach.
Future Connect is a scholarship and mentoring program for first-generation and low-income college students. The program focuses on eliminating barriers to college,and provides students with on-going support from a personal coach who supports and guides them from the time they arrive to PCC until graduation.
Adan received a Future Connect Scholarship from the PCC Foundation, and it led him to change his course. He was having a difficult time passing his classes in high school, but once he started at PCC, he found himself wanting to learn and do homework. He never missed a day of school at PCC, and his transformation inspired his little sister to apply to PCC and become a Future Connect student as well.
"Providing scholarships to aviation maintenance students helps keep the memory of my husband alive and helps students achieve their dreams."
Pat Reese and her husband, Michael, were married for 56 years. Michael was a local businessman, beginning his career at Standard Oil, and also a licensed pilot. To celebrate Michael's life, Pat created an endowment with the PCC Foundation to provide two-year scholarships to aviation maintenance students. In recognition of this generous $380,000 donation, the aviation hangar on the PCC Rock Creek Campus has also been named in Michael Reese's honor. It was the first philanthropic naming of a building in the history of Portland Community College. "That day we dedicated the aviation hangar to MIchael, all I kept thinking was: He'd be so proud."
To learn more about how to support PCC students please go to www.pcc.edu/opportunity