Credit courses in machine manufacturing and welding technology start in September

COURTESY PHOTO: PORTLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE - Construction on Portland Community College's OMIC Training Center in Scappoose was completed and classroom equipment was moved in earlier this year.Fall classes are scheduled at Portland Community College's OMIC Training Center in Scappoose.

PCC is hosting non-credit courses this summer as an introduction to manufacturing, but credit courses start in the fall.

Registration for the fall term started earlier this month for most students, and starts Aug. 11 for community education and continuing education students.

"Consistent with PCC's COVID sustained re-opening policy, the Training Center will offer both remote and in-person courses in fall," said OMIC training director Andrew Lattanner. "Manufacturing-related courses, including machining and welding will be available in-person, while courses in CADD and Adult Basic Educations will continue to be available in an online format."

The college's online course catalog lists dozens of machine manufacturing technology and welding technology.

The machine manufacturing courses will be offered in mornings and afternoons on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

"The open lab model will allow students to choose from a variety of PCC courses to begin a certificate or degree, or develop the skills they need to advance in their career," Lattanner said. The welding courses will follow the same open lab structure.

The welding courses will run Mondays through Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m.

Lattanner said the instructors are existing full and part-time PCC faculty, including faculty from Columbia County.

PCC plans to operate a manufacturing apprenticeship program through OMIC. To participate, students have to be hired and sponsored by an employer.

"While we plan to support apprentices at the Training Center this fall, students interested in apprenticeship or a career in advanced manufacturing are encouraged to start with a Pre-Trades Program for Advanced Manufacturing," Lattanner said. That certificate program requires 16 credits focused on math, safety, and hands-on skill-building. Lattanner said more information is available by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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