Summer Classes

This summer, Columbia County residents will get a jumpstart on their college education and workforce training goals.

Portland Community College’s Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes are returning to the county for the 2019-20 academic year. The courses will be offered on Monday and Wednesday evenings, beginning June 24 at the St. Helens WorkSource location, 500 N. Highway 30, Suite 320.

Classes are free of charge. The only requirement is students do need to show up the first night of their class to remain enrolled.

The classes are part of an effort to align pre-college educational opportunities with the advanced manufacturing initiative taking form in Columbia County. Industry, the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center (OMIC), higher education institutions and government partners are taking part in this effort.

PCC last offered ABE classes during the 2017-18 academic year before taking last year off to evaluate and retool the program. The college used feedback from partners, past instructors and WorkSource to shape the curriculum.

The ABE courses help students build basic reading, writing, and math skills to enhance their preparation for college-level credit coursework. The classes also assist students with passing the GED exam.

Dawn Hagopian, an instructor of ABE at PCC and tutor at St. Helens High School’s Advancement Via Individual Determination Program (AVID), will teach the summer class.

To sign up for classes or for more information, contact Amanda Sanford at 971-722-7683, or email

About Portland Community College

Portland Community College is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon and provides training, degree and certificate completion, and lifelong learning to more than 71,000 full- and part-time students in Multnomah, Washington, Yamhill, Clackamas, and Columbia counties.

PCC has four comprehensive campuses, eight education centers or areas served, and approximately 200 community locations in the Portland metropolitan area. The PCC district encompasses a 1,500-square-mile area in northwest Oregon and offers two-year degrees, one-year certificate programs, short-term training, alternative education, pre-college courses and life-long learning.

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