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8/24/2007 Colleges join forces to assist students in completing bachelor degrees

Linfield College, Portland Community College, Tillamook Bay Community College and Columbia Gorge Community College have joined forces to provide more educational opportunities for Oregon students.

The new partnership will help students attending the three community colleges complete a bachelor's degree by providing for easier transfer between those institutions and the Linfield Portland Campus and Adult Degree Program.

Many students follow a variety of enrollment patterns when pursing an undergraduate education, said Linfield President Thomas L. Hellie in announcing the agreement.

"This partnership will help ease that transition for students and provide them with additional support prior to transferring from community colleges to Linfield to complete their degrees," Hellie said.

Christine Chairsell, vice president for academic and student affairs at PCC, agreed. "I?m always excited when PCC can expand opportunities for academic endeavors for our students," she said.

The program is designed to improve access to support services and information, assist in designing education plans, increase curricular choices and help tailor students? educational experiences to fit personal goals and preferences. In addition, financial aid can carry over to any of the schools involved and student advising can be integrated among the programs.

More than 50 percent of Linfield's Portland Campus and Adult Degree students already have completed at least some coursework at PCC. Linfield's Portland Campus was established in 1982 through a partnership agreement with Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Center, now part of Legacy Health System. The Portland Campus is adjacent to the Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Center and houses the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing and an interdisciplinary major in health sciences.

Linfield's Adult Degree Program is designed to allow students to complete their bachelor degrees through traditional and online classes. Advisers in Albany, Astoria, Bend, Coos Bay, Eugene, McMinnville, Portland and Salem serve nearly 500 students majoring in accounting, arts and humanities, business information systems, international business, management, social and behavioral sciences and nursing.

Portland Community College is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon, serving approximately 88,200 full- and part-time students. PCC has three comprehensive campuses, five workforce training and education centers, and 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 lifelong learning.

Columbia Gorge Community College, located in The Dalles and Hood River, serves nearly 6,000 students in the Mid-Columbia Region. Programs include college transfer, career and technical education, basic skills development and English Speakers of Other Languages, workforce development and customized training, small business development, and community education. The college has received state and national recognition for its health occupations career pathway including the nursing program and simulation center, and the renewable energy technology program to prepare technicians to serve the growing number of wind farms in the region.

Tillamook Bay Community College, which served over 2,000 students last year, strives to be a center for educational excellence, providing access to lifelong learning, bridges to opportunity, an environment for innovation and intellectual pursuits, and leadership in the economic, cultural and intellectual evolution for the community. Programs include college transfer, career and technical education, adult basic skills and English for Speakers of Other Languages, workforce development and customized training, small business development, and continuing and community education.