PCC President Mitsui testifies in DC

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 While Portland Community College's Sylvia Kelley was talking about career technical education at the WEA Breakfast Forum, PCC President Mark Mitsui was in Washington, D.C. participating on a panel in front of the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus.
   Mitsui 
shared with the caucus some of the CTE (career technical education) successes at PCC and the importance of reauthorizing the budget for the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.

   Mitsui highlighted how the college and the state of Oregon are increasing CTE certificate completions and facilitating stronger wages locally.
   He told the senators that PCC has more than 1,600 employer partners that advise on curriculum, training practices, and job skills to meet industry needs.
   "Thanks to the partnership between PCC and employers, we offer many work-based learning opportunities like apprenticeships and internships, as well as co-operative education agreements," Mitsui said.
   PCC and the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center (OMIC) consortium were recently awarded more than $300,000 in grant funding to expand and enhance regional apprenticeship opportunities.
   To read more about Mitsui's panel discussionclick here.