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High-tech help is on the way for Oregon College.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The National Science Foundation has given Portland Community College in Portland, Ore., $697, 750 to develop the college's Building Construction Technology program.

The program will help the "Framing Student Success" project attack the problem of high-school students' under-preparation in math, science and technology. Using project-based and cross-curricular instruction, the project will lay out pathways from high school to community college to university to careers in building construction technology.

The program will launch two new classes, provide summer work experiences and offer professional development for high-school teachers and counselors of a career in building construction technology.

PCC also received a $1,790,229 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to provide a new high-tech strategy for improving student retention--a new, Web-based student services portal. By linking students to key online functions such as admissions orientation, early warning systems, and degree and transfer audits, the portal will allow students access to services whenever and wherever they need them. The college expects this project to reduce the number of freshmen on academic alert by 10 percent and increase the fall-to-fall retention of degree-seeking freshmen by 15 percent.
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Publication:Community College Week
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Date:Jul 5, 2004
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