• Career Pathways with Additional Support


  • Supported career pathways are for students who want short-term education and job training, who need additional academic and support services, have tested below college level in reading or math, or are non-native English speakers who need language support, and are highly motivated.

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    Benefits include:

    • Technical content mastery, practical skills, and literacy skills
    • Career readiness
    • Job search assistance
    • Support throughout the career pathway program
    • Help with application processes for tuition assistance - tuition assistance and scholarships may be available

    The Career Pathways team will help you find the right career and education path, support you to reach your college and career goals, and connect you with high-demand jobs.

    Accelerated Supported Instructional Models

    The teaching models (VESL or I-BEST) enable students to work on literacy skills and/or language skills, or pre-college (remedial) courses at the same time they are working on certificates or degrees. In other words, this teaching method allows students to work on college-level studies right away, clearing multiple levels with one leap.

    VESL Model: Vocational English as a Second Language
    VESL pathways are designed for non-native English speakers, immigrants and refugees.

    I-BEST Model: Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training
    I-BEST pathways are designed for students new to college, current GED or AHSD students, and non-native English speakers.

    Check out our online video.

    See Adult Basic Skills for additional information about accelerated supported instructional models: https://www.mhcc.edu/Accelerated-Supported-Instruction/


    Career Pathway Programs

    Accounting Assistant

    Information sessions:

    • TBA

    Program details:

    • Ideal for students new to college, GED or AHSD students, and non-native English speakers
    • Nine-month program: Starts September 2019 (accepting applications starting in April 2019)
    • Classes are Monday – Friday, six hours during the day at Maywood Park Campus
    • Learn business and accounting principles, computer accounting applications, and payroll accounting and tax
    • Course credits apply towards an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Accounting
    • Career Pathway Certificate

    Classes and Roadmap: https://www.mhcc.edu/AccountingAssistant_CP/

    Contact: stephanie.haas@mhcc.edu

    Check out our online video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEN_ZBzZ_3k&t=2s

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    Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair

    Information sessions:

    • TBA

    Program details:

    • Ideal for students new to college, GED or AHSD students, and non-native English speakers
    • Nine-month program: Starts September 2019 (accepting applications starting in April 2019)
    • Classes are Monday – Friday, four to six hours during the day at Gresham Campus
    • Gain the necessary skills to work as a technician on minor repairs and maintenance; express service care; and oil, lube and filter maintenance
    • Course credits apply towards an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Automotive Technology (with instructor approval)
    • Less Than One Year Certificate in Automotive Technology

    Classes and Roadmap: www.mhcc.edu/MLRCurriculum

    Contact: angelique.kauffman@mhcc.edu

    Basic Healthcare

    Information sessions:

    • TBD

    Program details:

    • Ideal for students new to college, current GED or AHSD students, and non-native English speakers
    • Nine-month program: TBD
    • Classes are Monday – Thursday, six hours during the day at Gresham Campus
    • Gain the necessary skills to work in an entry-level health care position
    • Course credits apply towards higher-level health care degrees or programs
    • Less Than One Year Certificate in Basic Health Care

    Contact: stephanie.haas@mhcc.edu

    Child Development Associate

    Information sessions:

    • TBD

    Program details:

    • Ideal for non-native English speakers, immigrants, and refugees
    • No cost to the student – tuition is paid by a state grant
    • Twelve-month program: January 8, 2018 – December 14, 2018
    • Classes are two Saturdays per month and twice a week in the evening
    • Students must have a high school diploma or recognized equivalent
    • Students must obtain 480 hours of experience in a preschool or in-home program by September 2018
    • Gain the necessary skills to work in entry-level positions (Assistant Teacher) in early childhood care and education programs, Head Start, or other early childhood settings
    • Courses provide a stepping stone to other professional development and career steps in the field of early childhood development
    • Improve your English
    • Prepare for the national credential exam—Child Development Associate Credential (CDA)

    Contact: angelique.kauffman@mhcc.edu

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    Machine Tool Technology

    Information sessions:

    • TBA

    Program details:

    • Ideal for non-native English speakers, immigrants, and refugees
    • Nine-month program: Starts September 2019 (accepting applications starting in April 2019)
    • Classes are Monday – Friday, six to eight hours of class held during the afternoon and evening
    • Learn blueprint reading, precision measuring and CNC machining skills required for CNC matching, manual lathe, and mill operators
    • Course credits apply towards an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Integrated Metals or Machine Tool Technology
    • Improve your English
    • Career Pathway Certificate

    Classes and Roadmap: https://www.mhcc.edu/Machinist

    Contact: angelique.kauffman@mhcc.edu

    Check out our online video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3wq9_AMeU0

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    Nursing Assistant

    Information sessions:

    • Now accepting Applications! Call 503-660-1444 for an appointment

    Program details:

    • Ideal for non-native English speakers, immigrants, and refugees
    • Scholarships are limited (priority given to students on food stamps)
    • Six-month program: Starts January 7 – June 14, 2019
    • Classes are three to four days a week, four to six hours during the day at Gresham Campus
    • Gain the necessary skills to work as a Certified Nursing Assistant in a nursing home, skilled-care facility, or rehabilitation center
    • Prepare for the state licensing exam
    • Improve your English
    • Certificate of Completion and Industry Recognized Credential

    Classes: https://www.mhcc.edu/NursingAssist_ESL/

    Contact: angelique.kauffman@mhcc.edu

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    Office Clerk

    Information sessions:

    • TBA

    Program details:

    • Ideal for students new to college, GED or AHSD students, and non-native English speakers
    • Nine-month program: Starts September 2019 (accepting applications starting in April 2019)
    • Classes are Monday – Friday, six hours during the day at Gresham Campus
    • Learn keyboarding, Microsoft Office Suite, editing techniques, records management, and communication technologies
    • Course credits apply towards an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Administrative Office Professional, Administrative Office Professional: Human Resource Management or Administrative Office Professional: Web
    • Career Pathway Certificate

    Classes and Roadmap: https://www.mhcc.edu/OfficeClerk_CP/

    Contact: stephanie.haas@mhcc.edu

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    Welding

    Information sessions:

    • Now accepting Applications! Call 503-660-1444 for an appointment

    Program details:

    • Ideal for non-native English speakers, immigrants, and refugees
    • Six-month program: December 3, 2018 – June 14, 2019
    • Classes are Monday – Friday, six to eight hours during the afternoon and evening at Gresham Campus
    • Learn welding, math, blueprint reading, and industrial safety
    • Course credits apply towards an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Integrated Metals
    • Improve your English
    • Career Pathway Certificate

    Classes and Roadmap: https://www.mhcc.edu/WeldingTech_ESL/

    Contact: angelique.kauffman@mhcc.edu

    Check out our online video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmKX6QuoOFM

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    Application Steps

    1. Attend an Information Session (group or individual session)
    2. Complete the MHCC Career Pathway Application
    3. Take a reading assessment (some programs also require a math assessment)
    4. Complete a one-to-one interview with a Career Pathways or Student Resource Specialist
    5. Complete a tuition assistance application

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Who is eligible?

    Students who would like a positive support system to begin their college experience. This system equips students with a strong foundation of skills to be successful in their education and career paths.

    Students of any age that want a small class size, extra academic and support services, help navigating the college system, and classes that will lead to future educational and career pathways.

    How can extra support help me?

    Support classes help students to build skills to be successful in their college experience as well as for jobs in the 21st century. An additional instructor provides literacy skills and language support (if appropriate) classes, while a career coach provides a career readiness class, referral to on and off campus support services, and job search assistance that give maximum support for student success.

    Will I earn college credit?

    Yes! Every technical content class that a student takes earns college credit. In fact, many, if not all, of these credits can be applied towards programs of student at MHCC. The support classes are non-credit and an integral part of the program to increase student success.

    What happens after I complete the career pathway program?

    The choice is up to you. Many students find that they are good at school and enjoy college. During the program, students research what they would like to do next. Some students decide they would like to go directly to work, while others decide to continue with college to obtain a degree.

    Is there financial assistance?

    There are different sources of funding, such as Federal Financial Aid, MHCC Foundation Scholarships, and WorkSource Scholarships [hyperlink to each one]. Students receive help from a career coach to navigate and apply for funding.

    What does a program schedule look like?

    The typical program is full-time during the day, Monday-Friday. Evening cohorts begin at 6pm, Monday-Thursday. During the day, students attend study sessions, complete homework and connect with a career coach.

    When can I start these programs?

    See the individual program details or contact us today to get started!

    Do I have to take all of the support classes?

    Yes. If a student is not able to enroll in all of the classes because of time restrictions, please contact a program specialist to learn about other Career Pathway options.