Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Pioneer Pacific College

About Pioneer Pacific College

Throughout its history, Pioneer Pacific College has been committed to preparing every student with the training necessary to build a successful career.

Today, the school is a highly focused private career college offering diploma, associate's, and bachelor's degree programs.

You'll find the environment at Pioneer Pacific friendly, relaxed, and supportive. Classes are small, creating an ideal learning atmosphere of individualized attention and interaction among students, faculty, and staff.

Shorter time to graduation

Earn a diploma in just 10 months an associate's degree in as few as 17 months, or a bachelor's degree can be earned in only three years. Pioneer Pacific College designs their programs so you can go year-round. Best of all, classes are always available when you need them… no waiting for another semester or two.

Programs in the hottest careers

Pioneer Pacific College offers 10 Associate's Degree Programs and 6 Diploma Programs, as well as Bachelor's Degrees in Criminal Justice, Healthcare Administration, Business Management and Information Technology.

Programs that work with your life

Convenient day and evening classes allow students to work while attending school.

Smaller class sizes

Get the one-on-one support and attention you need to be well-trained for your career.

Convenient locations

Five locations to choose from: Two in Wilsonville, and one each in Clackamas, Portland (culinary classes only) and Eugene/Springfield.

Most classes start every 10 weeks

Most classes start every 10 weeks so you can apply for admission all year round.

Hands-on training

Students have the opportunity to learn by doing, using the tools and techniques of professionals working in their desired career field.

Industry-current technology

Pioneer Pacific College maintains industry-current equipment within all of their programs.

Professional development services

Pioneer Pacific College helps students and graduates with resume preparation, interviewing skills, and portfolio preparation. The school's valuable community connections also help students with their job search.

Externships available

Externships are available in some programs, helping students build their resume with real-world experience, while opening doors for job opportunities in the future.

Easy admissions process

Pioneer Pacific College’s friendly admissions team will work with you each step of the way, including helping to determine the right program for you.

Financial aid guidance

They take the work out of researching and getting financial aid with one-on-one attention and tuition planning assistance.

All-inclusive tuition

The cost of required books, tools, and supplies is included in the total program cost, so you can use Financial Aid for those related expenses, not just tuition.


From its beginning, Pioneer Pacific College has been committed to preparing every student for a successful career.

Founded in 1981 as Skilltronics, Inc. in Corvallis, Oregon, the school began as a unique training program for students interested in entering the growing electronics industry.
Over the years, the school has continued adding programs and evolving training to better meet the employment needs of industries in demand.

Here are some highlights of the school's history:

1981: Pioneer Pacific is founded by James and Irene Childers as Skilltronics, Inc. in Corvallis, Oregon.

1983: The school relocates to Wilsonville, Oregon to facilitate job placement in the greater Portland metropolitan area.

1989: The school is purchased by Pacific Education Corporation and renamed Pioneer Pacific college. It immediately expands its range of programs to better meet the requirements of employers in both the private and public sector.

1995: Pioneer Pacific receives accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools

1996: The state of Oregon grants Pioneer Pacific the authority to award Associate of Applied Science degrees.

1999: The college establishes a learning site in Clackamas, Oregon, to better serve students from the north and east sides of the Metro area.

2000: The main campus moves to a new location in Wilsonville, Oregon. The completely renovated site provides additional facilities and a more collegiate atmosphere.

2002: Classes begin in the new branch campus of Eugene, Oregon. A year later, the college moves from its temporary quarters to a permanent, custom-built campus in Springfield, Oregon.

2004: Pioneer Pacific begins offering its first baccalaureate degree program the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, offered through the Main Campus in Wilsonville. Another highlight of the year is the opening of the Health Career Institute adjacent to the Wilsonville campus. Serving as the latest example of the school's commitment to better serving students and the community, this 21,000 square foot facility is home to many new and exciting health-related career education programs.

2005: Pioneer Pacific received approval to offer additional bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice, Business Management and Health Care Administration. Following final approval by the Oregon State Board of Nursing, the first cohort of nursing students begin study in the Practical Nurse (PN) program during the fall of 2005 at our Health Career Institute.

2006: In February 2006, the College began enrolling students at their first culinary branch campus. Oregon Culinary Institute offers both professional and consumer education classes in our Portland facility.


The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) accredits Pioneer Pacific College to award certificates, diplomas and occupational associate's degrees. The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools is listed as a nationally-recognized accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education. The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) also recognizes its accreditation of degree-granting institutions. The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools may be reached at 750 First Street NE, Suite 980, Washington, DC 20002-4241, (202) 336-6780.


Oregon Office of Degree Authorization to offer and confer academic degrees
U. S. Department of Veteran's Affairs and the Oregon State Department of Education for the training of Veterans

U. S. Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service, for attendance by non-immigrant alien students


Alpha Beta Kappa Honor Society
American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
American Association for Paralegal Education
Career College Association
Oregon Career College Association
Phi Beta Lambda Chapter

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