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Orange Coast College

Orange Coast College, located in Costa Mesa just minutes from Southern California’s beautiful beaches, was founded in 1948 with an opening day enrollment of 500 students. In the years since, it has grown into one of the nation’s largest -- and finest -- community colleges, enrolling more than 25,000 students each semester. Featuring exceptional facilities and the latest in computer and high-tech equipment, OCC offers more than 130 academic and career programs, including one of the nation’s largest and most acclaimed public nautical programs. Nearly half the students on campus are enrolled in one of OCC's career and technical programs. 

  • Pam Barvarz,
  • Gabriela Ernsberger,
  • Martha Malaty,
  • Maryann Watson

Oregon Institute of Technology

Oregon Institute of Technology, a member of the Oregon University System, offers innovative and rigorous applied degree programs in the areas of engineering, engineering technologies, health technologies, management, and the arts and sciences. To foster student and graduate success, the university provides an intimate, hands-on learning environment, focusing on application of theory to practice. Oregon Tech offers statewide educational opportunities for the emerging needs of Oregon’s citizens and provides information and technical expertise to state, national and international constituents.

  • Sherry Yang
Oregon State University

Oregon State University

At Oregon State, PEOPLE make the difference. They believe engineering students are people who want to build a better world. Young women and men driven to make a difference. Bright individuals with vision and passion and purpose. Which is why their engineering program is unlike any. Their program is RADICAL, in a very good way. They're pioneering the trail and changing the way engineering education is done. What's so special about their programs? INNOVATION. They offer the Pacific Northwest's most innovative and flexible undergraduate Computer Science degree. Their students choose from three different options: 1) computer systems, 2) information systems, and 3) applied computer science.

  • Glencora Borradaile,
  • Margaret Burnett,
  • Jennifer Davidson,
  • Terri Fiez,
  • Leslie Hawthorne,
  • Carlos Jensen,
  • Catherine Law,
  • Ellen Momsen
Pacific University

Pacific University

Pacific is a community of highly motivated, intellectual students, faculty and staff committed to an intimate, personalized education. They are located about halfway between the Oregon Coast and Portland, and one can really feel the difference upon setting foot on their historic campus. At Pacific there are many traditions, but foremost among them is teaching. Here, professors know more than just names, they know their student's dreams and they work to help fulfill them. At Pacific life truly unfolds day by day in often surprising ways. One thing is certain: no one here is bored or unchallenged!

  • Shereen Khoja
Park University

Park University

Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community. Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

  • John Dean
Pearson Prentice Hall

Pearson Prentice Hall

Pearson is one of the world's great publishers. They publish more books than any other company and they reach millions of people every day, in print and online. Their higher education publishing brands - Addison-Wesley, Allyn & Bacon, Benjamin Cummings, Longman, Merrill, and Prentice Hall - have earned the trust of educators and students because of their commitment to accuracy, integrity, and independence of thought.

  • Erin Davis,
  • Marcia Horton,
  • Margaret Waples
Pellissippi State Community College

Pellissippi State Community College

Pellissippi State is a vital institution accustomed to transformation and growth. Since its founding in 1974 as State Technical Institute at Knoxville, the College has expanded the teaching of technology, the use of technology in instruction, and the transfer of technology to local business and industry in support of regional economic development. The College continues to support and develop career/technical associate’s degrees and institutional certificates, university parallel associate’s degree programs, and continuing education opportunities for the citizens of Knox, Blount, and surrounding counties. In partnership with the community, the College sustains the effort toward an ever-improving quality of life for residents of East Tennessee. The mission of Pellissippi State Community College is to serve its community by providing college-level and non-credit courses and learning support instruction using a variety of delivery methods, training and workforce development, and opportunities for life, civic and cultural enrichment.

  • Sharon Burlingame,
  • Gitti Negahban
Pennsylvania State University

Pennsylvania State University

Penn State's Department of Computer Science and Engineering, formed in 1993, combines the strengths of the Department of Computer Science and the Computer Engineering Program. The computer science component originated in the 1960's, and the computer engineering program in the 1980's. Faculty emphasize the theoretical and practical application of computation and computer systems to the needs of society. Research interests cover the broad areas of architecture, computational theory, computer applications, and software systems. With more than a decade of experience in advancing their diversity goals through strategic planning and a rich history of valuing diversity, Penn State is among the national leaders in higher education in diversity strategic planning. Promoting equity and inclusivity in higher education is not only the right thing to do; it is also the strategic thing to do.

  • Jan Mahar,
  • Jungwoo Ryoo,
  • Anna Squicciarini,
  • Jeffrey Stone,
  • Eileen Trauth

Piedmont Virginia Community College

Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) is a nonresidential two-year institution of higher education that serves Central Virginia - principally residents of the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson. We are one of 23 community colleges in Virginia that comprise the Virginia Community College System (VCCS).

PVCC is committed to providing access to a college education for all who can benefit, an opportunity for each student to reach his or her potential and excellence in our programs and services.

The mission of the Business, Mathematics & Technologies Division is to provide transfer preparation and workforce development curricula of the highest academic quality so students may successfully enter the workforce or continue their education at four-year colleges and universities.

  • Bruce Robinson
Pierce College - Los Angeles

Pierce College - Los Angeles

Pierce College is setting the pace in community college education, preparing students to take their place or to retrain in industries at the forefront of technological advances. The creation of the 15-week semester plan led to higher enrollment, better learning and better retention. With two five-week summer sessions and one five-week winter session, students are enjoying the opportunity to move more quickly through the curriculum with greater academic success. Pierce combines academic excellence with a friendly and helpful faculty and staff. It has a solid reputation for being a student-friendly institution, offering students high-quality and challenging education that will prepare them for university or vocational work. Pierce students benefit from smaller class sizes and lower tuition than a four-year university. Pierce College is proud to be recognized as one of the most respected community colleges and transfer institutions in California.

  • Natalia Grigoriants

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