• What the Program Offers and Program Overview


  • Transitions may be the support you need to succeed!

    The Transitions program has numerous success stories—stories of individuals with the courage and determination to succeed despite the obstacles in their lives. Many Transitions students face various barriers that make it difficult to learn job skills and have a foothold to a successful career path without a support program like Transitions. Some are escaping domestic violence situations or drug addiction. Achieving what once may have seemed impossible, graduates of Transitions have made positive changes to create safe, healthy lives and gained the skills to be financially secure. It's never too late to change your life!

    What does the program offer?

    The Transitions program can provide the resources and support you'll need to make career decisions, strengthen your self-confidence and develop college success skills.

    Some of these resources include:

    • THREE COLLEGE CLASSES—In these classes you will develop a career plan, make new friends and prepare for college. Classes are offered fall, winter and spring terms. Occasionally summer classes are offered as well.

    • CAREER EXPLORATION—Speakers and field trips will help you find potential career paths and job satisfaction.

    • PEER MENTORS—Graduates of this program are available to encourage and guide you in achieving your goals.

    • RESOURCES—Counseling and advising, support groups and scholarship workshops will help you succeed in school.

    • VOLUNTEER AND LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES—Build self-esteem and leadership skills by working or volunteering on campus.

    • FINANCIAL HELP—Low-income students who qualify may receive financial assistance for needs such as child care, transportation.

    • FOLLOW-UP SUPPORT—After Transitions classes, staff are available to help you stay in school and succeed.

    • HEALTH CAREERS ACCESS PROJECT — we can help you select and purse health careers.
    What does your future hold?
    With the help of the Transitions program, your future is in your own hands. The skills you learn will have a positive impact on the rest of your life.
    What career will you choose?
    Your career can be anything you set your mind to! Whether it's basic skills training, a two-year professional-technical degree or transferring to a four-year college, the Transitions program will help you make the choice that's right for you.
    Want to know more?
    For more information about the Transitions program, call 503-491-7680. ex 0

    Transitions Program Overview

    What is the Transitions Program?
    Transitions is a career planning and college preparation program for those who feel that the life experiences that they have are limitations and a barrier to success. The program helps students develop a career goal, get to know the college and all its resources, make friends, and develop time management and study skills. Students also learn how to apply for scholarships and to develop life-long career development skills.
    What services does the Transitions Program offer?
    Transitions includes 3 classes: Life and Career Planning, Transition to College, and Life Transitions. Classes include 7 college credits, 6 of which are transferable elective credits. Other services include support groups, mentoring, counseling, resource referrals, and help getting scholarships. Financial assistance may also be available for school-related expenses, depending on fund availability. The program also offers leadership opportunities, including work and volunteer jobs that help student develop communication and leadership skills.
    Can you help me find a better job?
    Transitions does not focus on job-search skills. Instead, the program helps you set career goals and prepare for school. Transitions can help you make a plan for short-term training, however, that could lead to a job quickly.
    What is covered in the Transitions classes?

    The Transitions classes cover many topics that are designed to help students develop a career goal, prepare for college, and develop self-esteem and good study skills.

    • HD 90, Transition to College, is a “nuts and bolts” class that helps students develop good time management skills and introduces students to basic college information on financial aid, college services, college layout, and how to pick instructors and classes. The class includes a one-hour discussion group where students can share and receive support on their life transitions.

    • HD 202, Life Transitions, covers topics related to making life transitions, including self-esteem, communication, relationships, support systems, teamwork, and self care. The class helps students deal with the personal and psychological issues that come up for parents and homemakers who are returning to school.

    • HD 208, Life and Career Planning, is a career planning class that teaches students how to research and develop career and academic plans, and assists students in developing a 5 year plan and career portfolio. The class can be helpful both for students who have a career goal and those who don’t. A career goal can be researched, confirmed, or changed, and students with many options can learn to narrow focus and make choices.
    How long does the program last?
    Transitions is a one-term (three month) program offered during fall, winter and spring terms. Programs may be offered in the summer as well. Additional follow up help is available for as long as needed.
    Who is eligible for Transitions?

    The Program is a great support for those who are ready to make a positive change in their lives by committing to pursuing education. These students may either be newly-graduated from high school or returning adult students who would like to go to college but need help in learning life skills, career planning and accessing resources. Consider the checklist below and see if Transitions might be for you:

    ___ I do not have definite career goals yet.
    ___ I would like to make changes in my life but I don't know where to start.
    ___ I am facing barriers in accessing, continuing and/or completing my college education.
    ___ I have life experiences that feel like limitations when I think of coming to school
    ___ I would like to have a better job but lacks the education necessary to qualify.
    ___ I need help in preparing for college and planning for my career.
    ___ I need help in making smart decisions about my career options.
    ___ I need help in connecting with college resources and navigating the college in general.
    ___ I need help and support in learning and reinforcing key life skills like time management, stress management, study skills and self-confidence.
    ___ I need assistance in getting scholarship support.

    If you said "yes" to some or all of these, Transitions might be the Program to help you. Visit https://www.mhcc.edu/Transitions/ Or call 503-491-7680 (front desk) or 503-491-7687 (Stella Armstrong) for schedules of upcoming information sessions.


    How do I decide if Transitions is right for me?
    Come to a two hour information session to find out more. Call the Transitions office for the next available session. Pre-registration is not required. You can also review the sheet “Is Transitions right for me?”
    Do you have academic requirements for admission?

    Having a Reading and Writing Level of 90 or its equivalent IECC level 201 would help you maximize the benefits that the Program has to offer. If you are not sure if you are able to meet this requirement because you have not previously taken the College Placement Test come to an information session and we will help you get set up for the Test through the Orientation Center.

    How do you apply to Transitions?
    Please click on this link to learn about the application process
    What are the hours and dates of Transitions Program Classes?

    Classes are usually scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays (9 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.)

    Do you have a summer program?
    Sometimes Transitions offers a summer program. Please call the office at 503-491-7680 to determine whether a summer program will be offered this year.
    What are the benefits of participating?
    Transitions helps students develop self-confidence, goals, friendships, support systems, knowledge of the college, and improved study skills. Most students report that they feel better about themselves and do better in school after they finish Transitions. They are able to locate funds, including scholarships, for school. Many Transitions students go on to obtain associates, bachelors and even masters degrees. They also say that they become better role models for their children and develop healthier relationships too.
    What happens after Transitions?
    After Transitions, the program provides follow up support as students take other college classes. These include a College Success class and other services to help you succeed. Students are also referred to other college services, such as Disability Services, TRIO (The Student Support Services program), tutoring, and other services. After Transitions students may also seek work and volunteer opportunities in Transitions or other campus programs to help them develop job and leadership skills.