• 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:

    • ONE TO TWO FREE COLLEGE CLASSES (3 or 5 credits depending on the term) In these classes you will develop a career plan, make new friends and prepare for college. Classes are offered fall, winter and spring terms.

    • 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 1-2 classes: Life and Career Planning, and scholarship support as well as one hour a week of workshops to ensure college success. Other services include, mentor support, 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.

      Other Benefits the program offers:
      •We have our own private study hall room AC1008.
      •We have mentors who have finished the program and support all the students in the program.
      •We have a success coach who also supports students in the program.

    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 am confused about which career to pursue.
    • I would like to make changes in my life but I don’t know where to start.
    • I need help in managing my fear and anxiety about making changes in my life.
    • I am having difficulty accessing, continuing and/or completing my education.
    • I lack self-confidence.
    • I would like to have a better job but lack the education to qualify.
    • I would like help in preparing for college and planning my career.
    • I need help in making smart decisions about my career options.
    • I need help in navigating college and in connecting with college and community resources.
    • I need help and support in learning and reinforcing key life skills like time management, good study habits, stress management and team work.
    • I need help in getting scholarships and grants.
    • I need the support and encouragement of good role models.

    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) for schedules of upcoming information sessions.

    How do I decide if Transitions is right for me?
    Always feel free to call or email transitions.info@mhcc.edu. Your initial call will give you access to information about the Program, what to do if you think the Program is a good fit for you, or to link you up with other Campus resources that you need. As long as you are committed to move forward with your education, Transitions will help you get connected with Campus Resources that will best help you move forward in the direction that you choose.
    Do you have academic requirements for admission?
    • Program requirements: The Transitions program requires a reading and writing 115 placement or completion of ESOL IECC.
    • Please meet with the Transitions coordinator for an intake appointment and to get information on practice placement testing links. 
    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.