Pioneer Pacific College

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Pioneer Pacific College
Pioneer Pacific College Logo.png
Motto There's a better life out there for you. We'll help you find it.
Type For-profit school
Established 1981
President Don Moutos
Academic staff
Students 1,287
Location Wilsonville, OR, USA
45°19′18″N 122°46′05″W / 45.32167°N 122.76806°W / 45.32167; -122.76806Coordinates: 45°19′18″N 122°46′05″W / 45.32167°N 122.76806°W / 45.32167; -122.76806
Campus Suburban
Satellite campuses Springfield, Oregon
Clackamas, Oregon

Pioneer Pacific College is an American post-secondary school in Oregon. Primarily offering Associate's degrees and certificate programs, the for profit school operates four campuses with the main branch in Wilsonville. Founded in 1981, academic programs include health care, business, criminal justice, information technology, and culinary arts. As of 2007, the school had an enrollment of 1,287 students.


Pioneer Pacific College began in 1981 as an electronics school in Corvallis, Oregon, named Skilltronics.[1] Founded by Irene and James Childers, the training school was moved to Wilsonville in 1983.[2] Pacific Education Corporation purchased Skilltronics in 1989 and changed the name to Pioneer Pacific College with accreditation coming in 1995.[1] Former Oregon legislator Kelly Clark co-owned the college in the early 1990s.[3]

In 1999, the college added a campus in Clackamas and the next year moved the main campus to a larger facility.[2] For the 2001 to 2002 academic year the school granted 108 associates degrees.[4] Pioneer Pacific started a criminal justice program in 2002 that offered an associate degree at its Wilsonville campus.[5] Also in 2002, the school established a campus in Lane County adjacent to the University of Oregon,[6] with the campus relocating the next year to Springfield.[7]

Bachelor's degrees were added in 2004, first with information technology and then others in 2005.[1] In 2004, the college added the Health Career Institute, followed by a culinary arts program in 2006.[2] For the 2005 to 2006 academic year the school's criminal justice program ranked 41st in the United States for most associate degrees granted in that field.[8] As of 2007, the school had 1,287 students with 250 graduating each year.[1]

Campuses and programs[edit]

Main campus in Wilsonville

Pioneer Pacific’s main campus is in Wilsonville and includes the 21,000-square-foot (2,000 m2) Health Career Institute.[2] This includes a library with 2,500 volumes.[9] The Lane County campus is located in Springfield's Gateway District on Sports Way and is housed in a two-story building with 20,000 square feet (1,900 m2) of space.[7] Culinary arts are taught at the Oregon Culinary Institute in Downtown Portland.[10] Seventy-three percent of students attend full-time and the school employs 119 teachers, of which 41% are full-time faculty members.[9]

Academic programs at the college include associate degrees in accounting, marketing, information services, Electronic Engineering, Radiologic Technology, medical assisting with a limited x-ray option, website management, paralegal, and culinary arts among others.[11] Bachelor's degrees are offered in business administration, information technology, health systems administration, and criminal justice.[11] Other programs include certificates in culinary arts, massage therapy, nursing, pharmacy assistant, medical billing, and medical assistance.[11] The school has been accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools since 1995.[12]


  1. ^ a b c d Behrs, Jan. ON THE JOB - Shura Frolov, licensed massage therapist. The Oregonian, January 7, 2007.
  2. ^ a b c d About the College: History. Pioneer Pacific College. Retrieved on May 21, 2008.
  3. ^ Hatfield schedules visit. The Oregonian, January 7, 1992.
  4. ^ Post Secondary Degrees. Oregon Student Assistance Commission. Retrieved on May 21, 2008.
  5. ^ Basalyga, Stehpanie. Briefly: Pioneer Pacific College will offer criminal justice degree. The Oregonian, January 10, 2002.
  6. ^ Colwell, Janet. Wilsonville, Ore., College's Fast-Track Degrees Attract Students. The Register Guard, September 30, 2002.
  7. ^ a b Harwood, Joe. Pioneer Pacific enjoys community response. The Register Guard, June 10, 2003.
  8. ^ Borden, Victor M.H.; Brown, Pamela C. Analyzing the data; TOP 100 associate degree producers 2007. Community College Week, July 16, 2007, Pg. 13(10) Vol. 19 No. 22 ISSN 1041-5726.
  9. ^ a b Peterson's (Firm : 2006- ). Peterson's Two-Year Colleges, 2008. Lawrenceville, NJ: Peterson's, 2007. p. 364.
  10. ^ Locations. Pioneer Pacific College. Retrieved on May 21, 2008.
  11. ^ a b c College Search: Pioneer Pacific College. CollegeBoard. Retrieved on May 21, 2008.
  12. ^ Pioneer Pacific College. U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved on May 21, 2008.

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