Pioneer Pacific College


Pioneer Pacific College is a private higher education institution with 4 locations in northwestern Oregon. Based primarily in Wilsonville, the college has aimed to provide a practical education to students ever since its founding in the early 1980s. From its first move from Corvallis to Wilsonville – due to the latter’s proximity to Portland – it was clear that the goal of the college was to give students the most exposure to the professional world.

Though established as an electronics school (aptly named Skilltronics), Pioneer Pacific College has expanded its range of programs considerably and now offers diplomas, bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificates in fields as diverse as business and the culinary arts. Besides the main campus and Health Career Institute located in Wilsonville, Pioneer Pacific has locations in Springfield and Clackamas.

Accreditation for Pioneer Pacific to award its degrees, certificates and diplomas comes from the ACICS (the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools), located in Washington, D.C. and recognized by the United States Board of Education.

The Business Program is divided into four main areas: Accounting, Administration, Marketing and Business Management. Students can pursue an Associate of Applied Science in any of these or a Bachelor of Science in Business Management on the main campus at Wilsonville.

Other major degree programs include the Associate of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science degrees for Criminal Justice majors. Pioneer Pacific has maintained its dedication to information and electronics technology over the years and continues to offer an AAS in Computer Networking as well as a BS in Information Tech. For students looking to enter the legal profession, the AAS program to become a Paralegal or Legal Assistant can be completed in only 70 academic weeks. AAS programs in the Culinary Arts are supplemented by real-world kitchen experience in Portland, where the restaurant scene continues to thrive.

Finally, students looking to enter the Healthcare profession have a number of choices at Pioneer Pacific College. This extremely large industry continues to be fertile ground for job hunters. Pioneer Pacific offers degrees and certificates in Healthcare Administration, Pharmacy Tech, Medical Billing and more.

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Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $13,338
Admission Success rate N/A
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 10 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) N/A / N/A
Enrollment Total (all students) 892


Applications are accepted throughout the year at Pioneer Pacific College, so students are encouraged to get forms in early in order to make it for specific semesters when schoolwork is to begin. Online applications can be completed through the school website.

Students must satisfy the basic requirements for enrolling in a higher education facility, namely the completion of high school coursework or a GED program. Once the application is completed and transcripts have been forwarded to the admissions office, students will be asked to take evaluation tests to determine which classes will be best suited for their development.


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Financial Aid

All students at Pioneer Pacific will have access to financial aid resources in order to help pay for tuition. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid must be completed to initiate the process. Once this step is finished, students will find out what type of financial aid package they will receive. Federal grants are available which do not require repayment by the recipient. In addition, federal loans can be awarded to students and their parents with minimal interest obligations before graduation.

Academic and need-based scholarships may be available at the federal or state level. Read the guide to financial aid supplied on the Pioneer Pacific website for further information. Even if none of these financial aid benefits come through, students can take advantage of payment plans directly through the college.

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Pioneer Pacific students come from all walks of life and age groups. Since the school serves specific areas of the state, the student body consists mainly of Oregonians living in the Portland metropolitan area. While there are no on-campus housing facilities, students will find classmates focused on education and willing to work together to achieve their goals.

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Students can take advantage of the nearby city of Portland, which will be of aid to anyone looking to get one foot in the professional world before graduation. This city of more than half a million people is full of museums and restaurants, as well as an arts and music scene which draws interest from around the world. Culinary Arts students will attend classes in downtown Portland. The NBA’s Trailblazers call Portland home as well.

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