PCC / News / February 2019 /
Intel employees credit Electronic Engineering Program for electrifying their passions
Photos and Story by James Hill |
Left to right, Mike Campbell and Korey Theberge are proud PCC alumni.
Years ago, Mike Campbell left Texas for the blue skies of Alaska to be a fisherman. But a funny thing happened along the way: His car broke down on Interstate-5, near Wilsonville. Stuck in Portland, Campbell decided to stay and find work.
As luck would have it, he found a job as an industrial maintenance technician where he could apply his knack for fixing things after more than two decades working for a variety of companies, including PepsiCo.
“I wasn’t planning to stop in Oregon, but here I am,” he laughed.
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For Campbell, life as an industrial tech was great until 2008, when he injured his back.
“It was a rough five years trying to strengthen my back and recuperate,” admitted Campbell, who today is 25-percent disabled. “The three surgeries didn’t work, and I decided to look to see what else I could do.”
Living off of disability insurance payments, he needed to find a new career. Enter Portland Community College.
Campbell, a high school dropout, turned to PCC to earn his GED and take three remedial math courses to improve his placement into the college. When he …