Portland Community College Zone 5
Ken Madden - NonpartisanIf there’s one place community colleges should outpace four-year institutions, it’s in hands-on job training. As owner of Madden Industrial Craftsmen and Madden Fabrication, Ken Madden says PCC needs to stay nimble and update course offerings as necessary job skills also change.
Madden—running for the first time to serve a zone that covers Beaverton and Southwest Portland—is co-chairman of Gov. John Kitzhaber’s Oregon Workforce Investment Board and chairman of the Beaverton Chamber of Commerce. And he helped establish a scholarship fund at the school and serves on the PCC Foundation board.
He may be a bit of a rubber stamp—“I think the school’s perfect at this point,” he tells WW—in seeking to replace outgoing board member David Squire. (His opponent, David Solomon, failed to file a Voters’ Pamphlet statement.)
Madden’s obvious commitment to PCC—coupled with his real-world business experience—makes him the clear choice.