As a recent graduate of Portland State University, I want to highlight some of the resources available not just for former students but to members of the Portland region through the university.
Portland State's motto is doctrina urbi serviat. For those of us who do not speak Latin, the English translation is "Let Knowledge Serve the City." This motto is fitting as PSU's campus is integrated into downtown Portland and has many programs and partnerships with government agencies and private businesses in the region. The Senior Adult Learning Center (SALC) program at PSU offers Oregon residents 65 and older the opportunity to audit most classes free of charge.
Another resource open to residents of all states and ages is the Friday Transportation Seminar Series at PSU. The seminars are a joint effort by the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Past seminar topics have included electric bikes, traffic signal operations, emissions, and transportation modeling advances. These seminars are free to the public and can be attended in person at PSU's Urban Center at 506 SW Mill Street, Room 204, streamed live, or downloaded to be watched or listened to at a later date. To see a schedule of upcoming seminars or view archives from past seminars click here. These are just two ways that Portland State lets knowledge serve the city.