Voters Approve CCC Bond Measure(1)

Article by: Janet Paulson

OREGON CITY - Voters in the college district on Tuesday approved a Clackamas Community College bond measure that will provide funds to update and expand college classrooms and labs and modernize equipment to meet current industry standards.

"We are grateful to our community for the support," said Greg Chaimov, chairman of the CCC Board of Education. "Passage of the bond ensures students in our district will have enhanced opportunities to train for in-demand, living-wage jobs and to pursue transfer degrees."

The $90 million bond measure was structured so it would not increase the tax burden on residents in the district. Passage of the bond ensures the college has the matching funds required to receive $16 million in state funds designated by the Legislature.

The state matching funds will support two projects in the bond - an industrial technical learning center and a workforce development facility. In addition, the college intends to raise an additional $5 million to leverage bond funds.

The bond measure was developed after a two-year community engagement process, Imagine Clackamas. Through Imagine Clackamas, the college asked community members, business owners, staff and students what they wanted from the college. The bond projects address the needs identified by the community during the Imagine Clackamas process and other surveys and public forums.

Clackamas Community College has 27 buildings on three campuses in Oregon City, the Harmony Community Campus in North Clackamas and the Wilsonville Training Center. These projects would allow students to complete a two-year degree at any of the three campuses.

CCC provides career technical programs, college transfer degrees and basic skills education, along with workforce and business services, job training and community education classes. The college serves more than 30,000 students per year.

"I appreciate the support in our community for CCC and the work we do to prepare people for a lifetime of greater opportunity," said President Joanne Truesdell. "This bond measure will protect the community's investment and open the way for new, progressive partnerships."

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