OREGON CITY - The Clackamas Community College Board of Education
unanimously approved a bond measure referral for the Nov. 4 ballot
at its July 16 meeting.
The bond measure would provide funds to update and expand
college classrooms and labs and modernize equipment to meet current
industry standards. It would also make improvements to existing
facilities and replace the 61-year-old building on the Harmony
The proposal was finalized after numerous opportunities for
community input that started with the two-year public 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.
The goals of this measure are to increase access to affordable
education that would allow students to transfer to four-year
universities or obtain job training for high-demand careers in
science, healthcare, engineering, manufacturing and skilled trades;
and to ensure that students have modern training equipment so they
have the skills for today's workforce.
Nancy Gibson, faculty at Marylhurst University and Oak Lodge
Water District commissioner, addressed the board, expressing
support for the bond measure and the role of the community college
in regional higher education. "You are a valued partner to
Marylhurst. We receive your students as transfer students, and you
prepare them well to come to a university," she said.
The college has secured $16 million in state matching funds that
would support two projects in the bond - an industrial technical
learning center and a workforce development facility. In addition,
the college Foundation intends to raise an additional $5 million to
leverage bond funds.
The $90 million CCC bond measure is expected to result in no
increase in the college's estimated average annual bond tax rate of
19 cents per $1,000 of assessed property values.
The bond measure would:
- Construct an industrial/technical learning center with labs and
classrooms benefitting electronics, automotive, manufacturing,
welding, skilled trades and apprenticeships;
- Add science classrooms; modernize, renovate and furnish other
college classrooms and facilities; update and modernize equipment
and technology, especially for training in high-demand careers,
including healthcare and engineering;
- Replace worn-out electrical, heating, ventilation and plumbing
systems; do deferred maintenance to reduce operating costs and/or
extend the life of college facilities; and make improvements to
address seismic and security concerns;
- Construct a new workforce development facility by replacing the
61-year-old building on the Harmony Community Campus; purchase
property and the remaining interest in facilities;
- Replace the student services center on the Oregon City campus
with an expanded facility to meet student needs;
- Refinance the college's current capital debt and finance bond
issuance costs, site improvements and demolition.
The bonds would be paid off in 26 years or less from the date of
issuance and may be issued in multiple series.
Clackamas Community College has 29 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
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.
"As a community college, our job is about building
tomorrow's careers today. This bond measure would help us meet our
responsibility to our community," said board chairwoman Judy
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