CCC Board Votes Unanimously to Refer Bond to Voters in November

Article by: Janet Paulson

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 Community Campus.

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 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.

 "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 Ervin.

For more information, please contact Janet Paulson at 503-594-3162.

 

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