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CCC Opens New Science Building
OREGON CITY - Clackamas Community College is growing its science capacity on its Oregon City campus with the grand opening of its DeJardin Hall expansion. The home of life sciences, environmental science, chemistry and the water environmental technology programs, students will learn in state-of-the-art labs and classrooms.
This project doubles the current chemistry lab capacity, accommodating an additional 250 chemistry students a year along with additional biology classes. The new labs will expose students to modern, industry standard, scientific work environments, which are similar to what they will find when they transfer to a university. The addition of student collaboration spaces and support for the college's popular STEM Club.
The 23,150-square-foot addition features science on display both inside and out. Indoors, the building houses a large bird college, a replica of a beluga whale skeleton and features a large, penicillin molecule sculpture. Outside, an entire exterior wall's brickwork mimics cougar (the college's mascot) DNA. Embedded in the sidewalk is a geologic time walk, which is laid out so 1 meter is equal to 100,000,000 years and ends with at a large, glacial erratic boulder.
"This project will serve all science and allied health majors," Arts and Sciences Dean Sue Goff said. "It expands our collegiate and technical science laboratories and will prepare students for majors and careers in sciences like chemistry, biology, environmental and health sciences."
The community is invited to help celebrate the completion of DeJardin Hall at a grand opening Oct. 11 at 4 p.m. There will be a short program, plaque dedication and refreshments. The college is located at 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City.
The $25-million project is funded through a bond as well as an $8-million match for the state of Oregon. DeJardin Hall is one of several bond-funded projects at Clackamas Community College. Voters approved a $90-million bond measure in November 2014 to expand opportunities for students and to increase the skilled workforce in the community.
For more information on the degrees and certificates available at CCC, visit www.clackamas.edu/programs. For more information about the college's bond projects, visit www.clackamas.edu/BondInformation. For questions about the grand opening, contact Public Information Officer Lori Hall at 503-594-3162 or firstname.lastname@example.org.