Mayor Doug Neeley
From City Matters -
Oregon City Trail News
WHILE WASHINGTON AND MULTNOMAH COUNTIES HAVE MORE THAN
MADE UP FOR THE JOBS LOST in the worst recession experienced since the
Great Depression, Clackamas County has not yet done so.
It is critical for us to have the training
and educational capacity to meet the workforce demands of the present
and future if we are to compete in the job market for family-wage jobs.
In Clackamas County, Clackamas Community College provides the affordable
programs needed for the skills and education required in the modern
employment environment. This is why the College’s enrollment has
increased 41% in the last 10 years and is now approximately 30,000
students. Clackamas Community College has the lowest tuition rate of all
community colleges in Oregon and its tuition is less than half that of
the average tuition paid at Oregon’s four-year state institutions.
The College makes it possible for students
to obtain an affordable education. Based on surveys of former students,
87% of those receiving an occupational degree find work within 6 months
of graduation, 77% of those transferring to four-year institutions do so
within one year of leaving Clackamas Community College, and 46% of those
getting a degree there gain employment within Clackamas County.
the College’s success has created challenges that need to be overcome.
The College does not have sufficient classroom space to accommodate the
growing student population. Not only is additional space required, the
College needs modern equipment and facilities to meet the educational
requirements of today’s workplace. Over the past two years, Clackamas
Community College has sought input from the community to determine what
services and facilities are needed to meet those requirements. Based on
the community’s responses, the College has determined that it needs:
a new industrial learning center
to provide training in the fields of electronics, automotive repair, and
manufacturing and to provide support for needed apprenticeship and
more classrooms and a
modernization of equipment and facilities;
building improvements through the
replacement of outdated electrical, heating, ventilation, and plumbing
a replacement for the 1940s-era
building at the Harmony Campus with a modern center for training
high-demand jobs in the health-care and science fields.
To meet those requirements,
the College’s Board of Directors has determined it requires a total of
$155 million and has decided to place a $90 million dollar bond measure
on the November 4th ballot and to seek an additional $65 million in
matching funds, $16 million of which has already been committed should
the bond pass. The $90 million bond will result in a rate of
19-cents/$1000 of assessed property value which is the current rate paid
by County taxpayers, meaning that there will be no net increase in taxes
resulting from passage of the bond measure.
For more information on this bond measure, connect