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Portland college expands closer to Clatsop County

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Portland Community College closed escrow this week on property in Columbia County on which it plans to build a workforce training center.

The land – just over 17 acres – is in Scappoose, 80 miles east of Warrenton.

“We’re thrilled to share that PCC now has land in Scappoose, and even happier that construction will soon begin,” said Sylvia Kelley, PCC’s executive vice president. “Many thanks to our constituents in Columbia County, who have patiently waited as the college worked diligently to make this project a reality.”

The property offers easy access to students and the community because it’s just off Highway 30. PCC’s training center initially will focus on advanced manufacturing, offering such programs as machining, computer numerically controlled operation, welding and mechatronics.

Programming will be based on an apprenticeship model, a career pathway that combines on-the-job training with classroom instruction in order to develop the industry-aligned skills.

PCC is also committed to providing additional Career Technical Education and other courses as needed by the community.

“PCC’s partnership in Scappoose was something we’ve supported wholeheartedly from the very beginning,” Scappoose Mayor Scott Burge said. “There have been bumps and bruises along the way, trying to figure it out and how to do it. But all day long, the city of Scappoose has been there with PCC. It’s very important for the city. It’s very important for economic development.”

PCC will begin construction soon, with an anticipated facility opening date of spring 2021.

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