WHITE CITY, Ore.-- It's been a long time coming for Rogue Community College turning this empty building into the new Career Technical Training Center and the journey is only half-way over. It finally broke ground Tuesday afternoon. The project will cost $4.2 Million. Some of that was funded by the $20M bond approved by voters in 2016. $1.2M IS coming from a government grant and donations. The training center will house career technical programs like manufacturing, engineering technology and welding.
RCC said this building will provide almost 12,000 square feet of space for new and existing classes to move in.
"This is designed to provide training opportunities for people in our community of all ages to come in two years or less be job ready," said RCC President Cathy Kemper-Pelle.
Kemper-Pelle said this groundbreaking marks the beginning of a new era, not just for RCC and its current and prospective students, but for the Rogue Valley as a whole.
"We have been listening to our workforce partners who have been telling us there are literally thousands of jobs going unfilled in the Rogue Valley in technical trades and expressing their need for certain types of training," said Kemper-Pelle.
In addition to the various technically programs that will move into that space, it will also house a 'Markerspace.' RCC said its 'Markerspace' will be a place to interact face-to face with local professionals and network.
"It’s an opportunity for our students to engage in capstone projects with the workforce that are already doing what they're learning to do. They'll be able to innovate new things and get their feet wet on different aspects of industry." said School of Science and Technology Dean of Instruction Steve Schilling.
Kemper-Pelle said this new building is well worth it its price.
"I see this as a space as a hub, a kind of connection point where people who want jobs, and people who have jobs, and people who can teach people how to fill those jobs all come together to help people become employed in this area, gainfully employed."
That groundbreaking is only the first step to this new career tech training center. Construction begins Monday, January 16th and RCC hopes to have it ready for the Fall 2018 term.