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Swan Island Trades Center open house set for Sept. 17
Photos and Story by James Hill
Portland Community College is celebrating the completion of Phase 1 of construction at the Swan Island Training Center, 6400 N. Cutter Circle. The college’s public open house from 3-6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 17, will feature tours of the new 20,000-square-foot trades education building, which will house the college’s the Trades & Industry Division (Facilities Maintenance Technology, HVAC-R, Electrical Trades/Apprenticeship and Fiber Optics.).
The new trades center and nearby Cascade Campus, along with expertise from PCC’s CLIMB Center for Advancement, will be a resource for continuing education, training, retraining and professional development for Swan Island businesses. Offered at Swan Island are the Facilities Maintenance Technology two-year degree; Facilities Maintenance Technology and HVAC Installers certificates; Millwright, Industrial Mechanics, Limited Maintenance Electrician, Manufacturing Plant Electrician and Stationary Engineer apprenticeships; and the Limited Building Maintenance Electrician training program.
PCC bought the former Oregon Motor Pool Facility in 2010 with a vision of creating a trades facility within the industrial core of Swan Island to meet the needs of the businesses in the area. In 2012, the State Legislature authorized $1 million to go towards construction of the PCC center in addition to the $3.6 million earmarked from PCC’s 2008 voter-approved $374 million bond. Phase 1 construction began in May of 2013. Architect on the project is Waterleaf Architecture and general contractor is JE Dunn Construction.
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