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Here's what the Southeast Center would get from bond measure

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This week, I’ve been working my way campus-by-campus, explaining what the bond measure would mean for students at each site. We’ve hit Rock Creek, Cascade and Sylvania. Today: Southeast Center.

The center is at Southeast 82nd Avenue and Division. It’s not a full campus, lacking a library and some other amenities. But if the bond measure is successful, the center would start Stage 1 of a two-stage plan to turn it into a proper campus.

The campus would get:

• Science labs. Believe it or not, science students either have to drive to another campus for their lab work, or go to a nearby high school and schnore equipment! That’s obviously not ideal.

• Career training facilities for welding, construction, and/or electronic engineering technology programs. Again: It’s workforce development, workforce development, workforce development. This is the reason behind so much of the bond measure. There is a workforce shortage in this region and it’s only going to grow worse as the population booms. All of these fields train workers for well-paying jobs, which helps the whole economy.

• Library and tutoring services space. This one’s pretty self-explanatory. College-without-library: not so good. College-with-library: better.

• Added classrooms. A few years ago, Southeast Center opened at capacity. On Day 1, they had waiting lists and turned-away students because the demand for classes is so great.

• A child-care facility for students. I’ve said it before: One of the biggest impediments to a college education can be the lack of affordable, high-quality child care.

Tomorrow, we’ll take a look at Newberg and Sherwood.

Send your feedback to dana.haynes@pcc.edu. And thanks in advance.

About Dana Haynes

Dana Haynes, joined PCC in 2007 as the manager of the Office of Public Affairs, directing the college's media and government relations. Haynes spent the previous 20 years as a reporter, columnist and editor for Oregon newspapers, including ... more »

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