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About the 2017 Bond

Bond renovations will update training equipment for key programs.

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The bond will invest in upgrades to safety, security, facility longevity and disability access across the college.

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Bond funds will be used to renovate training facilities and labs for health professions and STEAM programs.

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As Oregon’s largest institution of higher education, PCC serves more than 75,000 full- and part-time students from all backgrounds each year.

On the November 7, 2017 ballot, the PCC Board of Directors asked voters in its service area to consider a bond. The bond passed. Funds from the bond will go directly to addressing repairs, modernizing and renovating facilities, improving safety, and replacing outdated technology and equipment.

How much does the bond cost?

PCC’s bond measure is estimated to maintain current tax rates for local homeowners, with the total principal amount of bonds authorized not to exceed $185 million. This is estimated to maintain the tax rate of $0.40 per $1,000 of assessed property value, for 16 years.

What will the bond do?

Improve workforce training programs

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Modernize the college’s workforce training center in Northeast Portland, and provide updated equipment and technology for programs.

Renovate Metropolitan Workforce Training Center
  • Demolish two outdated buildings and combine programs into one multi-story facility building on a three-acre site already owned by PCC. Completing this project will reduce ongoing maintenance costs by $2 million, and continue ongoing partnerships with the Department of Human Services and other regional and community workforce development entities.
Update equipment and technology
  • Update technology infrastructure, learning equipment, and digital materials in classrooms, computers, and STEAM labs to improve teaching environments.
Expand health professions and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math)

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Renovate the existing Health Technology Building and develop new interactive training spaces for healthcare professions programs.

Modernize Sylvania Campus Health Technology Building
  • Renovate the existing Health Technology Building, which houses STEAM and health professions classrooms. This will include updated science and biology labs, nursing education suites, and faculty workspace for radiographic technology, anatomy and physiology, and other health-related career fields.
Develop health inter-professional training spaces
  • This project will develop or redesign spaces used for inter-professional training, offering students working with PCC’s health programs and major healthcare partners collaborative learning environments, including a new interactive simulation lab.
Meet needs for safety, security, building longevity, and disability access

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Extend the lifespan of PCC facilities and meet the needs of current and future students.

The bond will make the following upgrades and repairs
  • Sustainability and energy efficiency improvements
  • Information technology upgrades
  • Safety and security upgrades
  • Facility improvements for safety, ADA, and transit
  • Repair and renovate the Cascade Campus Public Safety Building
  • Build a new childcare development center on the Rock Creek Campus
  • Support the college’s facility planning process

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