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RCC Breaks Ground on $4.2 Million Career Technical Training Center

High Technology Center artist renditionWHITE CITY--Rogue Community College (RCC) broke ground today on a new $4.2 million RCC Career Technical Training Center in White City, Oregon. RCC President Cathy Kemper-Pelle, RCC leadership, members of the RCC Board of Education, community leaders, and supporters were present.

The center expands the RCC Table Rock Campus with a renovation of an 11,800-square-foot building adjacent to the campus, creating much-needed space for new and existing programs and improving hands-on learning lab experience for students, helping them on their paths to great careers.

“This Career Technical Training Center would not be possible without the support of the voters of Jackson and Josephine counties, generous private donations, and industry collaboration with our faculty and staff to ensure that our programs are state-of-the-art and meet local employer needs,” said RCC President Cathy Kemper-Pelle.

When finished, the facility will be a high-tech home to several programs including manufacturing and engineering technology, mechatronics and welding. It will greatly enhance instruction for students, helping them connect to high paying careers in the expanding Rogue Valley economy.

It will also contain a “Makerspace” that will facilitate collaborative learning between students, the community, and business partners.

The project is funded in part by the $20 million bond approved by voters in 2016, with an additional $1.2 million from a U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant. It is also supported by funds from the Morris Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, Mary and Ted Warrick, other donations to the RCC Foundation, and Rogue Community College.

The contractor for the project is Adroit Construction. The lead architectural firm is Kistler, Small and White Architects. Contributing architects are Heneberry-Edy.