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The facility will house a training center, part of the regional Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center.

PHOTO COURTESY PCC - Portland Community College has announced the purchase of land in Scappoose for a technology training facility.

Portland Community College plans to buy 17-plus acres in Columbia County to house a training center, as part of the regional Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center project.

The site is north of Wagner Court and east of West Lane Road in Scappoose, and is owned by SPB Holdings LLC. The college and the owners have signed letter of intent.

PCC will begin a phase one environmental scan and conditional use permit process on the property for due diligence purposes, according to a press release. That process could take several months.PCC President Mark Mitsui

"This piece of property meets our needs in a complete way," said PCC President Mark Mitsui. "The infrastructure is already in place, enabling us to build quickly. It's close to Highway 30, so it offers easy access for our students and the local community. And finally, its proximity to the OMIC Research & Development Center was another important factor in our decision."

The college plans to begin construction in summer 2019, with fall 2020 as the estimated opening of the training center, focused on advanced manufacturing and offering such programs as Computer Numerically Controlled Operation, Machining, Welding and Mechatronics. Programs will be based on an apprenticeship model, in which students will be able to complete an associate degree or certificate leading to an advanced degree. Until the training center's opening, courses will be taught in temporary locations, including at Scappoose High School.

The center is part of the regional OMIC project, which seeks to combine applied research and development and workforce training to serve the region's advanced manufacturers, and create economic mobility for area residents to access living wage careers in the metals manufacturing industry. It will complement OMIC R&D, which is modeled after the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Center in partnership with Boeing in Sheffield, England. Its Scappoose facility is owned and administered by the Oregon Institute of Technology (www.OMIC.us).

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