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YEAR IN REVIEW - CC also has plans to start construction next year and open a new training center in 2020

SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - High school students get hands-on tutorials with a simulated welding program during a Makers Gone Pro event at the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center in Scappoose. In addition to increased partnerships at OMIC in 2018, Portand Community College also announced its intent to purchase property and build a campus in Scappoose.YEAR IN REVIEW — The Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center continued to post progress and new programs in 2018, solidifying it as one of the most promising new investments in the county.

As of Dec. 27, the addition of German tool company Zoller marked OMIC's 22nd paid partnership with manufacturing companies. Earlier in the year, the delivery of a new $3 million WFL Millturn machine marked a significant stride toward acquiring cutting-edge equipment.

In October, the site hosted its first round of student interns through Oregon Tech and, in the same month, the Scappoose site celebrated Manufacturing Day with a Makers Gone Pro event, hosting elected officials at the county, state and federal levels, along with hundreds of high school students and companies for demonstrations and tours.

In conjunction with advanced manufacturing and research endeavors at OMIC, Portland Community College announced also announced in October its long-awaited plans to buy property and develop a new campus in Scappoose.

PCC will purchase a roughly $3.5 million, 17.25-acre parcel near Scappoose Industrial Airpark with plans to start construction next year and open a new training center in 2020.

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