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New Training Center director, who has experience in Congress, to start in July

PMG PHOTO: ANNA DEL SAVIO - The proposed 17-acre PCC site is on Wagner Court, near OMIC. The 31,000 square foot facility would host classes and facilitate apprenticeships in manufacturing.Portland Community College has hired a director for the college's training facility at the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center, OMIC, in Scappoose.

Andrew Lattanner, who previously served as chief of staff and legislative advisor for former U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, will start his position with PCC on July 15. Lattanner is moving to Oregon from Washington, D.C., to take the position.

"Andrew's vast public policy and community engagement expertise will add great value to this key leadership position for PCC," Marc Goldberg, a vice president at PCC, stated in a press release announcing Lattanner's position.

LattannerPrior to working for Donnelly, Lattanner served as the chief of staff for former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul, a New York Democrat, who is now New York's lieutenant governor. He additionally held an earlier role as legislative director for Donnelly when Donnelly was in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In late October, PCC began the process of negotiating a purchase and sale agreement on a parcel of land — just over 17 acres — earmarked for the OMIC Workforce Training Center, the press release notes.

PCC's Workforce Training Center will be located on Wagner Court, a short walk from the OMIC R&D facility. In May, the Scappoose Planning Commission approved a permit for PCC to construct a 31,000- square-foot facility. PCC does not yet own the property, but is in the final steps of the sale.

Construction is expected to begin this summer after the sale is finalized. The training facility is anticipated to open in fall 2020.

"Workforce development has been at the top of Lattanner's priority list, in part because of his role to support a U.S. Senator and Representative from Indiana, the most manufacturing-intensive state in the country," the press release states.

A hiring committee was formed for the search process and included Craig Campbell, the executive director of OMIC Research & Development. The OMIC R&D facility develops metal manufacturing processes. PCC's OMIC Training Facility will offer manufacturing programs and apprenticeship opportunities.


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- PCC, Scappoose schools at odds over tech program conflicts

- PCC files permit for building


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