Portland Community College's OMIC Training Facility on pace for spring opening
*This story has been corrected
Back to school activities traditionally energize parents as they prepare to send their children back to K-12 schools in Scappoose and St. Helens.
But in the spring of 2021, local college students may be getting ready to step onto the campus at Portland Community College's Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center. Construction continues on schedule at the site, located at 34001 N.E. Wagner Court, northeast of Scappoose off West Lane Road.
"We … recognize that a strong manufacturing sector, like a strong community, requires a skilled workforce," said Craig Campbell, executive director at OMIC R&D. "That is why we are excited about the partnership with Portland Community College and the new PCC OMIC Training Center currently under construction in Scappoose."
As part of the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center, the PCC facility will offer training programs and facilitate apprenticeships in manufacturing. PCC's plans for Columbia County have been focused on manufacturing courses coupled with an apprenticeship program.
OMIC R&D is a collaborative organization that brings together 30 advanced manufacturing partners and three Oregon universities. It conducts applied research and develops advanced manufacturing technologies that promote industrial competitiveness and economic growth.
According to an August PCC newsletter, construction remains on schedule and should be complete by the end of 2020.
"Thanks to the hard work of skilled trades people and the support of the City of Scappoose and the Columbia County community, construction of the PCC OMIC Training Center continues to progress on schedule for completion by the end of 2020," the newsletter stated. "Nearly six months after the official groundbreaking, the building's exterior is in place and ready for paint, and inside, crews are hard at work framing walls, doors, and classrooms."
The OMIC R&D facility in Scappoose is home to world-class manufacturing equipment and technologies where experts from across Oregon and around the world can collaborate to develop solutions designed to manufacture products that are stronger, greener and less expensive.
"When we combine world-class research and development with education and training programs at PCC and in our local schools, we not only strengthen the manufacturing sector, we create tremendous opportunities here in Columbia County and across the State of Oregon," the newsletter added.
Regardless of the construction schedule, PCC reports that all OMIC programs and services will align with the college's overall reopening guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, with all instruction offered consistent with Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission guidelines.
*The original version of this story incorrectly stated the opening date for PCC's Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center for Research and Development, listed an incorrect address for the site and misattributed the source of some information.
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