Voter approval of a $34 million General Obligation bond measure in November 2014 has led to projects totaling more than $52 million on LBCC sites in Corvallis, Lebanon and Albany. Bond funds have been leveraged against federal, state and other local funds to build and renovate spaces to provide job training and educational opportunities in areas of critical local importance.
Completion of the Advanced Transportation Technology Center in Lebanon has allowed us to expand training opportunities for heavy equipment, diesel, and automotive technicians in the latest technologies that are driving transportation decisions of consumers, as well as managers of multi-vehicle fleets.
Construction of the new Healthcare Occupations Center on the Samaritan Health Campus in Lebanon has allowed us to consolidate all healthcare programs in a single building, leading to greater efficiencies and an ability to expand programs such as nursing, which typically sees a 100 percent graduation rate and a 100 percent job placement rate.
Renovation of space on the Albany campus has allowed us to expand career technical education (CTE) programs that support local aerospace and rare metals industries, as well as culinary arts. The new Non-Destructive Test and Evaluation program facility boasts state-of-the-art diagnostic tools that are drawing praise from across the country.
Finally, bond funds have allowed us to purchase property in Corvallis to expand the Benton Center, which specializes in offering transfer classes supporting our Degree Partnership Program with Oregon State University. Construction on that facility is slated to begin in 2019.