About the Bond
Thanks to voters throughout the region, PCC’s bond program was approved in November 2008. PCC is committed to providing up-to-date information and opportunities for input and engagement throughout the planning and implementation of all of the bond program projects.
With increasing enrollment, PCC programs are at capacity
The bond could not have passed at a better time. PCC faces many challenges in meeting the workforce needs of our five-county region, including:
• Increasing enrollment
• Keeping classroom technology up-to-date
• Programs that are at capacity
Enrollment at PCC is increasing dramatically as people go back to school to retrain after layoffs or choose community colleges as the smart way to pursue a higher education. In fall 2009, enrollment was up 15 percent (FTE) year over year, for the ninth consecutive term of growth at the college.
The bond will add space, update technology and more
Fortunately, voters recognized this need and responded. As a result of receiving a “Yes” on the 2008 PCC bond measure, PCC will be able to:
- Expand workforce training programs
- Update equipment and technology
- Make health and safety upgrades
- Add space to serve more students, including centers in Newberg, Sherwood and Willow Creek and an administrative facility at the new PCC Downtown Center.
With the bond program come the opportunities to fulfill our vision of offering an accessible, quality college education to every member in our community and to provide development and job opportunities throughout the PCC district. To learn more about the history of the bond, explore the archived Bond Campaign site.
Vision for PCC’s 2008 Bond Program
We create new educational opportunities for generations to come by building and renovating facilities that sustain our resources, delight our students, exceed the expectations of district citizens for superior educational resources, enhance our communities, and inspire generations to achieve their educational goals.
- We will design buildings that are conducive to the teaching and learning process, that support the uniqueness of each of our local communities, and that enhance student, staff, and community safety and well-being.
- We will be transparent in our design activity by involving our communities, students, and staff in the decisions regarding the form and features of what we create.
- We will manage public resources diligently and prudently, recognizing that tax dollars we spend are precious and increasingly scarce.
- We will foster sustainable operations by emphasizing standardization in the systems we install in order that long-term cost of operating is minimized, maintenance cost-effectiveness is enhanced, and faculty, staff and students find our facilities easy and pleasant to use.
- We will recognize the economic importance of this program by having a proactive minority-, woman-owned, and emerging small business outreach program, actively hiring local business of all sizes, ensuring craftspeople have the opportunity to achieve journey level, and using all reasonable measures to encourage creation and preservation of family wage jobs. Read more on our Contracting Opportunities page.
- We will create facilities that integrate well with and enhance the culture, heritage, safety, and architectural tone of the communities in which they exist.
- We will design facilities that enhance the student, faculty, and public experience, and will manage the program to minimize disruption of students’ educational experience.
- We are committed to achieving LEED Silver certification, but we will strive for LEED Gold certification for new facilities, and LEED EB in buildings we renovate. Where applicable, new equipment will be Energy-Star certified. Read more about Bond Program Sustainability.
- We will seek opportunities to expand our own knowledge in the course of this program, which will be a lot of work for a long period of time. We will take the time to do what we do well, safely, and enjoyably.