Topping out the Welcome Center

Clackamas Community College staff, faculty and partners celebrated the "topping out" of its new Welcome Center. “Topping out” is a builders’ rite traditionally held when the last beam is placed atop a structure during its construction.

CCC is changing the way we serve students and greet visitors to the Oregon City campus. In the spring of 2020, we began construction on a new building that will serve as the "front door" to our college. This building will offer the following services: admissions, advising, counseling, education partnerships, financial aid, registration, testing and placement services and a welcome desk. We are intentionally creating a space where students can have most of their questions answered in one setting rather than moving to different offices or between buildings.

The college is also remodeling the existing community center to provide a facelift for: admissions, Associated Student Government (ASG), career center, disability resource center, multicultural center and the veterans center. The improved community center will create better study spaces for students as well as easy access to the Cougar Café.

Thanks to a voter-approved bond as well as an $8-million match from the state of Oregon, we are able to create spaces that better meet the needs of our students and those visiting our campus for the first time.

We know that students currently must navigate between offices and buildings to have their questions answered. And we know there is not enough access to study spaces or opportunities to easily collaborate/connect with students, faculty and staff. We hope these construction projects will solve these problems for students.

PROJECT TIMELINE
Construction start: April 2020
Occupancy: August 2021

For more information, visit www.clackamas.edu/bondinformation.

Source: Clackamas Community College