AT COLUMBIA TECH CENTER:
THE NEXT STEP FOR THE NEXT 75 YEARS
|The official ribbon-cutting of Clark College at Columbia Tech Center. (from left) Project Manager Jim Watkins, Trustee Addison Jacobs, President Bob Knight, Vancouver Mayor Royce Pollard, Clark College Foundation President/CEO Lisa Gibert, ASCC President Ashley Schahfer, and Todd Construction President Brent Schafer.|
With classes underway in the building for a week, members of the college and greater Vancouver community gathered at Clark College at Columbia Tech Center (CTC) for the building’s formal dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, September 28, 2009.
|Left to right: Vancouver City Council member Larry Smith, Clark County Clerk and Clark College Trustee Sherry Parker, and Vancouver Mayor Royce Pollard.|
Scores of community representatives who have been involved in or supportive of the college’s expansion in its eastern service district were on hand at the event, including current and past members of the college’s Board of Trustees, state legislators, and members of Vancouver City Council.
|From left: Clark College President Robert K. Knight, Trustees Addison Jacobs (current board chair) and Jack Burkman (current board vice chair).|
“This building is all about students and student learning,” said Clark College President Robert K. Knight. “It will help address student needs in east Vancouver, east Clark County, and Skamania and Klickitat counties.” Knight recognized the project team, including Project Manager Jim Watkins, Director of Facilities Services Jim Green, Director of Information Technology Services Phil Sheehan, Vice President of Administrative Services Bob Williamson, and their staff who worked to make the new building a reality. Knight also thanked the Clark College Foundation, which purchased the property on which the building sits on behalf of the college.
|From left: Vice President of Administrative Services Bob Williamson, Clark professor emeritus Gaydena Thompson and Director of Information Technology Services Phil Sheehan|
Board of Trustees Chair Addison Jacobs noted that the opening of CTC has been several years in the making. She recalled that, since her appointment to the board nine years ago, there has been concern about the lack of college services in eastern Clark County and eastern portions of Clark’s service district. Even against that backdrop, said Jacobs, CTC’s fall enrollment figures have been surprising, starting out at more than 160 percent of the projected opening enrollment. “In our wildest dreams, I don’t think any of us would have thought the need would be this big – or this soon,” said Jacobs.
|From left: Former state legislator and civic leader Robert Schaefer, and his wife, Sally Schaefer, past member of the Clark College Board of Trustees; Maggie Culbertson; former state Sen. Al Bauer, Jr.|
Inside the building, faculty and students alike find the new building geared toward student success. “I’m so crazy about [CTC],” said English professor Rita Carey, who is teaching at CTC this fall. “It is an absolute pleasure to walk into this building. Everything is designed for the comfort and education of students and for teaching.”
|From left: Vice President of Instruction Dr. Rassoul Dastmozd, Executive Director of Corporate & Continuing Education Todd Oldham, and Bart Phillips, CEO of the Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC).|
“It’s a wonderful facility, particularly for the [power utilities] program, as it is the home of the new power lab,” said power utilities technology instructor Jim Malinowski. “It provides students in the program the opportunity to access state-of-the-art equipment and gives them more opportunities for experience."
“There’s a level of excitement among the students [at CTC],” concluded Carey. “They really respect the environment – and the learning.”