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For Immediate Release
May 1, 2014

The Latest Technology and Equipment to Build a Professional Workforce to Serve our Community

Lower Columbia College has received an Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant for $845,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The grant, announced this morning, is part of a $1.7 million project to provide equipment for the College's new Health and Science Building which will open in Fall 2014. The Lower Columbia College Foundation is the sole provider of the match.

Strengthening job creation

The project strengthens job creation and retention in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and Healthcare and supports the region’s economic diversification goals. EDA support for the project will allow for all laboratories in the new building to be equipped appropriately, vastly increasing the relevancy of education and training provided as well as expanding student capacity (EDA support will increase individual lab capacity by as much as 102%).

"It is so critical that we help residents in the region gain the skills they need for competitive jobs," Senator Patty Murray said. "This funding will help put people to work in Longview, and it will lay down a strong foundation for long-term economic growth."

A remarkable asset

The 70,000 square foot, three-story brick facility located on Maple Street will house nursing and allied health, including a skills lab, medical assisting lab and a high tech patient simulation lab; Earth Science, Environmental & Ecological Science Labs and a community science center; chemistry, biology and physics labs, and a 140-seat lecture hall. The new building will be LEED Silver certified and feature a partial green roof, a rain garden irrigation system and solar panels.

"What a remarkable asset for our community," said LCC President Chris Bailey. "We now have a state-of-the-art facility which brings together under one roof our innovative and student-centered faculty in healthcare and science fields along with the latest technology and equipment to build a professional workforce to serve our community."

Project partners include:

  • Australian Laboratory Services
  • Cascade Family Medical Center
  • Centralia College
  • City of Castle Rock
  • City of Kelso
  • City of Kalama
  • City of Longview
  • City of Woodland
  • Community Home Health & Hospice
  • Cowlitz County Board of Commissioners
  • Cowlitz Economic Development Council
  • Cowlitz-Lewis Economic Development District
  • Cowlitz PUD
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Grays Harbor College
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Kemira
  • Kiwanis Club of Cathlamet
  • Laboratory Science Institute
  • Longview Public Schools
  • Lower Columbia College Foundation
  • Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview
  • NORPAC
  • Pacific Tech Construction
  • PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center
  • PNE Corp.
  • Port of Kalama
  • Providence Centralia Hospital
  • Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council
  • Town of Cathlamet
  • US Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, 3rd District, Washington State
  • US Senator Maria Cantwell, Washington State
  • US Senator Patty Murray, Washington State
  • Wahkiakum County Commissioners
  • Washington State Governor Jay Inslee
  • Washington State Representative Brian Blake, 19th District
  • Washington State Representative Dean Takko, 19th District
  • Washington State Representative Richard Debolt, 20th District
  • Washington State Representative Ed Orcutt, 20th District
  • Washington State Senator John Braun, 20th District
  • Washington State Senator Brian Hatfield, 19th District
  • Washington State University
  • Weyerhaeuser

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News and Media Contact:

 Wendy Hall, Vice President, Effectiveness & College Relations, Lower Columbia College

  360.442.2491
  whall@lowercolumbia.edu

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