Marie Gluesenkamp Perez standing in front of an LCC Diesel truck
New LCC Vocational building digital rendering

LCC awarded $1 million in federal funding for vocational equipment

Thanks to U.S. Representative Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, Lower Columbia College will receive $1 million to equip the college’s planned Center for Vocational and Transitional Studies.

The Center will house several of the College’s industrial trades programs, including machine trades, manufacturing, and welding. LCC’s College and Career Preparation programs, including high school completion and English Language Learning, will also be housed in the Center.

“The funding secured for us by Representative Gluesemkamp Perez will greatly contribute to the success of the project. Funds will support installation of welding booths, fume ducting, and equipment for machining programs. This project is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds because of the vital role this equipment will play in expanding workforce development programs, helping to meet the high demand for skilled workers in the region,” said Dr. Matt Seimears, LCC President.

 LCC’s $1 million project was one of 15 community projects across Southwest Washington championed by Representative Gluesemkamp Perez. Read more about her initiative at

Read more about LCC’s “Opportunity Can’t Wait” fundraising initiative to support the new Center at

Photo credit: Office of Representative Marie Gluesenkamp Perez