KLAMATH FALLS – Generous donations from Klamath and Lake counties have boosted Klamath Community College’s “Completing the Transformation” capital campaign to 95 percent of its goal.
“These campaign contributions illustrate the value our community leaders place on higher education and creating a well-trained workforce, and we are thankful for the partnerships the counties have forged through the campaign,” said KCC President Dr. Roberto Gutierrez. “The contributions are a legacy to supporting educational innovation in Klamath and Lake counties.”
Each county’s board of commissioners unanimously voted in June to gift $25,000 to the campaign in the 2017-18 biennium. The campaign aims to raise $650,000 to purchase technology and equipment for KCC’s new Work Skills Technology Center (WSTC), which is slated to open in September.
“I’m pleased to support efforts to improve our workforce by supporting higher education in Klamath County. We all know having good jobs is key to the economic recovery of Klamath County, and to attract employers, we need a qualified workforce,” said Klamath County Commissioner Kelley Minty Morris. “I’m excited by KCC’s efforts, and its leadership and supporters, to increase the number of qualified employees in our basin.”
Lake County Commissioner Dan Shoun said Lake County commissioners recognize KCC’s commitment to provide comprehensive services in Lake County without a dedicated tax base, and that the board of commissioners is pleased to support KCC and the new WSTC.
“In today’s quickly evolving economy, it is imperative that our citizens have access to certificate and training programs, as well as degree programs,” Shoun said. “This funding will allow KCC to increase class offerings and capacity which through technology can reach all Lake County citizens.”
The WSTC will primarily house computer labs and classrooms for the college’s expanding curriculum, such as KCC’s Klamath Center for Education & Training (K-CET). Two of the building’s state-of-the-art computer labs will be organized in a pod-style layout to encourage interactive and collaborative learning. Another lab will be dedicated to KCC’s one-year Cisco computer networking certification program.
The donation from Lake County will help fund two additional WSTC synchronous classrooms that will expand access to Lake County synchronous classes by up to 30 percent.
“KCC is an institution focused on improving our communities and our work couldn’t be completed without the support of community partners, such as the county commissioners. This is a truly transformational project for our community, and we are grateful for the endorsements,” said Julie Murray-Jensen, KCC vice president of enrollment and external affairs.
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