A grand opening and tour of the new RCC High Tech Center was held at the RCC Table Rock Campus in White City on September 20, 2018 from 1 to 3 p.m. Chamber Board members, Chamber Ambassadors and Chamber staff were on hand to celebrate this investment in our region’s workforce as The Chamber Board was an early supporter of the Bond to create the High Tech Center.
The $4.2 million, 11,800-square-foot center will be a regional cornerstone for high technology training in manufacturing, welding, engineering, mechatronics and other advanced skills. Students will begin classes in the new facility on Monday, Sept. 24.  The flexible space is designed to promote skills-based learning with the newest technology. It also contains a “makerspace” that will facilitate collaborative learning among students, the community and business partners.  Chamber President & CEO Brad Hicks, CCE said, “I overheard several RCC faculty members joke that the entire center was a makerspace. I have to say that after taking the tour it is no joke, but the truth!  The voters of Jackson and Josephine Counties can be proud, not only for the choice they made to invest in a stronger local workforce, but in the outcome of the space itself.  Both are real victories.” The High Tech Center was made possible by the voters of Jackson and Josephine counties when they passed a $20 million bond in 2016. Additional funding was provided by a U.S. Economic Development Administration grant, the Morris Family Foundation, the Meyer Memorial Trust, Boise Cascade, Bill Thorndike and Medford Fabrication, Mary and Ted Warrick, Patsy Smullin, Rough & Ready Lumber Company, Jackson County and other donations to the RCC Foundation from employees of Rogue Community College. RCC faculty and staff have worked with our industry partners to design a facility that will challenge students in an environment similar to the one they will have in the workplace, which will ensure that the programs offered are state-of-the-art and meet the needs of our students and local employers.
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Chamber Celebrates A grand opening and tour of the new RCC High Tech Center
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The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County
101 E. 8th St.  |  Medford, OR 97501
Phone: (541) 779-4847