Since catching the eye of Roundhouse Foundation in 2021, Clatsop Community College has received over $100,000 of support from them for Career Technical Education programs. CCC programs such as Maritime Science, Historic Preservation and Restoration, Fire Science and Welding have all benefited from the generosity of Roundhouse.
The Roundhouse Foundation has been impressed with the unique offerings at the college and is funding a supply list that will benefit the learning environment for several programs. Erin Borla, Roundhouse Foundation’s Executive Director stated, “Clatsop Community College and its programs are true representations of the workforce needs along the rural Oregon northern coast. This region is unique to Oregon as it sits at the confluence of the Columbia River and the Pacific. Mariners need a special set of skills to work on the turbulent waters of this located here – Clatsop’s programs teach real world skills in an incredibly challenging environment. Students in this program graduate ready to work right in their backyard or anywhere the open waters can take them.”
Maritime Science received funding for immersion suits and a life raft training module. Fire Science which overlaps courses with the maritime program received funds for turnout coats and pants, padgenite panels, nozzles, and a gas monitor calibration station. Welding is funded for a natural gas forge with stand and the Historic Preservation and Restoration Program is funded for Barbo machinery, a roof rack, jointer, planer and some accessories for tools.
Kristen Wilkin, the Dean of Workforce Education and Training knows the impact that this support has had for student training needs, “The Roundhouse Grant has allowed Clatsop CC’s programs to better serve all our students in so many ways. Like having funding to purchase new fire gear and immersion suits in smaller and larger sizes that we did not have previously, allowing us to maintain high industry standards for training. The Roundhouse Grant means everything to our faculty and students because it gives CCC the ability to explore new options for training.”