Voters will be asked to approve a $4.8 million bond to renovate and expand the TVCC Vocational-Technical Education building on campus, as well as provide safety and security upgrades to help protect students and staff. The college is also eligible to receive $2.8 million in additional matching funds from the state if the bond is approved.
In addition to providing more classrooms and space for welding courses and other programs, expanding the Vo-Tech building will allow TVCC to centralize Treasure Valley Tech programs, which provide access for local high school students to take career and technical classes on TVCC's campus. Treasure Valley Tech is a partnership between TVCC, Ontario, Nyssa and Vale school districts, and the Malheur Education Service District and is a key component of the Poverty to Prosperity effort.
In June, the Board approved a $5.8 million proposal, identifying $3.8 million for the Vo-Tech building, $1 million for safety and security needs ,and $1 million to fund elevator and other facility upgrades required by federal and state law.
After reviewing other projects, as well as evaluating feedback board members have received from a number of community members and partners, the board reduced June's proposal by $1 million. The reduction will not allow the College to address additional facility needs such as elevators and other upgrades as part of this bond effort, but the Board remained committed to seeking voter approval of $3.8 million for the Vo-Tech building addition and remodel, as well as $1 million for campus security and safety needs.
Voters in the community college's taxing district, which encompasses most of Malheur County, as well as the City of Huntington in Baker County, will vote on the bond Nov. 8.