TVCC receives $3 million grant for CTE building

Treasure Valley Community College was notified it has been awarded a $3 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to retrofit and expand the current Vo-Tech Building on its Ontario campus. The new building will become a state-of--he-art Career & Technical Education training center.

"We’re thrilled to have been selected this highly competitive grant," said TVCC President Dana Young. "We’ve been working toward this new facility for more than three years and it’s incredibly exciting to create a new center to provide local workers and students with the training they need to compete for skilled jobs in our region."

TVCC already secured $2.83 million in capital construction funding from the State of Oregon, and has been working to raise matching funds for the $6 million project for the past two years. Last November, the College asked voters to approve a bond to help fund the project but the measure did not pass.

"Last fall, we immediately went to work to continue our effort to find other funding options and the EDA grant seemed to be a good fit, but definitely a long-shot," President Young said. "The EDA grant process is incredibly rigorous and these types of grants are extremely competitive."

The TVCC Foundation, TVCC's Office of Institutional Research and Academic Affairs were instrumental in writing the grant application.

"We are excited about securing this large federal grant," said Cathy Yasuda, TVCC Foundation Executive Director.  "EDA's investment in TVCC will provide long-term potential economic impact for our region." 

President Young also emphasized the significance of the EDA grant. “"This investment from EDA will allow TVCC to leverage state matching dollars and blend additional private and public sector resources to make this project a reality," she said.

The project includes remodeling and expanding the current Vo-Tech Building from 18,000 square feet to more than 30,000 square feet. The new CTE Center and will include space for automated control systems, agriculture, crop science and natural resource classrooms and labs. The welding lab will be increased and a manufacturing and fabrication technology industry bay will be added.

A key part of this project is the ability to provide additional space for Treasure Valley Tech (TVT) classes. TVT is the College’s partnership program with local school districts to expand CTE dual-credit courses and workforce training for high school students.

"This truly was a college-wide and a community-wide effort with so many people helping to make this happen," President Young said.  

The College also secured a bridge loan from the Bank of Eastern Oregon to help fund the project until the State of Oregon releases the bonds for the capital construction match. 

"Thanks to so many who believed in this project and helped us get to the finish line," Young added. "Now the exciting part begins."

TVCC expects to develop project and contract approvals over the next few months with construction slated to begin in July 2018. The College plans to open the newly expanded and remodeled building in September 2019.

The $3 million EDA grant adds to TVCC's recent run of successful grant awards. In the past three years TVCC has also earned $4.49 million HEP and CAMP grants for underserved migrant worker populations and a $2.2 million Title III student success grant, garnering a total of $9.69 million in federal grants for new efforts at the College.