State legislators hailing from Clackamas County announced last week that the 2011-13 capital construction budget includes $8 million in funding for Clackamas Community College projects.

The budget was passed before the Legislature adjourned.

'Clackamas Community College has been a vital part of our community, and I'm pleased they will have the funding they need to develop new programs and complete the projects they began years ago,' said Rep. Patrick Sheehan, R-Clackamas, a former instructor at the college. 'This is a great step in continuing our pursuit of a strong and competitive higher education system in Oregon.'

Funding in the capital construction budget will allow Clackamas Community College to continue its work on the Harmony Community Campus Phase II project. The project includes the development of facilities to add WorkSource Clackamas Services for the unemployed, as well as the expansion of classroom capabilities for science and required courses for the college's Nursing and Allied Health Program.

'Our community colleges are integral to work force development in our state. The skills and knowledge our students acquire while attending Clackamas Community College are irreplaceable,' said Rep. Bill Kennemer, R-Oregon City. 'By securing this continued funding for Clackamas Community College, we are encouraging an educational system that focuses on creating jobs and putting people back to work.'

The Harmony Community Campus Phase II project also allows the North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Development Center to maintain their presence on campus.

'I'm pleased to support this funding for Clackamas Community College,' said Rep. Vic Gilliam, R-Silverton. 'The college is vital to our county's rural communities, and the programs included in the Harmony Community Campus Phase II project will make a difference for many of our residents.'

The Capital Construction Committee secured more than $48 million from the General Fund budget for education at various community colleges and universities for the 2011-2013 biennium.

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