Portland Community College's $185 million workforce training bond passes

Portland Community College's $185 million workforce training bond passes

A $185 million bond to finance the renovation of Portland Community College's workforce training facility in the Cully neighborhood and expand the health technology building at its Sylvania campus appears headed for victory.

Measure 26-196, the lone big-ticket item on the Multnomah County ballot, jumped to a 57 percent to 43 percent lead, according to partial returns Tuesday night. The community college's taxing district includes parts of Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Yamhill and Columbia counties.

Mark Mitsui, PCC's president, said the bond will mean a lot to students, families and the entire community surrounding the workforce center in Northeast Portland in particular. "This provides the resources we need to help pull families out of poverty in the Cully neighborhood," he said.

Mitsui said the metro area faces increasing housing costs and gentrification and PCC has been a pathway to opportunity for families.

"Our community knows that," he said in an interview from an election party at a North Portland McMenamins restaurant. "They want to support that, and they turned out to really help make dreams possible and help students to access greater opportunities through education."

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