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RCC nabs $1 million for White City training center

Rogue Community College has received a &

36;1 million grant to help transform the former Tyco building in White City into a technical training center.

David Sampson, an assistant secretary with the U.S. Economic Development Administration, presented the money Wednesday morning in a ceremony at the building, which will be called RCC's Table Rock Campus.

The grant will go a long way toward completing the Table Rock Campus, which will allow for growth and development of RCC's educational and work force training programs, RCC President Rick Levine said.

A &

36;6.4 million remodeling project is set to prepare the building for students, officials said.

The school bought the 102,000-square-foot building, which sits on seven acres near the intersection of Table Rock and Antelope roads, in late 2003. It also bought 10 acres of undeveloped land across the street. The total cost was &

36;3 million, college officials said.

— The college financed the purchase with a &

36;5.5 million loan to be repaid with student fees and money now used to lease buildings.

Some of the loan will pay for the remodeling project, but the school had sought other funding, including the economic-development grant received Wednesday, said Margaret Bradford, RCC's director of marketing and community relations.

Officials hope to have the Table Rock Campus open to students by fall 2005, said Pat Huebsch, associate dean for college services. The building will house classrooms, labs and offices for programs in diesel technology, construction, fire science and public safety. The programs currently are at scattered sites, some of them leased.

Portland-based Mahlum Architecture has met with school officials to map out a design for the building, Huebsch said. Now architects are creating construction plans, which will go to bid this summer. Huebsch expects to seek building permits this fall. Adroit Construction Inc., of Ashland, is overseeing the project.

Last month, Central Point's Malot Construction wrapped up a &

36;280,000 project to clean up mold that was discovered in the building. Crews removed damaged sheetrock and did other repairs recommended by a firm that specializes in mold cleanup, Huebsch said.

Reach reporter Anita Burke at 776-4485, or e-mail