Housing study and Chromebook winner

February 16, 2018

A total of 166 individuals (81 current students and 85 other respondents) entered to win a Chromebook as part of the college’s recent student housing survey. Our congratulations to Federico Villa Sapien, the winner in this drawing. Federico’s name was selected at random using an Excel formula.

The housing survey brought responses from more than 300 participants. Responses will inform a housing market analysis to determine the feasibility of constructing student housing on The Dalles Campus. “If this project is to become a reality, housing must be constructed in such a way as to be affordable for students and economically sustainable for the college,” noted Dan Spatz, CGCC community outreach manager. Members of the college board will review the feasibility study in March, but no decisions are expected until later this year.

“While there is clearly a need for housing, this would be a very significant step for the college and we need to exercise due diligence in our business modeling,” Spatz said. Housing is being explored for The Dalles Campus because the college has buildable sites there, with existing infrastructure which would reduce the cost of construction. In addition, the college has received permission from the State of Oregon to use monies invested in housing as required match for a new skills center on The Dalles Campus; the State Legislature allocated $7.3 million for this facility, contingent upon the college securing cash match in the entire amount by January 2019.

Simultaneously, the college is conducting outreach to companies throughout the Gorge to identify unmet job skills ranging from diesel mechanics to machining and fiber-optic installation, among many others. Feedback from industry partners will help the college design training which would occur in that skill center. “Even if the skill center and housing project do not prove feasible, we’ll still be using this information to help design instructional programming,” Spatz emphasized. “The college is not considering a bond measure to support these projects, and there would be no effect on tax rates,” he added.

The housing feasibility analysis is being conducted by a Portland firm, Leland Consulting. Cost of the study is being contributed by the City of The Dalles. City councilors made this commitment last fall, recognizing the link between job training which would occur in the skill center and the city’s economic development goals.