Umatilla and Morrow county voters approved a $23 million Capital Construction Bond (Measure 30-106) for Blue Mountain Community College during the May 19, 2015, election. Click here to read the press release on the bond’s passage. The bond will cost taxpayers (in Umatilla and Morrow counties only) 25 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value for 15 years. Thanks to the support from our communities.
- Workforce Training Center
- Precision Irrigated Agriculture Center
- Pendleton Campus Improvements
- Milton-Freewater Center Renovation
- Instructional Equipment
FARM - Pendleton
The Facility for Agricultural Resource Management – or FARM – opened for Fall Term 2017 classes on Sept. 24, with a grand opening celebration on Sept. 28. This facility, which boasts the best views on campus – nay, Pendleton! – from a second-floor student lounge, will enhance instruction in BMCC’s nationally recognized
The two-story FARM, built by Wellens-Farwell Construction, provides offices for BMCC’s agriculture faculty, and classroom space on the second floor. Additionally, a large agriculture mechanics room on the main floor features all of the tools and equipment of the trade and large roll-up doors to bring equipment and livestock inside for hands-on instruction. A large cooler showcases the meat science program.
The Agriculture Department at BMCC offers degree programs in agriculture production, agriculture business, crop production, and livestock management. In addition, certificates in pest management and beef production, as well as veterinary assisting, are also offered.
Workforce Training Center - Boardman
The Workforce Training Center opened for Spring Term 2017 classes on April 6, with a grand opening celebration filled with industry partners on April 27. The celebration included a special American flag that has flown over the U.S. Capitol, presented to BMCC on behalf of Sen. Ron Wyden. The Workforce Training Center houses the Industrial Systems Technologies, Data Center Technology and Early Childhood Education programs at BMCC. It also is the new home for BMCC Morrow County, which closed its much smaller facility down the road when the Workforce Training Center opened. This means Morrow County residents can also access general education and community education classes at this facility.
The Workforce Training Center houses the Industrial Systems Technologies, Data Center Technology and Early Childhood Education programs at BMCC. It also is the new home for BMCC Morrow County, which closed its much smaller facility down the road when the Workforce Training Center opened. This means Morrow County residents can also access general education and community education classes at this facility.
The high-tech classrooms feature state-of-the-art equipment to prepare students for a career in local industries, many of which are located at the Port of Morrow and nearby Port of Umatilla.
Precision Irrigated Agriculture Center - Hermiston
The Precision Irrigated Agriculture Center opened July 27 with a grand opening celebration that filled the new state-of-the-art facility located on the campus of the Oregon State University Hermiston Agriculture Research and Extension Center. The center’s location is the only community college building located on an OSU campus, and highlights the unique and strong partnership between BMCC and OSU.
BMCC and OSU have an intergovernmental agreement to house the Precision Irrigated Agriculture Center on the HAREC property since it will mutually benefit both institutions of higher education. Precision irrigated agriculture is the use of technology to make agriculture more efficient and effective, which in turn increases crop yields, decreases water consumption and saves money.
The Center features high-tech classroom technology that provides students with hands-on instruction to prepare them for this in-demand industry. Access to irrigation pivots, linear moves and other equipment – in partnership with OSU – gives students an educational experience like nowhere else.
Campus Improvements - Pendleton
Bond projects have not been limited to new construction. Over the summer, major renovation took place in Morrow Hall, where many student services reside, including the Student Service Center, Success Center, and Associated Student Government offices. The work took place over the summer in an effort to minimize the impact to students.
To improve upon efficiencies and service to students, BMCC conducted a space utilization study to determine how to best situate programs and services throughout Morrow Hall. Students and visitors to Morrow Hall will now find some programs – like the Associated Student Government offices – in new locations. The building also received HVAC and electrical upgrades to improve efficiencies.
Morrow Hall wasn’t the only building to receive HVAC and electrical upgrades; Emigrant Hall and the Health
Education building also received the improvements. In addition, Emigrant Hall received a new set of concrete stairs on the south side of the building. Health Ed underwent a renovation to the Dental Assisting program area this fall, which was completed in November. This renovation will allow for upgraded equipment installation to bring the program’s instructional equipment more in line with industry standards.
Center Renovations - Milton Freewater
Renovations at BMCC’s Milton-Freewater Center are complete following a busy summer. The Milton-Freewater
Center staff were displaced for the summer while renovations took place, and they took up temporary residence at Freewater Elementary. A big thank you goes out to the Milton-Freewater Unified School District for welcoming our staff for the summer!
The new exterior will make the center more visible and aesthetically pleasing to passersby, and the new entry will improve safety. The old entry had posed problems on windy days, when the glass doors had been known to blow open with such force they would shatter – a major safety concern. The new entry, coupled with interior renovations, will make navigating through the Center much easier for students and visitors. In addition, BMCC utilized a rock facade to complement the city of Milton-Freewater’s efforts to promote its viticulture benefits from rocks.
Other interior renovations included adding extra classrooms to the facility without having to increase the building’s footprint. BMCC renovated existing large rooms so that they can be divided into several smaller classrooms, opening the door for more classes to be held at the same time.
Instructional Equipment Purchases
BMCC allocated $1 million in bond funds towards the purchase of instructional equipment for programs in
numerous disciplines to help enhance educational experiences for students. As of July 1, 2017, $668,569 had been spent on instructional equipment purchases so far.
These funds have thus far benefited the following programs:
- Dental Assisting (Instructional Equipment & Facility Remodel)
- Nursing (Simulation Mannequin & Hospital Beds)
- Science (laptops & physiology teaching kits)
- Agriculture (small seed drill, Sawstop saw)
- EMS (Simulation Mannequin)
- Diesel (diagnostic equipment, safety equipment, transmission jacks)
- Fire Science (Fire Training Tower)
- Welding (equipment)
- Data Center Technology (workbenches)
Coming this year, the majority of the remaining balance will be spent on miscellaneous supplies, as well as the completion of the Dental Assisting lab.