Umpqua Community College is planning to relocate the Community & Workforce Training Center back to its main campus after the center’s lease expires in February.
UCC has expanded its CWT classes, camps and seminars to reach about 10,000 students each year, according to Dr. Kacy Crabtree, provost and executive vice president. The move back to campus, she added, is meant to help CWT collaborate with other UCC programs and allow the college to save funds.
The college pays $2,900 per month to rent the center’s current location at 2555 NE Diamond Lake Blvd., Roseburg. Tiffany Coleman, UCC communications director, said this doesn’t indicate the actual cost savings for moving back to campus, as utilities, insurance and operating costs may vary.
Crabtree added UCC is committed to living and learning in Douglas County and the surrounding area. The center offers classes to help individuals develop professional skills and explore different job opportunities.
The center’s lease is up in February, but the move is tentatively planned to take place during UCC’s winter break in December.
UCC had originally renovated the old Gove’s Market location in 1996 to transform it into the UCC Workforce Development Center at the center’s current location.
Coleman said the move of the Community Education Department into Workforce Training Center in August 2012 was part of a series of relocations to allow for the UCC Welcome Center in the Administration Building.
The Small Business Development Center had shared the Workforce Training Center space until 2011, when it moved to the Umpqua Business Center at 522 SE Washington Ave., Roseburg.
The UCC Job Opportunity Basic Skills Program, which provides training and job retention services also moved into the Department of Human Services as a contracted partner Aug. 17.