SSCC Expands Gene J. Colin Education Hall

Last week local dignitaries helped South Seattle Community College officials officially open a new building for expanded teaching and training programs.

The facility at the Georgetown Campus expands technology and business development training at the Gene J. Colin Education Hall, named for the Ferguson Construction CEO and long-time supporter of the college.

Colin, who chairs AGC's Government Affairs Council, chairs the SSCC Foundation Board and spoke at the September 26 ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“Through the efforts of the Trades and their Unions, the Legislature, and the Puget Sound Region Council, to name a few, I've seen how resourcefulness and innovation are alive here on South’s Georgetown campus," Colin said. "The professionalism shown and taught at all levels through the trade education programs that are available here at the Georgetown Campus have sought to raise the bar by incorporating safety standards, green technology, efficient design and construction planning within a robust curriculum. Now, more than ever before, tradesmen and women can say 'I too went to college' thanks to the programs offered at the Georgetown Campus of SSCC.”

The LEED-certified, 9,800 square-foot addition was designed and built using energy-efficient, sustainable, and water saving strategies. Funding for the $5.2 million structure came from the Washington State Legislature, the U.S. Economic Development Administration and the Norcliffe Foundation. The new space will be a technology training portal for green, sustainable jobs, and a center for business development and entrepreneurial training.

In the photo, Colin (with the giant scissors!) cuts the ceremonial ribbon to open the new training facility with, from left, Elsa Croonquist, South Seattle Community College Georgetown Campus, Corporate Training Consultant; Keith Schreiber, South Seattle Community College Foundation Board and Schreiber Starling and Lane Architects; Gregg Warter, CEO of CE&C, Inc., contractor for the facility; Gary Oertli, President of South Seattle Community College; Albert Shen, Seattle Community Colleges Trustee; Jorge Carrasco, Seattle Community Colleges Trustee; Jill Wakefield, Chancellor, Seattle Community Colleges; Gene Colin, South Seattle Community College Foundation Board Chair, CEO Ferguson Construction; State Representative, Bob Hasegawa; A. Leonard Smith, Regional Director, U.S. Economic Development Administration Seattle Regional Office; John Macias, Arizona & Washington Economic Development Representative, U.S. Economic Development Administration Seattle Regional Office; Holly Moore, Executive Dean, South Seattle Community College Georgetown Campus.

Photo by Glenn Gauthier and courtesy of South Seattle Community College.

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