Health, Nursing, & Science Center FAQs

What is the purpose of the fund-raising campaign?

  • to build a Health, Nursing & Science Center
  • to remodel vacated spaces on campus

Can we get any matching funds from the State?

  • UCC was awarded an $8,500,000 matching grant from the State in 2009 for the Health, Nursing & Sciences Center Building.
  • The time period for completion of construction is June 30, 2017.


The buildings in which nursing and allied health training, and science training are conducted were built in 1970 and have reached a point of functional obsolescence for these programs.

  • All programs in new buildings are technology intensive.
  • Many of these technologies change every five years.
  • These technologies could not have been imagined 45 years ago.
  • Teaching students to use the current technologies makes them more employable.


When would construction on the new building start?

  • Construction on the Health, Nursing, & Science Center would begin after the bidding period for a General Contractor is completed and a contract has been transacted.
  • The $8,500,000 matching grant from the State for the Health, Nursing, & Science Center was awarded in July 2009. The project must be completed by June 2017.
  • Remodeling of the vacated spaces on the campus could commence as soon as possible after the current tenants have been moved to the new facilities, plans have been developed, and construction contracts completed.


Will local contractors and suppliers be involved in the construction projects?

At UCC we are proud of the efforts we have made in past projects in hiring local contractors and purchasing materials, supplies and equipment locally.

  • With the $8.5 million in matching funds from the State for the Health, Nursing, & Science Center and 8.5 million in funds raised locally, a total of $17,000,000 would be spent on this project.
  • Our goal is to ensure that the maximum amount possible be spent locally. Using a standard economic multiplier – such an investment would transfer around the community 4-5 times. Thus the cumulative effect of the $17,000,000 investment in the local economy over the next 3-4 years could be approximately $60,000,000.
  • 87% of the total monies spent on the construction and equipping of the Lang Center were spent locally.
  • In 2009, UCC received $4,000,000 in “stimulus” funding from the federal government for infrastructure projects on the campus. Seventy-five percent or 50 of the contractors were from Douglas County. Sixteen or23% were from elsewhere in Oregon and one was from California that provided a technology to remove hard water deposits from our water lines that was unavailable in Oregon.


What is the enrollment capacity at UCC?

The original campus comprised of Snyder, Science, Wayne Crooch Hall, Lockwood Hall, Jackson Hall, and the PE Complex completed by 1971 had a maximum classroom/instructional lab classroom seat capacity of 1,323. With the addition of the Whipple Fine Arts Center in 1979 the classroom seating capacity increased to 1,496 seats. Many of the classrooms in Lockwood Hall, Science labs, and Whipple Fine Arts music labs were designed as specific purpose instructional areas and are not available for generalized instruction.

The original design capacity of the main campus by 1979, given the seating capacity, expected hours of operation and other factors, was estimated at 6,000 enrollments per term. During this time the college was operating, on average, 4,734 enrollments per term. This is near capacity due to attrition and the smaller class size associated with upper level vocational/technical classes.

The Educational Skills Building was added in 1982 and the Technology Center was added in mid 1990’s increasing the number of classroom seats by 241 for a classroom capacity of 1,737 seats for an estimated enrollment capacity of 7,000.

Through the use of adjunct faculty, scheduling classes at times not aligned with student’s non-educational schedules, and scheduling areas not designed for class room space the main campus served , counting only active enrollments on the main campus at the end of the term, enrollments of 13,260 enrollments Fall term 2010, 11,341 Winter term 2011, and 10,878 Spring Term 2011. This is 89%, 62% and 55% above design capacity for the main campus.

As the economic recovery progresses the number of students will decline. This will relieve the pressure on the campus somewhat but will not relieve the pressure on the Allied Health programs or the Industrial Arts programs. Not only were these programs fully enrolled prior to the recession, demand has grown for programs currently offered and for additional programs related to workforce needs projected in these area into the future.

How many people are served by UCC each year?

  • Over 2/3 of all Douglas County adults over 18 participate in a class, event, or activity at UCC annually.
  • The number of people we serve increases when we add those under 18 who attend over 275 events held each year in Jacoby Auditorium.

When the economy improves will enrollment levels remain high?

Enrollments levels over time have increased at UCC at a rate of 2-3% per year since 1970 with occasional dramatic increases related to downturns in employment. The following are reasons we could expect enrollment growth for the foreseeable future:

  • More high school graduates will start at UCC because of escalating costs of university education.
  • Growing awareness of value of post-secondary education within Douglas County.
  • Growing need for workforce training and retraining.
  • Increasing resources to support students; i.e. financial aid, scholarships, etc.
  • The population of Douglas County is increasing.

How does UCC’s tuition costs compare with other community colleges?

UCC has one of the lowest tuition rates of the seventeen community colleges in Oregon.


What about the vacated spaces on the campus?

When the new facilities are built, significant classroom, lab and office space will be available in Wayne Crooch Hall, and the Science Building for remodeling.

  • Careful and creative remodeling of the vacated spaces could preserve the investment the community has made in those buildings.
  • Overcrowding may be reduced and we may be able to decrease the size of some other classes.


Which programs are planned for the new Health, Nursing & Science Center?

The proposed 36,000 gsf Health, Nursing, & Sciences Center is organized around a two-story atrium commons. The building would be home to Nursing, Dental, and Science Programs -

Level 1

  • Includes a dental lab and medical mediation classroom.
  • Nursing resource room, simulation lab and debrief room.
  • Nursing skills lab accommodates 7 skill beds.
  • Faculty offices and a shared conference room.

Level 2

  • Chemistry lab, anatomy/physiology lab, geology/physics/biology lab.
  • Access to outdoor terrace with landscape planters and overviews the central campus commons.
  • 3 classrooms.
  • Faculty offices and shared conference room.

What Is the demand for nurses and allied nursing positions?

Registered Nurses are second behind Physicians on the list of “high-wage, high-demand” jobs in Douglas County in a study released in 2010 by WorkSource Oregon (Training Oregonians for the Right Jobs, A Method to Prioritize Occupational Training, April 2010, Oregon Employment Department, Workforce & Economic Research Division). Practical nurses are number eight on this list and health service professionals comprise eight of the top ten jobs in highest demand in the State of Oregon.

Will the new Allied Health Building increase the number of nursing students?

Over time the new facility could provide access to more nursing students as additional clinical spaces open up in our growing medical community. Also, the new facility could provide space and technology for UCC to add, with consultation from the medical community, new allied health programs to meet the growing demand from providers throughout the region.

What is the economic impact of UCC on Douglas County?

In May, 2011 the College commissioned a study entitled the Economic Contributions of Umpqua Community College from Economic Modeling Specialties, Inc. (EMSI). EMSI completed the four-month study in August 2011. The study describes the economic benefits that UCC provides to Douglas County and the ripple effects this has on the economic development of the region.

Altogether, the average annual added income due to the activities of UCC and its former students equals $196.4 million. This is approximately equal to 7.7% of the total Douglas County economy.


What about “green design” elements? Have these been considered for the new buildings?

The Health, Nursing, & Science Center is designed to meet the State of Oregon standard of LEED certification (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design).


Student Perspective

  • Education increases lifetime income. The average income at the career midpoint of someone withan Associate’s degree in Douglas County is $34,300, 36% more than a student with a high school diploma.
  • Students enjoy a 26.6% rate of return on their investment in UCC.
  • Throughout his or her working career, the average UCC student’s discounted lifetime income increases by $7.20 for every dollar invested in UCC.
  • Students enjoy an average 26.6% rate of return on their UCC educational investment, recovering all costs (including tuition, fees, and forgone wages) in 5.8 years.

Social Perspective

  • Higher earnings of UCC students, and associated increases in state income, expand the tax base in Oregon by about $31.9 million each year
  • Oregon will see avoided social costs amounting to $1.5 million per year due to UCC students, including savings associated with improved health, reduced crime, and reduced welfare and unemployment


College Operations Effect

  • The Douglas County economy annually receives roughly $18 million in income due to UCC operations. This is a conservative figure adjusted to account for monies that leave the economy or are withdrawn from the economy in support of the college.
  • Added income attributable to the accumulation of UCC skills amounts to $178.5 million each year.

Productivity Effect

  • The current Douglas County economy embodies an estimated 2.2 million credits that have accumulated over the past 30-year period as thousands of former UCC students (completers and non-completers) enter the workforce year after year
  • UCC skills translate to higher earnings for students and increased output of businesses. The added income attributable to the accumulation of UCC credits in the workforce amounts to $178.5 million each year.

What Happens to Funds Raised if the Goal is not realized?

  • The Umpqua Community College Board of Trustees has the option to borrow funds up to $3.5 million to bridge the gap between funds raised by donors and grants and the full $8.5 needed to receive the matching $8.5 million from the State. Student fees could be used towards repayment of the loan in future years.
  • Should the Board of Trustees opt not to borrow funds, donor and grant funders will have the option to have funds returned to them or to have the funds placed in a future building fund account.