Partnering to develop a future healthcare workforce
Three WEA members are partnering to build a new $100 million education and health center with the City of Portland in the heart of Portland State University's downtown campus.
This historic project will turn a current parking lot into a new home for the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (Portland's first school of public health); PSU's Graduate School of Education; Portland Community College's dental programs; and a Portland city bureau.
It will be one of the biggest academic buildings on PSU's main campus at 200,000 square feet and up to nine stories tall.
PSU President Wim Wiewel said, "We are very excited to leverage the power of PSU, OHSU and PCC to train Portland's future health and education leaders."
Last July the was created with a vision of educating the next generation of public health leaders, who can confront and combat the underlying causes of health disparity throughout Oregon.
The school has enrolled more than 1,200 undergraduates and 250 graduate students pursuing degrees in 16 public health programs.
PCC's dental operations serves more than 130 students and treats about 2,000 patients per year.
The new building is expected to be complete in September of 2020.