“The history of ‘topping out’ represents a symbol of gratitude for the hard work that has brought us to this moment,” said Mike Dickey, the senior project manager with Mortenson, the general contractor. “This tradition is a moment of reflection on a job well done.”
Another step toward growth
At the official ground-breaking of the project last year, school leaders and Ridgefield city officials called it a serious investment in the long-term growth of north Clark County.
Thursday, Ridgefield’s growth was again showcased as a major asset to Clark College going forward.
“Ridgefield is one of the fastest-growing areas in Clark County,” said Cristhian Canseco Juarez, the chair of Clark College’s Board of Trustees. “This building not only stands as a testament to the college’s commitment to innovation and growth but also underscores our dedication to our community needs and providing the local industry with highly skilled workers.”
Clark College recently announced that it, too, is experiencing growth after a period of enrollment decline amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Between fall 2022 and fall 2023, the school saw a 10.4 percent increase among full-time students.
When completed, the 49,000-square-foot facility will be able to serve an estimated 1,200 students. The center will feature several classrooms, faculty offices, four lab spaces and a manufacturing floor, where students will learn skills in engineering, renewable energy and environmental science.