VANCOUVER, Wash. – Gov. Gary Locke will visit Washington State University Vancouver on March 22 to dedicate the university’s new Engineering and Science Institute.

The ceremony will be from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Engineering Life Sciences Building on the WSU Vancouver campus.


Locke will be joined by WSU Vancouver Chancellor Hal Dengerink, Clark College President Wayne Branch, Lower Columbia College President Jim McLoughlin and Columbia River Economic Development Council President Bart Phillips.


In response to the needs of high-tech industry leaders, along with students seeking degrees in those high-demand fields, Gov. Locke and the Washington state Legislature allocated initial funding, enabling WSU Vancouver to partner with Clark College and Lower Columbia College to develop the WSU Vancouver Engineering and Science Institute.


Beginning in August 2004, the institute will offer students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in biology and computer science, and a bachelor’s or master’s degree in mechanical engineering. It will also combine WSU Vancouver’s cutting-edge research capabilities and state-of-the-art science and computer labs with faculty expertise from all three institutions. As a result of the partnership, students can earn a WSU degree while ensuring a smooth transition from lower- to upper-division undergraduate course work.

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave., Vancouver, WA 98686. Free parking is available in the green lot.