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About Centralia College East

Chronology of events for the development of Centralia College East

Centralia College first held classes at East County Center in 1983. At that time one classroom in Morton High School was used. Today the residents of eastern Lewis County benefit from a new 5,000-square foot structure that sits adjacent to Morton High School. This new facility, equipped with up-to-date technology, is a fully functional satellite program of Centralia College. The building, constructed in a few short months, began in 1982. CCEast: A Tale of Multiple Partnerships details the many partnerships that enabled the completion of Centralia College East in 1997.

The following is a chronology of the events that eventually became Centralia College East.

1982 - Bev Butters (Gestrine) and April Doolittle conceive the idea for a east Lewis County satellite of Centralia College. April illustrates the idea in poster format.

1983 - The first college classes meet in East County Center in the Morton High School. It was known then that this arrangement was to be temporary.

1994 - Through the urging of the East County Center Advisory Committee, Centralia College completes a feasibility study for a new building. The Centralia College foundation submits the CCEast project's pre-application to the Lewis County Commissioners which in turn submit the pre-application to the Washington Community Economic Revitalization Team.

1995 - Altrusa International funds initial design.

1996 - Morton School Board approves the transfer of 0.9 acres of land to Centralia College. This parcel will become the future site of CC East. The Centralia College Foundation submits an application for the USDA Forest Service Rural Community Development Grant and is awarded $250,000 for the construction of CC East. The fund raising campaign begins for the $500,000 project.

1/97 - Design and specifications for the new building are completed. The College Foundation requests contractor's to submit bid proposals.

3/97 - Local contractor Andrew Noel Construction is awarded the project.

4/97 - City of Morton secures funding so sewer lines can be replaced. The moratorium on new sewer hookups will be lifted when lines are replaced.


8/97 - East County Center moves into Centralia College East.

9/97 - CC East holds the first classes in the new building. The sewer and water is still not hooked up. Portable restrooms are temporarily used.

10/97 - The water and sewer is finally hooked up and volunteers help Landscape.

12/97 - The furniture and instruction equipment arrives at CC East and the ribbon cutting ceremony is conducted at the open house. The "donor wall" at CC East lists and thanks those dozens of people and organizations that made CC East a reality.

Since then CCEast continues to meet the educational needs of thousands of people from eastern Lewis County.

Updated: October 18, 2018

Centralia College East Sign

Centralia College East Sign