Lower Columbia College’s speech and debate team competed in two recent tournaments and are now ahead of local rivals.
The Longview team went head to head against 25 other colleges and universities on Feb. 11 and 12 during a virtual tournament hosted by Oregon State University, where they finished second among community colleges and fifth overall, according to the school.
Complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, three stories and several labs, the LCC's vocational center will replace several campus buildings to condense trades into one area.
This placed LCC ahead of regional rivals Oregon State and Pacific University, as well as strong national programs including Tallahassee Community College and Louisiana State University, the school reports.
The Fighting Smelt also hosted the 50th annual Michael Dugaw Smelt Classic Jan. 27-29. Twenty colleges and universities from six states attended, with over 150 students competed across 14 different speech and debate events.