About The Foundation

COCC Foundation at a Glance

Central Oregon Community College (COCC) Foundation's purpose, as stated in the articles of incorporation, is to exist exclusively for the benefit of Central Oregon Community College, its faculty and students in the furtherance of the educational and charitable activities of the College.

It does so through providing financial assistance to students, fiscal support for college programs, and occasionally running campaigns in support of needed college capital improvements.


Foundation Mission Graph

Established in 1955 with a first year's achievement of $5,000. In 2013 assets managed by the Foundation total over $14 million dollars.


In fiscal year 2012-2013, the Foundation provided more than $1,000,000 in scholarships and program support to COCC.


The COCC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization, separate from the college and governed by a 16 member volunteer board of trustees composed of professional, business, and community leaders.


Contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible. The Foundation accepts unrestricted gifts and also directs gifts to where the donor desires to meet a particular college and student need.



COCC at a Glance

Central Oregon Community College provides comprehensive college services to the residents of its 10,000-square-mile district. COCC offers two-year associate degrees, transfer/lower division programs, career and technical education degrees and certificates, developmental courses, continuing education and community learning classes, industry-specific training programs and business management assistance.


COCC’s main campus is located on 201 acres on the western edge of Bend. The College also operates campuses in Redmond, Madras and Prineville.

Enrollment: 11,416 credit students (2012-13)


Average age of credit students: 29


Faculty to student ratio: 1 – 24


Certificate/degree-seeking students receiving financial aid: 61%


Approximately 20 –25% of in-district high school graduates enroll at COCC the year following their graduation.




Photo: The Foundation's first meeting in October 1955 in the Trailways Coffee Shop in Downtown Bend.

From left to right: Don Pence, William Miller, Kenneth Sawyer, Webster Loy and Alva Goodrich.

Early COCC Foundation Meeting
From - Blazing a Trail by Frank X. Fiedler

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