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COCC e-News January 2020

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JANUARY 2020 Volume 17, Issue 1

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To help keep you informed of coming deadlines and events, COCC will send you this newsletter every month.


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SCHOLARSHIP DAY
Scholarship Day is set for Wednesday, Jan. 22, on the Bend and Redmond campuses. It's a chance to get tips and information about applying for scholarships. There will be workshops at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., covering topics such as essay writing, creating a scholarship profile and maximizing financial aid to cover the costs of college. At the Bend Campus, visit the scholarship table between 12:30-3 p.m. in the lower level of the Coats Campus Center to get valuable information about scholarships, grants, FAFSA and ORSAA, and to receive all the important dates and deadlines. No reservations needed. Call 541-383-7260 or email coccfinaid@cocc.edu for more info.

HEY BOBCATS!

With a new year flung open, January is always a month of transition: A threshold for making plans and looking ahead. Which is perfect timing for "Oregon Transfer Days," where students eyeing academic transition can learn all about transfer options and how to best prepare. This one-stop resource, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27, at the Coats Campus Center, will help you get ready. It's a partnership comprised of Oregon's public and private colleges and universities and will include representatives from the following: Pacific University, Grand Canyon University, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland State University, Willamette University, University of Western States, Oregon State University, Oregon State University-Cascades, Southern Oregon University, Northwest Christian University, Eastern Oregon University and George Fox University. Keep those transitions smooth — and keep on scrolling, 'cats!

JUMP START: JANUARY 6-8
Start your Winter term right with Jump Start's FREE food and activities!

Bend Campus
Monday and Tuesday: 8-10:30 a.m., Dutch Bros. Coffee, Upper Quad and Wickiup Hall.
Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Student Club and Campus Resource Fair, Wille Hall, with lunch from Cody's Catering.
Plus, free passes to the Pavilion Ice Rink available at the Student Life Office.

Redmond Campus
Monday and Tuesday: 8 a.m., Tate and Tate coffee and pastries.
Wednesday: Lunch from Tres Hermanos.
Plus, free Redmond theater movie passes available.

Madras Campus
Monday and Tuesday: Dancing Bean coffee and pastries.
Wednesday: Lunch from Abby's pizza.
Plus, free Madras theater movie passes available.

Prineville Campus
Monday and Tuesday: Coffee/hot cocoa and pastries.
Wednesday: Soup bar lunch.
Plus, free Prineville theater movie passes.

IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES

Jan. 6: Winter term begins
Jan. 17, 5 p.m.: Tuition due and end of refund period
Jan. 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, College is closed

ENROLLMENT SERVICES – FIRST WEEK OF TERM
The Enrollment Services Office will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, Jan. 6-9. On Friday, Jan. 10, Enrollment Services will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

TUITION PAYMENT/REFUND DEADLINE
Tuition is due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17; avoid long lines and pay online. The deadline to drop a full-term class and receive a refund is also 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17. You may drop a class using your Bobcat Web account, in-person at the Enrollment Services Office at any COCC campus, or by calling the Admissions and Records Office at 541-383-7500.

FINANCIAL AID

FAFSA/ORSAA
The 2019-20 FAFSA and ORSAA are still available for students who are attending COCC now through June 30, 2020. And if you're planning on attending COCC between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021, be sure to complete your 2020-2021 FAFSA and ORSAA early; early submissions have the best chance to receive the maximum aid. Students not eligible to complete the FAFSA may apply for the ORSAA. A completed ORSAA is required for students who may be eligible for the Oregon Opportunity Grant and Oregon Promise. Attend a workshop for help.

COCC FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS
The Foundation offers nearly 400 awards totaling $1.5 million. The COCC Foundation Scholarship application is available through your Bobcat Web Account.

OSAC SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE
More than 500 scholarships are available through the Office of Student Access and Completion. Search the OSAC Catalog or apply now! The application deadline is March 1.

SPRING TERM PRIORITY DEADLINE
If you're attending Spring term, Financial Aid will give priority consideration to those students completing and submitting their requirements by March 1.

VETERANS BENEFITS
Utilizing Veterans education benefits? Please be sure to request certification for your classes for Winter term. If you have any questions, contact vetsed@cocc.edu or call 541-383-7264.

AROUND CAMPUS

BE BOBCAT READY
Learn what to do in an emergency situation, whether it's an earthquake or a campus lockdown. These "Be Bobcat Ready" training sessions are open to all and will be held every third Thursday of the month in Coats Campus Center, Room 116, through May. Contact publicsafety@cocc.edu for more information.

CAREER CLOSE-UPS
Discover COCC's health care programs during a one-hour info session. Nursing has three this month: Jan. 13 (Redmond), Jan. 15 (Bend) and Jan. 31 (Bend). Find out how the Dental Assistant, Massage Therapy, Medical Assistant, Vet Tech and Pharmacy Tech programs can change your life at a Jan. 22 info session in Bend.

CLIMATE SURVEY
Be on the lookout in your COCC email inbox later this month for a Student Campus Climate Survey. Your input on college culture is appreciated!

ARTS

FACULTY ART SHOW
Pence Pinckney Gallery is exhibiting a range of works from art faculty from Jan. 9 through Feb. 5, with an opening reception 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9; the gallery is open 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. This is part two of a two-part faculty exhibit. This exhibit includes works by instructors Bill Cravis, Carolyn Platt, Mary Jo Weiss, Terry Gloeckler, Karen Ellis, Paula Bullwinkel, Ian Factor and Moe Carolin.

BIRD STORIES ON CANVAS
An exhibit titled "Bird Stories: Flying with Nature," a collection of impressionist bird paintings by Bend artist Jacob Joseph Norris, is showing at the Barber Library Rotunda Gallery from Jan. 13 to Feb. 13. A reception will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16.

EVENTS

SEASON OF NONVIOLENCE: JAN. 13-29
For the 2020 Season of Nonviolence, COCC and several community organizations are hosting book conversations on Ijeoma Oluo's New York Times bestseller, "So You Want to Talk About Race." The facilitated book talks will look at how the work invites people from all identities to engage in conversations about racism, discrimination, intersectionality and more.

COMING UP

ACCREDITATION VISIT—PROCESS NOW OPEN FOR COMMENTS, INPUT
COCC is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). From April 8-10, a team of NWCCU visitors will be in Central Oregon to review COCC for updated accreditation (COCC was last accredited in 2012). This accreditation means that COCC meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through the peer-review process. Comments and input, from students and any member of the public, are considered in regard to qualification for accreditation. Comments can be sent to: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, 8060 165th Avenue NE, Redmond, WA 98052 or call 425-558-4224. *Comments must be received by March 6.


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