Deer Ridge

COCC Program at Deer Ridge Correctional Institution

The Oregon Department of Corrections has contracted with Central Oregon Community College to provide educational services to inmates.

COCC provides Adult Basic Education classes and GED test preparation, as well as offering a college credit program in welding.


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The DRCI Educational Team

Jay Sklenar, Director of Education.

Tucker Bauman, Welding program Director, built the welding shop and developed a work-based welding program that will meet industry standards and provide training for employment. Bauman worked at Brightwood Industries for many years and has completed his Associate's degree at the Manufacturing and Training Center at the Redmond COCC campus. Mr. Bauman also teaches on the Madras COCC Campus.

Angelina Ptomey, Adult Basic Skills and GED Instructor, has a B.S. in Human Development and Family Sciences from Oregon State, and an M.S. in Higher Education Leadership and Management from Capella University.

Anita Goodwin, Adult Basic Skills and GED Instructor. She earned her Masters Degree in Elementary Education, B.S. in Elementary Education and B.A. in German and Geography. Anita taught third grade in Georgia for nine years before moving to Oregon where she has taught language classes and kindergarten as well as worked as a substitute teacher as various grade levels.

Cheryl Britton, Administrative Assistant. Cheryl has worked for COCC at Deer Ridge as an Administrative Assistant. Prior to moving to Oregon, she worked for Farm Credit West in the Loan Accounting Department for 10 years. She earned her AS degree in Business Management from Yuba College in California. She lives with her husband Mike, her dog Gia, and cat Tiger.