COVID-19 Response and Reopening


Frequently Asked Questions

How will STRIVE sessions work?

Instead of being four days on COCC's campus, STRIVE will be spread over four weeks in August. And instead of meeting in person, we will get together via Zoom video calls twice a week for 2-hour sessions. Just like STRIVE, our online sessions will be engaging and varied—we'll do mini classes from different professors, watch movies and discuss them, do a virtual visit to a farm focused on First Foods and more! You'll also work with a small group and a COCC student mentor to do a group project. 

I have to work/I can't make it to every session. Can I still participate?

Yes! We understand that you're balancing a lot. We would like you to prioritize coming to as many live sessions as possible so that we can all connect via video, but if you have to miss some, we will record each session so that you can watch it later. If needed, you can work through STRIVE at your own pace.

Will I still get college credit?

Yes! STRIVE online will be fun, just like Strive, but it's also a college class. This means we expect you to work hard, attend (or view) the sessions and complete your group project. Then you earn a college credit!

Is Strive online free?


I don't have internet. Can I still participate?

Yes. We want to do everything possible so that you can participate and don't want lack of internet to be a barrier. If you live in Warm Springs, Madras, Redmond or Bend, our COCC computer labs are open and available for you to use on our Madras, Redmond and Bend campuses. If you can't get to these computer labs, we can help you figure out transportation. If you live elsewhere, we will do our best to help you figure out internet access.

I don't have a computer. Can I still participate?

Yes! Again, not having a computer shouldn't prevent you from participating. For video sessions, you can join on a phone with a camera, but for group work, you will want to use a computer. Again, if you live in Central Oregon, you can use a computer lab on a COCC campus. If you don't live in Central Oregon, let us know and we can help you figure out a solution. 

Will we still have mentors?

Yes! We love our mentors and they will still be a big part of STRIVE. They will join/lead our video sessions, and they will also work individually with each group to help you complete your final project. They'll check in with you frequently.

Will we get together in person for any parts of STRIVE?

No, unfortunately not. I wish we could all get together in person, but right now what's most important is to keep ourselves, our families and our communities safe. Although we can't do everything virtually (like eat in the dining hall!), STRIVE Online will still be the engaging, creative and fun program we know!