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Native American Summer Program

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Summer Training to Revive Indigenous Vision and Empowerment

STRIVE is a four day summer program for Native American high school students that introduces participants to the college experience through structured academic, leadership and cultural activities.

STRIVE students attend a dentistry classThe goal is to expose students to different elements of the college experience that will better prepare them for the transition from high school into college, or wherever their paths may lead. Through a hands-on approach, STRIVE offers activities designed to develop leadership skills, foster cultural pride and cultivate confidence in the college setting.

During the program, students take classes from college professors to explore different career options. They also participate in workshops with tribal leaders and program staff to explore pathways for serving their communities through higher education. Sessions on scholarships and financial aid also help students see that college is possible. Students earn a college credit through the program and stay in Wickiup Residence Hall on COCC’s Bend campus.


Students learn about Celilo Falls during Strive field tripSTRIVE 2020 will be July 9 through July 12

Come earn a college credit and find out what college is like!

To apply for STRIVE 2020, fill out this online application: 

STRIVE 2020 Online Application

Or, you can download a print version of the STRIVE application and send it to:

Kelsey Freeman
Native American College Prep Coordinator
Central Oregon Community College
2600 NW College Way, Bend, OR 97703

For questions or if you are interested in teaching at STRIVE, contact Kelsey Freeman.

Photos from STRIVE 2018 and 2019