Student Staff

About Student StaffCommunity Assistants

Each community of students has a Community Assistant (CA) who is selected and trained to assist with student concerns, be they personal, social, or academic, as well as general college and community needs. CAs work to develop programming that builds relationships between the students and promotes a sense of community throughout the residence hall. The CA team is "on duty" during the evening and weekend hours. Additionally, CAs are trained to handle emergency situations, enforce college and residence hall policies and regulations, as well as carry out general administrative tasks.



Megan Bolt

Megan moved to Central Oregon in 2015 to take a gap year. She spends her time snowboarding, writing, hiking, taking pictures, meeting new people and enjoying the outdoors! She loves to travel, meet new people and is always looking for an adventure. Megan spent this last summer working in and exploring Alaska. 




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Liz Forsling

Liz is a second year student at COCC, studying to be a Dental Hygienist. She has lived in Sun Valley, Idaho for the past three years and loves traveling, food and the outdoors.




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Taylor Hagan

Taylor is a starting her second year at COCC as a junior. She started her college education at Montana State University in Billings, and is working to complete her major in Elementary Education. She likes to keep busy, whether it is relaxing with her friends, reading a good book, taking road trip or exploring.



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Steven Hartley

This is Steven’s second year as a CA at Wickiup Hall. He is currently a junior at OSU-Cascades and has been in the Army for more than eight years. Steven was deployed 2014-2015 to Afghanistan. He has spent the last 15 years in Central Oregon. Steven’s hobbies include food, sleeping, billiards, tae kwon do and playing saxophone and piano.




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Rachel Helt

Rachel is working on a transfer degree toward a career in graphic design/digital art and animation. Her dream would be to work for Marvel/DC or DreamWorks. Rachel hopes to challenge herself as a CA, to grow and create lasting relationships. She is laid back, loves to laugh, have Disney movie binges, do anything around water and listen to oldies music.





Sarah Hopkins

Sarah is very excited to be returning to Wickiup Hall as a Community Assistant! She will be a sophomore at COCC. Some of Sarah’s favorite things involve health and fitness, Target, cooking and exploring new spots around town.



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Ellis Johnson

Ellis is an engineering student that has been taking classes at COCC since spring 2016. He is currently working towards an Associate’s degree. Ellis plays a variety of card games and enjoys outdoor activities like caving and rafting. 






Paige Leek

Paige is in her third year at COCC. She wants to pursue a bachelor’s in Nursing and is extremely excited for her second year as a Community Assistant. Paige grew up playing many sports and enjoys skiing, hiking, traveling and meeting new people. 




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Calvin is majoring in aviation at COCC. When he was 16, he joined his high school fire academy’s Running Start program. Calvin then became a volunteer firefighter with his local district for three years, earning his EMT-B and serving as a wildland firefighter for two years. This is when he fell in love with aviation. Calvin enlisted in the National Guard when he was 17 and loves to work on anything mechanical and be outdoors.



Sky Smith

Sky is an engineering major from Bonanza, Oregon. After graduating high school, he joined the Marine Corps and spent several years chasing adventure around the world before settling in Central Oregon. Sky enjoys hiking, hunting, fishing, reading and snowboarding in his free time, and is also involved with ROTC and the COCC triathlon club.