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. 

Deer Ridge has been offering summer classes in Small Business Management.


The DRCI Educational Team

Janet Narum, Director of Education. (M.S. in Administration of Justice and Security, B.A. in English from Washington State University.)   Previously the founding Executive Director of the S.T.A.R. (Successful Transition And Reentry)  Project in Walla Walla, WA. She was also an Offender Change instructor for Walla Walla Community College at the Washington State Penitentiary.  She was the Education Director for Blue Mountain Community College at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution.  Most recently. She worked for four years for  Department of Corrections in Salem as Training Development Specialist organizing new employee training, contractor training, and annual training.

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, is an Oregon State graduate with a bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Science and is currently working towards her master's in Higher Education Administration.

Billie Stedman, Adult Basic Skills and GED Instructor, holds a BS in Elementary Education / Special Education Northern MI University, MAT St. Mary University.  She has 25 years of experience dedicated to instruction (public school and community college).  Most recently, she has worked for Deer Ridge as a GED Examiner for one year and as a part-time GED Instructor for two years.  She has instructed the Allied Health Medical Terminology classes at COCC as a part time instructor for four years.                                              "Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all"    Aristotle

Anita Goodwin, is a part-time ABE Instructor. She earned her Master’s 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 works 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.

Julie A. Riel, is the Testing Coordinator. Julie has an extensive background in leadership and management.  She is a retired Federal Executive with over 32 years of experience in public administration.  Most of her career while employed by the U.S. Department of Energy included management and oversight of business operations at offices located in Seattle, Washington and Golden, Colorado.  She specifically had direct management control over human resources, budget and finance, information technology and space/logistical services.  At the time of her retirement, she managed a workforce of approximately 132 professional staff and an annual operating budget of $2.2 million.  

Ms. Riel holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Education from Oregon State University (1979) and a Master of Arts degree in Adult Education and Distance Learning from the University of Phoenix (2003).

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