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Press Announcements from COCC

For more information contact Mark R. Johnson, Staff Writer, College Relations.

February 15, 2019

NEW LEADER FOR COCC'S SMALL BUSINESS CENTER
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Central Oregon Community College (COCC) is pleased to announce that Gerald A. "Jerry" Schulz will serve as its new director. Formerly the college's dean of Extended Learning, Schulz fills the position vacated by Steve Curley, who joined the Oregon Small Business Development Center Network last summer as its associate state director.

Small business is an operative part of Schulz's story. Before joining COCC in 2010, he and his wife launched and managed a private computer school in the San Francisco area, growing their business from a single classroom enterprise to a thriving school that included more than 50 instructors and a client roster numbering in the thousands, with major clients including Visa, Hewlett Packard and Oracle.

With offices in Bend and Redmond, the SBDC offers a business management program and connects Central Oregon businesses—start-ups and established enterprises alike—with a number of resources, such as no-cost advising, affordable workshops, financing options and market research. During COCC's 2017-18 academic year, the SBDC served 372 clients from the community.

SEE AT COCC: NATURE INSPIRES CONTEMPORARY WOOD SCULPTURES
The Barber Library gallery at Central Oregon Community College (COCC) is exhibiting "If Trees Could Dream," the juniper-and-willow modern sculptural works of Ted Gladu, Feb. 23 through March 21, with a reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28. For library hours, visit cocc.edu.

Gladu, a designer and builder by trade, refers to the exhibit—a mix of freestanding sculptures and mural-style creations—as a tribute to Central Oregon nature and an envisioning of how trees might dream. "This is a reverie of many thoughts that I have had, an exploration of space and time, and most importantly, a tribute to the wild land that surrounds us in our environs," he said.

For more information on this exhibit, contact Marybeth Hamilton, COCC Barber Library, at 541-383-7425 or mbhamilton@cocc.edu. In advance of college events, persons needing accommodation or transportation because of a physical or mobility disability, contact Joe Viola: 541-383-7775. For accommodation because of other disability, such as hearing impairment, contact the Office of Disability Services: 541-383-7743.

COCC HOSTS NURSING PROGRAM OVERVIEWS
Central Oregon Community College (COCC) is holding nursing program overviews at its Bend and Redmond campuses:

Bend campus: 9-10 a.m. on Friday, March 1, in the Boyle Education Center, Room 155

Redmond campus: 5-6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, in Building 3, Room 306

Bend campus: 5-6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, in the Boyle Education Center, Room 160

Nursing orientations are information sessions designed for students interested in COCC's associate degree in nursing. Sessions cover minimum requirements to apply to the program, how applicants are selected, deadlines and more. The formal presentation usually runs 45 minutes with plenty of time for questions during and after. Prospective nursing students are strongly encouraged. Reservations are not required. Contact: Kara Rutherford at 541-318-3741.​

 

February 11, 2019

COCC SPECIAL BOARD MEETING–FEBRUARY 16
The Central Oregon Community College (COCC) board of directors will gather for a special meeting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, in the Christensen Board Room in the Boyle Education Center on the Bend campus, 2600 NW College Way. The meeting will begin with an open public forum pertaining to the college's presidential search, where the community is invited to provide feedback, followed by an executive session.

The purpose of the special meeting is for the board to receive an update on a series of interviews and community presentations provided by the three presidential finalists, with the last one scheduled between Feb. 13-14. The board is expected to officially announce the college's new president in early March. For more information, contact Ron Paradis, executive director of College Relations, at 541-383-7599.

STATE EDUCATOR'S CONFERENCE TO INCLUDE PERSPECTIVE OF COCC LATINA STUDENT
Celina Anaya-Aguilera, a Bend Latina student in her first year at Central Oregon Community College (COCC), will be part of a student and staff "candid conversation" panel at the Oregon Council of Student Service Administrators' (CSSA) annual Student Success & Retention Conference, Feb. 14-15, in Portland. The conference of student services administrators—representing Oregon's 17 community colleges—is using the session to illuminate contributing factors that create success for first-generation community college students.

Anaya-Aguilera is a graduate of Mountain View High School who participated in COCC's college prep programs during high school, as well as the college's Latinx mentoring program. "She is highly involved in the Latinx Club and has volunteered for several COCC and community events," said Christine Walker, the college's Latinx College Program coordinator, who added that Anaya-Aguilera also works in the family's restaurant.

Nearly 1,000 students who enrolled at COCC for the 2018 fall term indicated they were first-generation college students, according to Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) records. For COCC's 2017-18 academic year, 11.6 percent of credit-seeking students identified as Hispanic or Latino.

For more information, contact Christine Walker at 541-318-3717.

 

February 8, 2019

COCC BOARD MEETING–FEBRUARY 13
The Central Oregon Community College (COCC) board of directors will meet at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the Christensen Board Room on the second floor of the Bend campus's Boyle Education Center, 2600 NW College Way. The board will convene for dinner following the meeting.

The board of directors will hear reports on a series of topics, including the college's presidential search and North Lake county's status with the district. Also on the agenda is a legislative update. For more information, contact Ron Paradis, executive director of College Relations, at 541-383-7599.

 

February 5, 2019

FESTIVE FUNDRAISER AT COCC OPENS DOORS OF OPPORTUNITY
With an elegant meal and a mission to open doors of educational access, the Central Oregon Community College (COCC) Foundation is hosting its annual fundraiser, Meal of the Year, at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, at the college's Mazama Gym in Bend. The event features live and silent auctions, with an original oil painting by art professor Bill Hoppe featured among the items. Tickets are $150 per person or $1,500 for a table of 10. For reservations and details, see themealoftheyear.org or call 541-318-3783.

"The Foundation offered $1.6 million in scholarship support this academic year," said Zak Boone, the Foundation's executive director, who noted that the figure was record-breaking for the organization. "And Meal of the Year is a huge part of our effort toward that end." The annual black tie-optional fundraiser, with a four-course dinner prepared by COCC's Cascade Culinary Institute, first started in 1978.

Even before that, Jack McCown, now a retired COCC math professor, was a staunch supporter of scholarships—he and his wife, Barb, a retired Bend-La Pine School District teacher, have contributed to the Foundation scholarship fund since 1976 and are the event's honorees. "We hope to use this esteemed honor to continue to showcase the amazing place that COCC is," said Jack McCown, "and encourage others to invest in education in Central Oregon."

"The McCowns truly exemplify the best of our community and what the Meal of the Year Award is all about," added Boone. "It's an unwavering support of education and its transformative effects for students and their families, and support for a range of causes across the region."

For more information, contact Zak Boone, COCC Foundation executive director, at 541-383-7212 or zboone@cocc.edu. In advance of college events, persons needing accommodation or transportation because of a physical or mobility disability, can contact Joe Viola: 541-383-7775. For accommodation of another disability, such as hearing impairment, contact Disability Services at 541-383-7583.

OREGON JUDGE TO SHARE HER IMMIGRANT STORY AT COCC
Multnomah County Circuit Judge Xiomara Torres will share her personal story of rising up from undocumented status as part of Central Oregon Community College's (COCC) Season of Nonviolence, from 6-7:30 p.m., on Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Bend campus's Coats Campus Center. The event, "Once an Undocumented Immigrant & Foster Child: Now an Oregon Judge," is free; reserve a seat at cocc.edu/foundation.

Originally from El Salvador, Torres arrived undocumented in the U.S. at the age of nine. A child abuse victim and a foster care child, she overcame adversity and was appointed a circuit judge for Multnomah County in 2017. Torres brings a diversity to the bench not often seen in Oregon—or across the nation. A play has been written about her life; COCC's Latinx program and OSU-Cascades will be bringing the play to the college on May 16.

For more information on this event, contact Charlotte Gilbride, coordinator for the COCC Foundation's Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program, at 541-383-7257 or cgilbride@cocc.edu.

The national Season of Nonviolence runs from Jan. 30 to April 4 and honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mahātmā Gandhi and others who believed in nonviolent means to advocate for human rights. Co-organized by The Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program and COCC's Latinx Program, with support from the Deschutes Cultural Coalition, Brooks Resources Corp, Associated Students of COCC, Associated students of OSU-Cascades and Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott.

January 30, 2019

WOMEN IN SPORTS BOOK EVENT AT COCC
Sisters and co-authors Alana Dusan and Jessica Mendoza—a Mountain View High School English teacher and an ESPN analyst, respectively—will discuss their softball-themed novel, "There's No Base Like Home," at Central Oregon Community College's (COCC) Barber Library, at 3:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Feb. 6. This is a free event.

The young adult novel, centered on the sport of softball, will serve as a catalyst for a conversation on girls and women in athletics. Both sisters played collegiate softball—Dusan for Oregon State University and Mendoza for Stanford, later earning a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.

"My excitement is to share this story with our students and community—particularly girls and women—who are passionate about competition, teamwork and perseverance toward athletic dreams," said organizer Amy Howell, Ph.D., program director for COCC's Early Childhood Education. "Overall, it's an identity story, and, as such, it's one that offers a connection for everyone."

The event is being held in the Barber Library's Children's Equity and Resource Center, which houses a collection of equity-focused and culturally responsive children's literature. COCC's Early Childhood Education program options include an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree, an Associate of Applied Science degree and two certificates of completion.

For information, contact Cat Finney at cfinney@cocc.edu or 541-383-7559. In advance of college events, persons needing accommodation or transportation because of a physical or mobility disability, contact Joe Viola: 541-383-7775. For accommodation because of other disability such as hearing impairment, contact the Office of Disability Services: 541-383-7743.

COCC HOSTS NURSING PROGRAM OVERVIEWS
Central Oregon Community College (COCC) is holding nursing program overviews at its Bend and Redmond campuses:

Redmond campus: 9-10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, in Building 3, Room 306

Bend campus: 9-10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, in the Boyle Education Center, Room 155

Bend campus: 5-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the Boyle Education Center, Room 155

Nursing orientations are information sessions designed for students interested in COCC's associate degree in nursing. Sessions cover minimum requirements to apply to the program, how applicants are selected, deadlines and more. The formal presentation usually runs 45 minutes with plenty of time for questions during and after. Prospective nursing students are strongly encouraged. Reservations are not required. Contact: Kara Rutherford at 541-318-3741.​

 

January 24, 2019

"GETTING STARTED" AT COCC
Central Oregon Community College (COCC) is offering "Getting Started" presentations in Bend and Redmond for prospective students:

Bend campus: 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6, Boyle Education Center, Room 156.
Redmond campus: 4:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 11, Building 1, Room 128.

This is an opportunity for prospective students—seeking a degree or to take a few classes—to meet with a COCC admissions representative for guidance through time-sensitive steps for enrollment, federal funding, choosing appropriate courses and the use of academic support services. Bend RSVP: 541-383-7500. Redmond RSVP: 541-504-2900.

COCC REDMOND OFFERS INFO SESSION ON HEALTH PROGRAMS
Central Oregon Community College's (COCC) Redmond campus is hosting an information session on its Allied Health programs from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, in Building 3, Room 306. The health programs covered will include dental assisting, massage therapy, medical assistant, pharmacy technician and veterinary technician.

The session will include a description of each occupation, the typical clinical and administrative duties, as well as the certification or licensing required. There will also be a review of the structure, length and cost of each of the programs. It is not necessary to be enrolled at COCC to attend this session. Reservations are not required. For information, call 541-383-7420.

 

January 23, 2019

COCC BOARD APPOINTS FORMER BEND MAYOR TO FILL OPEN SEAT
The Central Oregon Community College (COCC) board of directors today appointed Dr. Jim Clinton, a former mayor of Bend, to represent Zone 5 of the college's district, one of two positions that covers most of the city limits of Bend.

Clinton will serve through June 30, 2019. The seat will appear on the May ballot and be filled by election. Clinton replaces John Mundy who resigned in December. A committee of three board members interviewed three candidates for the position this past week.

Clinton served as Bend mayor from 2012 through 2016, the final four years of his 12 years of service on the Bend City Council. He was born and raised in Lakeview and earned his bachelor's in physics from the University of Oregon, and both a master's and doctorate degree in physics from the University of California at San Diego. As a scientist, Clinton was president of Energy Science Laboratories, Inc., and owner of both Solar Energy Analysis Lab and D-Star Labs, a contract research and development company that worked on sensors and medical devices. He also developed and taught a class for solar energy technicians at a community college in California, and was on the faculty at the University of San Diego.

"Dr. Clinton showed us in the interview that he has true passion for our students and the work of COCC in the community," said Laura Craska Cooper, chair of the COCC board of directors. "We believe he will be a great addition to our board and be able to assist us immediately."

For more information, contact Ron Paradis, executive director of College Relations, at 541-383-7599.

THREE FINALISTS NAMED IN COCC PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH
The Central Oregon Community College (COCC) board of directors today named three community college administrators as finalists for the position of college president, whose tenure would begin with the 2019-20 academic year. Finalists will visit the Bend campus in February for two days of interviews and meetings. The three finalists:

Dr. Kimberlee Messina, former vice president and interim president at Foothill College in California, most recently served as interim vice chancellor for the San Mateo County Community College District. She will be in Central Oregon on Feb. 4 and 5. Messina earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's degree in Spanish from the California State University at Sacramento. She then earned her doctorate in educational leadership from the University of California at Davis. Messina taught Spanish at UC-Davis and, for 12 years, at Santa Rosa Junior College. She then served as a dean of science, technology, engineering and mathematics at Santa Rosa. From there, she moved to Foothill College as vice president of instruction and institutional research for four years, and then interim president for one. For the next two years, she served as interim vice chancellor of educational services and planning for the San Mateo district. She owns K.S. Messina, Equity in Education Consultant.

Dr. Tod Treat serves as interim vice president for instruction at Wenatchee Valley College in Washington. Treat was executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Tacoma Community College for five years. He is scheduled to visit COCC on Feb. 7 and 8. Treat earned his bachelor's degree in biochemistry from the University of Illinois and a master's degree in chemistry (concentration in bioorganic chemistry) from the University of Colorado. He returned to the University of Illinois and earned his doctorate degree in education. He taught chemistry for nine years at Parkland College in Illinois and served in a number of other roles there before being named dean of academic services, a position he held for five years. Following that, he was vice president of student and academic services at Richland Community College, also in Illinois, before moving to Tacoma in 2013.

Dr. Laurie Chesley is provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan. She will be in Central Oregon on Feb. 13 and 14. Chesley earned her bachelor's degree in English from Alma College and her master's and doctorate degrees in English at the University of Notre Dame. She taught English at a variety of higher education institutions for 14 years, including five years of full-time teaching at Northwestern Michigan College. She has 18 years of administrative experience, including interim dean of learning at Northwestern Michigan, assistant vice president for academic affairs at Ferris State (Michigan) University, dean of humanities at Montgomery County (Pennsylvania) Community College, and then associate dean and dean of arts and sciences at Grand Rapids Community College, before becoming vice president in 2015.

As part of their time in the region, each candidate will have a formal interview with the COCC board of directors and participate in community meetings in Bend, Redmond, Madras and Prineville. They will also have sessions with various employee groups on COCC's campuses.

The board hopes to name the new president by early March and have that person in place by July 1. The successful candidate will replace Dr. Shirley I. Metcalf, who has served as president since August 2014.

For more information, contact Ron Paradis, executive director of College Relations, at 541-383-7599.

 

January 18, 2019

COCC SPECIAL BOARD MEETING–JANUARY 23
The Central Oregon Community College (COCC) board of directors will gather for a special meeting at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the Christensen Board Room in the Boyle Education Center on the Bend campus, 2600 NW College Way.

The purpose of the meeting is twofold: first, to appoint and swear in the board's newest member—representing Bend's Zone 5; and second, following an executive session, the board is expected to announce the names of the college's presidential search finalists. For more information, contact Ron Paradis, executive director of College Relations, at 541-383-7599.

In advance of college events, persons needing accommodation or transportation because of a physical or mobility disability, contact Joe Viola: 541-383-7775. For accommodation due to other disability, such as hearing impairment, contact the Office of Disability Services: 541-383-7743.

 

January 9, 2019

COCC'S "SCHOLARSHIP DAY" A GUIDED TOUR THROUGH FINANCIAL AID
The Bend and Redmond campuses of Central Oregon Community College (COCC) are hosting "Scholarship Day," from 1-3 p.m., on Wednesday, Jan. 23, to help current and prospective students discover and maximize their financial aid options for the 2019-20 academic year.

The Bend campus event is at the Coats Campus Center; the Redmond campus event is held in Building 1, Room 128. Both are open to the general public—no registration is required. Workshops start each hour on the hour.

Both locations will offer valuable information on scholarship and grant opportunities, as well as specifics on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA) processes, including all deadlines. For more details, contact COCC's Financial Aid office at 541-383-7260 or coccfinaid@cocc.edu.

 

COCC OFFERS INFO SESSION ON HEALTH PROGRAMS
Central Oregon Community College's (COCC) Bend campus is hosting an information session on its Allied Health programs from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the Health Careers Center, Room 140. The health programs covered will include dental assistant, massage therapy, medical assistant, pharmacy technician and veterinary technician.

The session will include a description of each occupation, the typical clinical and administrative duties, as well as the certification or licensing required. There will also be a review of the structure, length and cost of each of the programs. It is not necessary to be enrolled at COCC to attend this session. Reservations are not required. For information, call 541-383-7420.

 

 

Januuary 4, 2019

COCC BOARD MEETING–JANUARY 9
The Central Oregon Community College (COCC) board of directors will meet at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9, in the Christensen Board Room on the second floor of the Bend campus's Boyle Education Center, 2600 NW College Way. The board will first meet for dinner at 5 p.m. on the first floor of the same building.

The board will hear reports on a series of topics, including a presidential search update, a presentation on OSU-Cascades by Dr. Becky Johnson and a report on the college's First-Year Experience program, funded by a federal Title III grant.

The meeting concludes with an executive session on legal counsel. For more information, contact Ron Paradis, executive director of College Relations, at 541-383-7599.

In advance of college events, persons needing accommodation or transportation because of a physical or mobility disability, contact Joe Viola: 541-383-7775. For accommodation because of other disability such as hearing impairment, contact the Office of Disability Services: 541-383-7743.

 

"GETTING STARTED" AT COCC
Central Oregon Community College (COCC) is offering "Getting Started" presentations in Bend and Redmond for prospective students:

Redmond campus: 4:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14, Building 1, Room 128.
Bend campus: 10:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 18, Boyle Education Center, Room 156.

This is an opportunity for prospective students—seeking a degree or to take a few classes—to meet with a COCC admissions representative for guidance through time-sensitive steps for enrollment, federal funding, choosing appropriate courses and the use of academic support services. Bend RSVP: 541-383-7500. Redmond RSVP: 541-504-2900.


 

December 7, 2018

COCC BOARD MEETING–DECEMBER 12

Central Oregon Community College's (COCC) board of directors will meet at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, in Cascades Hall, Room 118, at the Bend campus, 2600 NW College Way. The board will first meet for dinner at 5 p.m. in the same building.

The board will hear reports on a series of topics, including a president's report on new credit program proposals in career and technical education and a presentation concerning a petition (submitted to the Higher Education Coordinating Commission earlier this year) from some residents of northern Lake County seeking the region's removal from COCC's district. The meeting concludes with an executive session on legal counsel.

For more information, contact Ron Paradis, executive director of College Relations, at 541-383-7599. In advance of college events, persons needing accommodation or transportation because of a physical or mobility disability, contact Joe Viola: 541-383-7775. For accommodation because of other disability such as hearing impairment, contact the Office of Disability Services: 541-383-7743. 


 

November 27, 2018

COCC VETERANS CENTER NAMED FOR MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT   
Central Oregon Community College (COCC) is now an officially designated "Medal of Honor College" following a resolution by its board of directors to honor Robert Maxwell, the oldest living recipient of the Medal of Honor and a formative faculty member in the college's automotive technology program. An accompanying resolution officially named COCC's veterans services center the Robert D. Maxwell Veterans Center.

"This is a unique, meaningful way for us to pay tribute to Mr. Maxwell," said John Mundy, chair of COCC's board of directors. "It honors his valor and his service to our country, while also recognizing the impact he's made as a talented educator and as a tireless supporter of veterans."

Maxwell, 98, who served in Europe and Africa during World War II as a U.S. Army communications technician, received the nation's highest military honor for throwing himself on a German grenade in a battle near Besancon, France, on Sept. 7, 1944, to absorb the explosion and save the lives of others in his squad. He is also the recipient of the Silver Star, two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star and two French honors, the Croix de Guerre and the Legion d'honneur.

Following the war, Maxwell settled in Oregon and used the GI Bill to study automotive technology. He became an automotive instructor, first teaching at Bend High School in downtown Bend before helping COCC launch its automotive program in 1958, where he served as an instructor for eight years. He spent the remainder of his career with Lane Community College and later retired to Bend.
 
At present, some 435 credit-seeking students at COCC are veterans. The college offers an automotive training scholarship in Maxwell's name, sponsored by High Desert Automotive.

For more information, contact Ron Paradis, executive director of College Relations, at 541-383-7599.
 
COCC PROFESSOR HONORED AS DIFFERENCE-MAKER FOR WOMEN
At the fall conference for the Oregon chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC), held in Tigard earlier this month, Stacey Donohue, Ph.D., an English professor at Central Oregon Community College (COCC), received two awards from the organization: its College Excellence Award and the Carolyn DesJardins Leadership Award.

The AAWCC's College Excellence Award recognizes individuals whose accomplishments have made a difference for women at their respective community college. COCC's Oregon chapter members chose Donohue, a member of the staff since 1995, for the honor. The organization's Carolyn DesJardins Leadership Award, also presented to Donohue, is given to only one recipient in each state, honoring the individual who demonstrates outstanding leadership and makes a significant contribution to community colleges by inspiring, championing and celebrating women as leaders. The state of Oregon has 17 community colleges.

Founded in 1973, AAWCC provides education, career development and advancement to women educators and students at community colleges.

For more information, contact Jennifer Newby, COCC's AAWCC chapter president, at 541-383-7562.
 
GRAND REOPENING CEREMONY FOR CASCADES HALL AT COCC
Central Oregon Community College (COCC) is holding a grand reopening of its recently remodeled Cascades Hall building—formerly home to OSU-Cascades—from 4-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, on the Bend campus, and is inviting the community to attend.

This free event (RSVP at cocc.edu) will feature live music, food from COCC's culinary department and a host of program tours and presentations. The building is home to the offices of the college's university partners—Eastern Oregon University, OSU-Cascades and Portland State University—as well as its forestry, paramedicine and advising/counseling services.
 
For more information, contact Charlotte Gilbride at 541-383-7257. In advance of college events, persons needing accommodation or transportation because of a physical or mobility disability, contact Joe Viola: 541-383-7775. For accommodation because of other disability such as hearing impairment, contact the Office of Disability Services: 541-383-7743.

MARKETING TEAM AT COCC PRESENTED WITH PAIR OF AWARDS
Central Oregon Community College's (COCC) college relations office took home two awards at the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations' (NCMPR) northwest district conference held recently in Boise, Idaho. The team won a "gold medallion" for a set of radio spots that highlight the life-changing opportunities at COCC, produced by Tim Underwood of Audio Tango, as well as a "silver medallion" for an article on the college's foreign language program, written by staff writer Mark Russell Johnson.

The NCMPR Medallion Awards recognize outstanding achievement in design and communication at community and technical colleges in each of NCMPR's seven districts. District 7 includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Yukon Territory.

For more information, contact Ron Paradis, executive director of College Relations, at 541-383-7599.


 

November 16, 2018

BIG BAND JAZZ CONCERT AT COCC
Central Oregon Community College's (COCC) Big Band Jazz group is performing its fall concert, a combination of modern and big band styles, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, in the Coats Campus Center's Wille Hall. Admission is $10 at the door; $5 for students and seniors.
 
Big Band Jazz is a community group of Central Oregon musicians dedicated to bringing artistry to the big band genre. Sponsored by COCC, it has been a part of the Central Oregon jazz scene for more than 30 years.

For more information, contact Jon Harnum, interim band director, at jharnum@cocc.edu. In advance of college events, persons needing accommodation or transportation because of a physical or mobility disability, contact Joe Viola: 541-383-7775. For accommodation because of other disability such as hearing impairment, contact the Office of Disability Services: 541-383-7743.

COCC HOSTS NURSING PROGRAM OVERVIEWS
Central Oregon Community College (COCC) is holding nursing program overviews at its Bend and Redmond campuses:

Redmond campus: 9-10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 3, in Building 3, Room 306
 
Bend campus: 9-10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, in the Boyle Education Center, Room 155, and 5-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the Boyle Education Center, Room 155
Nursing orientations are information sessions designed for students interested in COCC's associate degree in nursing. Sessions cover minimum requirements to apply to the program, how applicants are selected, deadlines and more. The formal presentation usually runs 45 minutes with plenty of time for questions during and after. Prospective nursing students are strongly encouraged. Reservations are not required. Contact: Kara Rutherford at 541-318-3741.​

COCC REDMOND OFFERS INFO SESSION ON HEALTH PROGRAMS
Central Oregon Community College's (COCC) Redmond campus is hosting an information session on its Allied Health programs from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, in Building 3, Room 305. The health programs covered will include dental assisting, massage therapy, medical assistant, pharmacy technician and veterinary technician.

The session will include a description of each occupation, the typical clinical and administrative duties, as well as the certification or licensing required. There will also be a review of the structure, length and cost of each of the programs. It is not necessary to be enrolled at COCC to attend this session. Reservations are not required. For information, call 541-383-7420..


November 8, 2018

COCC BOARD MEETING–NOVEMBER 13
The Central Oregon Community College (COCC) board of directors will meet at 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Christensen Board Room on the second floor of the Bend campus's Boyle Education Center, 2600 NW College Way. The board will first meet for dinner at 5 p.m. on the first floor of the same building.

The board will hear reports on a series of topics, including updates on the Oregon Promise grant and the college's strategic plan, as well as a presentation on campus public safety. The meeting concludes with the executive session, with subjects to include real property transactions and labor negotiations. For more information, contact Ron Paradis, executive director of College Relations, at 541-383-7599.

In advance of college events, persons needing accommodation or transportation because of a physical or mobility disability, contact Joe Viola: 541-383-7775. For accommodation because of other disability such as hearing impairment, contact the Office of Disability Services: 541-383-7743
 
HEALTH CODING EDUCATION AT COCC EARNS TOP SPOT
Medical Billing & Coding World, an online career development resource for students researching an education in health care information specialties, recently ranked Central Oregon Community College's (COCC) coding and billing program as Oregon's best on its 2018-19 "50 Best School Programs for Medical Billing and Coding," a state-by-state evaluation. Criteria for the distinction included accreditation, affordability, practicum experience and job placement support, among other considerations.

Accredited by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), COCC's health information technology (HIT) program offers certificates in medical coding, medical insurance, medical office specialist and medical billing. The college also offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in health information technology.

"We are thrilled that our program has been recognized," said Michelle Aistear, director of COCC's HIT program. "It speaks to the longstanding leadership that has gone into keeping this program at a high academic level for student success."

The field of health information technology is a fast-growing industry, expected to grow by 13 percent between 2016 and 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

For more information, contact Michelle Aistear at 541-383-7732 or maistear2@cocc.edu.
 
TURKEY TROT FUN RUN A COCC FUNDRAISER
Central Oregon Community College (COCC) is holding its 19th annual Turkey Trot, a 3-mile run/walk, that begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the COCC track. Free to students, this event is $10 for all other entrants and includes a T-shirt, food and prizes. Day-of-race registration will take place in the Mazama Gym from 9-9:45 a.m. All proceeds benefit the COCC Foundation which provides financial assistance to students and fiscal support for college programs. For information, or to request an entry form, contact Bill Douglass, COCC's director of Sports and Recreation, at 541-383-7794 or bdouglass@cocc.edu.

COCC SCHOLAR TALK INVESTIGATES SCIENCE OF BEING STRESSED OUT
A Gallup Poll last year found that 8 in 10 Americans are routinely dealing with stress in their lives. Managing—even avoiding—that stress is the subject of a Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program presentation, titled "Toxic & Positive Stress: How to Maintain a Healthy Balance," at Central Oregon Community College (COCC), at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Bend campus's Coats Campus Center. Tickets are $10, available at cocc.edu.

Presenter Alexandra D. Crosswell, Ph.D., an assistant professor with the department of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, as well as the executive director of the National Institute on Aging's Stress Measurement Network, will share her research on examining the pathways linking chronic stress to changes in physical and cognitive health. Crosswell will discuss the overall science of stress, including how evidence-based practices can build stress resilience and whether it's possible to convert toxic stress into positive stress.
 
For more information on this event, contact Charlotte Gilbride, Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program coordinator, at 541-383-7257. This program is presented by St. Charles Health System, with additional support from Brooks Resources Corp., the Associated Students of COCC and the Associated Students of Cascades Campus/OSU-Cascades.
 
In advance of college events, persons needing accommodation or transportation because of a physical or mobility disability, contact Joe Viola: 541-383-7775. For accommodation because of other disability, such as hearing impairment, contact the Office of Disability Services: 541-383-7743.


November 1, 2018

TRADES CAREER FAIR AT COCC SPARKS INSPIRATION WITH PARTICIPATION
Some 600 regional high school students will discover hands-on career inspiration at the third annual Central Oregon Skilled Trades & Apprenticeship Fair, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 16, at Central Oregon Community College's (COCC) Redmond campus. Coordinated by Central Oregon STEM Hub, this collaborative project highlights the skilled trades sector by combining company face time, immersive career sampling, educational opportunities and internship information. Partners include COCC, High Desert Career Technical Education, East Cascades Works and Youth Career Connect.
 
According to organizer Tracy Willson-Scott, education coordinator for Central Oregon STEM Hub, students will have an opportunity to operate an excavator, fire up a welding torch and try their hand at a wide range of participatory demos. Representatives from the construction, auto mechanic, engineering and manufacturing trades, among others, will share industry overviews while students also learn about local training and educational offerings.

"We have more than 30 organizations joining us to lead hands-on workshops or host a table," said Willson-Scott. Students, she said, will be coming from throughout Central Oregon, some from as far away as Lakeview and The Dalles.
 
"Our mission and focus is on creating STEM pathways for young people, particularly young women," said Angie Mason-Smith, executive director of Central Oregon STEM Hub. "Having this partnership with COCC allows us to instantly connect career ambitions with tangible workforce training."

A study by the Manufacturing Institute finds that by 2025, while some 3.5 million industry jobs will have opened up, some two million won't be filled due to a lack of skilled workers. "If you look at the skilled trades gap affecting our nation," said Michael Fisher, instructional dean at COCC, "we need to excite young people to apply themselves in these fields. It's a win for all involved—these are well-paying and in-demand careers."

For more information, contact Tracy Willson-Scott, STEM Hub Education Coordinator, at 541-693-5775 or tracy.willson-scott@hdesd.org.

This event is open to the media. Contact Ron Paradis, COCC's executive director of College Relations, at 541-280-2106 or rparadis@cocc.edufor specifics.