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Central Oregon Community College Madras

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Case Studies > Central Oregon Community College Madras

LEADING WTIH PURPOSE

Community In Action

In the early 2000s, Jefferson County was the 5th-fastest growing county in the state. Its population was comprised of three primary racial groups: Caucasians, Native Americans, and Hispanics. Nearly 20% of residents lived below the poverty level, and many were non-English speaking.

There was no college in Jefferson County at that time, which created two problems for local leaders.

First, new industries were moving into the area, and a new State prison was soon to open. They all required a new workforce with English-speaking trained employees, but there were no local language or job training programs. And, second, those seeking a college education had to travel nearly 90 miles roundtrip to the nearest college, Central Oregon Community College (COCC), which was located in Bend, Oregon.

There was no bus service connecting Madras to the campus in Bend, and, it was a costly journey by car. It was also an extremely dangerous trip on icy winter roads. So whether it was to gain English-language skills, job training expertise or a college education, those without a vehicle or money for gas were out of luck.

The Bean Foundation decided to address this growing need. It joined with community leaders, public agencies and COCC officials to investigate the possibility of creating a branch campus in Madras.

The foundation offered to donate 41 acres to COCC to make the project possible. It entered into a formal agreement with the college, and once a bond issue was passed, the first 15 acres were transferred so construction could begin. The foundation reserved the remaining 26 acres for future expansion once COCC had met certain requirements. It also donated four additional acres to the City of Madras to facilitate the extension of City View Street once the expansion had taken place.

Central Oregon Community College Madras was officially opened in September 2011. The building is approximately 12,000 square feet in size and features classrooms, two computer labs, community meeting space and offices. It offers a full range of student services, including testing, tutoring, and academic and financial aid advising. Three hundred students currently attend the Madras campus with 1150 students from Jefferson County/Warm Springs accessing COCC services across Central Oregon.

COCC Madras Campus faculty and staff are connected to the local school district, businesses, Deer Ridge Correctional Institution and nonprofits throughout Jefferson County and Warm Springs to ensure credit and non-credit offerings are driven by local initiatives and interests.

THE NEED

In the early 2000s, Jefferson County was the 5th-fastest growing county in the state. Its population was comprised of three primary racial groups: Caucasians, Native Americans, and Hispanics. Nearly 20% of residents lived below the poverty level, and many were non-English speaking.

There was not a college campus in Jefferson County at that time, which created two problems for local leaders. First, new industries were moving into the area, and a new State prison was soon to open. They all required a workforce with English-speaking trained employees, but there were no local language or job training programs. And, second, those seeking a college education had to travel to the Redmond campus (50 miles round trip) or the main campus in Bend ( 90 miles roundtrip) to access Central Oregon Community College (COCC) education courses.

In addition, bus service was nonexistent connecting Madras to the campus in Bend and Redmond, and, it was a costly journey by car. It was also a dangerous trip on icy winter roads. So whether it was to gain language skills, job training expertise or a college education, those without a vehicle or money for gas were out of luck.

SOLUTION

The Bean Foundation reached out to community leaders, public agencies and COCC officials to investigate the possibility of creating a branch campus in Madras.

The foundation offered 41 acres to make the project possible. Once that bond issue was passed, the 15 acres were transferred so construction could begin. The foundation also reserved an additional 26 acres for future expansion once COCC had met certain requirements. In the process, the Foundation also donated four additional acres to the City of Madras to facilitate the extension of City View Street once the expansion takes place.

IMPACT

Central Oregon Community College Madras campus was officially opened in September 2011. The building is approximately 12,000 square feet in size and features classrooms, two computer labs, community meeting space and offices. It offers a full range of student services, including testing, tutoring, and academic and financial aid advising. Three hundred students with another 1150 students from Jefferson County/Warm Springs accessing COCC services across Central Oregon.

COCC Madras Campus faculty and staff are connected to the local school district, businesses, Deer Ridge Correctional Institution and nonprofits throughout Jefferson County and Warm Springs to ensure credit and non-credit offerings are driven by local initiatives and interests.

FROM THE COMMUNITY

Having the Bean Foundation as partners has been imperative for the implementation and growth of the Juntos program throughout Jefferson County. We have presented the Juntos program for 11 years in Central Oregon giving Latinx families the support and resources to pursue a postsecondary education. It truly takes an entire community, partnerships and help like the Bean Foundation provides to make a difference in our communities and among our citizens. So thankful for them and the support they provide.

Jennifer Oppenlander, Central Oregon Manager, Open Campus, Outreach & Engagement, Oregon State University