Since its founding in 2001, OSU Cascades has offered upper-level and graduate courses in a unique partnership with Central Oregon Community College (COCC). Currently the two institutions share a beautiful, 200-acre campus on the northwest side of Bend. Students who take advantage of this partnership pay about 25% less in tuition and fees than they would at a traditional university.
In 2015, OSU Cascades began a significant expansion of its campus and programs. Construction is underway on a $111 million OSU Cascades branch campus on a 56-acre parcel in the heart of Bend’s west side. Envisioned as an urban university, the new OSU-Cascades site plan calls for academic and residential buildings including retail space located within. OSUC aims to grow from just under 1,000 students today to 5,000 students by 2025. Faculty hiring and academic course planning is complete to provide the fall 2015 launch to include a full slate of requirements for the undergraduate baccalaureate core courses.
Offering small class sizes, OSU-Cascade students may choose from a variety of graduate, undergraduate, and minor programs, which will be expanding as the campus expands over the next decade.
OSU-Cascades Fields of Study:
Art: Art History
Art: Visual Arts
Business & Entrepreneurship
Early Childhood Development & Education
Energy Systems Engineering
Human Development & Family Sciences
Tourism & Outdoor Leadership
University Exploratory Studies Program
Additional Programs at OSU-Cascades:
The university offers an executive leadership MBA program through OSU’s College of Business. The MBA takes about two years and is delivered in a hybrid format, blending face-to-face and online sessions and is designed for busy professionals. The university also aims to launch additional MBA programs between fall 2015 and 2016.
OSU-Cascades works with Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, offering executive education courses to hospitality leaders on the West Coast with its Hospitality Management program. Considered the world leader among hotel schools for its undergraduate, graduate and research programs, Cornell has built an international reputation among professional hoteliers and restaurateurs for its executive education program.
The Energy Systems Engineering Management
The Energy Systems Engineering Management program is unique in the state, preparing graduates for a broad range of careers in the energy industry. The Computer Science degree was developed with considerable industry input from many of the region’s nearly four-dozen software firms.
Central Oregon Community College operates campuses in Bend, Redmond, Madras and Prineville. Founded in 1949, COCC is Oregon’s oldest community college. The College offers transfer/lower division programs, mirroring the first two years of a university education at a fraction of the cost, plus career and technical education programs to move students into local industry jobs.
The COCC District covers a 10,000-square-mile area that encompasses all of Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson counties, the southern part of Wasco, and the northern portions of Klamath and Lake Counties. A seven-member board of directors governs the College, with members of that board elected from geographic zones in the District.
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is operated by COCC and provides active support for Central Oregon’s small businesses. SBDC provides programs such as business counseling and market research assistance for entrepreneurs at the earliest stages of development. COCC’s Business and Employee Development department delivers industry-specific courses and workshops tailored to business and industry’s changing needs. The College also offers a wide range of continuing education for personal and professional development.
COCC – Redmond Campus
The COCC Redmond Campus sits on 25-acres near the Redmond Airport. This campus includes four buildings to serve students with a variety of career programs, educational opportunities and transfer eligible classes. This past year, approximately 2,400 students enrolled in one or more credit classes in Redmond.
COCC Redmond Campus Programs include:
- Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) degree - full range of credit classes for degree completion
- Two-year Certification Programs in Welding, Machining, Manufacturing and Quality Assurance
- Veterinary Technician Associate of Applied Science Degree Program
- Advanced Homebrew Techniques Program (non-credit)
- Academic advising and financial aid counseling
- Placement testing, proctored exams, and tutoring
- Community Education Courses in art, home and garden, languages, and other special interests
- Career and job search services
- Small business advising
- Customized business training
- GED, basic skills, adult high school diploma and English language learning
- Professional Certifications through Pearson Testing
- Expanded Options and Advanced Diploma Program for Redmond Area High School Students
- Basic Adult Vocational Program for IDD Community in Partnership with Opportunity Foundation
Manufacturing and Applied Technology Center
In addition to the wide range of services and college courses offered to students, COCC’s Redmond Campus is home to the region’s Manufacturing and Applied Technology Center, a 26,000-square-foot technical training facility with certificate and degree programs readying students for jobs in the manufacturing field. The COCC regional Technology Education Center offers classes for Central Oregon’s business and workforce population at the Redmond Campus.
Planned and developed with industry participation, the facility also houses the Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence and Development (CEED) and courses and programs in Non-Destructive Testing and Inspection, Automotive Technology, and Graphic/Digital Arts.