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With a campus so new the paint is still drying, their first 1,200 students, 3,000 alumni and community supporters  are realizing a 30-year, grassroots effort to bring a four-year university to Central Oregon. 

OSU-Cascades opened its 10-acre campus in Bend at the start of the fall term in 2016. Located in the heart of Central Oregon, a vast natural laboratory, OSU-Cascades offers 16 undergraduate and four graduate degrees, including signature programs in energy systems engineering, tourism and outdoor leadership, and hospitality 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 software firms. OSU-Cascades is now offering 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 with online sessions and is designed for busy professionals. The university also aims to launch additional MBA programs.

OSU-Cascades’ enrollment is slated to grow to 3,000 to 5,000 students by 2025 to meet state educational attainment goals, The campus will serve students from Central Oregon, as well as Oregon, the U.S. and international destinations. 

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:


American Studies

Art: Art History

Art: Visual Arts


Business Administration

Business & Entrepreneurship


Computer Science


Creative Writing

Early Childhood Development & Education

Energy Systems Engineering


Hospitality Management

Human Development & Family Sciences


Liberal Studies

Military Science

Natural Resources

Political Science


Social Science



Tourism & Outdoor Leadership

University Exploratory Studies Program

Additional Graduate Programs at OSU-Cascades:

Through it's College of Education, OSU Cascades offers Graduate programs in Counseling (Ph. D, MCoun) and Teaching (MAT). In addition, the College of Liberal Arts provides a Masters in Creative Writing (MFA). 


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 6,649 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.