Central Oregon Community College

Central Oregon Community College is a community college in Bend, Oregon. It primarily serves residents of Deschutes, Jefferson, and Crook Counties.

Central Oregon Community College
Former names
Central Oregon College
TypeCommunity College
Endowment$10.9 million[2]
PresidentDr. Laurie Chesley[3]
Academic staff
130 full time; 50 adjuncts; 171 part time (as of 2017)[4]
Students15,701 total; 8,714 credit students (as of 2017)[5]
Location, ,
United States

44.0706°N 121.34857°W / 44.0706; -121.34857


Central Oregon Community College is the oldest two-year college in the state of Oregon. The college was originally founded in 1949 making it almost a decade older than Clatsop Community College, the next oldest Community College in Oregon. The main campus is located on the west side of Bend, Oregon on 200-acres.[6] The campus has a total of 26 different buildings, the most recently built being the residence hall in 2015. The location provides views of the Oregon Cascades, as well as access to lots of what Bend has to offer. The main campus is located near the Deschutes National Forest and Shevlin Park providing access to miles of trails and outdoor recreation opportunities. Central Oregon Community College also has campuses in Redmond, Oregon, Prineville, Oregon, and Madras, Oregon providing educational opportunities across the Central Oregon Region.


Central Oregon Community College provides students the opportunity to pursue an Associates 2 year degree or a Certificate. Programs will either prepare students to enter directly into the workforce or to continue their education as a transfer student to a four-year college for a Bachelor's degree. As of 2018, Central Oregon Community College offers 78 different academic programs,[7] including programs like Automotive Technology,[8] Aviation,[9] Culinary Arts,[10] Criminal Justice,[11] Dentistry,[12] Fire Science,[13][14] Massage Therapy,[15] Nursing,[16] Outdoor Leadership,[17] and Veterinarian.[18] Outside of coursework, Central Oregon Community College also provides opportunities for students to become involved in clubs and activities. Clubs provide opportunities for students to become involved in groups focused on their area of study as well as become more involved with the student body. Students also have the opportunity to participate in sports.

Partnership with Oregon State University

Central Oregon Community College has a 2+2 partnership with Oregon State University Cascades Campus offering lower-division and prerequisite coursework that can be used toward the goal of earning a bachelor's degree. Starting Fall 2015, Oregon State University Cascades hosted its first freshman class of students seeking a bachelor's degree.[19]

Notable faculty

See also


  1. Central Oregon Community College (2013). "COCC Quick Facts". Retrieved February 13, 2013.
  2. As of June 30, 2011. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2012 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2011 to FY 2012" (PDF). National Association of College and University Business Officers. February 4, 2013. p. 20. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 12, 2013. Retrieved February 13, 2013.
  3. COCC President
  4. <https://www.cocc.edu/about/cocc-quick-facts.aspx>
  5. https://www.cocc.edu/about/cocc-quick-facts.aspx
  6. https://www.cocc.edu/about/
  7. https://www.cocc.edu/programs/default.aspx
  8. https://www.cocc.edu/programs/automotive/default.aspx
  9. https://www.cocc.edu/programs/aviation/default.aspx
  10. https://www.cocc.edu/departments/cascade-culinary-institute/default.aspx
  11. https://www.cocc.edu/programs/criminal-justice/default.aspx
  12. https://www.cocc.edu/programs/special-curriculum/pre-dentistry/default.aspx
  13. https://www.cocc.edu/programs/wildland-fire/default.aspx
  14. https://www.cocc.edu/programs/structural-fire/default.aspx
  15. https://www.cocc.edu/programs/massage/default.aspx
  16. https://www.cocc.edu/programs/nursing/default.aspx
  17. https://www.cocc.edu/programs/outdoor-leadership/default.aspx
  18. https://www.cocc.edu/programs/special-curriculum/pre-veterinary/default.aspx
  19. About OSU-Cascades
  20. "Faculty, Administration, and Staff", Central Oregon Community College 2011–2012, Bend, Oregon, 1 June 2011, p. 304.
  21. Good Morning Wisconsin. Green Bay, Wisconsin. December 11, 2013. Event occurs at 07:25. WLUK-TV.
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