City Club of Central Oregon Explores the State of Higher Education in Central Oregon


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The City Club of Central Oregon has announced its upcoming forum, titled COCC and OSU-Cascades: Hub, Heart and Drivers of Central Oregon. This insightful event is scheduled for Thursday, March 21, from 11:15am to 1pm and will be held at the Unitarian Fellowship of Central Oregon.

The future of Central Oregon is deeply intertwined with the success and growth of its higher education institutions. In this forum, the City Club invites the community to delve into the critical role played by Central Oregon Community College (COCC) and Oregon State University – Cascades (OSU-Cascades) in shaping the region’s landscape.

Event Details:

Title: COCC and OSU-Cascades: Hub, Heart and Drivers of Central Oregon
Date: Thursday, March 21
Time: 11:15am-1pm
Location: Unitarian Fellowship of Central Oregon
Description: Central Oregon’s higher education institutions serve as pillars of our community, offering opportunities for education, career advancement, and cultural enrichment. COCC and OSU-Cascades contribute significantly to the region by providing resources for businesses, producing skilled graduates, and addressing the evolving needs of our workforce. Join us to explore the forces that shape these institutions and the opportunities and challenges they face in preparing Central Oregon for the future.


  • Laurie Chesley, President of Central Oregon Community College
  • Sherman “Sherm” Bloomer, Chancellor and Dean, OSU-Cascades
  • Moderated by:
  • Emily Cureton Cook, OPB Central Oregon Bureau Chief

Registration is open to the public and individuals can secure their spot by visiting

City Club of Central Oregon exists to be the top-of-mind hub for citizens and community leaders. Our mission is to foster an informed community through dialogue and education that enhances responsible civic engagement. We champion “passionately non-partisan” discussion between diverse perspectives.


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