COCC Announces Free Summer Credits for High School Grads & More


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Just in time for pending high school graduates who are considering summer plans, a newly announced “four free credits” special offer at Central Oregon Community College (COCC) will allow in-district, class of ‘22 grads to try a college class completely free. With a value of up to $529, the free credits are intended to help put college careers in motion. Visit to learn more.

“We’re thrilled to be able to extend this offer to our district graduates,” said Tyler Hayes, director of admissions and records. “Students can choose from an extensive summer catalog that includes graphic design, automotive, entrepreneurship, public speaking, software applications, math in society and many, many others. For some, this could mean gaining the necessary skills to enter the workforce or perhaps to further their education at COCC or another college or university.” Some summer classes at COCC are offered remotely, with loaner laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots available, while others are held in-person. The offer includes both tuition and standard course fees.

Registration for new COCC students begins on Monday, April 25, with the summer term application deadline set for Sunday, June 12. Classes start Tuesday, June 21. Students who wish to take advantage of the free credits at COCC who are not already enrolled at the college will need to submit an application and pay a one-time (lifetime) $25 application fee for summer term and complete the necessary enrollment steps.

Eligible students include public, private, homeschooled and GED-earning in-district high school students from the graduating class of 2022. Students must provide a copy of their high school diploma, transcript or GED, submitted electronically no later than 5pm on Friday, June 24, to receive the free summer term credits.

COCC Celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Central Oregon Community College is celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with free community events in May, including a virtual book discussion group on Not Quite Not White: Losing and Finding Race in America, by Sharmila Sen, beginning May 6, and a film viewing and discussion about the award-winning documentary “Rabbit in the Moon” on May 20. For all details and programming, visit

“We are extremely excited to celebrate the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. There are so many rich and beautiful traditions, countries and areas included in the Asian and Pacific Islander communities,” said Christy Walker, director of the college’s diversity and inclusion department, who added that celebrating cultures extends far beyond heritage month events. “We feel honored to be able to share resources and support our friends, neighbors and families within these communities.”

Not Quite Not White is a memoir manifesto about race, immigration and assimilation that shares the story of how an Indian American woman navigated into “not whiteness.” This virtual book group will meet on Fridays during May, beginning at noon on Friday, May 6. To register and receive the viewing link, email

Rabbit in the Moon, an award-winning selection at the 1999 Sundance Film festival, will be shown and discussed from 5-7:30pm on Friday, May 20, at Wille Hall on the COCC Bend campus. The film focuses on Japanese Americans held in internment camps during World War II and how the camps created rifts within the Japanese American community. A discussion with filmmakers Emiko and Chizuko Omori follows the film viewing. Tickets not required.

These events are presented by the college’s department of diversity and inclusion and the Associated Students of COCC. For more information, email In advance of college events, persons needing accommodation or transportation because of a physical or mobility disability should contact Caitlyn Gardner at 541-383-7237. For accommodation because of other disability, such as hearing impairment, contact disability services at 541-383-7583.


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