COCC Crook County Open Campus Opens Soon


The ribbon cutting ceremony for the COCC Crook County Open Campus in Prineville will be held at 1pm Saturday, August 13, at the new building at 510 SE Lynn Boulevard. The public is invited to attend. 

The COCC Crook County Open Campus is a collaborative partnership among Central Oregon Community College, Oregon State University Extension Services, Oregon University System Open Campus and Crook County. The 12,000-square-foot building includes seven flexible meeting rooms and classrooms and provides 65 wired and wireless public computer stations.

“This amazing new resource and program will allow new learning opportunities to be provided in Prineville and greater access to postsecondary education that will better meet the needs of Crook County residents,” said Jeff Papke, Oregon Open Campus coordinator for Crook County.

According to Suzie Kristensen, the COCC campus coordinator, the college will offer adult basic education, noncredit learning opportunities, certificate programs, college-level courses and knowledge-based job training programs.
COCC will expand its offerings of college classes with courses this fall in business, computers, emergency services, psychology, math, writing and college success. The college will continue to offer a variety of Community Learning courses and Adult Basic Skills education as well.

The building is funded by proceeds from the voter-approved November 2009 COCC bond measure, and from a U.S. Department of Commerce Broadband Technology Opportunity Program grant. The building will be jointly operated by Crook County, COCC and OSU Extension Services.

Classes start September 19. 541-447-6228.


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