Oregon Open Campus bridges educational gaps

The Oregon Open Campus program offers a “Recipe to Market” class.
The Oregon Open Campus program offers a “Recipe to Market” class at Tillamook Bay Community College. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum.)
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Program provides more ways for Oregonians to access education

Oregon Open Campus, a statewide community-based education partnership convened by Oregon State University, provides local access to learning in order to address the unique educational needs of Oregon’s communities. In 2010, OSU launched Oregon Open Campus in Tillamook, Crook and Jefferson counties. In its first year, the program reached 1,261 learners in these communities through courses, presentations, seminars and trainings.

This program builds on the foundation of the OSU Extension Service, providing a way to bring the educational resources of the university to communities. Oregon Open Campus has a growing capacity for distance education and face-to-face courses, with the potential for an expanding array of professional certifications, workforce enhancement opportunities and business development. Partners include Oregon’s community colleges, regional economic development groups, the K-12 education systems, business community, and local government.

Source: Beth Emshoff, Oregon Open Campus

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