Seniors Take Credit Classes Tuition-Free

Spring into something new!

To celebrate a lively spring term, Oregon Coast Community College is making it easier than ever before for local residents aged 65 and above to take engaging college courses … with free tuition!

Discover the joys of yoga, dive in to a new art class, take a Spanish class, explore Oregon History – or choose from one of many other courses.

The OCCC senior waiver applies to anyone 65 or better who wants to take a class without receiving a grade or credit.  This 100% tuition waiver does not cover lab fees, books, or other class fees.  Some classes fill up early, so space is not guaranteed.

To use the waiver, simply stop by the Newport or Lincoln City OCCC location during business hours between now and the start of the term – Monday, April 1.

Or, find the class you’d like to take on the course schedule at oregoncoastcc.org, but don’t register yet. Print out the senior waiver form from the College website, oregoncoastcc.org/seniorwaiver, and bring it to the instructor on the first day of class. Your instructor will sign the form, which you can then return to Student Services in Newport or Lincoln City.  After the waiver has been applied to your account, you will be instructed how to easily pay any fees not covered by the waiver.

Oregon Coast Community College’s Central County Campus is located at 400 SE College Way in Newport’s South Beach district. The OCCC North County Center is at 3788 SE High School Drive in Lincoln City.

For details about the waiver, visit oregoncoastcc.org/seniorwaiver, or simply call our friendly staff at 541-867-8501.

OCCC’s All Oregon Academic Team

On Friday, April 26, two Oregon Coast Community College students will travel to Salem with College President Dr. Birgitte Ryslinge to be honored as two of Oregon’s academic standouts, and to meet Gov. Kate Brown and attend a luncheon in their honor, along with other members of the All Oregon Academic Team. Both students, Flor Isela Gaspar Marquez and Waverly Sudborough, are due to graduate this June from their OCCC programs of study.

Flor Gaspar

“We’re so proud of Flor and Waverly,” said Dr. Ryslinge. “They are wonderful ambassadors of our county and OCCC’s amazing student body, and I look forward to the celebration in Salem.”

The All-Oregon Community College Academic Team, a part of the national All-State Community College Academic Team program, recognizes high achieving two-year college students who demonstrate academic excellence and intellectual rigor combined with leadership and service that extends their education beyond the classroom to benefit society. Phi Theta Kappa – the community college honor society – along with community college presidents and community college state associations sponsor All-State Community College Academic Team ceremonies in 38 participating states.

Students from the 38 participating states nominated to the All-USA Community College Academic Team are automatically named to the All-State Community College Academic Teams. Ranking on the All-State Community College Academic Teams is generally determined by the student’s score in the national competition.

In addition to the All-Oregon Academic Team honor, Waverly Sudborough also was named to the Coca-Cola Academic Team, an awards program in conjunction with Phi Theta Kappa International. At the Coca-Cola Academic Team awards, to be held in Florida in April, 50 students will be honored as Gold Scholars, 50 students as Silver Scholars, and 50 students as Bronze Scholars.

Waverly has been named one of only 50 Gold Scholars in the nation, and will receive a $1,500 scholarship for her Fall 2019 term.

 

‘Education is the key to success’

Flor Isela Gaspar Marquez was born and raised in an indigenous town called San Jose Miahuatlan in Puebla, Mexico, where she spoke Nahuatl, the language of ancient Aztecs. She moved to the United States in 2012, speaking no English at all.

“Living here has been most difficult for me because of the language barrier,” she said. “My transition to English was a steep and sharp obstacle for me. I like challenges, though, and I never gave up. I believe that in challenge lives greatness, so, with hard work, determination, and courage, I overcame the language barrier. In 2015, I graduated from Newport High School with a GPA of 3.53, enrolled in college, and become a United States citizen in 2017.”

Flor has been a member and served as an officer for OCCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and been an active member of Juntos, an Hispanic outreach enterprise, first as a volunteer and then as a facilitator.

“My experience as a community college student has been one of the greatest experiences I have ever had in my life,” Flor said. “Attending college has helped me a lot to develop many of my skills, such as communication skills, time management, self-motivation, leadership, teamwork, etc. Another thing I like about OCCC is that it has a great staff, good teachers and advisors.”

Flor is a Medical Assistant student at OCCC and plans to earn a nursing degree after working as a medical assistant first. “I believe education is the key to success,” she said, “and I try to connect my passion for education with my desire to helping others. In fact, I also intend to be a medical interpreter for Hispanic people. Based on what I have experienced as an immigrant, my desire to help others has grown. because I don’t want other people who don’t speak English suffer as I did because of the language barrier.”

 

Ready to transfer

Waverly Sudborough moved with her family to Lincoln County in the summer of 2017 from San Diego, Calif.

Waverly Sudborough

“I lived there for about seven years after moving from Maine, where I was born,” Waverly said. “Living in such varied places has given me a more holistic view of our country and the people who live here. I’ve really enjoyed all the different areas I’ve lived in, and while I do miss the sunny skies of Southern California on occasion, you just can’t beat the beauty of the Oregon Coast.”

Waverly will graduate with a two-year transfer degree this June, and plans to attend either Pacific University or Western Oregon University in the fall.

She said she opted to begin her college career at Oregon Coast for a variety of reasons. “It also just made more financial sense to earn my general education credits at OCCC since it was so much cheaper than going to a four-year university first thing out of high school. OCCC has been a wonderful experience for me. The faculty are fantastic – very personable and accommodating – and the school all around has a more relaxed feel to it. The students here are from all walks of life, and I’ve made some great friends I wouldn’t have had the chance to otherwise!”

Upon transferring, Waverly says she plans to major in mathematics. “Math has always been a subject that has just clicked for me, and I’m eager to see what options are out there for me,” she said. “I’ve been considering becoming a math teacher, but my plans aren’t set in stone yet.”

 

Oregon Coast Community College is in its 32nd year of service to Lincoln County, with facilities in Waldport, Lincoln City and Newport. The College offers two-year transfer degrees, Associate Degrees and a variety of degree and certificate programs ranging from nursing to business, and from early childhood education to teaching. Learn more about OCCC at oregoncoastcc.org, or by calling 541-867-8501.

 

OCCC welcomes Early Childhood Ed leader

Amidst a backdrop of ferns and firs, a little potted cactus sits on a windowsill at Oregon Coast Community College’s Central County Campus in Newport. It’s there to help ease the transition for Oscar Juárez as he acclimates to his new environment. Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, Oscar moved to Newport early in the year to head the brand-new Early Childhood Education program at the college, and though he has no regrets, he admits it has been an adjustment.

“I definitely miss the climate, that’s why I have this little guy with me,” he said, tilting his head toward the colorful pot. “But Newport actually reminds me of home in lots of other ways. Even though I came from a big city, we have a small town feel and I like that there is that small town feel here too. Also, one of my daughters, Clara, came out with me for the interview and she liked it here, so that sealed it.”

Oscar is the son of Jesús and María G. Juárez who were immigrants from Mexico.  He has five siblings, and they are first-generation American. Oscar and his wife Terry have five children. Clara, 21, and Yasmin, 20, are currently college students.  Their other three children, Jesús, 17, Oscar B., 13, and Alicia, 10, are still in school, so the family decided that he would make the move alone until the end of the current term, with the family due to join him in Newport in June or July.

The early education of an early educator

Though Oscar originally went to college to study chemistry, a conversation with his old high school chemistry teacher caused him to change lanes when he was just two semesters shy of graduating with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry.

“He told me he thought I would enjoy teaching better than being stuck in a lab,” Oscar said. “At that time, my family had started to grow and my priorities were changing, so instead of finishing school I looked for work and eventually ended up at the Head Start program.”

He found the work very fulfilling, but a peer at Head Start encouraged him to go back and finish his bachelor’s, which he ultimately did at New Mexico State University.

Still not satisfied that he had gone as far as he wanted to go with his educational goals, he applied for a graduate program at the University of Texas at El Paso.

“I was told that I was accepted on the first day classes started, so I had to get everything like my student ID, financial aid, and books taken care of really fast,” he said. “But even with that rough beginning, I finished, so I was happy, and it has made me more sympathetic to what many students have to go through to get everything they need to start a new program.”

After graduating with a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction, Oscar continued to work for Head Start.

“I continued with Head Start because they were the first ones to give me an opportunity,” he said. “But I also found that I love working with kids that come from low-income families; that’s really what kept me there.”

 

Growing teachers

The OCCC Early Childhood Education Pathway Certificate program will prepare students to work at places like Head Start, become family child care providers and child care teachers, or will get them on their way toward a teaching degree if that is the direction they choose to take.

“Licensing rules require that all people who want to teach and work with infants or in a preschool setting need to have a minimum certificate in Early Childhood Education,” said Linda Mollino, OCCC’s Director of Career and Technical Educational programs. “There are some people that want to work in the field but not as teachers, or they may already be working in the field and just want to show proof that they have some training but don’t necessarily plan on earning a two- or four-year degree.”

Partial funding for the new program, which is based on the one at Portland Community College, came from a grant from the Meyer Memorial Trust.

“We addressed it as a rural education project with two components: early childhood and K-12,” Mollino said. “The goal is to get more people into early childhood education in Lincoln County and to keep them here, because that’s something we have a need for.”

The way the program works, students can actually get in to the early education program early:

“The program only launched this winter, but we already have high school students who are interested in early childhood education,” Mollino said. “Students can take dual credit classes; meaning that they can be taking classes with us or at the high school, and get credit at both for the same class. That way they can be almost finished with their certificate by the time they graduate. It also gives them an early taste of what college will be like.”

Early Childhood Education program participants also have other opportunities to see what the future may look like through a partnership that gives them the chance to volunteer at the Lincoln County School District.

 

Even more education pathways

Mollino and other OCCC staff hope that the opportunities afforded at the coast will help fill the need for local grade and high school teachers as well.

Through a new rural teacher education program, also funded by Meyer Memorial Trust, OCCC is working with the Lincoln County School District to provide local residents with the chance to earn a four-year teaching degree right here at home – excepting about nine months studying in Monmouth at Western Oregon University – and to help them find permanent teaching positions right here in Lincoln County after they complete their degrees.

“They can take their general education requirements here and earn an associate’s degree, then finish their four-year degree at Western Oregon University, and then come back here for their practicum,” she said. “Basically, what we are doing is growing teachers. As a career choice, teachers are in high demand, and we always try to provide opportunities for job security.”

 

Community Liaising

Accepting the Early Childhood Education Program position was made slightly harder for Oscar by a competing offer from a different employer at about the same time, but ultimately, he went with his heart.

“My alma mater NMSU called me with the same type of position at almost the exact same time as I heard from OCCC,” he said. “I felt this was a community that needed me more, and now that I’ve been here for a bit, I feel I made the right choice. I have a lot of experience working with low-income families, and as a Hispanic person, I’ve heard from people that said they were excited to see someone with their skin color that can speak their language, and others saying that seeing me in this job gives them hope.”

According to Mollino, Oscar’s educational background, work experience at Head Start, and his cultural background were large factors contributing to his appointment.

“Part of Oscar’s role is representing the program in all of the different communities we have here in Lincoln County,” she said. “We feel we made the perfect choice.”

Whether the windowsill that holds his cactus is here on the Oregon Coast, or somewhere much warmer, what gets Oscar Juárez springing out of bed in the morning is the passion he has for his work.

“The most satisfaction I’ve ever had was walking down a hallway where all the kids knew who I was and were calling out my name,” he said. “I felt like a rock star. Parents of kids who weren’t even in my classes would say that they heard about me more than about their kid’s regular teachers. That’s been my greatest joy, and now I get to help grow a program that will give other people the same chance to find that joy.”

 

Learn more about OCCC’s Early Childhood Education program here, or by calling 541-867-8501. Oregon Coast Community College was founded in 1987 and serves Lincoln County with facilities in Waldport, Lincoln City, and Newport.

 

 

Space Grant Consortium Offers Scholarships

OCCC students launching high-altitude balloons in 2017.

Did you know that OCCC is one of a few community colleges to be in the Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium (OSGC)?

This means OCCC students have access to OSGC member benefits, including scholarships! This is to announce the opening of the 2019-20 OSGC Scholarship and Fellowship Program.

Students interested in STEM degrees are encouraged to apply. The 2019-20 Scholarship and Fellowship Program Guide contains detailed information regarding deadlines, eligibility, requirements, and the online application process. Application deadline is May 24, 2019.

Here’s more about the OSGC 2019-20 Scholarship and Fellowship Program.

Imagining Imaging

Donnie

Imagining imaging:

OCCC Student working toward Diagnostic Imaging career

If you think it’s strange to don a set of hospital scrubs just to go sit in a room alone, then you don’t know Donnie. Though he does wear them while putting in hours for his hospital internship, other days, Diagnostic Imaging student Donnie Duncan wears them to sit in a room allotted to him at the Oregon Coast Community College North County Center in Lincoln City. It is in that room that he tackles the virtual part of the program.

Donnie Duncan

Donnie Duncan heads out into a rainy afternoon — and a bright future.

“I believe in dressing for success,” he said. “That’s why I wear scrubs even when I am just taking my online courses.”

Though, generally, online courses can be taken from home, there are a lot of benefits to taking them at the college, so OCCC staff found a space where Duncan has everything he needs to participate in the program, headquartered at Linn-Benton Community College.

“When you use the school system it’s almost guaranteed flawless,” Duncan said. “If anything happens when you are taking tests here, you get the right to re-take a test, which doesn’t happen if you are at home.”

In other words, new millennium versions of “The dog ate my homework,” like “my computer crashed” or “the dog ate my power cord,” won’t wash if you are working from home.

“They require you to have a secondary backup computer,” Duncan said. “That is another benefit from taking the class here. Plus, everyone at OCCC is so supportive of the students – they said they would always have a place for us, no matter what.”

It also helps that the College is one of relatively few institutions in Lincoln County that is connected to the Internet via fiber optic cable, yielding reliable upload and download speeds of around 100 megabits per second – more than enough speed to make videoconferencing reliable and clear.

 

Growth market

Providing a room is just one part of the college’s policy of appropriate growth, which includes taking advantage of available partnerships.

“It’s really important to us that we are not limiting what we have available for our local students just because we are a small school,” said OCCC Academic Advisor Colleen Doherty.

“That’s why we partner with other schools. We also have a partnership for Occupational Therapy with Linn-Benton. We‘re just really glad to have the opportunity for students to be able to take advantage of a wide variety of fields. But these partner schools do expect us to have the technology and space available.”

Because the program requires serving his internship at the Linn-Benton Diagnostic Imaging department, Duncan still has a significant amount of driving to do, but he says that’s just par for the course.

“The program is so intense that you have to have an app to stay on top of it,” he said. “I stopped counting at 127 aspects you have to pass before even getting started. But it’s worth it because it’s a highly rated program. It’s also the cheapest program out there for what you get. Plus, it’s a degree program; I’ll be graduating with an Associate Degree in Applied Science.”

Every summer there is an opportunity for two people to enter the 24-month Diagnostic Imaging program through Oregon Coast Community College.

“Just like the nursing program, the DI program is very intensive because of the number of prerequisites that are required,” Doherty said. “But students can get all their prerequisites here, which is another selling point.” And the job availability in Oregon, similar to nursing, is also quite high.

“The field of diagnostic imaging is expected have an over 10 percent increase in job availability in the next decade,” Doherty said. “And salaries start at $58,000-$66,000, which is good for Oregon. You can start out as a radiation technology person, but you can also specialize depending on your particular areas of interest.”

 

A mature attitude

Another part of Duncan’s willingness to buckle down comes from the fact that he is not an, ahem, young student.

“I’ve been around a little longer than most people in this program,” he said. “So, I think it’s easier for me to treat it with seriousness since I’ve done other things and am very sure that this is the path I want to take now.”

Doherty agrees that, while OCCC students of all ages can apply for the program, Duncan’s maturity has been valuable in the program.

“As a returning adult student, I have really appreciated Donnie’s fortitude, his motivation to make this program happen for him, and his stick-to-it-iveness,” Doherty said. “He was very forthright in what he wanted to do.”

Originally from Appalachia, Duncan lived in Nevada for a while and worked in the electrical field. When his wife was offered a job in Oregon, he was ready for the move – in part because it reminded him of Appalachia. He has never regretted the move, and now has certainty about his choices of location and vocation.

“Ultimately I’d like to work as a diagnostic technician for Samaritan,” he said. “I think they are a prime example of a good-hearted company.”

 

A clear picture of the future

The final phase of the program is called an “externship,” which even distance students complete at a local hospital.

“I already know where I’m going to do my externship because they only allot a seat in the program when they have one available,” Duncan said. “They’ve scheduled me to go to Newport to work in a one-year externship as a technologist, which I’m very excited about.”

Though Duncan is currently the only OCCC student in the program, Doherty is optimistic that the program will grow.

“Distance education has really come a long way, but it’s still hard to be the only student in a program,” she said. “What Donnie and the staff at the North County Center have done to create this connected classroom has worked very well, and will help pave the way for future students. And this is one of those career paths that offer job security. Isn’t that what all students want?”

To find out more about the Linn-Benton Diagnostic Imaging Program, including the scope of the pre-requisite work required prior to admission, and how you can participate as a student here at Oregon Coast Community College in Newport or Lincoln City, call Vickie Jones-Briggs at 541-867-8548 to schedule an appointment with Linda Mollino, Director of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs & Health and Human Services Careers. Or, schedule a free advising appointment with Colleen Doherty by clicking here.  

Oregon Coast Community College has served the communities of Lincoln County for 31 years. The College has locations in Waldport, Newport and Lincoln City and offers a growing selection of degrees and certificates, including a new Early Childhood Education certificate program and a new teaching degree program, built in partnership with Western Oregon University and the Lincoln County School District. Learn more by calling 541-867-8501.

  • Written for OCCC by Gretchen Ammerman

Williams Lecture Focuses on Climate Change

As demonstrated so tragically in the recent wildfire season, climate change is resulting in significant impact across the country and the world.  Bill Kucha and Evan Hayduk bring a unique perspective to the conversation in their presentation, “Shedding a Scientific and Humanitarian Light on Climate Change,” as part of the OCCC Foundation’s Williams Lecture Series.  The session will be held on January 17, 2019, at 7pm, in the Community Room at OCCC’s central county campus, 400 SE College Way, Newport.

Bill’s talk will focus on the problems we face as climate change progresses.  He will describe what specifically is being done in our county to address it and what more there is to be done as individuals and as a community.  Bill is the founder of 350 Oregon Central Coast, an environmental group focusing on climate change.

Bill has been a resident of Lincoln County since 1976.  He has worked as an artist and as an art educator during that time.  He taught at OCCC from its inception and continuing for 20 more years.

Evan’s talk will focus on tidal wetlands.

“Tidal wetlands are important habitats for salmon and a diversity of other fish and wildlife species,” he said. “They also trap sediment, buffer coastal communities from flooding and erosion, and perform other valued ecosystem services.”

Tidal wetlands currently exist just at and above sea level, and healthy tidal wetlands are able to adapt to slow sea level changes. But if sea level rises too fast, tidal wetland plant communities may not be able to persist at their current locations. To survive, these plants may have to move to areas of higher elevation. These higher areas are called “landward migration zones”; they are potential future tidal wetlands under sea level rise. This project modeled and prioritized these LMZs and this presentation shares the results of the project, with local implications.  It was sponsored and supported by the MidCoast Watersheds Council and the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission and funded by the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Coastal Program.

This presentation will be the 32nd in the Williams Lecture Series since its inception in the spring of 1993. Wendy Williams created the Williams Lecture Series in honor of her husband, William Appleman Williams, a noted historian. Williams was known as the “Father of Revisionist History.” He taught American diplomatic history and foreign policy for over 30 years as OSU. His last teaching assignment was at OCCC, where he taught maritime history. Ms. Williams made a donation to the OCCC Foundation to create a fund for the lectures.

For more information about the January 17, 2019 lecture, call 541 994 4166 or visit oregoncoastcc.org/foundation.

Aquarium Science Program applications open

From Shark Handling to learning the tricks of plumbing aquarium tanks with PVC pipe, OCCC’s Aquarium Science Program is a program like no other in the nation, or the world.

Aquariums and zoos from around the planet turn to the AQS program for experts in the feeding and care of aquatic animals of all sorts. Our programs include 1-year certificate and 2-year degree programs. Many of our certificate students come to the AQS having already earned a four-year degree in the biological sciences.

Applications are now open for next year’s AQS program. Click here to get started, or here to jump to the AQS page on this website. Be sure to also like the program’s Facebook page.

OCCC announces faculty to lead new Early Childhood Ed Program

Here’s a message from OCCC’s Office of Instruction…

NEWPORT, DEC. 4, 2018 – We are happy to announce that, after an extensive search process, Oscar Juarez will be our new Early Childhood Education Faculty at Oregon Coast Community College.

Oscar comes to us from El Paso, Texas, where he has served as a Head Start teacher since 2013. Oscar has a Master’s in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at El Paso, and has been very active in his community through Border Interfaith – where his work focused on meeting the needs of the community through non-partisan political avenues to bring about community transformation.

“Working at Head Start has given me a unique view of how to help students and parents to succeed in the student’s education,” Oscar said. “Working along with families from low socio-economic backgrounds has highlighted the importance of building relationships with students and parents.”

During his interview, Oscar noted that he believes teaching the next group of Early Childhood Educators represents the next stage in his professional journey: from a student of early childhood education, to a teacher of children, and now to a teacher of future early childhood educators.

We are excited to have Oscar as part of the OCCC family and he will be starting in Winter Term as we launch our new Early Childhood Education Program.

More about ECE at OCCC

The early years shape a life. Research in child development has demonstrated that during the years from birth through six years old, important growth occurs in all domains, including social, emotional, cognitive, linguistic and physical development. The early childhood educator – whether a teacher, family or child care provider – plays a critical role in fostering children’s development and investing in their future.

Oregon Coast Community College is proud to announce that, this Winter, the College is launching its first Early Childhood Education Certificate Program, to help address the needs of Lincoln County’s children while offering our students yet another rewarding career opportunity.

OCCC’s Early Childhood Education program offers you the skills you need to succeed in the world of  childhood development, early childhood education centers, preschool programming, infant and toddler care, and family child care programs. Employment opportunities may include teaching assistant, child care aide, lead teacher, family child care provider and program director.

To start your Early Childhood Education adventure, call 541-867-8501 and ask for Theresa Harper, the OCCC Academic Advisor for the ECE program, or email her.

Learn more about the program, launching in the Winter 2019 term, here.

Applications open for grants, scholarships

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Applications Now Open for Grants and Scholarships at OregonStudentAid.govHECC Logo

Salem, OR – The Higher Education Coordinating Commission, Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC) encourages students statewide to apply now for grants and scholarships at OregonStudentAid.gov. OSAC awards more than $102 million each year in state-funded grants and privately funded scholarships to help students meet their college expenses, and the application for private scholarships opens today, November 1.

1ST STEP FOR STATE AND FEDERAL AID, FAFSA or ORSAA:

Students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA) to be considered for federal and/or state financial aid, including grants and loans. ​The FAFSA is the primary application for federal and state financial aid, and the ORSAA is Oregon’s alternative to the FAFSA for undocumented students, including students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. Information from the FAFSA or the ORSAA are used to determine students’ eligibility for the Oregon Promise, the Oregon Opportunity Grant, and numerous scholarships. The FAFSA is also used to determine eligibility for federal aid, including the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Direct Loans, and Federal Work-Study.

OSAC SCHOLARSHIPS:

Starting November 1, Oregon students may explore over 600 privately-funded scholarships and apply for up to 40 with one application. There is no cost to apply. Scholarship funds are available for: graduating high school seniors; college undergraduate and graduate students; GED® students; homeschooled students; community college and vocational school students; single parents returning to school; and more. Students must apply online at OregonStudentAid.gov and submit a completed OSAC scholarship application and all other required materials by the final deadline of March 1, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. (PST). Students who submit their applications by February 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. may be entered in a drawing to win a $1,000 OSAC Early Bird scholarship.

OREGON OPPORTUNITY GRANT:

The Oregon Opportunity Grant is Oregon’s largest state-funded, need-based grant program that helps students pay for college at public community colleges, public universities and participating private institutions statewide. Students should complete either the FAFSA or the ORSAA for the upcoming school year. Oregon Opportunity Grants are awarded until funds are exhausted, so students should file their FAFSA (or ORSAA, if applicable) as soon as possible. Students who were first-time Opportunity Grant recipients in 2018-19 will be considered for a guaranteed second year award, providing they meet certain additional criteria detailed here and submit a 2019-20 FAFSA or ORSAA by May 1, 2019.

OREGON PROMISE:

Current high school seniors and GED® test graduates may apply for the Oregon Promise Grant, which helps to cover tuition at Oregon community colleges. Students must enroll in a community college within six months of graduation, and in accordance with Oregon Promise deadlines. Minimum GPA® requirements apply. Visit OregonStudentAid.gov for eligibility details. The program has rolling deadlines depending upon graduation date; use the “Find Your Deadline” tool. Students who are graduating between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019 can complete an application now. Students are also required to complete either the FAFSA or the ORSAA by the deadline.

OREGON NATIONAL GUARD TUITION ASSISTANCE:

This new program is established to provide funding for tuition at Oregon community colleges (up to 90 credits) and Oregon public universities (up to 180 credits) for current Oregon National Guard members. For additional information on deadlines, eligibility requirements, and how to apply, visit our website here.

OREGON CHAFEE EDUCATION AND TRAINING GRANT:

The Chafee grant, a federal program administered in partnership with the Oregon Department of Human Services, helps current and former child welfare foster youth pay for postsecondary education and training. The Chafee Grant application opens today November 1, 2018. Students should apply online at OregonStudentAid.gov and complete a 2019-20 FAFSA. For eligibility requirements, deadlines, and more information, visit the Chafee section of our website OregonStudentAid.gov. The application will close when funds are depleted.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND PUBLICATIONS:

To help students understand the programs detailed here, and the application processes, OSAC offers numerous videos and resources for students, counselors, students, parents, and educators.

The State of Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) envisions a future in which all Oregonians—and especially those whom our systems have underserved and marginalized—benefit from the transformational power of high-quality postsecondary education and training. For more information, visit the HECC online

Student Nurses Collect Hygiene Supplies

Make a difference in the lives of Lincoln County Youth:

Donate to the OCCC Nursing Program Hygiene Drive

The Oregon Coast Community College Student Nurse Association has announced its 10th annual Hygiene Drive.

Each year for the past decade, students in OCCC’s nursing program have set up tables at various Lincoln County retail stores to collect personal hygiene items for children in need.

Lynn Barton, a member of the nursing faculty, says this year the program has teamed up with an existing Lincoln County-based support program.

“Unfortunately, many children and their families are in need of personal hygiene supplies,” Barton said. “We can help through a simple donation to our Lincoln County based family support program, H.E.L.P. – the Homeless Education & Literacy Project.

You can donate to the program simply by visiting these locations while nursing students are collecting donations of key items (see list below) as well as monetary contributions.

9am-3pm Saturday, Oct. 13 • Bi-Mart, Lincoln City

9am-3pm Saturday, Oct. 27 • Walmart, Newport

The SNO encourages the community to consider donating any of the following items, of particular use to the target population the drive aims to serve – Lincoln County children aged 5-18.

Shampoo • Conditioner • Face Wash • Deodorant • Skin Lotion • Toothpaste • Toothbrushes • Feminine Hygiene Products • Hair Ties • Brushes & Combs • Mini First Aid Kits • Hand Sanitizer • Underwear/Boxers • Socks • Diapers • Laundry Detergent • Lice Kits • Diapers

 

About OCCC

Oregon Coast Community College serves Lincoln County through centers in Waldport, Newport and Lincoln City.  The College offers two-year Associate Degrees and a variety of transfer degrees, as well as numerous less-than-one-year certificate programs. New for Fall 2018, the College has launched a new teaching degree program, and an early childhood education program is slated to launch with the Winter 2019 term.

To learn more about the College and its programs and services, call 541-867-8501, visit one of our centers, or peruse this website.