BEND, OR -- Central Oregon Community College continues to work through a request by a group in northern Lake County to redraw the school’s boundaries. COCC's Board will get an update at Wednesday's 4:30 p.m. board meeting.
Matt McCoy, COCC’s Vice President for Administration, says the school is putting together a report for the state Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC). "We’re inventorying what services we do currently provide to north Lake County and also working with Klamath Community College to identify the services they’re providing to north Lake County, and to much of Lake County; and we’re taking a look at whether or not it’s feasibly for us to provide additional services that might be of interest." He tells KBND News, "We’ll identify what we currently do and then consider the wants and needs of the community and how those might be met if they’re looking for additional services. Also, taking a look at what Klamath Community College is offering, what other community colleges might be offering." He says they're considering all options, "With a small community, like north Lake County, and with other services being provided by other community colleges, sometimes there’s a better way forward than just simply the same as what we’ve been doing."
Last summer, a group petitioned the state commission to remove northern Lake County from COCC’s district, saying there is little demand for the school’s services. In December HECC delayed their decision to allow COCC time to evaluate its presence in the region. The school will present findings to HECC in the next few months. The commission will then make a recommendation on whether the district's boundaries should exclude Lake County. That decision is expected in May or June. Any district boundary changes must be formally approved by the Legislature.
Graphic: COCC's current district boundaries include all of Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties, as well as portions of Wasco, Klamath and Lake counties.