Central Oregon Community College (COCC) has launched a new workforce resource. The Center for Business, Industry, and Professional Development is designed to support economic development and will offer a diverse range of skill-building courses. The college has essentially merged two departments into one place for employee development and training for customized services. Director, Ken Betschart, says it will also offer entrepreneurial assistance, licensing and certifications, and customized trainings. “Of course people are always looking to improve upon whether project management, licensed or certified in certain specific industries like construction or electrical services.” Betshart says the small business community has a high need for resources to offer both employers and employees alike.