The Oregon Coast Community College Board of Education and the Lincoln County School District’s Board of Directors will meet together for a joint work session from 5:15-7:15pm Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the Teaching and Learning Center, at 1212 NE Fogarty Street in Newport. The public is invited to attend.
“Lincoln County School District and Oregon Coast Community College have a long history of partnering for the benefit of our mutual students,” said OCCC President Birgitte Ryslinge. “To a large extent, that can be credited to the leadership of the respective elected boards. Having the boards periodically hold a joint meeting allows for coordinated planning and the opportunity to make significant strategic advances for education in Lincoln County. I’m really looking forward to this upcoming meeting.”
Thanks to cooperation between the District and the College, LCSD students can earn college credit while still in high school by choosing from a wide variety of Dual Credit courses. Available courses this year include Biology 101, 102 and 103, a variety of math and writing courses, plus classes in early childhood education, communications and more. (See below for more details.)
The District and the College are also working closely together on the Teacher Education Pathway program, funded last year by a grant from the Meyer Memorial Trust. That program allows LCSD students to begin studying towards an eventual four-year degree in teaching while they are still in high school. Later, they will transition to OCCC for two years of study, then transfer to Western Oregon University for one academic year, to return to Lincoln County for the fourth and final year of the program, including student teaching assignments. Graduates of the program will receive preferential treatment when applying for teaching positions in the School District. The District and the College area also working with the Port of Toledo and other partners to bring welding instruction to Lincoln County, a program set to welcome its first students in February.
Learn more about the Lincoln County School District at lincoln.k12.or.us. Find Oregon Coast Community College online at oregoncoastcc.org.
Again this year, local students can earn college credit while still in high school. Oregon Coast Community College and the Lincoln County School District are again partnering to provide students with easy access to some fundamental courses, with credits they can transfer to many four-year universities or community colleges upon graduating high school.
“We’re excited to have the opportunity to work with so many dedicated and skilled high school teachers,” said Dan Lara, OCCC’s Chief Academic Officer. “These instructors meet all the qualifications required by OCCC and Portland Community College,” Lara said.
OCCC is regionally accredited through an Educational Services Agreement with PCC.
Since July 2014, Oregon Coast Community College has been engaged in an effort to earn independent accreditation. In August, the College submitted a report to the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities that amounts to its application for initial accreditation. Complete details about the College’s pursuit of independent accreditation can be found on its website, oregoncoastcc.org.
Earning college credits
Like Oregon State University, Western Oregon, University of Oregon, and other four-year schools, OCCC operates on a quarterly schedule (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer), while the Lincoln County School District and its high schools operate on a semester schedule.
There are a variety of Dual Credit courses students may take this year, and some operate on a trimester schedule (Biology 101, 102 & 103 – taught by Sara Pursel at Taft High School), others are available on a semester basis to more closely match the high school calendar, and still others are presented as year-long classes (Math 111, taught by Jingyi You, plus Writing 121 and Comm 111, both taught by Kriste York, all at Siletz Valley High School).
The semester course lineup offers classes at Toledo, Waldport, Newport and Taft high schools. First semester classes include Early Childhood Education (ECE 120 and 124), Health & Fitness (HE 295/PE 295), College Algebra (MTH 111), Calculus (MTH 251), and English Composition (WR 121).
In the second semester, students can continue on with similar classes, including Elementary Functions (MTH 112), Calculus II (MTH 251), and English Composition (WR 122), along with three Early Childhood Education courses.
Offerings vary by high school, and interested students should check with their advisors.
Planning for the future
Lincoln County high school seniors are invited to schedule a visit at Oregon Coast Community College any time. Call 541-867-8501 or check oregoncoastcc.org for details.
Scholarship opportunities about, including the Oregon Coast Scholars scholarship program, which can provide free tuition for any student graduating with a 3.5 GPA or better. Complete details are available here.
Each year, county graduating seniors choose to start their college careers here at home, saving money, helping out at home, and preparing for the four-year degree experience by earning the first two years of their credits at OCCC. The College has transfer agreements with many Oregon schools – for example, students pursuing a business transfer degree can meet with OSU College of Business academic advisors to ensure they are taking the most appropriate courses for the particular degree(s) they plan to pursue once transferring to Corvallis for their junior and senior years.
Learn more about transfer degrees, and OCCC’s myriad other two-year degree and one-year certificate programs, with a meeting with an OCCC academic advisor. Meetings are free and can be scheduled any time, here.