Southern Oregon Colleges, Universities Team To Streamline Education And Boost Work Force
By ANGELA DECKER / JPR • NOV 30, 2018
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Southern Oregon colleges and universities have joined forces to streamline education demands and meet the region’s work force needs. The presidents of Southern Oregon University, Oregon Institute of Technology, Rogue Community College and Klamath Community College gathered Thursday in Medford. They announced the creation of the state’s first Higher Education Consortium. The group seeks to collaborate and coordinate their programs, resources and expertise to better prepare students to meet the needs of an expanding economy in the region. Klamath Community College President Roberto Gutierrez said giving students skills to meet the demands of regional employers is good for students, schools, and the economy. "We have to educate our students, our communities, to prepare them for economic development, because when we have a well-educated, well-trained work force we will attract business and industry," he said. "In this part of Oregon we need that more than ever." With the four institutions working together, students will have an easier time transferring credits and taking advantage of the various school’s technology, spaces, and training programs. Growing fields in the region include health care, computer science, and outdoor recreation.
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