▶️ OSU-Cascades students, Bend business leaders make pitch in Salem for Student Success Center funding


Student leaders from OSU-Cascades took to the State Capitol Wednesday morning joined by members of the Bend Chamber.

“We’re hoping to really push for our Student Success Center,” said Fernando Arellano, an OSU-Cascade student.

The Bend campus is seeking $12.9 million in state-backed bonds to fund its Student Success Center. If approved, the college would chip in $5 million.

Quentin Comus describes it as a one-stop-shop for student resources.

“We have a large deficit for student success space, and providing this resource to our students and the community of Bend and Central Oregon would surely help all kinds of academic programs, in addition to extra curricular programs,” he said.

The Student Success Center would include internship coordination, career and academic advising, as well as leadership opportunities. OSU-Cascades believes with these resources, students will be better equipped to pursue their degree.

“A lot of other campuses that are big universities have a lot of these services, but as Cascades we don’t have that kind of service,” Arellano said. “So we would like to provide that for students, especially for those you know who are commuting in and want to be part of our campus community.”

OSU-Cascades students say they received positive feedback in Salem.

“We can’t keep raising tuition and driving people out of attending college,” said State Rep. Cheri Helt (R-Bend.)

Students like Arellano believe the funding would support future students for years to come.

“This is a really important building, and even though I might not even enjoy it, and I know my student fees are paying towards it, it’s going to help a lot of other folks in the future.”


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