Community Learning

Led by OSU-Cascades faculty and local industry leaders, Community Learning courses and workshops are for people who want to expand their knowledge for professional and personal development.

Personal Development

A Toolkit for Successful Aging

Explore aging from biological, social, and cultural perspectives in this popular workshop. You’ll learn the importance of developing and maintaining healthy social, exercise, and nutrition habits, plus develop practical steps for implementing these principles into your own life.

Instructors

Tim Burnett, Lisa Flexner, Christine Pollard, and Kara Witzke, Kinesiology Faculty

Date: Tuesdays: September 24, October 8, October 22, November 5
Time: 5:30 – 7:45 p.m.
Cost: $35 application fee + $79 tuition

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BendFilm Deep Dive

Take a deep dive into independent film and add an academic element to your BendFilm experience. In this workshop, you will view four films that are featured in the BendFilm Festival and explore each one through lecture and discussion. 

Instructor

Tony Russell, Associate Professor of English, Central Oregon Community College

Date: Thursday – Sunday, October 10 – 13
Time: TBA depending on film showings
Cost: $35 application fee + $79 tuition

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Open-Heart, Open-Mind Communication

This course explores how to navigate relationships using a compassionate approach, and clear and disciplined thinking. This practical course will teach you how to better work with others, and engage in open-hearted and open-minded interactions.

Instructor

Dennis Lynn, Instructor, Human Development and Family Sciences

Date: Thursdays, September 26, October 3, October 10, October 17 
Time: 5:30 – 7:45 p.m.
Cost: $35 application fee + $79 tuition

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Printmaking

Explore your creative side and learn techniques in woodcut and linoleum cut for printmaking. Learning proper tool handling, carving techniques, and printing practices. You will work with a variety of mediums and produce original work.

Instructor

Andrew Lorish, Instructor, Art

Date: Wednesdays, September 25, October 2, October 9, October 16
Time: 5:30 – 7:45 p.m.
Location: Obsidian Hall, Rm. 206
Cost: $35 application fee + $79 tuition + materials fee

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Solving Your Retirement Puzzle

Retirement looks different for everyone, and this workshop will answer questions about financial planning and budgeting in retirement as well as how to invest your new resource — time — when there is no clock or office commitment.

Instructors

Oran Teater

Date: Tuesdays, September 24, October 1, October 8, October 15
Time: 5:30 – 7:45 p.m.
Cost: $35 application fee + $79 tuition

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Telling Your Story

Everyone has a story to tell, but the idea of sitting down and writing a memoir can be daunting. Fortunately, there's more than one way to tell your story. In this workshop, you’ll explore short-form media like poetry and personal essays that provide an accessible entry into autobiographical storytelling, and are easily self-published in print or digitally.

Instructors

Jenna Goldsmith, Instructor, Writing and Erin Rook, Diversity Coordinator
Date: Mondays, September 23, September 30, October 7, October 14 
Time: 5:30 – 7:45 p.m.
Cost: $35 application fee + $79 tuition

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Wilderness Safety

For backcountry travelers, this workshop is as important as the 10 essentials you carry in your pack. Learn how to stay safe in the wilderness and the necessary skills to better the chances of your survival in the first 24 to 72 hours of a backcountry incident.

Instructors

Julia Conrad, Recreation Program Coordinator and Bryce Mitchell, Custodial Operations Supervisor

Date: Thursdays, September 26, October 3, October 10, October 17, October 24, October 31
Time: 5:30 – 7:45 p.m.
Cost: $35 application fee + $79 tuition

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Professional Development

Conflict Management

For business owners, managers and employees, this workshop gives you tools that can benefit your workplace relationships and organizations. Discover strategies on how to reduce and resolve conflict in the workplace, as well has how to appropriately confront challenging behaviors and mitigate difficult situations.

Instructor

Erika McCalpine, Instructor, Business Administration

Date: September 20 & 21
Time: Friday 5 – 9 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $35 application fee + $79 tuition

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Fundamentals of Leadership

Whether you own a business, run a nonprofit, or manage a team, this workshop covers a variety of topics to help you become a better leader. Taught by Rod Ray, former chief executive of Bend Research, this course explores the importance of vision, principles and values, and how to integrate what you learn about each into a culture and your own leadership practices.

Instructor

Rod Ray, Former Chief Executive of Bend Research

Date: Wednesdays, October 16, October 23, October 30, November 6
Time: 5:30 – 7:45 p.m.
Cost: $35 application fee + $79 tuition

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Nonprofit Catalyst

Learn from a diverse group of local and successful nonprofit leaders and experts who will provide you tools and insights to increase your organization’s impact. For nonprofit staff and board members, the course will cover best practices, an opportunity to trade war stories, and knowledge that is immediately applicable to your work.

Instructor

Adam Krynicki, Executive Director, Innovation Co-Lab

Date: Mondays, September 30, October 7, October 14, October 21
Time: 5:30 – 7:45 p.m.
Cost: $35 application fee + $79 tuition

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Safe Zone

It’s important to understand issues faced by LGBTQ youth and adults and how we can advocate for equity and inclusion. Designed for those who provide services to the LGBTQ community, this workshop will explore core concepts relating to gender identity and sexual orientation, laws and policies, and tools and strategies for supporting LGBTQ individuals of all ages.

Instructors

Jenna Goldsmith, Instructor, Writing and Erin Rook, Diversity Coordinator
Date: Tuesdays, September 24, October 1, October 8, October 15
Time: 5:30 – 7:45 p.m.
Cost: $35 application fee + $79 tuition

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Tourism Research and New Tourism Ventures

A successful venture begins with research. For those launching new products and services in the tourism industry, this hybrid course takes place in Bend and Portland and will provide an introduction to and application of the processes required for evaluating tourism services, including data collection and analysis using actual industry data.

Instructors

Ladan Ghahramani, Travel Oregon Research Manager
(Contact Todd Montgomery, OSU-Cascades Hospitality Management Program Lead, if you have questions about the course.)

Date: September 11, September 16, September 20, September 27 (online and in-person sessions)
Cost: $35 application fee + $79 tuition

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