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The Southern Oregon Higher Education Consortium is a regional education and workforce development powerhouse tackling some of the region’s most vexing higher education issues.

Within the consortium, Klamath Community College, Rogue Community College, Southern Oregon University and Oregon Institute of Technology have partnered to put our region’s students and communities first, paving the way for a prosperous future for all of Southern Oregon.

The consortium was launched in Nov. 2019. This first-of-its-kind alliance of Oregon colleges and universities has already led to initial agreements and efforts to streamline students’ educational pathways and address Southern Oregon’s specific workforce needs.

The consortium is considered a pioneering step toward preparing students and workforce members in the region for a rapidly changing future. It has been endorsed by state officials, including the governor and the chair of Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission.

Find more information about the consortium and its member institutions by clicking the links below.

BY THE NUMBERS 2019

Combined, the Consortium colleges and universities have:

• Enrollment of 26,600+ degree-seeking students

• 200 high-demand degree programs, and 100+ certificate and apprenticeship programs

• 3,370 graduates with degrees in 2018 alone

• $570 million annual economic footprint in southern Oregon

• $68 million annual state investments (General Fund)

• Average 5 years out (from graduation) salaries ranging from $68k at our universities to $33k at community colleges

Filling the Opportunity Space: Leadership Voices

KCC President
“Together, our united effort can create pipelines for highly skilled graduates to enter the workforce and will attract new businesses that pay living-wage salaries. Southern Oregon will be stronger than ever before.”

DR. ROBERTO GUTIERREZ, PRESIDENT, KCC
“Our students, industry and business partners, and our communities all benefit through our collective voice for southern Oregon – a vibrant consortium of action focused on education, workforce and regional economy.

DR. NAGI NAGANATHAN, PRESIDENT, OREGON TECH
“What excites me most about this consortium is the ability of all four institutions to work together to build a regional college-going culture that will transform our economy, strengthen families, and inspire others to pursue their dreams.”

DR. CATHY KEMPER-PELLE, PRESIDENT, RCC
“We have done a very good job of working collaboratively in the past. We are poised now to use our history of cooperation as the jumping-off point for a future of seamless pathways, interwoven academics and collective strength.”

DR. LINDA SCHOT T, PRESIDENT, SOU
For more information on the Southern Oregon Higher Education Consortium please contact:
 
KCC
Jamie Jennings
VP for Academic Affairs

 

Oregon Tech

Dr. Joanna Mott
Provost and VP for Academic Affairs

RCC

Juliet Long
Interim VP of Instruction

 

SOU

Dr. Susan Walsh
Provost and VP for Academic Affairs