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Why Our Youth Need a Campus

Campus may be an everyday word for young adults on the academic track.  On the vocational pathway, however, it is rare. For Central Oregon that is about to change.

“We started using the word campus in our strategic planning session,” says Heart of Oregon Corps Executive Director Laura Handy. “We used it with great intention, and it was exciting. The campus experience is something that vocational students should have the opportunity to for.”

Heart of Oregon Corps youth will soon have that opportunity thanks to a $5.3 million project that is well underway.  The public-private revenue plan is already at 40 percent of goal and will feature a community campaign to complete its fundraising objectives. The end result will be a Redmond-based campus that will feature multiple buildings to house HOC’s six programs that offer youth ages 16-24 job skills training and wages in the fields of conservation, construction, childcare, and customer service.

“Because there are already facilities there that we have been and will continue to use,” says Handy, “we hit the ground running.”  

Adding a new 9,000 square-foot building allows us to maximize our return on investment: both in terms of construction dollars as well as our appreciated capacity to achieve our vision.  That vision is to be the leader in empowering youth to transform their lives and their communities; creating a region where there are growing equitable opportunities for success.

“I can’t think of a better way to achieve that vision than through a campus, where energy can be harnessed and resources are accessible.”

Centralized Location Possibilities 

With a centralized location Heart of Oregon Corps' program can enhance and provide new services, training tracks, and community collaboration

  • Functional Spaces for Offices

  • Youth Job Skills Training and Certification Activities

  • Educational Activities (secondary & post-secondary)

  • Social Work Activities and Youth Leadership

  • Personal Care and Break Spaces

  • Kitchen Space & Youth Recreation

Expanded training that could be offered internally

  • Early Education and Childcare

  • Natural resources certifications

  • Trades certifications

  • Driver's Education Prep

  • Career center

Opportunities for partners to offer co-located services

  • Driver’s Education Classes

  • Childcare

  • Mental Health, Counseling, Pet & Art therapy

  • Emergency and Transitional Housing

  • Access to public benefits (SNAP, SSI, Oregon Health Plan)


Heart of Oregon Corps is an equal opportunity employer; auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Alternative formats are available upon request by contacting As a recipient of Federal financial assistance, Heart of Oregon Corps is prohibited from discriminating on the grounds of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation or belief, and against any beneficiary of programs on the basis of the beneficiary’s citizenship/status as a lawfully admitted immigrant authorized to work in the United States. If you are interested in submitting a bid or working on this project please submit your information here.