Lincoln County has received good news from the state legislative Emergency Board. They sent Oregon Coast Community College the $320,000 it was shorted in a recent grant award.
“Oregon Coast became an independent accredited college in March. But the database used to allocate funds still had us affiliated with Portland Community College. We got $180,000 of per-student money – not the half million promised,” said Rep. David Gomberg.
OCCC President Birgitte Ryslinge said the rest of the funding owed to the college will bring critical, direct support to students. “The $320,000 will make a huge and impactful difference to Lincoln County students and to the college. It could not have come at a better time. Many of our students have lost work. Others have found themselves caring for young children as schools and childcare facilities have closed across the county. So the extra revenue is very much welcomed!! The students and staff of OCCC thank Representative Gomberg and the rest of the E-Board for their support in helping us correct this funding error.”
“Our retirees, our small businesses, our families and kids have been hard hit these past five months”, said Rep. Gomberg. “I was very pleased to bring good news home from Salem. OCCC deserved to be treated just as well as any other accredited college in Oregon. Our students needed that support. But because our accreditation is new, we got overlooked. It took a lot of conference calls and zoom meetings, but I’m very pleased to say we got it fixed!”
Rep. Gomberg, working through the Coastal Caucus and with the strong support of Senator Arnie Roblan and Representative Caddy McKeown, were able to add the correction to OREGON CARES ACT funds being distributed around the state by the Emergency Board. Their cooperation and combined efforts saved the day for Oregon Coast Community College.