Of course, with Jim Middleton retiring, leadership will be changing -- and with OSU Cascades expanding to a four year campus in 2015, the relationship between the two institutions will be changing.
Jim MIddleton, current President of COCC sees great promise.
"Certainly challenge, but also great opportunity as an established education hub. There will be a lot of students who come here with interest in OSU Cascades, that will also end up taking courses with us."
Middleton says OSU Cascades' course load wil be limited as it starts up in the fall of 2015 and consequently many students will be taking classes at COCC instead.
He believes its much beter for the institutions to be in partnership rather than competition.