Erica Skatvold, COCC Board

Erica Skatvold for COCC Board

I ran for the COCC Board to prioritize the creation of a professional development system that will help our local economy, community, and students thrive. As a board member, I am using my experience and education in public policy, healthcare, and technology to provide a new perspective at COCC.

The needs of Central Oregon and the economy are changing

Local businesses and organizations, especially in healthcare and technology, currently have unfilled jobs that require at least a year of professional experience. These businesses and organizations are often forced to hire from out of the area. Relocating people into our community for these higher wage jobs contributes to our current housing crisis and makes Bend less affordable for local residents. We need to expand COCC’s focus to provide more professional experience opportunities in partnership with local businesses and organizations while maintaining accessible, relevant training programs.