Alternative Education

Program Introduction

COIC offers alternative high school education to allow students ages 14-21 to make up credits and return to their regular classrooms, or to earn a state high school diploma or GED. Students may also participate in Work-Education, a work-experience program that combines classroom credits with community service and natural resource projects.

Classes are held in Bend, La Pine, Redmond, Lakeview and Prineville in conjunction with the school districts of Bend-La Pine, Redmond, Crook County, and Lakeview. COIC also provides instructors for Deschutes County Juvenile Community Justice.

In addition, COIC offers summer work experience, giving students the opportunity to earn minimum wages and learn valuable hands-on work skills.  During the school year, students earn high school diplomas, GEDs and high school credits on behalf of their local high schools. Students spent more than 18,000 working on community service and natural resource projects.

Talk to your school counselor about attending COIC or call one of our classrooms today!

Student Handbook (click to download)

The New GED Option, A Way to Family Wage Jobs
Publication by Dr. John Bouchard, COIC Youth Program Planner and Keith Hollenbeck, University of Oregon.
Supplemental Tables

Teacher Contacts

Bend – 1645 NE Forbes Road, Suite 108
For High School information contact:
Laura Clark (541) 317-2286
For GED information contact:
Sally Hollister (541) 322-2422

Lakeview – 103 N. G Street
Ted Wilton (541) 947-5702

LaPine – 16493 Bluewood Place, Suite 3
Toby Wilson (541) 536-5380 x 210

Prineville – 2321 NE Third Street
Amy York (541) 447-9292 x 112

Redmond – 2363 SW Glacier Place
Please contact Patrick Jordan to inquire about our GED and High School Programs.
Patrick Jordan (541) 706-1458
Dr. John Bouchard (541) 420-2239, Youth Program Planner
Josh Lagalo (541) 815-6893, Youth Program Coordinator

Work-Education Contacts

Bend – Matt Mahoney (541) 403-0099
Lakeview – Jeff Samples (541) 219-1203
Prineville – Jeff Warren (541) 447-9283
Redmond – Kyle Stott (541) 815-9045

Thank you to our Community Partners!

Bend-La Pine School District
Crook County School District
Klamath County School District
Lakeview School District
North Lake School District
Redmond School District
Bend Metro Park and Recreation District
Crook County Park and Recreation District
Bureau of Land Management
Crook County Road Department
Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
Deschutes Basin Land Trust
Deschutes River Conservancy
Deschutes National Forest
Edumunds Well Wildlife Sanctuary
Heart of Oregon Corps
Jefferson County Fairgrounds
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Oregon Parks Department
Oregon Workforce Alliance
Oregon Youth Authority
University of Oregon
Upper Deschutes Watershed Council
US Forest Service