Innovation Co-Lab gives OSU-Cascades students working world experience

Published by the Bend Bulletin 9/1/21

A program at Oregon State University-Cascades gives students the opportunity to gain valuable on-the-job experience while delivering products and services to organizations across Central Oregon.

Co-Lab Studio, part of the university’s Innovation Co-Lab, is a consultancy overseen by faculty that employs students to complete projects for organizations from private manufacturing companies to governmental agencies.

Yong Bakos, who leads the university’s c omputer science program, said the Co-Lab Studio model puts the burden of project management and mentoring students in the hands of academic advisers instead of the company.

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