On March 20, OCOM’s former campus and clinic buildings were sold to Adult Learning Systems of Oregon (ALSO), which supports adults with developmental and intellectual challenges by providing vocational and residential services. To sustain their growth across the greater Portland area, OCOM’s property provides a more centrally located base of operations.
“It is truly a gift to know our former home is occupied by providers working to care for those with developmental challenges,” said OCOM President Michael Gaeta. “The college wishes Adult Learning Systems of Oregon nothing but the greatest of successes as they get settled in their new home and continue to administer their healing work.”
The outer southeast Portland location was expanded in 1999 to include the addition of a clinic facility and doctoral classrooms with the assistance of a $100,000 grant from Meyer Memorial Trust. Construction of the two-story building and parking lot were completed in 2000 with broad community and political support. As enrollment continued to grow in both the master’s and doctoral programs, with growth within the staff and students services team as well, additional space was leased, including a second location for clinic facilities in the Hollywood district.
Under the leadership of President Michael J. Gaeta, EdD, who joined the college in 2005 , the college adopted its first six-year strategic and operational plan. OCOM’s relocation to Old Town Chinatown was a signature outcome of that planning process. The “Cherry Blossom” property sale improves OCOM’s balance sheet and marks the completion of a significant period of change and growth for the institution, setting the foundation for operations under the new 2015 six-year strategic plan.
OCOM’s current campus and clinic facility features upgrades in sustainability, including LEED Gold certification and enhanced access to public transportation. Located at 75 NW Couch Street in the historic Old Town Chinatown district of downtown Portland, the ground floor includes herbal medinary and bookstore with natural products and acupuncture supplies for practitioners. Public wellness offerings such as the Lan Su Chinese Garden lecture series and qigong classes can be found at the college’s website: ocom.edu/events.