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 computer 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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