JENNIFER OPPENLANDER

Open Campus, open heart

Jennifer Oppenlander has lived in Madras her entire life – except for the years she attended Oregon State University in Corvallis. She still lives on her family’s property where she grew up raising animals and learning farming.

Inspired by her own teachers, Jennifer decided to become one herself in the second grade. She chose to attend Oregon State because of its excellent education program and her family’s history of attending the university.

“My dad went to Oregon State,” she says. “I grew up being a Beaver fan, and I didn’t even consider going anywhere else.”

Jennifer directs the OSU Open Campus program in Jefferson County. Led by the OSU Extension service, it is a statewide community-based education partnership that addresses the unique educational and economic development needs of rural Oregon communities like Madras.

Juntos is a program facilitated by OSU Open Campus. The hands-on, bilingual program for Latino students and their parents provides knowledge and resources to help them graduate from high school and go on to college.