CCOI News & Events

Coös County, circa 1888

Coös County is a special place: rich with natural resources and beautiful landscapes; boasting a history of sophisticated and diverse cultural offerings; and featuring a work force whose skills and traditions reflect the evolving regional narrative.  As the industries, employment opportunities, and demographic profiles shift, new challenges and opportunities arise.  During such circumstances, the presence and capacities of comprehensive university can be used in service to the needs and aspirations of communities and organizations to the benefit of the county.

Recognizing that rural colleges and universities are unique and enduring anchors in communities and regions experiencing tremendous change, the Center for Rural Partnerships (CfRP) at Plymouth State University (PSU) saw an opportunity to fulfill a portion PSU’s outreach commitment by creating a functional method by which Coös County communities, organizations, businesses, and individuals can gain access to the intellectual, educational, research, and facilitating capacities of the University.  This concept became the Coös County Outreach Initiative (CCOI), which cultivates partnerships between Coös communities, organizations, and individuals and Plymouth State University (PSU) faculty, staff, and students.

On the pages of this website, you can read news and events, a more comprehensive description of the program’s history and direction, and details about specific projects.  If you have questions, or other feedback, please email us at: ruralinfo@plymouth.edu.  Welcome!

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Mary Lyon: Stunning at a Century

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Coming Soon: Merrill Place Residence Hall and Conference Center

Starting fall 2017, Plymouth State students will have a new residence hall to call home. To accommodate its growing enrollment, the University recently began construction on Merrill Place Residence Hall and Conference Center, a seven-story building that will house up to 350 students. “Merrill Place’s design is in line with the evolving housing preferences of […]

And Justice for All

Alisha Medeiros ’15 wants to help troubled youth make better choices and live fulfilling lives. This desire, influenced by a family tragedy, led her to pursue a career in criminal justice.