Professional Development Conference

Located on the beautiful Oregon Coast  at Gleneden Beach, Oregon

Dear Colleagues:

The 2020 OTA Professional Development Conference will be held April 14-16 at Salishan Spa & Golf Resort in Gleneden Beach, OR. The planning committee has been hard at work to bring you another excellent state conference! This year’s theme is TOTALLY TRIO, Promoting Excellence and Community through Networking. There will be ample opportunity for sharing best practices and networking with colleagues, as well as breakout sessions by congressional district led by your OTA District Reps.

I would like to highlight a very special feature of this year’s conference. In honor of his pending retirement, we will recognize and celebrate Mr. Phillip Dirks, a founding member of the Oregon TRIO Association and longtime Director of Upward Bound and Talent Search at Portland State University. Phillip was instrumental in the creation and ongoing success of OTA. Through his leadership, OTA has become a dynamic and valuable resource for college access professionals in Oregon. I hope you will join us in our appreciation of Phillip’s dedication to TRIO and underrepresented students for more than 30 years! I am also pleased to announce that Phillip will deliver our keynote address at the welcome luncheon. This is definitely one you won’t want to miss.

Finally, don’t forget to gather your goods for the live and silent auctions! This is how we raise funds for our OTA scholarships, and we have a lot of fun doing it. Thank you in advance for your contributions.

I truly appreciate the opportunity you have given me to serve as OTA President and I look forward to seeing you at Salishan!


Michelle Benoit

OTA President

Registration cost is $295 for members and $360 for non-members.  

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If you would like to book a room outside of conference dates please call the Salishan reservation line at 800-452-2300 or email reservations at They will honor the conference room rate two days before and after our conference dates.