Community Colleges: General Information
Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development
Address: 255 Capitol St. NE, Salem 97310-0001
Contact: Jim Middleton, Commissioner
Oregon has 17 community colleges throughout the state that provide accessible, high quality, lifelong learning opportunities to serve the present and future needs of the state and its citizens.
Oregon’s community colleges maintain an open admission policy with equal educational access and opportunity through which more than 370,000
students each year advance their educational levels and acquire new skills, regardless of their starting points. They support the seamless transfer of
courses between programs for increased ease of student transfer to universities and partner with high schools to offer access to college curriculum, such as dual credit. They provide courses and programs for those who need to develop competencies in literacy and language skills or who are pursuing a general equivalency diploma (GED) or an adult high school diploma. They provide career and technical education programs, which prepare individuals for entry-level employment or occupational advancement, meeting the needs of students and employers. They also provide counseling and career development services, workforce, health, a safety curriculum, and many other programs and services to serve the needs of Oregon’s communities.
2012–2013 Components of Revenue
The Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development (CCWD) provides coordination, leadership and resources to Oregon’s community colleges, 18 adult basic skills providers, seven local workforce areas, community-based organizations and other partnerships. Established in 1999, it has responsibility for monitoring the programs, services, and effectiveness of local community colleges and for reporting to the Legislature. Community colleges receive state funding, and a locally elected board governs each college. Direct state support is funded through the Community College Support Fund. CCWD also coordinates and provides statewide administration of the federally funded Workforce Investment Act; Title IB Adult, Youth, Dislocated Worker programs; WIA Title II Adult Education and Family Literacy programs; Carl Perkins Career and Technical Education Act programs; the non-federally funded Oregon Youth Conservation Corps; and the GED programs.