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Community Colleges: General Information

Ocean waves crash onto rocks at Yachats State Park in Yachats. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

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Oregon has 17 community colleges governed by locally-elected boards 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 hundreds of thousands of students each year advance their education and skills. The colleges train Oregonians for advancement in jobs and careers, award degrees and certificates, support students in preparing to transfer seamlessly to four-year institutions, 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. The colleges also provide counseling and career development services, workforce, health and safety curriculum, and many other programs and services to serve the needs of Oregon’s communities.


HECC Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development
Address: 255 Capitol St. NE, Salem 97310-0001
Phone: 503-947-2401
Contact: Patrick Crane, Director

Established in 1999 and formerly the Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development, the Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development (CCWD) provides coordination, convening, research, leadership and resources to Oregon’s 17 locally-governed community colleges, 18 adult basic skills providers, community-based organizations and other partners.


2014–2015 Components of Revenue
for Community Colleges


Source: Higher Education Coordinating Commission

CCWD is responsible for educational policy and funding coordination to promote student success, including biennial budget recommendations and allocation of state funds to the community colleges, approval of new academic programs, administration of Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Career Pathways, as well as work to improve academic pathways such as accelerated learning and transfer pathways. CCWD administers statewide Adult Basic Skills, federal Title II activities, Oregon’s General Educational Development (GED) Program, and works closely with other postsecondary institutions and workforce partners to further the educational and workforce goals for Oregon.


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