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Since its creation in 1962, the Oregon Community College Association has faced many challenges. The recession of the 1980s, funding formula debates, unfunded enrollment growth and property tax limitations all created obstacles for the organization and the colleges it represents. However, in the face of these and other setbacks, the Oregon Community College Association has always found a way to move forward on its strengths and common goals.

To read more, download OCCA: A Historical Timeline from 1957-2003 .

Written Interviews

Oral Interviews

  • John Hakanson - Founding president of Clackamas Community College
  • Dale Parnell - Founding president of Lane Community Colleg
  • Henry Pete- Founding president of Rogue Community College
  • Midge Renton - Founding board member of Rogue Community College
OCCA History