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OCCA DIGEST - December 9, 2016

Notice: Legislative Days Next Week

Legislative days will be taking place next week, December 12-14. To view the full committee schedule, please click here. This is also a great opportunity to meet with Legislators and talk to them about the community colleges’ need
The schedule for the House Higher Education, Innovation, and Workforce Development and Senate Education committees’ meetings are listed below.

House Higher Education, Innovation, and Workforce Development
12/12/2016 8:00 AM, HR D
Informational Meeting
Student Loan Refinance Study Report (HB 4021, 2016)
-Christian Maynard-Philipp, Policy Director, Oregon State Treasury
-Ben Cannon, Executive Director, Higher Education Coordinating Commission
Update on Oregon Promise Program
-Ben Cannon, Executive Director, Higher Education Coordinating Commission
Addressing Student Harassment on Oregon Campuses
-Ben Cannon, Executive Director, Higher Education Coordinating Commission
Status Report on Oregon Innovation Plan
-Heather Stafford, Assistant Director for Innovation & Entrepreneurship Division, Business Oregon
Presentation on Academic Advising at Portland State University
-Sukhwant Jhaj, Vice-Provost for Academic Innovation and Student Success, Portland State University
-Lynell Spencer, Career and Academic Advisor, Portland State University
Oregon Latino Workforce Development
-Alberto Moreno, Oregon Latino Health Coalition
-Cord Bueker, Youth Development Council, Oregon Department of Education
Cultural Competency for Higher Education
-Cheryl Myers, Director of Culture, Diversity and Inclusion, Higher Education Coordinating Commission
-Brent Finkbeiner, Student Senate President, Portland State University
-Mariana Sofia Paredones, student, Lane Community College
Bill Concept - Open Education Resources Program
-Rep. Gene Whisnant
Senate Education
12/13/2016 2:00 PM, HR A
Informational Meeting
2:00 - 2:15 PM:
Presentation of education-related concepts by members of the Senate
2:15 - 2:45 PM:
Presentation on Education Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
Sara Shelton, State Relations Strategist, Education Commission of the States
Sharmila Mann, Director, K-12 Institute, Education Commission of the States
2:45 - 3:15 PM:
Update from Oregon Department of Education (ODE):
- Dyslexia Education
Emily Nazarov, Legislative Coordinator, ODE
Carrie Thomas-Beck, Dyslexia Specialist, ODE
- Task Force on School Nursing, Senate Bill 698 (2015)
Emily Nazarov, Legislative Coordinator, ODE
Mitch Kruska, Director, Educational Programs, Secondary Transition & Alternate Assessment, ODE
- Education Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
Salam Noor, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction, ODE
3:15 - 3:30 PM:
Report on Summer Learning Work Group
Rep. Barbara Smith Warner, House District 45
3:30 - 3:45 PM:
Joint Interim Task Force on Class Sizes, House Bill 2928 (2015)
Rep. Susan McLain, Chair, House District 29
3:45 - 4:25 PM:
Update on Oregon Promise, SB 81 (2015)
Ben Cannon, Executive Director, Higher Education Coordination Commission
4:25 - 4:45 PM:
Report on Campus Safety Work Group
Andre Le Duc, Chair of Campus Safety Work Group; Chief Resilience Office, University of Oregon
Ben Cannon, Executive Director, Higher Education Coordination Commission
Superintendent Travis Hampton, Oregon State Police
4:45 - 5:00 PM:
Report from the Chief Education Office (CEdO)
- Council on Educator Advancement report
- Introduction from Education Innovation Officer
Lindsay Capps, Chief Education Officer, CEdO
Colt Gill, Education Innovation Officer, CEdO

Success Center Listening Tour

Oregon Student Success Center Executive Director, Elizabeth Cox Brand, was invited to visit Blue Mountain Community College on Friday, December 5th as part of her “Listening Tour.” Dr. Brand attended and had discussions with the BMCC Students First Advisory Council as well as the Curriculum Committee. Next stops on the tour include Southwestern Oregon, Rogue and Portland Community Colleges during the week of December 12th. For more information or to schedule your campus visit, contact

OCCA Legislative Summit Registration Open

Registration for the OCCA Legislative Summit on March 22-23, 2017 at the Salem Conference Center, is now open! This is your opportunity to learn how to advocate effectively for your college and have conversations with legislative leadership and representatives from the Governor’s office. You’ll walk away from this summit with the tools you need to maximize your effectiveness during the 2017 legislative session.

Click HERE to register online for the 2017 OCCA Legislative Summit

Registration Fee: The registration fee is $95 per person, which includes lunch and dinner on March 22, 2017.

Registration Deadline: March 13, 2016

Hotel Room Availability: A block of hotel rooms has been reserved for summit participants at a rate of $129 per night using the code “Oregon Community College Association”. Please contact the Grand Hotel at 877-540-7800 by February 19, 2017, to reserve a hotel room with the discounted rate. After February 19, 2017, rooms may be available at the discounted rate but it is not guaranteed.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017
11:00 - 11:30 a.m.:  Check-In/Registration                                                       
11:30 – Noon:  Welcome/OCCA Update                                                  

Noon - 1:00 p.m.:  Luncheon                     

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.:  Summit Sessions                                                                  
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.:  Hosted Reception                                                                      
Reception hors d’oeuvres will be provided by students in the culinary arts programs at Southwestern Oregon Community College. Wine will be provided by the viticulture programs at Chemeketa and Umpqua Community Colleges.

Thursday, March 23, 2017
8:00 - 11:00 a.m.:  Appointments with Legislators                                                                                                          
REMINDER:  Each college makes their own appointments with their legislators.

December 12-14
Legislative Days
Oregon State Capitol, Salem


Andrea Henderson
Executive Director

John Wykoff
Deputy Director

Karen Smith
General Counsel

Megan Jensen
Director of Member Services

Elizabeth Cox Brand
Oregon Student Success Center, Executive Director

Katie Archambault
Research and
Fiscal Operations Director

Lisa Wolfson
Executive Assistant

Oregon’s 17 community colleges are a vital part of the state’s education system and serve roughly 313,000 students a year, or about 1 in 11 Oregonians.

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