Welcome to the Oregon Community College Association

The Oregon Community College Association (OCCA) represents the seventeen publicly chartered community colleges and their locally elected board members. Founded in 1962, OCCA is an association whose purpose is to support the colleges before policy-makers and partners whose actions affect the well-being of community colleges across the state.

June 2021
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Leading with racial equity, we advocate, communicate, and collaborate to strengthen community colleges for the benefit of Oregonians, particularly those historically underserved or systemically marginalized in higher education.

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We tip our caps to the thousands of Oregon community college students who will graduate this week! You’ve had a tumultuous couple of years thanks to COVID-19, but you persevered, worked hard, and made it! CONGRATULATIONS! #orcommcolleges #ORCommCollegesCare #whyctematters #orcommcollegegraduates See MoreSee Less

We tip our caps to the thousands of Oregon community college students who will graduate this week! Youve had a tumultuous couple of years thanks to COVID-19, but you persevered, worked hard, and made it! CONGRATULATIONS! #orcommcolleges #ORCommCollegesCare #whyctematters #orcommcollegegraduates

Chemeketa Community College was recently featured in "The All In: Student Pathways Forward" podcast — check it out!Chemeketa was recently featured in “The All In: Student Pathways Forward” podcast which captures Oregon community college students’ insights and recommendations, offering guidance on inclusive higher education and workforce development policies, programs, and partnerships that assist students in maximizing benefits and resources, completing college, and gaining economic mobility. It is also an opportunity to hear from college leaders and state and national policy experts. The podcast can be found on Spotify and #ApplePodcasts. This episode includes an interview with Chemeketa Community College student, Nellisha Moore, and a follow up discussion with college president Dr. Jessica Howard. Nellisha shares great ideas on how the college can continue to support student parents and Dr. Howard talks about why community colleges are now so important for an inclusive economic recovery. #ORCommCollegesCare See MoreSee Less

Chemeketa Community College was recently featured in The All In: Student Pathways Forward podcast -- check it out!

A great report on the impacts of state higher education funding, particularly to community colleges. Our legislators should take a look at this report as they consider fully funding the Community College Support Fund at a much-needed $702 million. Tell your legislators to support Oregon’s community colleges! #orcommcolleges Dan Rayfield Betsy Johnson Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward Bobby Levy State Representative HD58 Lew Frederick, State Senator, Oregon District #22 State Representative Susan McLain State Representative Teresa Alonso Leon E. Werner ReschkeSHEEO has released a new comprehensive report on the impacts of state higher education appropriations and financial aid on institutions and student outcomes. Check it out now at bit.ly/3tVkNH0 See MoreSee Less

A great report on the impacts of state higher education funding, particularly to community colleges. Our legislators should take a look at this report as they consider fully funding the Community College Support Fund at a much-needed $702 million. Tell your legislators to support Oregons community colleges! #orcommcolleges Dan Rayfield Betsy Johnson Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward Bobby Levy State Representative HD58 Lew Frederick, State Senator, Oregon District #22 State Representative Susan McLain State Representative Teresa Alonso Leon E. Werner Reschke