The Oregon Community College Association (OCCA) represents the 17 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. OCCA does this through a variety of services.  

OCCA staff provides the services and information that support the association’s mission.  Staff members are knowledgeable about issues ranging from appropriations and the community college funding formula to governance and educational policy. OCCA works closely with the state’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission, the Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development, the Oregon Student Assistance Commission, and the State Board of Higher Education.

OCCA is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), the American Association of Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC), and the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA).

2021-2027 OCCA Board Goals & Priorities (approved 10/7/2022; status updated 5/19/2023)

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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