Community College and Workforce Development

Community Colleges and Workforce Development: Our Coordinating Role

The HECC’s Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development (CCWD) works closely with colleges and workforce programs to support accessible, high quality learning opportunities to serve the state’s present and future needs. CCWD provides coordination, leadership and resources to Oregon’s 17 locally-governed community colleges, 18 adult basic skills providers, community-based organizations and other partnerships. The governance of Oregon’s public community colleges is the responsibility of their respective local-elected governing boards. 

Established in 1999, CCWD was formerly the Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development, and as of 2015, became an integrated Office in the HECC agency. CCWD supports a multi-faceted portfolio of work, including: 

In addition, CCWD works closely with the Office of Workforce Investments and other HECC offices, postsecondary institutions, and partners to support progress toward Oregon’s educational and workforce goals. Collaborative efforts include:

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