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Community College and Workforce Development


Career Technical Education (CTE) provides students of all ages with the academic and technical skills, knowledge, and training necessary to succeed in future careers and to become lifelong learners.  CTE prepares these learners for the world of work by introducing them to workplace competencies and making academic content accessible to students by providing it in a hands-on context.  Oregon's 17 Community Colleges.

CTE is a proven strategy that expands options for learners, empowers them to choose meaningful and sustainable career-focused coursework.  CTE is learning that works for Oregon's students - and its economy.  ​​View the State of Oregon Employment Department for more information.

Partnership Between the HECC Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development (CCWD) and Oregon's Community Colleges

The Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development (CCWD), administered by the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, works in partnership with the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to coordinate the postsecondary education of career and technical education programs supported by the "Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act​" (Perkins V).

2024-2027 CTE State Plan Revision Process

Oregon is in the process of revising its CTE State Plan for approval by the US Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE). This plan is required for Federal Perkins Funding but more broadly serves as Oregon’s strategic plan for CTE. 

This revised plan will continue supporting CTE programs of study, schools, and colleges to ensure that all students and families, including those historically and currently underserved and marginalized, are welcome, safe, and included in our institutions and programs. The priority is to create quality relationships, experiences, and interactions among learners, educators, and business and community partners. 

The revisions to the plan are being led by a steering committee consisting of staff and state agency leaders from the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC). This group is gathering input and feedback on the priorities and strategies to be included in the plan.

There are multiple ways that students/learners, parents, educators, administrators, business and industry representatives, community organizations, and other key partners can provide input on the proposed strategies and activities to help shape the plan revisions and ensure diverse perspectives are reflected in the plan.

Engagement Sessions

The state is hosting several in-person and virtual sessions. You can fill out this CTE State Plan Interest Form to get more information about in-person sessions in your area. You are also welcome to register for any of the following general and targeted audience sessions. View the CTE State Plan Input Methods Registration​ Information. You will be able to add the session to your calendar after you register. Additional sessions may be added as needed; check this document often for updates. Sessions may also be canceled due to low numbers of registrants.




Thursday, 10/26

12:00 PM


Tuesday, 10/31

2:00 PM

Business & Industry

Wednesday, 11/1

3:00 PM

Community-Based Organizations

Thursday, 11/2

1:00 PM

Educators & Administrators

Tuesday, 11/7

12:00 PM


​Wednesday, 11/8​​

​9:00 AM​

Small/Rural Programs
Thursday, 11/9
6:00 PM
​Spanish Speaking
Session for Students**
& Parents
(Sesión en Español)
**Students who participate in a virtual or in-person session will be entered to win one of several $15 Target Gift Cards from Advance CTE

Feedback Surveys

You are also welcome to submit your feedback via one of the surveys below. Please complete the survey that best corresponds to your CTE role.

Public Comment Periods: Coming Soon

Once we have a draft plan and the state-determined performance levels are set, materials will be available here for partners to review and provide feedback. 

Mailing List

Fill out this CTE State Plan Interest Form to be added to a mailing list for periodic updates on how to get involved in the CTE State Plan Revision process.

Postsecondary Career and Technical Education​ (CTE)

Postsecondary CTE encompasses a broad range of technical and academic instruction offered at Oregon's community colleges that prepare students for the workplace, further education, training, and family & community roles. Students may earn Associate degrees and/or a Certificate of Completion. The Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) and CCWD provide leadership for community colleges. CTE helps Oregonians gain the skills, technical knowledge, academic foundation, and real-world experience needed to prepare for high-skill, high-demand, and high-wage careers.

Postsecondary CTE Programs of Study offer academic and career-oriented courses to gain work experience, job shadowing, on-the-job training, and industry certification opportunities.  In addition, they also provide for alignment and articulation with local high school instruction, integrate technical career skill proficiencies with academic content, work-based learning and apprenticeships. 

CTE is organized by a national framework called "Career Clusters", which presents a complete range of related career options to students of all ages, helps them discover their interests and passions, and to choose the education pathway that can lead to success in high school, college, and their chosen career.  These clusters are found within the six career learning areas of the Orego​n Skill Sets​.