Oregon’s community colleges – their faculty and staff – serve as our state’s economic first-responders. Over 380,000 Oregonians are enrolled at 17 community colleges around the state. OEA represents the following community college faculty and staff:
- Blue Mountain FA
- Clackamas Community College ACE
- Clackamas Community College EA
- Clackamas Community College Part-Time FA
- Clatsop Community College FA
- Clatsop Community College Part-Time FA
- Mt. Hood Community College CEA
- Mt. Hood Community College FA
- Mt. Hood Community College Part-Time FTA
- Treasure Valley EA
- Chemeketa Community College EA
- Klamath Community College FA
- Lane Community College EA
- Rogue Community College EA
- Umpqua Community College ACE
- Umpqua Community College FA
- Umpqua Community College Part-Time FA
By providing professional training and serving as an affordable bridge to a 4-year degree, Oregon’s community college system is a driver of business development and job creation needed to get Oregon’s economy moving again.
Community colleges deliver Oregon businesses with skilled workers necessary for them to compete in the global economy. Over 500 Oregon companies benefit directly from over 124 specialized training programs based in our local community colleges -- programs that provide direct skills training in sectors ranging from manufacturing, technology, and renewable energy to health care, finance, small business and agriculture. It is in these sectors that the lion’s share of Oregon jobs will be created in the next decade.
Community colleges strengthen our social safety net as the affordable pathway for many Oregonians to receive the training and education needed to obtain a family wage job. For many adults currently in the workforce or those seeking employment, that process begins with improving basic literacy. For others, it means learning new skills or obtaining specialized training. Oregonians rely on their community colleges to provide these diverse educational opportunities, to stay current and advance in their profession or to pursue a new career in the face of job dislocation and layoffs forced by economic downturn.