Community Colleges and Workforce Development, Office of - HECC

Present Duties

Public Service Building
The Public Service Building in Salem houses the Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
The Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development (CCWD) provides coordination, leadership and resources to Oregon’s network of 17 locally governed community colleges, 18 adult basic skills providers, nine local workforce boards, and other partners. Established in 1999, it has responsibility for coordinating community college programs and services, developing biennial budget recommendations for the Community College Support Fund, allocation of state funding, coordination of the academic approval process for community colleges and reporting to the Legislative Assembly. CCWD also coordinates and provides statewide administration of the federally funded Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA); Title IB Adult, Youth, Dislocated Worker programs; WIOA Title II Adult Education and Family Literacy programs; Carl Perkins Career and Technical Education Act programs; the non-federally funded Oregon Youth Conservation Corps; and the General Educational Development (GED) programs. In 2013, the Legislature established the HECC as the state rulemaking authority for community colleges, transferring authorities previously held by the State Board of Education.​​
Agency Website

Contact Information

Mailing Address: Public Service Bldg., 255 Capitol St. NE, 3rd Floor, Salem 97310-0001
Telephone: 503-378-8648
Fax: 503-378-8434
Contact: Ben Cannon, Executive Director
Records Officer Email: Karen Humelbaugh
Location Map: by Google Maps

Legal & Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS 326.051

Budget Analysis - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu

Records & Publications​

Records Retention Schedule- a list of the public records kept at the agency