Motivated by the belief that students have the power to change the world, ORCC activates higher education toward student participation in civic life. As the only statewide organization working with private, public, four-year, and two-year institutions, we embrace our unique position to strengthen Oregon’s narrative of student service and leadership. Take a look at how we do this through our programs.
Established in 2007 through a partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service, the ORCC AmeriCorps VISTA program enables colleges and universities to address issues facing low-income communities through high quality service-learning and community service programs that empower students to be change agents in their communities.
College Access Corps
Established in 2014, in partnership with Washington Campus Compact, College Access Corps is an AmeriCorps State & National Program that supports local economically disadvantaged youth to become engaged in their education, learn more about the college application and financial aid process and become academically prepared for higher education. AmeriCorps members are placed at selected member campuses, non-profits, or K-12 institutions, where they will help develop, implement or coordinate college access programs within their local communities. AmeriCorps members will recruit and train college students from local campuses to act as college access coaches to economically disadvantaged youth, with a specific focus on first generation students and students of color.
Connect2Complete is an AmeriCorps State & National Program with two main focuses: Community College Retention and K-12 Attendance. Connect2Complete Community College is focused on improving graduation rates for Oregon community college students through peer advocacy and community engaged learning. Connect2Complete Community College empowers students in developmental education classes to complete their required coursework more quickly, reach their educational goals, and ultimately graduate with a certificate or degree. Connect2Complete K12 is focused on improving attendance rates and school engagement in K12 schools in Multnomah County through mentorship. Connect2Complete K12 members work closely with school staff to create and implement interventions to address chronic absenteeism.
AmeriCorps Summer VISTA
The Summer VISTA Program began in the summer of 2009 when ORCC and All Hands Raised, joined together to address the low high school completion rate in Multnomah County, Oregon where just 65% of students graduate high school on time.
LeaderShape is a dynamic, challenging, and exciting weeklong event intended to produce a breakthrough in the leadership capacity of students. This nationally acclaimed event will be Oregon’s first statewide LeaderShape and an opportunity to convene Oregon’s student leaders to explore not only what they want to do, but who they want to be.
MLK Day is a cooperative of colleges facilitated by ORCC. To honor and celebrate Dr. King's legacy, we unite our community to serve the places that we live, work, and study. Annually, it is the largest mobilization of college students in the country on MLK Day.
Student Advisory Board
ORCC's Student Advisory Board (SAB) convenes a team of students, who have each been nominated by their schools as outstanding leaders, and provides them with additional leadership experience to move beyond their campus and make a powerful statewide impact.
Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve.”