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This year is critical for community college funding, says Oregon Community College Association leader

Representatives from Oregon's community colleges, including Clackamas Community College, will join with the Oregon Community College Association (OCCA) to rally with students Thursday, March 7, and form a convoy to the Capitol.

"This year is critical for community college funding," said Cam Preus, OCCA's executive director. "To keep tuition increases to roughly 3.5 percent statewide in each year of the upcoming biennium, and to maintain current programs and services, Oregon's 17 community colleges need $647 million in funding. We are also asking lawmakers for an additional $70 million for career-technical education programs and $70 million for student-success programs to support first-generation college students and those from underrepresented populations."

The convoy will meet at Chemeketa Community College at 11 a.m., then travel together to Salem and assemble on the Capitol steps to walk around the building as a unified group.


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