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. 

The Retention Project, a Washington Campus Compact (WACC) and ORCC AmeriCorps program, places full-time AmeriCorps Members on college and university campuses for 11 months to establish or expand mentoring 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.

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.
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.

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. 

A statewide conference to engage students in a discussion about the issues they are most passionate about.