Improved Prosperity at the Heart of a Mission
On July 1, 1996, what was once a community vision turned into a reality as Klamath Community College (KCC) became the seventeenth community college in Oregon. During its first year of operation, KCC offered three one-year certificates to students. Now more than 20 years later, KCC offers over 40 degrees and supports student success in workforce training, academic transfer, foundational skills development and community education. The college provides accessible, quality education and services in response to the diverse needs of the student, business and community.
Education at the Speed of Life
A major part of the College’s successful growth over the years can be attributed to the leadership of its president, Dr. Roberto Gutierrez, who was selected in 2012. It was this same year that KCC was selected as a participant in the Achieving the Dream Reform Network and received national attention for instituting mandatory student orientation and advising, which have resulted in greater student retention and success. KCC has created a college-going culture in the region.
To support this college-going culture, KCC also embarked on the Klamath Promise with its K-12 partners by implementing a fifth-year high school program and establishing a blended K-12-to-college program in which students can earn college credit toward certificates and degrees as early as eighth grade.
In 2014, KCC began offering courses at the Innovation and Learning Center in Lakeview, Oregon, where students attend courses in face-to-face and synchronous classrooms. KCC also expanded educational options beyond two-year degrees by partnering with Southern Oregon University. This effort carries on a similar partnership KCC has with Oregon State University in agriculture. Finally, KCC has expanded learning opportunities by adding distance education, synchronous course delivery and hybrid courses, thus allowing the College to offer its students classes anywhere and anytime.
Community and Workforce Education
KCC not only offers a wide variety of degrees but also provides opportunities for life-long learning through community education and workforce services. Fun classes that include personal, professional, hobby and recreational interests for non-credit are available. Workforce education is offered for those interested in learning a new skill and include professional development, certificate programs, enrichment courses, continuing education and customized training.
“KCC is dedicated to building a well-trained and well-educated workforce in South Central Oregon, whether community members are seeking their first job or changing careers. KCC designs its programs to prepare graduates for jobs that require technical skill and talent unique to today’s job market,” said KCC President Dr. Roberto Gutierrez.
Our Part of their Story
SmithBates has been a long-time partner in helping KCC produce their student and community communications – everything from student handbooks, posters, special invitations and direct mailers to their commencement programs and diplomas. Most recently, we have developed an online store where their staff can easily order collateral such as new business cards; with the ability to add items as needed. We are constantly looking at ways to create efficiencies that allow KCC to save resources that can be put back into innovations that help power our workforce of the future.