The purpose of the Community College Handbook & Planning Guide is to provide an informal and abbreviated tool for use by community college staff. This document identifies the essential processes and information required to meet the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) program approval standards for a new Career and Technical Education (CTE) Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, option, or certificate of completion program​. OAR 589-006-0050 (37) (38)

The “CTE New Program Application Planning Guide and Application Worksheet” in .PDF format presents a general overview of what colleges need to consider and include as they propose a new program for state approval.  It is found on CCWD’s Application and Instructions webpage at

Community college program submissions are completed through the Oregon Community College Program Submission System (also known as WebForms) at

Community college program approval is facilitated by the staff of the Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development (CCWD), the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), and the ​Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC).

The college is encouraged to include the CCWD Education Specialist in the early developmental stages of planning. Additionally, providing information outlined in this guide will help to facilitate and expedite program approval. It is not necessary to submit this Planning Guide and Application Worksheet with the Application for a New program (herein referred to as the "Application"). This is for planning purposes only. Official submission is through the Oregon Community College Program Submission System (Webforms) at

The ​Education ​Specialists may request evidence of the planning work; they may also request a phone or on-site interview. College staff may also request technical support by phone or at the campus.