Sara knows that universities and community colleges are the building blocks of a healthy economy. That's why she was an outspoken advocate for improving support for post-secondary education. She helped deliver the best budget universities and community colleges have seen in decades, but she also knows that was simply a down payment on the future. Oregon must continue to improve its investment in higher education so we can attract excellent faculty and retain Oregon high school graduates in college and university programs that are relevant and affordable.
Sara will also continue to be a strong advocate of community colleges because knows how critical our college system is to workforce development, and to extending opportunity to tens of thousands of Oregonians who want to increase their earning power and improve opportunities for their families. More Oregonians than ever are turning to our community college system to improve their skills, and we must make the necessary investments to support these colleges in meeting their mission.