The County College program began in 2006 in partnership with the Oregon State University Extension Service, and for four years, ran every year. Since the 2009 class, it has run every other year in odd years. Designed primarily for new commissioners and high-level staff, the program offers a comprehensive overview of the responsibilities and authorities of a county, and a county commissioner or judge, including legal, government ethics, public meetings and records, parliamentary procedure and much more. The class also covers the primary service areas of community & economic development, finance, human services, infrastructure & public works and public safety, in addition to sessions on leadership and management (risk management, communications, emergency management, personal and courthouse security, etc.). The strong partnership between counties and the Oregon State University Extension Service is also explored.
With a class size of between 18 to 22 members, one of the most valuable benefits is the networking that takes place and the relationships that are built.