Multnomah County has made a commitment to equity, and our College to County program is a testament to that. College to County (C2C) combats disparities in the County by creating pathways that recent graduates and members of underrepresented communities can enter. C2C is entering its 12th year. The program began with 4 interns in 2011 and has grown to 83 interns in 2023. Of the 320 C2C participants, 14% of those interns go on to receive regular status employment at Multnomah County.
The College to County Mentorship Program broadens the pool of interested and qualified candidates to include college students from underrepresented communities. The program augments existing recruitment efforts by placing special emphasis on the recruitment, and mentoring of promising college students with substantive work on county projects, systems, and processes. Our internships assists in students’ understanding of the pathways to employment and leadership in various county careers. The College to County Mentorship Program clearly demonstrates management support for diversity, equity, and inclusion in county recruitment and succession planning