Benefits and Professional Development

Umpqua Community College offers a comprehensive benefit package to eligible employees that includes a generous employer contribution towards health insurance, long term disability, and life insurance. It includes:


  • Medical Insurance (includes college contribution towards monthly premiums)
  • Dental Insurance (includes college contribution towards monthly premiums)
  • Vision Insurance (includes college contribution towards monthly premiums)
  • $30,000 Basic Life & AD&D Insurance (employer paid)
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Paid Time Off : includes vacation, personal, and sick leave
  • Paid Holidays
  • Tuition waiver for employee, spouse and eligible dependents
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (PERS)
Optional Benefits include:
  • Oregon Savings Growth Plan 457(b)
  • Various 403(b) and Tax-Sheltered Annuity Plans
  • Section 125 plan (Flexible Spending)
  • Personal Short-Term Accident & Disability, additional Life Insurance and Cancer Insurance plans

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

The PSLF Program forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. You can also visit or watch the “Accessing Public Service Loan Forgiveness” webinar sponsored by the Student Borrower Protection Center.

Benefits by Employee Classification

Classified Benefits

Full-Time Faculty Benefits


Professional Development

Sustained professional growth is the cornerstone of institutions of higher education. UCC provides faculty, classified staff, and administrators with appropriate opportunities and support for professional growth and development.

Internal Opportunities

Internal UCC professional development opportunities are available to all faculty and staff, synchronously and asynchronously, are free of charge, and can be selected at will. Annual Kick-Off Week offers instruction and personal growth opportunities for all employees. In-Service for faculty occurs twice per year, although the term requirement may fluctuate. Topics such as instructional methodology, assessment, and policy reviews are presented. Teaching and Learning Summits for faculty are offered at varying times throughout the academic year.

Academic area deans oversee teaching and learning (in collaboration with the Teaching and Learning Committee), faculty and program promotion, supervision and evaluation, and academic assessment. UCCOnline offers virtual professional development opportunities to all employees throughout the year with sessions that include course development and incorporation of technology into virtual and on-campus classrooms. UCC’s Library staff offer a variety of workshops and tools for faculty, at no charge.

External Opportunities

External professional development opportunities are encouraged campus-wide, within collective bargaining agreements, and in announcements circulated through internal communications. Funding opportunities are available through professional development funding processes. Professional Development funding requires an application and approval process to ensure alignment with UCC’s overall mission, vision, values, and Strategic Plan.