College Renaissance Corps (CRCorps) is a new national service program from Campus Compact focused on leveraging the power of community colleges to enhance educational and economic mobility in historically underserved communities. The program, which is currently in planning stages, will engage community college students as near-peer ambassadors to encourage potential students to enroll in key fields of study in high-growth, high-demand industries and expand competencies and skills as civic professionals.

How it works

Our vision is to empower community college students to become central voices in college exploration. CRCorps will:

  • Hire Community College students enrolled in high-demand sector programs to serve as near-peer recruiters into fields of study
  • Create professional development programs that give CRCorps members access to experts in their industry of study
  • Integrate civic professional competencies through skill-building workshops and experiences
  • Leverage digital marketing and social influencer best practices to showcase key industries, leaders, and opportunities in high-growth, high-demand fields through a student lens
  • Focus on industries positioned to drive local and national economic recovery, like transportation distribution logistics, advanced manufacturing, healthcare, and technology

Learn more about the launch of CRCorps

On August 26, 2022, we announced the launch of College Renaissance Corps. Read our announcement to learn more about our planning grant and how the program is getting started.

Launch partners

The CRCorps program will launch in two markets—Denver and Houston—in partnership with leading community colleges and service commissions.


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CRCorps Team

Eric Lugo

CRCorps National Director

Matt Farley

Director of Administration and AmeriCorps Programs

Yvonne Nieves

College Renaissance Corps Senior Program Manager

CRCorps National Advisory Council

The CRCorps National Advisory Council guides vision, operations, strategy, fundraising, and continued expansion of the CRCorps program.

Mara Botman
Executive Director | Vivo Foundation

Michelle Burris
Fellow | Century Foundation

Michael Chiappetta
Director, Chicago Market Development | Accenture

Irving Chin
Co-founder and CEO | Tassel Software

Shauna Davis
Strategy Director, Community College | Lumina Foundation

Barbara Endel
Senior Advisor | Jobs for the Future

Matt Farley
Director of Administration & AmeriCorps Programs | Campus Compact

Brian Finch
Vice President, Sustainability & Center for Inclusive Growth | Mastercard

Meralis Hood
Market President | City Year

Mark Imfeld
Director Strategic Partnership Development | Association of Supply-Chain Management

Bobbie Laur
President | Campus Compact

​​​Chauncy Lennon
Vice President of Learning and Work | Lumina Foundation

Girard Melancon
President/Founder, Durango Works Corps

Iris Palmer
Deputy Director | New America

Jason Quiara
Head of Strategy & Partnerships | ConnectED

Nicole Reaves
Executive Vice President & Chief Program Officer | Wake Tech Community College

Karla Shields
Associate Director, Global Workforce Strategy & Operations | Cognizant

Joel Simon
Vice President, Workforce Strategies | EMSI Burning Glass