College Renaissance Corps (CRCorps) is a new national leadership program from Campus Compact. The program empowers community college students to become industry and community leaders while working to boost enrollment rates at community colleges for high-demand industry programs.

Through CRCorps, students will connect with industry leaders, build transferrable career skills, and serve as examples of how to thrive in the workforce with a community college education.

What we do

Our vision is to empower community college students in high-demand fields to break barriers and become leaders in the workplace and their communities. CRCorps will:

  • Recruit community college students enrolled in high-demand industry programs to serve as Industry Ambassadors for the academic year
  • Industry Ambassadors leverage social media to recruit classmates, adult learners, youth, and high school students to enroll in similar fields at their community college
  • Industry ambassadors gain opportunities to learn directly from industry experts, participate in professional development workshops, and engage in tailored networking experiences

Now recruiting Industry Ambassadors

We are seeking students from Houston Community College to serve as the first CRCorps Industry Ambassadors.

Making an impact

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CRCorps empowers students to become industry and community leaders while working to boost enrollment rates at community colleges for high-demand industry programs.

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Having a well-trained workforce in the industries that will define the emerging American economy is vital to communities across the country that have suffered job loss and lower wages.

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Building a more inclusive economy for everyone calls for community-level solutions. That's why CRCorps is focused on closing current and growing skills gaps community-by-community, all across the country.

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Where we operate

CRCorps program is currently operating in Houston with new sites being identified and launched in the near future.

Houston, Texas

Now active


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Denver, Colorado

Launching soon


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CRCorps Team

Dan Ashurst

College Renaissance Corps AmeriCorps VISTA Member

Eric Lugo

CRCorps National Director

Matt Farley

Director of Administration and AmeriCorps Programs

Raven Cooper

College Renaissance Corps Houston Program Coordinator

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