Building our future
I’m Marcus LeGrand, and I serve as the College and Career Success Coach at Central Oregon Community College. In this role, I’m dedicated to empowering students to achieve a higher level of learning, and to overcome barriers, by connecting them with supportive resources in the community. In addition, I’m an instructor for Social Science and Business, and an Executive Board Member for The Father’s Group, which is a non-profit organization, structured to help students build equitable and inclusive communities.
I have worked in education for over 11 years in many capacities: counseling, academics, advising, coaching, and as a college administrator. This required me to work closely with administrative offices, school deans, directors, industry leaders, and community organizations. My focus is on providing students with the best educational experience, while giving them the opportunity to build agency and resilience.
During my career, I have organized and established several youth development programs through credit recovery and alternative education, with an emphasis on building relationships between the participants and their community. I have spoken publicly at several high schools and restorative town halls to remind youth that achievement comes through critical thinking and academic dedication. All of these experiences have offered insight on what is needed in our community, to better prepare our students for higher education and career development. I am a firm believer in the maxim “education is best served through collaboration ”.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from the University of Washington-Seattle and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Rowan. This has allowed me to focus on building economic development for minority-owned businesses, assisting marginalized students as they enroll in college, and helping create policies and establish best practices for civic engagement. Beyond my everyday role, I serve as a Restorative Justice and Equity member, work on the Bend-La Pine Budget and Sustainability Committee—and pursue advocacy issues in many positions, including the Regional Equity and Recovery Council for the Governor’s Office, and with the COHC Addressing Poverty and Enhancement Workgroup.
I am a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity, Inc.—where I serve by supporting youth through scholarships and mentoring—as well as the Oregon Alliance of Black School Educators and the American School Counselor Association. I have also served as a consultant with Allyship and Action, assessing organizational ability to navigate the area of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. In 2018 and 2020, I received the Diversity Achievement Award from Central Oregon Community College for my long standing commitment to community service.
I was born in Badin, North Carolina, served 8 years in the Navy, and am a devoted father of two—and a loving husband. I believe helping students develop self-awareness, self-care, and resilience is the catalyst for growth and sustainability in K-12 public schools throughout our country.