We connect college and university students with the people, places, stories, and community-based processes that have generated actions to improve the quality of life in Wallowa County. Despite economic hardships from a declining forest industry, the people of Wallowa County have joined together to find ways to adapt and thrive. Students engage directly with local residents, learning first-hand about rural values, issues, and problem solving. We believe these personal interactions between rural people and college students provide mutual benefits. We have partnered with Oregon State University, Whitman College, and Portland State University to offer dynamic undergraduate and graduate courses.