Programs for High School Students 

College Now

College Now is a dual credit program that, through the coordination of Columbia Gorge Community College and local high schools, offers high school students the opportunity to earn transferable college credits while taking certain approved high school classes. These courses are designed to award dual credit (high school and post-secondary) for courses taken at the local high school. High school instructors meet college faculty qualifications and students’ skills must be appropriate to the college-level work. 

Why Take College Now Classes?

Aside from getting students a head start on college-level classes, College Now credits are a fraction of the cost of normal college tuitions. Check out the average costs for a four-credit class at the various kinds of colleges and universities in Oregon:

Community College:        $448
State University:            $2500
Private College:            $3500
College Now:                $56

The program is designed for Junior and Seniors but it is up to the high schools to determine who qualifies for these classes. Students should talk to their high school counselors regarding opportunities available to them through College Now. 

Dual-Credit Programs

These concurrent enrollment programs are designed for the high school student to take college-level courses while in high school. The courses are listed in the CGCC quarterly schedule. CGCC collaborates with both Washington and Oregon public high schools as well as home school and charter school programs.

Running Start

Running Start is a program for Washington high school students. Students should consult a counselor at their high school for eligibility requirements and program information.

Expanded Options

Expanded Options is a program for Oregon high school students. Students should consult a counselor at their high school for eligibility requirements and program information.

Early College

The Early College Program is typically funded by the high schools through Expanded Options (Oregon) and Running Start (Washington) funding, but families can inquire about this program outside of this funding. Please see the college’s website or call Student Services for more information. All students must meet with a CGCC advisor prior to registration. Early College is a great way for students to get a head start on college coursework while still in high school.