Expanded Options


Mike Taphouse
Dean of Students
mtaphouse@cgcc.edu, (541) 506-6026

Kelly Sullivan
Academic Advisor
kmsullivan@cgcc.edu, (541) 506-6022

Ryan Brusco
Professional Development Navigator
rbrusco@cgcc.edu, (541) 506-6133

Expanded Options Student Handbook 2019-20

Expanded Options Student Handbook 2020-21

The Expanded Options (EO) program allows eligible juniors and seniors in Oregon high schools to take college credits classes at Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) or online. In most cases, your high school will cover the cost of tuition and fees for these courses, but check with your high school counselor to confirm.

Costs covered by school district: Tuition, Textbook(s), Class fees
Costs covered by student: Transportation

Program Requirements

  • Contact your high school for the EO program eligibility requirements and program application. Initial eligibility for EO program is decided in the spring, prior to the students' Junior and/or Senior years in high school.
  • Meet prerequisites for college classes by achieving the following Placement Assessment scores:

    Writing: 263+ (WR 121), Reading: 266+ (No Reading Required), Math: Quantitative Reasoning/Algebra 200+ (MTH 60)*
    *To be eligible for college level math, students must score into College Algebra-Advanced Algebra/Functions: 220+ (MTH 111)

    Some college classes do not have prerequisites. Check with a CGCC advisor about classes you can take without the Placement Assessment.   

Get started

  1. Submit EO program application to your high school.
  2. Apply to Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC), and take the Placement Assessment (study guides).
  3. Meet with your high school counselor to determine which courses will meet your high school graduation requirements.
  4. Meet with a CGCC Academic Advisor to discuss college goals and create an educational plan.
  5. Purchase books.