College responds to governor’s COVID-19 directives


Dan Spatz
Executive Director, Institutional Advancement, (541) 506-6034

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March 20, 2020

As Oregon Gov. Kate Brown directs the statewide COVID-19 response, Columbia Gorge Community College today announced its own measures to comply with the governor’s executive order to higher education. Gov. Brown is prohibiting colleges from conducting in-person instruction beginning this Saturday through April 28. Only critical functions may continue.

Columbia Gorge Community College had already extended spring break in response to the epidemic. Spring break starts this Monday, March 21, and continues through April 3. Following the governor’s directive, CGCC will deliver all instruction solely on-line beginning with spring term April 6. All campus buildings are closed to public access as of this Saturday, March 21.

One exception is for students who need Internet access. “We are going to have one computer lab in The Dalles for students who have limited access at home,” advises Dr. Marta Cronin, college president. “An employee will ensure students are adequately distanced from one another and that all equipment is wiped down after each use.” That lab is located in Building 3, Room 3.103.

All community education classes through April are cancelled except for those on-line. Most will be rescheduled later. In alignment with the Oregon Library Association, the CGCC library closed March 19 and will reopen when regular on-campus classes resume. On-line library resources are available through . Tutoring is still available virtually through email, Zoom and other virtual tools. CGCC bookstore and café are closed. College administrators are also establishing tele-working assignments for CGCC employees so that as much work as possible can be accomplished remotely.

Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission, the Governor’s Office and Oregon Community College Association hold daily calls on the COVID-19 epidemic, and Dr. Cronin noted that the situation remains fluid. People are encouraged to check the CGCC website regularly, Essential personnel will still be on hand to answer the telephone: (541) 506-6011, then option 2.