March brings web course, Wind Challenge and more


Dan Spatz
Manager of Marketing & Community Outreach, (541) 506-6034

March 2, 2017

Spring is almost here and learning is already in full bloom at Columbia Gorge Community College, where March brings a newly-created certificate course in web development, 2017 Wind Challenge for middle and high school students, Job Fair and myriad other activities. Here’s the rundown:

Every business and organization needs a website, but where do you start?

Find the answers in spring term through an entry-level web development course leading to a business certificate. Students learn the fundamentals of building, launching and maintaining a website, covering such topics as HTML and XML, Javascript, graphics applications and other authoring tools. Web page standards and policies are introduced, along with elements of vector tools, user interfaces, search engines and emerging web technologies. (And if you don’t know what all that means, you will by the time you earn this certificate.)

This is an on-line course, delivered via the open-source learning platform called Moodle.

Registration for web development and other spring term classes begins March 6 for returning students and March 8 for new students. The first day of spring term is April 3.

The month of March brings many other activities to the college, as well.

Middle and high school students are invited to participate in the annual Wind Challenge, scheduled Saturday, March 11, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Fort Dalles Readiness Center, 400 East Scenic Drive, The Dalles. This event is co-sponsored by the Gorge Technology Alliance, Columbia Gorge Community College and Google.

The public is encouraged to attend as middle and high school teams learn wind turbine technology and design, then apply their skills in an all-day competition to build, test and present their operating wind turbines to a panel of judges. A hands-on STEM Fair from noon to 3:30 p.m. is free to the public. Prizes honor the three high school teams and three middle school teams whose wind turbines achieve the fastest speed for transferring kinetic energy and generate the most electrical power.

As of mid-February, 47 teams had registered, representing high schools and middle schools from Irrigon to Corbett and Stevenson to Goldendale. Mentors are still needed. If you’d like to help, please visit the website or contact event coordinator Jessica Metta or volunteer coordinator Jacque Schei, (541) 296-2266.

Finally, mark your calendars for the Spring Job Fair on Saturday, March 25, in the Fort Dalles Readiness Center. This is organized by Columbia Gorge Community College and Oregon Employment Department. Employers should register by March 11. To learn more, call Elaine Powrie, (541) 490-3462.

Columbia Gorge Community College “builds dreams and transforms lives” with credit and non-credit classes offered at campuses in Hood River and The Dalles, and on-line around the world. For details, visit