CGCC Pre-College Program launches website

March 1, 2021

Columbia Gorge Community College’s Pre-College program announces the launch of its new department-specific website located online at:

The Pre-College program at CGCC is personalized to individuals who seek a General Education Degree (GED®) or high school graduates who desire support prior to transitioning to college. Visitors to the new website are able to quickly submit individual interests with an optional brief survey.

A GED® earns a student a state high school diploma and recognizes that the individual has a high school level of education. More information about GED® preparation courses and exams is available on the website. All classes are currently held online with live-stream instruction.

GED® classes develop the skills needed to pass the four subjects of the GED® exam (Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies). Each class uses different teaching techniques focusing on skill-building in work and life contexts. GED® classes are for students 16 years of age and older, and 16 and 17-year-olds require releases from their high school to attend classes.

“If you're hoping to get a better job or higher degree, a GED® is recognized and accepted by nearly all U.S. employers, colleges, and universities,” explains Pre-College Specialist Elizabeth Knudsen. “There’s lots of data out there that confirms a GED® can improve job opportunities and result in higher incomes.”

Additionally, Pre-College classes are for students 16 years or older with a high school diploma or GED® who wants to transition to college. These courses help students prepare for or improve scores on college placement tests, develop reading comprehension skills and strategies, renew or increase math skills, and develop writing composition and grammar skills.

Other resources available for students in the Pre-College program are technology resources such as laptops and other supplies or adult literacy courses.

The next orientation for CGCC’s GED® and Pre-College program is for Spring term, which begins March 29th. It’s important to plan early and schedule an online orientation. For more information, contact Elizabeth Knudsen at 541-506-6041 or email her at or visit