This brochure provides the applicant with an overview of the specific requirements, preferred qualifications, application process, and timeline. It also describes the college and area. Please read this brochure prior to applying.
About Columbia Gorge Community College
Nestled in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area of Oregon and Washington State, Columbia Gorge Community College served just over 4,300 students (1,680 credit students) in 2016-17. Current FTE is 844. The college draws most students (74 percent) from its district in Wasco and Hood River counties, Oregon, but reaches a dispersed rural population, with about 13 percent of students from Klickitat County, Washington, and others from 16 additional counties in Oregon and Washington.
Our mascot is the Chinook Salmon.
The college’s main campus in The Dalles, Ore., (pop. 13,620) occupies 62 acres overlooking the Columbia River. The 13.5 acre Hood River campus is 30 minutes west.
The college offers six Associate degrees, seven Associate of Applied Science degrees and 14 certificates. The college established its nursing program in 2001; the curriculum is being revised to reflect membership in the Oregon Consortium of Nursing Educators. The renewable energy technology program, created in 2006, is evolving into Electro-Mechanical Technology (EM-Tech), adapting its original focus on wind energy to prepare students for a broader range of careers through a National Science Foundation grant.
Most CGCC students self-designate as Caucasian, while a large number are Hispanic/Latinx (27 percent). CGCC is a Hispanic Serving Institution, the first in Oregon to join the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (March 2017).
CGCC is expanding its support for the Latinx community. The campus Juntos (“Together”) Club encourages students to reach their academic and career goals, while the college encourages access to higher education through ESOL, Culture Festivals, a LatinX Advisory Council and other avenues. CGCC sponsored a “Know Your Rights Workshop” with Immigration Counseling Services and DACA presentation this past year. CGCC’s board unanimously declared the college a Sanctuary institution in 2017.
About the Area
The Columbia Gorge encompasses diverse climates as the only sea-level passage through the Cascade Mountains. The western Gorge is temperate rainforest with more than 120 inches of rainfall annually; the eastern region is high desert with 20 inches or less. The college district includes both regions, a dramatic territory of waterfalls, whitewater rivers, four-season recreation and cultural history. People have lived here for at least 10,000 years, with some of the most important archaeological sites in North America a short drive from The Dalles. Lewis & Clark camped here … twice. The nearby snow-capped sentinels of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams are surrounded by national forests and wilderness.
Agriculture is an important industry, featuring wheat ranches, cherry, apple and pear orchards, and myriad vineyards. There’s a robust culture of farmers’ markets and locally-grown foods, microbrews and award-winning wines. Technology, aerospace, advanced manufacturing and wood products are other major industries, with companies such as Insitu, Google, SDS Lumber, Cardinal Glass, Sagetech and HoodTech.
Year-round recreation entices visitors and residents alike with world-class boardsailing and kite-sailing, mountain and cross-country biking, hunting, rafting and kayaking. Anglers test their skills with salmon, sturgeon, trout, bass, walleye and catfish. Nordic and downhill skiers and snowboarders enjoy Mt. Hood, Oregon’s tallest mountain and North America’s only ski area open year-round, while Washington’s Mt. Adams offers a remote wilderness experience. If you prefer sun, The Dalles has more than 300 sunny days per year. And, for an urban experience, the multi-cultural City of Portland is only an hour away, with an international airport.