Columbia Gorge Community College

Columbia Gorge Community College

Columbia Gorge Community College was founded in 1977 as Wasco Area Education Service District. The college operates two campuses in Oregon, one in the Dalles and the other at Hood River Indian Creek.

The Dalles campus is located on the Columbia River, overlooking the Columbia River gorge. In 1989, the college's designation changed from service district to community college, and it was given its current name.

CGCC's partnership with Portland Community College allows it to offer credit instruction, degrees and certificates through the school. Its Degree Partnership Program also allows its students to enroll in classes at universities throughout Oregon, including Concordia University, Oregon State University, and Portland State University. Educational degrees are offered in areas like business, computer science, and criminal justice.

CGCC operates two student organizations, the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, and the ASCGCC Student Council, which promotes recreational activities for the students.

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Contacting Columbia Gorge Community College

Columbia Gorge Community College
400 E Scenic Dr
The Dalles , OR 97058
General Phone: (541) 506-6000

Columbia Gorge Community College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts75liberal arts and sciences, general studies
Nursing and Emergency Medicine44EMT paramedic, registered nursing
Engineering Technician15electronics tech
Business and Management10business management, accounting, marketing
Security and Law Enforcement5criminal justice and safety
Education and Teaching5early childhood education, teacher aide
Family and Social Work3child care management
Office and Administration1administrative assistant
Medical Support and Technology1medical assistant

Number of programs and degrees for Columbia Gorge Community College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of less than 1 academic year12
Associate's degree10910
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years4910

Columbia Gorge Community College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Columbia Gorge Community College had a total enrollment of 920 students (585 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 77%
Black 0%
Hispanic 8%
Asian 1%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 12%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 6%
18-19 19%
20-21 11%
22-24 11%
25-29 11%
30-34 12%
35-39 8%
40-49 13%
50-64 9%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Columbia Gorge Community College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 46 %
Part-Time 24 %

Columbia Gorge Community College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Rowena, Oregon for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Oregon Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Columbia Gorge Community College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 2,628
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 2,628
Books and supplies $ 1,470

Financial Aid:
Columbia Gorge Community College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 321312)

Columbia Gorge Community College Faculty

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured and not on tenure track118

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructoracademic year11$51,2668$51,579
All faculty totalacademic year11$51,2668$51,579

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Columbia Gorge Community College Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Education And Teaching
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Teacher Assistant/Aide

Engineering Technician
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Child Care and Support Services Management

Liberal Arts
General Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Medical Support And Technology
Medical/Clinical Assistant

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

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Columbia Gorge Community College Highlights

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What Sets Columbia Gorge Community College Apart:

% of degrees in liberal arts
(vs. all colleges)
Top 6%Columbia Gorge Community College % of degrees in liberal arts
Salaries of full-time faculty
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 10%Columbia Gorge Community College Salaries of full-time faculty
% students 40 years or older
(vs. all colleges)
Top 13%Columbia Gorge Community College % students 40 years or older
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(vs. all colleges)
Top 15%Columbia Gorge Community College Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
Number of students
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 16%Columbia Gorge Community College Number of students
% of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 19%Columbia Gorge Community College % of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine

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checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library

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