From new college credit offerings during the day and new dual credit opportunities for Hood River Valley High School students to more basic skills course options, Columbia Gorge Community College is expanding its services in Hood River County after voters approved annexing a major portion of the county into the college district last November.
Dean of Instruction Reine Thomas cites partnerships as key to expanding services with limited resources.
“We have a plan to expand instructional offerings and other college services in Hood River County, and we’re working with the school district, the hospital, work force partners, and a range of small businesses to achieve our goals,” Thomas said. “Early accomplishments include creating college credit opportunities for high school students and expanding our slate of classes for adults throughout all our program areas. We’re keeping our eye on the target — post-secondary educational opportunities for students.”
This fall’s lineup includes 23 sections of college credit classes offered primarily at Hood River County School District sites. Two of those are day-time classes: instructor Tony Baracco will teach Western Civilization and Kathy McGregor will teach Second Year Spanish.
Evening courses will include Writing 121, Freshman Composition, taught by new instructor Leigh Hancock, and World Literature taught by Hood River Instructor Randall Holt. Veteran college instructor Tess Fegel will teach Psychology and Human Relations Wednesday evenings, and artist Judie Lunden will teach Painting and Drawing Monday and Wednesday evenings at the Columbia Art Gallery.
Also offered are evening courses in Accounting, Human Relations, Computer Skills and several on-line courses including Meteorology and Sociology. Education and EMT classes for the local workforce are also scheduled. Three sections of Spanish are planned: First Year Spanish offered Monday and Wednesday evenings taught by Oriol Sole-Costa and Second Year Spanish in both a day and evening format Tuesdays and Thursdays taught by Kathy McGregor.
In addition to the regular college programming, up to 10 courses in the high school schedule are being aligned so as to carry college credit: Introduction to Business, Biology 101, Web Page Design, Intro to Drafting, Intro to AutoCAD, Early Childhood Education, First Responder, Intro to Microelectronics, Metals Technology and English Composition. These dual-credit courses, known as Project Advance, allow high school seniors to earn “dual credit” (high school and college credit for the same course) and are a result of articulation of college and high school curriculum and faculty qualifications.
For students who need to improve their basic skills in math, writing, or reading prior to enrolling in college classes, the CGCC Learning Center at Coe Primary is open 16 hours per week with Patrick Rawson as instructor. In October, CGCC Career Counselor Ellen Sawyer will guide students through a career exploration and goal-planning class, also at Coe Primary.
The College has offered GED preparation in Hood River County for years in a self-paced lab format. This year, it will begin offering three classes, two in English and one in Spanish, to help residents prepare to take the GED. CGCC also offers a program whereby adults can earn a high school diploma through a combination of supervised independent study courses, life experience, and college coursework.
In an expansion of the numbers of evening English as a Second Language classes available, the college is offering three levels of ESL classes four nights a week — Monday through Thursday — throughout each term at Wy’east Middle School. A multilevel class will also be offered in Parkdale. This increase in ESL programming is the result of targeted federal grant monies gained by CGCC.
Fall workshops in Hood River County will include How to Start a Small Business, Accounting for Small Business, How to Write a Business Plan, and Supervisory and Leadership Skills.
The college is currently working with the Hood River County School District to develop a training plan to meet the needs of Instructional Assistants in the public school system.
The Nursing Program at CGCC is also working in partnership with Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital to train nursing students via clinical classes at the hospital; the college will graduate its first class of students with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing — RN in June 2003.
The College will begin outreach and recruiting for its Electronics Engineering Technology program in Hood River County, targeting high school students, women and minorities thanks to grant funding from the National Science Foundation and Intel that will also allow the College to offer EET scholarships to this target audience.
Child Care Partners will also offer two workshops for Hood River County-based child care providers in the evenings during the fall at the Hood River Career Center at 1102 12th Street.
A complete listing of the course offerings in Hood River County is available at the Community Education office at Coe Primary School in Hood River. The offerings are also listed in the college Fall Schedule of classes. For more information, call CGCC toll-free at 1-866-273-2422 or Hood River Community Education at 386-2055.