Name: Columbia Gorge Community College
President: Dr. Frank K. Toda
City: The Dalles and Hood River
Campus Setting: Rural
Year established: 1989
Board of Trustees website
Student Characteristics Based on Fall 2014
2014 Fall Credit Enrollment
Part Time: 64%
Full Time: 36%
Student characteristics (gender, race/ethnicity)
African American: 0%
American Indian: 1%
Native Hawaiian: 1%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 3%
Dr. Frank K. Toda
Quote from the President
"In 2017, CGCC will celebrate 40 years of serving the Mid-Columbia Region. Many things have changed: our name, our resources, and the demographics of our students. In all that time, though, one thing has remained constant—our unwavering and sincere commitment to providing educational opportunities that strengthen our community. We do that through our mission, our vision, and our values. We do it by focusing on service, innovation, caring, community partnerships, and most importantly, student-focused instruction."
- Columbia Gorge Community College is a community college with a nationally recognized renewable energy technology program (the first one the west coast), a nursing program that is training our next generation of health care professionals, a newly formed computer science program, and a low-cost, local college option for the first two years of a four-year degree.
- Columbia Gorge Community College hosts the Gorge Scholars, a tuition waiver program available to eligible high school graduates in our expanded community in both Oregon and Washington state. These students receive full tuition waivers for up to eighteen credits per term, for up to two years at CGCC.
- Columbia Gorge Community College is an active sponsor and host of the largely popular Wind Challenge, the Wind Challenge is a hands-on program that fuels student interest in science, technology, and wind energy. During the event teams of students learn about wind turbine technology and design, and apply their skills in an all day competition to build, test, and present their wind turbine models to a group of judges.