It’s been 43 years since a group of community volunteers in The Dalles decided the Columbia Gorge needed better access to jobs training and an affordable pathway to higher education. That grassroots initiative resulted in creation of the “Treaty Oak Area Education District,” later and better known as Columbia Gorge Community College.
From its origins in downtown The Dalles, the college expanded steadily, now with campuses in Hood River and The Dalles and an ever-growing presence on-line.
This summer the college is inviting people across the region to offer their perspective on how this two-year public institution is doing its job. Is CGCC responding to the education and training needs of students, business and industry partners, district taxpayers, and the regional community at large? Is it fulfilling its mission of “Building dreams and transforming lives by providing lifelong educational programs that strengthen our community”?
And, what else should decision-makers at the college need to know? This summer’s community and business survey provides people with an opportunity to provide feedback and offer suggestions. The survey opened June 28 and continues through August.