Why Give

Contributing to the foundation makes a lasting impact on the lives of people in our community. Students, faculty and staff and donors to CGCC Foundation would like to share how generous contributions have positively affected their lives.

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Quick Facts

  • Access
  • CGCC serves nearly 5,000 students annually
  • FTE Enrollment is 1,063
  • Certificates and Degrees
  • Offers 12 Associate degrees and 15 certificates (including career pathways)
  • Has five health sciences courses leading to certification
  • Has four cooperative programs with other community colleges
  • Has six degree partnerships with OUS (Oregon University System)
  • 275 certificates and degrees awarded
  • Cost to Attend
  • Estimated tuition for one full term is $1,068
  • Students seeking a Bachelor’s degree will save more than $7,000 over Oregon State University and University of Oregon
  • District Area
  • The CGCC district covers more than 7,000 square miles, including the five counties of Skamania, Klickitat, Hood River, Wasco and Sherman
  • A Good Investment
  • A recent study showed that for every full time year students attend CGCC, they will earn $3,368 more per year
  • Distributed $5.9 million in financial aid to students and the community
  • Return on investment of $4.30 for every $1 of taxpayer support
  • Employee salaries and wages total $4.8 million for 2011-12
  • CGCC Foundation
  • In 2016-17, the foundation awarded more than $135,000 in scholarships to more than 60 students


Romancing the Community: 12 Reasons People Give to Community Colleges

By William Craft, Senior Partner, Eaton Cummins Group, Jan Motta, and Mike Gaudette, President, Lighthouse Consulting

  • Community colleges are an integral part of the community: We are of, by, and for the residents of the local area. Help us and you help your neighbors and yourself.
  • Community colleges are a stable educational force in the local community: We are here to stay. Invest in us and we will be here tomorrow.
  • Community colleges build the local workforce: The students we train come from and typically remain in our communities.
  • Community colleges can leverage your gifts: Through private, local and state matching programs.
  • Community colleges are a good investment: Even small gifts are significant and substantial gifts can directly guide and influence positive future programming.
  • Community colleges have a talent for teaching and emphasizing learning: Help fund our programs and your efforts will be recognized by satisfied employees and positive word of mouth from graduates.
  • Community colleges are a quality alternative to high cost undergraduate education; we provide an effective and affordable route to the baccalaureate degree through transfer programs: Support for us ensures outreach to under-served populations and expanded access to postsecondary education.
  • Community colleges expand the circle of economical and personal opportunity: Through job training, enhanced learning potential and convenient and affordable programs for lifelong learning. Support for us helps build the future fabric of our communities.
  • Community colleges support civic values.
  • Community colleges keep social capital in the local community
  • Community colleges emphasize a comprehensive mission through which diverse interests can be expressed and supported
  • Community colleges are among North America’s most promising and agile social, education and cultural assets: They are models of initiative. Building audiences for the arts and humanities; Stimulating the effective use of emerging technologies; Adapting to changes in the structure of employment and workforce needs; Addressing diversity and celebrating our ethnic and racial differences; Prompting immediate accessible gateways to personal, career, and academic development for those people of color, the poor, the newly immigrated and those less well-prepared academically.
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