CGCC Annual Report 2013
Columbia Gorge Community College's 2013 annual report to the community.
Annual Report 2013 bu i l di n g drea ms, tra nsforming lives Annual Report Content President’s Letter Board of Directors Board Chair’s Letter Independent Accreditation Nursing and Health Occupations Renewable Energy Technology Ft. Dalles Readiness & Workforce Innovations Center Transfer Programs Pre-College Program Child Care Partners Small Business Development Center High School Wind Challenge Gorge Gravity Games CGCC Foundation Student Scholarships Scholarship Student Profiles CGCC Foundation Board Soccer Program 01–02 03 04 05-06 07-08 09-10 11-12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 2013 Annual Report President’s President’s Letter Letter This has been a year of “firsts” at Columbia Gorge Community College. In January, we launched our new and improved home page, part of a two-year project to redesign the college’s website. We hope you like the changes that we’ve made and are finding the new site easier to navigate. We sponsored our first community athletic teams in 2013 – a men’s and women’s soccer team. The ‘Nooks participated in local leagues during the winter and summer. The goal of the soccer program was to promote school spirit and unity within the college and the community and it was great to see the excitement that was generated from these players. For the first time in the history of the college, students have the opportunity to attend college for free, for up to two years. This program, called “Gorge Scholars”, is a tuition waiver available to local high school graduates or registered homeschool students who graduate with a 3.5 GPA or better and meet other eligibility requirements. One of our big initiatives this year is called the Columbia Gorge Regional Center of Innovation (RCI). The RCI is a collaboration to create a seamless educational system in the Columbia River Gorge region, which includes access to baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate degree options. To that end, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Oregon Institute of Technology (or Oregon Tech, for short) to create a seamless transition for our students to transfer into several of their baccalaureate degree programs. This is the first agreement of its kind that CGCC has had with Oregon Tech. As part of our RCI activities, we also expanded our relationships with Oregon State University (OSU) and Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU). We partnered with OSU on their Open Campus Initiative, which provides local access to the university’s resources and makes learning from Oregon State possible from almost anywhere. This partnership includes the Hood River and Wasco County Open Campus Coordinator being housed at CGCC. Ultimately, the goal of the RCI is to ensure that our local business partners are receiving the type of employees they need to sustain operations in the region. In this regard, we’ve been blessed with our connections to the local Chambers of Commerce, Gorge Technology Alliance that includes members like Google and Institu, our many healthcare partners and the general business community. Perhaps the most exciting accomplishment of last year was achieving independent accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities in July. This major milestone marked the first time in 36 years that we were able to operate independently of Portland Community College (PCC). And while PCC has been an invaluable resource and partner, we are excited about the opportunities that come along with our independence. This fall, for the first time ever, we awarded degrees and certificates to students who will receive diplomas bearing the Columbia Gorge Community College official seal and name, instead of those from Portland Community College. Also for the first time, we were able to serve our student veterans, giving them personalized attention and support to help them be successful. And when the government shutdown happened this fall, we committed to our student veterans that they could charge books and register for classes, even if their benefits were delayed. In September, we were among the 20% of privileged schools in the nation to earn the “Military Friendly School” designation by Victory Media. These are just some of the “firsts” we’ve celebrated this year. There are many others and we hope that you enjoy reading about them and all of the wonderful things happening at CGCC in this 2013 annual report to the community. Sincerely, Dr. Frank Toda, President 01 | Columbia Gorge Community Colllege 2013 JULY â€œPerhaps the most exciting accomplishment of last year was achieving independent accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities in July. This major milestone marked the first time in 36 years that we were able to operate independently of Portland Community College (PCC). And while PCC has been an invaluable resource and partner, we are excited about the opportunities that come along with our independence.â€? 2013 Annual Report | 02 Board of Directors Dave Fenwick, Chair Hood River Small Business Owner Technology Entrepreneur M.D. Van Valkenburgh, Vice-Chair The Dalles Attorney at Law Charlotte Arnold Hood River, Ore. CAbi Fashion Consultant Columbia Gorge Dance Academy Former Director Charleen Cobb The Dalles Retired Dr. Ernie Keller The Dalles Retired Educational Administrator Property Developer Stuart Watson Hood River Small Business Owner Communications Consultant Dr. James Willcox The Dalles Orthodontist “The next few years will be focused on growing our presence in Hood River even more, with the possibility of constructing an Advanced Technology Center that will support our Regional Center of Innovation initiative. The Regional Center of Innovation is about creating a seamless education pathway from pre-kindergarten through the postbaccalaureate degree level that will support our region’s technology and manufacturing industry.” 03 | Columbia Gorge Community Colllege Board Chair’s Letter 2013 has been a banner year for Columbia Gorge Community College. Most significantly, the culmination of over seven years of hard work by faculty and staff has finally paid off with CGCC achieving independent accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. We’re also recognizing the increased importance of Student Services in student academic success - such as admissions, advising, tutoring, and multicultural awareness. And going forward, we’ll be looking to increase our presence at the still-new Hood River-Indian Creek Campus. Among many advantages, independent accreditation enables us to develop our own programs, administer our own financial aid, provide services to area veterans and take advantage of more opportunities in the Columbia River Gorge directly - without having to go through Portland Community College. While our relationship with PCC was and is very positive, it’s now time for CGCC to be on its own. The accreditation process has also made CGCC more effective and efficient. We’ve taken significant steps to increase the rate of student success by increasing emphasis on student services, which is even more important in a community college than at a 4-year institution. For example, we’ve created learning communities that link students as a cohort in a reading, writing and college survival course, giving them extra support to be successful. And many students couldn’t even consider attending college without the growing work done by staff in the financial aid office. We so recognize the increased importance of student services in academic success that both functions are now overseen by one manager, as is done at seven other Oregon community colleges. Classroom instruction is being aided and augmented through nearly 20 programs and initiatives focused on student success. Most of these initiatives concern student retention and degree completion, while others aid in transferring to 4-year institutions, or shorten the time from college entry to graduation (saving students time and dollars). And in an environment where colleges are raising tuition, CGCC held the line this year with the same tuition cost as last year. When Hood River joined the college district in 2001, a post-secondary education presence was brought to Hood River County. The new Health and Sciences Building in The Dalles and the new Hood River-Indian Creek Campus are just two examples of this growing partnership. The next few years will be focused on growing our presence in Hood River even more, with the possibility of constructing an Advanced Technology Center that will support our Regional Center of Innovation initiative. The Regional Center of Innovation is about creating a seamless education pathway from pre-kindergarten through the postbaccalaureate degree level that will support our region’s technology and manufacturing industry. These are just a few highlights of the extraordinary 2013 we’ve enjoyed at Columbia Gorge Community College. Other achievements include the record amount of scholarships awarded by the CGCC Foundation and the Gorge Scholars program, which provides two years of free tuition at CGCC for local high school graduates with a 3.5 grade point average or above. Columbia Gorge Community College is building dreams and transforming the lives of not only our students, but also the dreams and lives of all of us in the gorge. Sincerely, Dave Fenwick, Board Chair 2013 Annual Report | 04 Independent Accreditation In the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington there are 163 other accredited colleges and universities. 164 we are number 05 | Columbia Gorge Community Colllege “By achieving independent accreditation, our college is recognized as offering higher education programs on a level of excellence equal to all accredited colleges and universities in the Northwest,” said Dr. Frank Toda, CGCC President, in making the formal announcement in July. “We now join the other 163 accredited colleges and universities in the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. We are proud to be number 164.” Columbia Gorge Community College had been accredited since its establishment in 1977 through a contract with Portland Community College (PCC). The college’s quest for independent accreditation enjoyed the full support and encouragement of PCC, which had been responsible for program review and other key functions. Graduates who once received diplomas from PCC are now receiving diplomas awarded by CGCC. CGCC achieved formal candidacy for independent accreditation in 2008, which in itself allowed the institution to compete for federal grants and award financial aid. Independent accreditation confers other major benefits including greater flexibility in developing new instructional programs, additional access to resources, and most importantly, improved service to students. “Being in charge of our own destiny gives us the agility to be more responsive and responsible,” Dr. Toda added. “The college is able to respond more quickly to the needs of the local communities. In addition, CGCC can provide more personalized services to students including disbursing financial aid (around $6 million a year) and certifying veterans’ educational benefits. Previously, PCC handled these functions and CGCC students were among the 93,000 students enrolled there.” Independent accreditation is a milestone, not a destination. The distinction brings with it the requirement for continual evaluation and improvement, using specific measures to determine how the institution is meeting its mission of building dreams and transforming lives by providing life-long educational opportunities that strengthen our community. That process will never end. “The completion of this chapter in our book of history is a demonstration of our commitment to the communities we serve,” Dr. Toda concluded. “As we look forward to the future, this is the end of one journey and the beginning of a new one, full of hope and opportunities.” 2013 Annual Report | 06 03 Nursing and Health Occupations The Nursing Program is approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing. Students enrolled in nursing courses have the option of applying for co-admission to Linfield College’s Registered Nurse-to-B.S. in Nursing (RN-BSN) program; this co-admission allows students to take online courses at Linfield College while enrolled in CGCC’s nursing program and to continue toward a BSN after graduation. CGCC also has an articulation and transfer agreement with Oregon Health & Sciences University. The Rural Clinical Simulation Center continues to be used extensively to provide valuable clinical experiences to nursing students. Health Occupations Nursing Assistant (NA1 / CNA2) and Certified Medication Aide Program director | Susan Hartford This program is approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN). Students taking courses this year include: 42 students in NA1, six students in CNA2 Acute Care and eight students in Certified Medication Aide (CMA). Medical Assisting (MA) Program Program director | Diana Lee-Greene This program is approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education (CAAHEP) and graduates are eligible to sit for the national AAMA (CMA) exam. This year 17 students received a MA Certificate. Basic Healthcare Informatics Assistant (BHIA) Certificate Students completing this certificate will have met the prerequisites for the Medical Assisting Program and will have a variety of skills related to entry-level positions in healthcare. This year 12 students received a BHIA Certificate. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program coordinator | Clay McCrea This program is approved by the State of Oregon. This year 110 students completed EMS classes. Other Health Occupations Classes Offered in 2012-13 • Medical Terminology | 164 students • Health Care Delivery Systems | 22 students • Diagnostic Imaging | 1 student (partner program with Linn-Benton Community College) American Heart Association Certified Training Center • CPR/first aid/instructor (non-credit classes) 3,081 successful certificates • First aid & emergency care (HE 113; credit class) 75 students 10 Year Alumni Reunion & Celebration CGCC and CGCC Foundation held an alumni reunion and celebration on May 23 to honor 10 years of nursing graduates and thank the people who contributed to their education, including faculty, staff, donors and community partners. These people provided support through advisory committees, funds to support programs, in-kind faculty, clinical sites and scholarships. These partners continue to help provide training but they also serve as potential employers for the graduates. 07 | Columbia Gorge Community Colllege 203 s in ce t he prog ra mâ€™s i ncep tio n in 2001 students graduated with an associate degree in nursing First Year Students Twenty-three students completed the first year of the program and received their PN Certificate, which makes them eligible to take the NCLEX-PN exam for licensure. Cindy Roden | Voted the winner of the Florence Nightingale Award by her peers Second Year Students Twenty students completed the second year of the program and received their Associate of Applied Science in Nursing, which makes them eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam for licensure. Kelly McNeil | Voted the winner of the Florence Nightingale Award by her peers 2013 Annual Report | 08 Renewable Energy Technology The Renewable Energy Technology (RET) Program offers a comprehensive, premier workforce training in Renewable Energy Technology, leading to a 9-month certificate and/or a 2-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. Building on a solid foundation in math, writing and computers, students learn in a rigorous, hands-on environment and are well-prepared to tackle the challenges of this industry. Student Numbers The Renewable Energy Technology program celebrated the graduation of 43 students in spring 2013. Of those students, 24 earned their one-year certificate and 19 earned their two-year Associate of Applied Science degree. Fall enrollment in the program declined slightly in 2013 with 16 new students and 13 returning for their second year. New Training Tower Arrival and installation of a state-of-the-art 25-foot rescue training tower took place on The Dalles campus in mid-July. RET faculty, Jim Pytel, earned ENSA rescue certification in order to train students on the tower. Training began in the spring and includes safe access and rescue, risk assessment, standards and regulations, fall protection and occupational rescue. Portland General Electric leased the tower to conduct employee trainings. The college expects additional lease agreements with industry partners in the coming years. 43 RET graduated RET Career Fair WindTech Oregon Conference students in spring 2013 Wind Energy Stakeholder Meeting Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration gathered valuable information at the Wind Energy Stakeholder Meeting, February 21, 2013, held at CGCC. The purpose of the meeting was to help continue development of wind turbine guidelines to assist employers in complying with the appropriate standards. The group of stakeholders included representatives from the wind industry, Federal OSHA (Region 10), Washington OSHA (DOSH), Oregon OSHA and CGCC RET staff. Since the wind industry is relatively new for Oregon, Oregon OSHA wanted to gain an understanding from stakeholders to develop regulatory compliance guidelines. In April, ten industry partners participated in the RET career fair. This annual event provides students an opportunity to meet local industry partners, share their resumes and often participate in job interviews. Over half of RET graduates become wind-turbine technicians and half go on to work in hydro or solar technologies, automated manufacturing or continue their education at a four-year university. In October, CGCC hosted the first ever WindTech Oregon conference. The WindTech event is designed to provide wind technicians the opportunity to network, learn hands-on techniques and engage with the latest operations and maintenance technology presented directly from leading vendors in the market. Participants have access to key leading suppliers serving the renewable energy markets. Industry leaders provided hands-on and classroom training tracks to further education and demonstrate the latest technologies. 09 | Columbia Gorge Community Colllege Attendance at International Conference An unusual, but exciting, invitation occurred in November when RET staff were asked to present at the Congresso Internacional EnergĂas Renovables conference in Oaxaca, Mexico. This invitation was prompted by a visit to CGCC by an Oaxaca contingent earlier in the year. Suzanne Burd represented the college on this trip. 2013 Annual Report | 10 Ft. Dalles Readiness & Workforce Innovations Center Renewable Energy Technology and other programs at Columbia Gorge Community College will gain approximately 13,000 square feet of new dedicated space in spring 2014, as the work nears completion on the Ft. Dalles Readiness & Workforce Innovations Center. Shared Space This partnership building with the Oregon Military Department and the Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development comprises of 73,000 square feet, providing training space for the Oregon National Guard and a 10,000-square-foot public conference/meeting space. In addition, the center will have two college classrooms, two labs and high-bay instructional space featuring a machine shop and state-of-the-art welding lab. Renewable energy training will be consolidated into this new space, which in turn will open current labs and classrooms for other college programs. The structure and training equipment are funded through a combination of federal and state sources, as well as contributions from Sherman County Court, under the leadership of Judge Gary Thompson, and a 10-year commitment by Caithness Energy partners at Shepherdâ€™s Flat Wind Farm. 73,000 the center comprises of total square feet 11 | Columbia Gorge Community Colllege The Design The new facility is built for the future, with an internal structure that can be re-organized as needed. The conference space doubles as a National Guard assembly hall, seating 1,000 people. In case of inclement weather, it is suitable for college commencement. The design also incorporates many efficiency features to minimize long-term maintenance costs and maximize building envelope efficiency. to tap the Earth’s ambient temperature. There’s a “green roof” and LED lighting for the college’s workforce training area, solar capacity and natural materials for sound and thermal insulation. Opening Back in 2008, the college’s board of directors approved a long-term lease for the Oregon National Guard to host its location for the Ft. Dalles Readiness & Workforce Innovations Center. Groundbreaking was June 2, 2012. The center will officially open in spring 2014. The facility replaces the Oregon National Guard armory at Sixth & Webber in The Dalles, an obsolete structure located on property owned by Wasco County. The old armory, built in the 1950s, will be demolished, making that property available as a source of new revenue for Wasco County. Sustainability The structure meets Gold certification standards of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). In fact, the goal for the center is a “net-zero” structure, ultimately producing as much energy as it consumes over the course of a year. Toward that goal, designers included geothermal wells 2013 Annual Report | 12 Transfer Degree Programs Columbia Gorge Community College partners with several universities so that students can seamlessly transfer after they finish at CGCC. The college offers two different transfer degree programs: the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree and the Associate of Science Oregon Transfer degree. Both are designed to meet the general education requirements for a variety of majors at many different colleges and universities. Transfer Readiness The academic advising department at CGCC helped develop a college credit course that focuses on preparing students to transfer to a four-year college or university. The class, CG 225, “Transferring to a Four Year University,” takes students through all stages of the transfer process. Students leave the class knowing how to apply for admissions and important deadlines for their individual transfer institution, as well as becoming aware of institution specific scholarships and funding options. In addition, students could compose an effective admissions and scholarship essay that can be submitted with their respective applications. The class also includes a field trip to a university within the Oregon University System (OUS) so that students can get a glimpse of a four-year college experience. Degree Partnership With independent accreditation in mind, CGCC has been working toward developing degree partnership agreements with participating OUS institutions. Once established, CGCC students will be able to enroll in classes at both CGCC and a partnering institution during the same term and combine those credits to establish their overall enrollment status. These agreements will include articulation contracts between OUS schools and CGCC. This will allow CGCC students to transfer to a partnering institution knowing up front which classes will transfer and where they can be applied when they do. In addition, the college has arranged for an Oregon State University (OSU) extended campus academic advisor to be present on both campuses on a regular basis for students planning to transfer to OSU. CGCC has had this arrangement in place with Eastern Oregon University for several years now. OnTrack 1 & 2 Appointments Previously referred to as “North Star” appointments, the CGCC advising department created mandatory meeting points for all degree, certificate and transfer seeking students at crucial times in their academic careers. For OnTrack 1, students are required to meet with their academic advisor at the mid-point of their first term at CGCC. During that meeting, advisors are able to touch base with newly enrolled students and clarify their career/academic path and create an education plan for future terms. OnTrack 2 appointments occur as the student nears completion of his/her degree, certificate or transfer program. At this point, advisors are given the opportunity to further clarify a student’s post-graduation/transfer plans and assist him/her with the transition to their chosen institution. 13 | Columbia Gorge Community Colllege Pre-College Program The Pre-College Program at CGCC serves community members striving to improve their English, reading, writing and math skills. Many of these students wish to earn their G.E.Ds., some plan to continue their educations at CGCC or elsewhere, most hope to qualify for better employment and the majority aspire to be more productive and engaged members of their family, work or civic communities. Columbia Gorge Community College has a multi-faceted program at the pre-college credit level. The three student populations in this program include: English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), College Preparation and GED. Total attendance in these classes during the 2012-2013 academic year was 28,551 hours. CGCC offers both daytime and evening classes for these students on both campuses. Using Title II funding as well as college general fund resources, students are able to enroll in up to ten hours per week of pre-college classes for the nominal fee of $25 per quarter. This financial support allows students to delay access to financial aid resources until later in their college careers. During 2012-2013, CGCC enrolled 276 College Prep and GED students. These two student populations study together in small classes with dedicated teachers. Of those who were eligible for post-testing on the CASAS math or reading exam, 67% made at least one level gain after 40 hours of instruction. In addition, 90 of these students were able to pass the GED exam during the 2012-2013 academic year. Instructors in this department also attended the Oregon Adult Basic Skills Learning Standards Institutes in Reading and Math this year, subsequently revising lessons and course outcomes to more clearly reflect the goals targeted by the learning standards. English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) CGCC enrolled 241 ESOL students in 2012-2013. Of the students who were eligible for post-testing on the CASAS reading exam, 47 percent improved one or more levels in their English competency. ESOL classes provide instruction and practice in listening, speaking, reading and writing in English as well as computer skills. During 2012-2013, the ESOL instructors at CGCC have been attending state-wide Learning Standards Institutes sponsored by the Oregon Adult Basic Skills Department of Community College and Workforce Development. These institutes link the community college ESOL curriculum to the K-12 Common Core, supporting the creation of contextualized, relevant learning activities for the students. 241 CGCC enrolled ESOL students 2013 Annual Report | 14 03 Student Populations College Prep and GED Child Care Partners Columbia Gorge Community College Child Care Partners provides child care referral services and resources in Gilliam, Hood River, Sherman, Wasco and Wheeler counties in Oregon. It helps parents and families find quality child care and help child care providers find clients and improve their services. Year of Change 2012-2013 was a year of change for Child Care Partners Resource and Referral as Oregon adopted a major focus on early childhood education. Governor Kitzhaber appointed an Early Learning Council to oversee the new Early Learning Division of the Department of Education. The Office of Child Care moved from the Employment Department to the Early Learning Division. Statewide coordination of Child Care Resource and Referral programs is now based at the Teaching Research Institute of Western Oregon University. These changes open up opportunities for child care and education professionals. A federal Race to the Top grant supported Oregon’s development of a Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS). QRIS helps early childhood professionals build on what they are already doing well to ensure all children have access to high quality child care. The voluntary system will roll out state-wide in March 2014. Through a grant from Wasco County Commission on Children and Families, Child Care Partners coordinated the 2013 Wasco County Children’s Fair in May. City of The Dalles and Wasco County issued proclamations and the fair was an official event of the national “Kids to Parks Day.” More than 35 organizations provided activities for children of all ages. In spite of rain, 876 participants attended. This grant also supported development of a regional early learning hub. Early learning hubs ultimately will support early learning statewide. Gilliam, Hood River, Sherman, Wasco and Wheeler counties joined to form the Four Rivers Early Learning Hub. Although the hub’s application was not funded in the first round, work continues and it will be ready for the second and final round in March 2014. A second Wasco County grant supported a partnership between Child Care Partners and YouthThink to bring parenting expert, Dr. Ann Corwin, to The Dalles. Dr. Corwin is piloting her new program, Pocket Full of Feelings. This program supports increasing the emotional intelligence of children. The fourth annual Early Childhood Mini-Conference was March 15 on The Dalles Campus; 30 participants attended five different trainings. 15 | Columbia Gorge Community Colllege Small Business Development Center The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Columbia Gorge Community College is one of 19 SBDCs across Oregon. Recognized by two Oregon Governors and the U.S. Small Business Administration for innovation and excellence, the SBDC is recognized as a state leader in providing assistance to businesses in the region. 262 SBDC served businesses Performance Outcomes For the calendar year to date 2013, the SBDC served 262 businesses and delivered 1,000 counseling hours, created 40 jobs through business expansion or startups, helped secure $392,500 in loans and helped 28 businesses start. The center continues to find additional resources to support clients including the newly acquired LivePlan software for business planning and Sageworks for financial analysis. 2013 Annual Report | 16 Wind Challenge The Wind Challenge is a creative, hands-on program that fuels student interest in science, technology and wind energy. Students will learn about wind turbine technology and design, and apply their new skills in an all-day competition to build, test and present their wind turbine models. Wind Challenge 2013 Nineteen high school students from The Dalles, Maupin, Lyle and Klickitat gathered on Saturday, April 19, at Columbia Gorge Community College to test their technology and science skills in the second annual High School Wind Challenge. Students, in teams of three and four, were charged with a task of designing, building and testing wind turbine models. While the frame and parts were provided, students needed to build turbine blades, gearboxes and alternators. “It was important to leave students as much freedom in the building process as we could organizationally afford. It is in those ambiguous moments that students have to think critically, research and collaborate to make the best decisions for their project.” -Michal Kawka | event coordinator/CGCC career counselor Four final wind turbines, each representing a different school, were submitted for the official competition which tested the turbines’ mechanical power and electrical output. In addition, each team was scored for the public presentation on the design, investigation, testing and troubleshooting of their device. “We needed to work very effectively as a team to build our model and prepare a presentation in those few hours. It was very cool; I am really glad I came.” -Chad | Klickitat High School/1st place team member To help students with more advanced aspects of building the wind turbines, each team was assigned a CGCC Renewable Energy Technology second-year student as a technical advisor. “It was great to have Tom, a CGCC student, on our team. He not only helped us understand some technical aspects of alternators and electricity, but he also made us work together.” -Logan | Klickitat High School student/event participant Wind Challenge 2014 The 2014 Wind Challenge will take place on May 3rd and is organized in collaboration with Google. Google’s support allows the college to not only expand the scope of the event – more high school teams are invited and a middle school division has been added - but also to provide pre-event webinars and a special awards ceremony. 17 | Columbia Gorge Community Colllege Gorge Gravity Games 09 Google and Columbia Gorge Community College teamed up to host the Gorge Gravity Games in downtown The Dalles in May. Students from throughout the Columbia Gorge gathered to test their skills in engineering and driving at the Games. This unique event is designed to promote the excitement of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to students through real-life experience. How it works Soapbox derby cars, powered by gravity, raced wheel to wheel along the 5-block course down Court Street, aiming for the best times. Nine middle school and high school teams participated. Each car was designed and constructed by the students. Throughout the day, a STEM Fair was held for the public to explore, featuring robotics and wind energy demonstrations. The day culminated with an awards ceremony for the race winners. teams participated 2013 Annual Report | 18 CGCC Foundation Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation’s mission is to build dreams and transforms lives by cultivating respectful relationships that promote lifelong learning. CGCC Foundation requires the passion and time of its staff and volunteers to support its mission. These people raise awareness about the college and its strong programs as well as raise friends and funds for Columbia Gorge Community College and its students. Building the Endowment Columbia Gorge Community College is investing in the future of students in the Gorge with community donors’ help and a special incentive from the federal government. Winning a Department of Education Title III Grant in 2010 was just the beginning of a long-term strategy for CGCC to establish an endowment fund for CGCC Foundation. Endowments help ensure long-term financial stability for institutions and their student programs. This Title III grant, otherwise known as a “Strengthening Institution” grant, pays for staff positions as well as rewards the college by matching community donations to the established CGCC Foundation endowment. Contributions made to CGCC Foundation’s endowment fund receive up to $200,000 in matching funds during the five-year grant life (October 1, 2010, through September 30, 2015). The foundation has received $123,880 in endowment fund donations from the beginning of the grant through December 31, 2013, leaving $76,120 to be matched. The college has a limited opportunity to double the impact of every endowment gift because of this federal matching grant. As with any endowment fund, the principal donated funds stay at the foundation and only the earned interest or returns on the invested funds will be spent. CGCC Foundation endowment fund will be used for the area of greatest need at CGCC, such as student scholarships. $250,000 $200,000 $150,000 $100,000 $50,000 $0 Endowment Match Challenge as of 12-31-2013 goal $200,000 raised $123,880 That model is a key component within all college financial stability plans and the reason the Department of Education makes endowments a high priority in its goal to strengthen institutions with Title III grants. Community Members Can Help • Donate through the foundation’s annual campaign • Attend a Columbia Gorge Gathering event • Participate in the annual foundation golf tournament • Pledge a donation to the endowment fund • Include CGCC Foundation in estate plans • Refer a friend 19 | Columbia Gorge Community Colllege Student Scholarships 104 during the 2012-13 academic year, students received a foundation scholarship Scholarships for CGCC Students Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) Foundation provides resources for students to attend CGCC, as well as opportunities for staff and faculty development. Several funds have been established to accommodate the foundationâ€™s initiatives, including endowment, general scholarship, RET scholarship, nursing scholarship, Gorge Literacy and faculty and staff development. One key CGCC Foundation initiative is to make a lasting impact on the lives of students, and ultimately, our community by providing scholarships. During the 2012-13 academic year, 104 CGCC students received a foundation scholarship. More than $132,000 of awards were disbursed. Once funded through both the college and the foundation, scholarships now rely solely on donor support through the foundation. In 2012-13, nine donors offered special dedicated scholarships. These scholarships also served specific student groups with scholarship opportunities. 2013 Annual Report | 20 Scholarship Student Profiles Margaret Bellamy I’m very thankful for being chosen for the Betty Gray Early Childhood scholarship and the Lennie Mueller ECE scholarship. It is such an honor to be awarded these scholarships. The Early Childhood Program has been such a good investment for my life. I love working with children. Learning from professors who have that same drive and love for children has made my learning experience here amazing. I am now in my second year of the Early Childhood Program and working towards my associates in Early Childhood and Family Studies. CGCC has helped me reach many of the career goals that I have wanted to accomplish. After I am done with school, I plan to take these skills and use them to help better educate young children. I am also the president for Student Government here at CGCC. Having this job has helped me with my leadership skills and has brought joy to my social life. I love working side by side with students, staff and faculty. I have gained friendships here that I know I will cherish forever. These scholarships mean a lot to me. I cannot claim financial aid, so I have been working really hard to pay for school. These scholarships have lifted a huge weight off my shoulders, and my stress level has gone down immensely. It is a huge blessing to have the rest of my school paid for. Thank you again so much! It is such an honor to be awarded these scholarships. Nicholas Acorn Born and raised in Seattle, I think that the Pacific Northwest is a region uniquely situated for a green energy economy. My goal for the future is to work in the renewable energy industry to help make the energy supply of the Northwest, and the United States as a whole, more secure and sustainable. To this end I have spent the last four years attaining a Bachelor of Science in Physics with a focus on renewable energy at The Evergreen State College in Washington State. During these years of study I've learned a tremendous amount of theory, but like so many students today I've graduated into crushing job prospects and a mountain of student loan debt. CGCC Foundation has saved me from this rock and a hard place by awarding me a full scholarship for the Renewable Energy Technology training program, which is teaching me the hands-on skills I'll need to succeed in the renewable energy industry. This scholarship has freed me from sinking deeper into debt and is opening doors to promising careers, careers where I can improve the world as well as my own life. I am deeply thankful of and impressed by the generosity that CGCC Foundation donors have shown in their willingness to make a difference in the lives of people like myself, it is something I will always remember. Dedicated scholarships awarded in 2012-13 • David & Juanita Neitling Nursing Scholarship • Dr. Paul & Lucetta Vogt Scholarship • Jack & Marilyn Gladwell Nursing Scholarship • Sherman County Scholarship • PEO Sisterhood Chapter EJ Scholarship • Marni Johnson Memorial Scholarship • PEO Sisterhood Chapter Q Scholarship • Betty Gray Early Childhood Scholarship • National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Celilo Chapter Scholarship 21 | Columbia Gorge Community Colllege CGCC Foundation Board Members Carina Schmidt, President Mosier, Ore. Self-employed Dr. John Copp John Brunk, Vice President Portland, Ore. Columbia Gorge Community College Business and Social Sciences Chairman and Instructor Jason Spadaro Bingen, Wash. SDS Lumber President Hood River, Ore. CB Financial Services located at Columbia State Bank Vice President and Senior Financial Advisor Martha Dell Paul Thompson Hood River, Ore. Educator Columbia Gorge Community College Former Human Resources Staff Hood River, Ore. Windermere/Glenn Taylor Real Estate Realty Dr. Frank Toda Charles K. Toole, Secretary The Dalles, Ore. Dunn, Toole, Carter, and Coats, LLP Attorney at Law Erin Ford The Dalles, Ore. Waterâ€™s Edge Trainer The Dalles, Ore. Columbia Gorge Community College President Lori Ufford Sid Rowe, Treasurer CPA The Dalles, Ore. Rowe and Deming, LLC Owner Mary Gumm Mt. Hood Parkdale, Ore. White Buffalo Wine and Bistro Owner The Dalles, Ore. Columbia Gorge Community College Chief Academic & Student Affairs Officer Charlotte Arnold Hood River, Ore. CAbi Fashion Consultant Columbia Gorge Dance Academy Former Director Mindi Macnab The Dalles, Ore. NW Natural Retired Staff Marilyn Urness The Dalles, Ore. C.H. Urness Motors Family-owned business Educator Anne Bialous Juanita Neitling The Dalles, Ore. Educator The Dalles, Ore. James River Corporation Retired Staff Dennis Whitehouse The Dalles, Ore. North Wasco County School District Operations Director Martha Capovilla Hood River, Ore. Marleyâ€™s Corner Owner Ship Interior Systems Owner Retired administrator, teacher and coach for Hood River Valley School District Doni Polehn The Dalles, Ore. Polehn Farms, Inc. President, Director and Retired Business Manager Carol York White Salmon, Wash. Gorge Publishing, Inc. Founder and former owner 2013 Annual Report | 22 Soccer Program Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) sponsored a men’s and women’s community indoor soccer team this year to promote school spirit and unity within the college and the community. The soccer team also provided a path for student athletes to play competitively while achieving academic success. The teams, known as the Nooks, played a total of 56 games and the men finished the year with a 20-16 record, and the women finished with a 8-12 record. Progress Daniel Taylor, a Jesuit Volunteer Corps member volunteering at CGCC, coached the teams and recruited 16 (men and women) players to participate in a local indoor soccer league during winter 2013. The men won six games and the women won five games. The same teams, with additional players, competed in an outdoor league in spring and summer 2013. Later in the year (August), the college was excited to partner with SO Samba FC, a semi-professional soccer club and non-profit organization that focuses on a high level of game play and higher education. Through SO Samba’s generous leadership, the Nooks were able to recruit additional students to play on the teams and win both at home and on the road against Rogue Community College. CGCC is thankful for the time, effort and leadership provided by SO Samba FC and looks forward to a continued collaboration. 23 | Columbia Gorge Community Colllege 2013 Annual Report | 24 Columbia Gorge Community College 400 East Scenic Drive | The Dalles, OR 97058-3434 | (541) 506-6000 | cgcc.edu It is the policy of Columbia Gorge Community College and its Board of Education that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the grounds of race, color, sex, marital status, national origin, religion, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation and any other status protected by applicable local, state or federal law in any educational programs, activities or employment. Photo Credits Michelle Bose Melissa Brandao Danny Dehaze Michal Kawka Abrahan Martinez Mary Merrill Nancey Patten