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Columbia Gorge Community College

Our Classes

Basket Weaving – Jessica’s Garden Basket


with Chris Bush

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 28, 2023 at 11 am

Have you ever wanted to learn how to weave a basket? This is your chance to weave a garden style basket. The techniques you will learn in this class are an open style base, twining to lock in the base, start and stop weave, and using a push in style wooden handle. You will leave with a finished basked.

Fusion 360


with Lindsey Hegemann

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 30, 2023 at 4 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Learn Fusion 360! It's a powerful 3D CAD software made to facilitate all of your engineering needs. In this class you'll learn and practice essential skills from sketching and editing in 3D to defining component motion and writing gcode for CNC operation. This is a valuable tool for bringing your ideas to life. Students will have access to Fusion 360 provided through an education license.

Learning Language Lab


with Theresa Rocha

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 30, 2023 at 4 pm, runs for 5 weeks

This is a class that uses everyday conversation for communicating with work, friends and family to learn how to speak a second language. Many aspects of basic life functions will be taught through learning, such as things like beginning computers, conversational travel, exchanging food prep and much more. Mondays will be in person. Thursdays will be over Zoom. For more information, contact Tree Rocha at (541) 506-6083 or

Esta es una clase que utiliza la conversación diaria para comunicarse en el trabajo, y con amigos y familiares que decean aprender a hablar un segundo idioma. Muchos aspectos de las funciones básicas de la vida se enseñarán a través del aprendizaje, tal como utilizar computadoras, viajes conversacionales, intercambiar preparación de alimentos y mucho más. Para obtener más información, comuníquese con Tree Rocha al (541) 506-6083 o

Language learning courses are in high demand by many community members, but not always affordable. In order to help those that cannot afford these classes, we gladly accept donations for tuition coverage for these courses. For more information, please contact Ken Talley at (541) 506-6031.

Manufacturing Makers' Friday: Skills Center Manufacturing Access


with Lindsey Hegemann

Calendar Next available session starts Nov 3, 2023 , runs for 5 weeks

This course is designed to give facilitated and curated access to equipment in CGCC's Skills Center. It provides access and basic training on the use of GTAW/SMAW/GMAW welding equipment, a shear, a sheet metal bender, CNC plasma machines, laser engraving, plastic and resin 3D printing equipment, manual milling equipment, CNC milling equipment, CNC lathe equipment, and small format CNC waterjet. Think of it as the ultimate maker space and a chance to learn on industrial grade and quality equipment that can scale upwards or downwards. Small business participation is encouraged!Equipment access is available on a first-come-first-serve basis during the listed class hours. A CGCC instructor will be present to facilitate use and teach basic CAD/CAM for CNC equipment, but prior experience or knowledge is beneficial. Students can be approved for independent equipment use through a badging process.Basic and small scrap materials are provided. For more in depth projects, materials can be purchased at cost from CGCC. A general safety course must be taken prior to usage of equipment. The training is provided by S/P2 and is taken online; this can be done at CGCC or from home. Proof of completion must be provided and retained by CGCC.

Homebuyer Education


with Sal Cruz Torres

Calendar Next available session starts Nov 3, 2023 at 9 am

This class is designed to help first-time homebuyers learn the basics about the home buying process. Learn the lingo and leave better prepared to successfully complete the home buying process. Course covers: housing decisions, financial preparation, shopping for a home, mortgages, avoiding fraud in lending, mortgages, closing, and maintaining your investment. Lunch is provided and scholarships are available. For information about available scholarships, contact Columbia Cascade Housing Corp. at (541) 296-3397. Tuition covers up to two participants. Please provide registration information for both. No discounts or waivers.

First Aid CPR and AED - The Dalles


with Angela Jones

Calendar Next available session starts Nov 4, 2023 at 9 am

The Heartsaver First Aid Course Teaches rescuers to effectively recognize and treat adult emergencies in the critical first minutes until emergency medical service personnel arrive. The course also provides a complete health and safety training solution for first aid, adult/infant CPR, and Automated External Defibrillation AED. Course meets the State of Oregon daycare licensing requirement. American Heart Association (AHA) requires all students to have a copy of the course textbook to prepare for the course and to have it available for personal use. Students must bring a copy of the textbook to class. The book will be provided to you in class.

Loom Weaving Demystified


with Serena Smith

Calendar Next available session starts Nov 4, 2023 at 10 am

Did you inherit your grandmother's loom and are afraid to touch it? Are you a knitter who is weaving curious? In this class we will learn the basics of loom weaving, terminology, how to read and create a draft, and much more. Looms will be provided by the college and supplies by the instructor, Serena Smith of The Dalles.

How to Become a Community Education Instructor


with Ken Talley

Calendar Next available session starts Nov 7, 2023 at 6 pm

Led by the community education coordinator, this course is designed to teach you the process for becoming a community education instructor. We will discuss application, curriculum design, lesson implementation, compensation, materials, fees, facility use, and much more. If you have ever considered teaching one of these courses, but weren't sure how to go about it, this one-hour course is for you.

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