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Columbia Gorge Community College


Learning Language Lab
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Learning Language Lab


with Theresa Rocha

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

Please note the location of this course has changed to 3.328.

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.

The Art of Storytelling
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The Art of Storytelling


with Nancy Turner

Calendar Current session started Sep 25, 2023 at 6:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Stories and folk tales provide a kaleidoscope of wisdom. They are like an owners' manual on how to be a wise human being. There's something special about telling a story versus reading it. This class is an introduction to those who want to develop the storyteller within. Working with stories from around the world, you will learn basic storytelling techniques. There is no memorization! This is not a drama class. It is for people interested in exploring themes and symbolic meanings in stories for adults. You will learn to identify themes in stories. Most importantly, you will learn how to tell a story with confidence to anyone. You will work with wisdom-based tales for midlife and elder tales.

Please note the location of this class has changed to 3.328.

Aikido Basics


with Kaser

Calendar Next available session starts Sep 26, 2023 at 5:30 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Are you looking to improve your strength, balance and flexibility while having fun? Aikido is a traditional martial art that blends the principles of self-protection with respect for the strengths and limitations of your body. More active than Tai Chi, and easier on the joints than Judo, Aikido is a martial art that is practical and enjoyable across many age groups and fitness levels. This class will teach you the basic movement patterns and techniques used in all of Aikido, as well as how to take the forward and backward rolls that keep you safe while training. Minors, ages 14-17 are permitted to enroll and attend as long as they are accompanied by a enrolled guardian at each session. Class/materials fee includes a gi (training uniform). No discounts or waivers.


Please note that this class has been moved to the old bookstore location in Building 1, Room 1.163.

Computer Control Basics


with Storkson

Calendar Next available session starts Sep 26, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Attention kids: Do you have a pesky brother or sister who always gets into your things? Build your own intruder alarm! This is an electronic sensor that you place near your belongings and it detects the presence of the intruder and sounds an alarm to frighten them away. In the process you will learn electronics technology and skills you can use anywhere in the world. This can be as simple or sophisticated as you want to be progressing all the way to digital logic, microprocessors and even AI (artificial intelligence)”. Adults are also encouraged to attend to obtain a very useful skillset. Classes are for students age 10 and older. No discounts or waivers for this course.Component kits to make the intruder alarm are available for purchase through the instructor for $50, but are not required to take the course. Purchase of one does allow you to build and keep your very own alarm. Those not wishing to purchase the alarm kit will still leave with the knowledge of how to build one.

Great Highland Bagpipe I


with Rory O'Halloran

Calendar Next available session starts Sep 26, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 11 weeks

Have you ever wanted to learn to play bagpipes? Now is your chance! This is the first of three sessions for learning to play. In this semester students will use the Practice Chanter to learn the basics of grip, scales, fingerings, and tunes, as well as a brief history of bagpipes. We will also learn how to purchase a quality set. Bagpipers spend from 6 to 12 months on a Practice Chanter before transferring those skills to Bagpipes. We will do it in over two semesters. Practice Chanters will be available for students on loan, but you will need to purchase one of your own in order to continue in the succeeding semesters. Register today to start the journey! No discounts or waivers.

Jazz Singer’s Workshop I - Beginning


with Mitzi Zilka

Calendar Next available session starts Sep 27, 2023 at 5 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Explore your passion for singing in a supportive, safe and fun environment. Develop a repertoire for jams/open-mics and beyond. Follow your jazz muse on a journey to unveil your singing voice. Learn to select songs and keys right for your unique voice. Learn how to use a vocal mic, count in a band and communicate with professional musicians. Study proper vocal development, technique and breath control skills, no experience necessary. A professional pianist accompanies each class. A music club performance at the end of term wraps up this workshop. No discounts or waivers for this course.

How to Get Along with Almost Everyone


with Judy Pearson

Calendar Next available session starts Sep 27, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Do you wonder why you get along with some people and not with others? Getting along with others is the essence of getting ahead, success being linked with cooperation. This course will help you influence, communicate, and effectively show how both parties can get what they want. Each session is designed to give you tools for various situations. It’s lots of fun too! No discounts or waivers for this course.

Spanish for Beginners (Session One of Four)


with Paul Kuiper

Calendar Next available session starts Sep 27, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 10 weeks

This is a traditional Spanish as a second language course. The first class is part one of a four-part series. In this session, students will learn Spanish pronunciation of the five vowel sounds, about words that are similar in English and Spanish (cognates), common Spanish language names, the language used to get to know people, talk about family members, making words plural, classroom expressions, indefinite articles, and action verbs. The textbook for this class is Spanish is Fun: Lively Lessons for Beginners, Fourth Edition (available on Amazon for purchase) and is required for participation in this course. No discount or waivers available.

Please note the location of this class has changed to 3.328.

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