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Columbia Gorge Community College

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Construction Cost Estimation for Contractors


with Nicholas Carlstrom

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 1, 2023 at 8 am

This course will use Xactimate training software, which is used to create a construction cost/job estimation. It is intended for building contractors and those looking to become contractors. Students in this course will sketch construction plans and estimate the cost of materials and labor. This course is meant to prepare students to take the Level 1 Xactimate user assessment; however, taking the test is not required for course completion. The software provided during this course is provided as a trial for 30 days only. Students wishing to purchase that software upon course completion, may do so through the Xactimate website.

Dates:7/1/23, 7/8/23, 7/15/23

Badminton for Beginners


with Yu Chin Tsai

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 7, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 18 weeks

In this class Yu Chin will guide you in the basics of badminton and introduce training methods to improve your badminton skills. Yu Chin is not a professional badminton player, but wants to help create a love for the game. Classes will be fun, energetic, and comfortable.



with Staff

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 8, 2023 at 9 am

Learn the basics of shooting the bow and arrow, utilizing some of the techniques and methods that have been adopted by the Celilo Bowman Archery Club. This course is for people 8 years of age or older with the desire to shoot a bow and arrow, but have little or no experience. Learn archery shooting fundamentals while gaining knowledge about equipment options and choices. Note: all equipment will be provided by the Celilo Bowmen Archery Club, but you may bring your own. Closed toe shoes or boots required. Every class participant must sign a waiver to access and shoot on the grounds. Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present throughout the class. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to first class to fill out paperwork. No discounts or waivers.

Batik: Embellishing Fabric Using Resists and Dyes


with Staff

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 8, 2023 at 10 am, runs for 2 weeks

Batik is the ancient art of embellishing fabric using resists and dyes. In this two-day class, you will apply hot beeswax (the resist) to cotton fabric using a variety of tools to draw lines and shapes on the fabric. You will then immerse the fabric in a cold water dye solution, and finally remove the wax by boiling the fabric in water. When finished, the dye is permanent and the fabric can be machine washed and dried. While you work, instructors will discuss the history of batik, share pictures of batiks from other cultures, and show examples of their work. This is a hands-on class and the technique is messy. Bring an apron and/or wear old clothes, rubber gloves, a dust mask, and a clean jar lid (peanut butter, mayonnaise, pickles, etc.) The dust mask is to protect you from dye and chemical dusts while mixing solutions. Suitable for age 16 and older. $10 fee for supplies. One session is four hours long plus lunch break (two hours morning, lunch break, two hours afternoon). No discounts or waivers.

Market Basket Weaving


with Chris Bush

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 8, 2023 at 12 pm

Have you ever wanted to learn how to weave a basket? This is your chance to learn the steps to weave your very own Market Basket. The techniques you will learn in making this basket are a standard start-stop weave, and twining for locking in the base. At the end of the class, you will be able to take your Market Basket home with you. We will be using reed from a woody vine out of Asia. These vines grow quickly and the material is wonderful for this type of weaving. No discounts or waivers.

3D Printing Fundamentals


with Lindsey Hegemann

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 11, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Good news! The future is here. 3D printing technology is incredible and you can learn how to harness it to bring your creative ideas to life! In this class you'll be learning about several different types of 3D printers, their strengths and weaknesses, and learning how to work on your own digital 3D designs. You'll practice on the variety of 3D printers at CGCC, and by the end, you will walk away with a unique print of your very own design. It is recommended but not required that you bring a laptop and three-button mouse for this course. It is also recommended that you download Blender, a free 3D modeling program that we will use for basic design and model alteration. No discounts or waivers.

Beginning Chinese


with Yu Chin Tsai

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 11, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 7 weeks

In this class you will learn some basic conversations, Chinese romanization spelling and phonetics system, Pinyin, as well as the Chinese writing system. Language will be practiced with non-structural and relaxing activities, such as tea ceremonies, Chinese food tasting, calligraphy writings and other fun games. Yu Chin is from Taiwan and has been a professional Chinese teacher since 2012 and has a Master's degree in teaching Chinese as a foreign language.

Future Bladesmithing (Knife Making in 2023)


with Dylan McManus

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 11, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 7 weeks

Students in this class will be taught the basic digital skills to use Cad Cam modeling and the tools located at the new CGCC Skill Center to design and eventually build a fixed blade knife for their kitchen or outdoor adventures. This class will teach students how exactly computer aided design can be used in numerous applications and across multiple materials to make a final product. Students will walk away from their experience with a knife--designed, built, and finished by their hand. No discounts or waivers.

Class Dates: 7/11/23, 7/18/23, 7/25/23, 8/15/23, 8/22/23, 8/29/23, 9/5/23

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