Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech) and Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) have signed an agreement that will help pave the way for qualified Columbia Gorge students to transfer seamlessly into several bachelor programs at Oregon Tech.
The Memorandum of Understanding, signed by Oregon Tech President Chris Maples and CGCC President Frank Toda, commits the two institutions to a close working relationship designed to more closely align lower-division and upper-division classes.
The intent of the agreement is to provide students who have completed an associate’s degree at CGCC to continue their education at Oregon Tech through pathways in energy, healthcare management, information technology, and management.
This new partnership between Oregon Tech and CGCC recognizes students who are dual-enrolled, or who attend classes recognized in common by the two institutions, and wish to transfer to Oregon Tech. These agreements are designed to help students make a seamless transition when transferring to Oregon Tech and expand business partnerships that benefit Oregon Tech, CGCC, and the students.
“The greatest challenges facing students in higher education are access and affordability,” Dr. Maples said. “This agreement will allow more Columbia Gorge students to transfer easily to Oregon Tech and continue their learning beyond the associate degree level. I am excited to expand our collaboration with Columbia Gorge Community College.”
In addition, CGCC has launched an initiative with the Gorge Technology Alliance, of which Oregon Tech is also a member, to develop a Regional Center of Innovation (RCI) that will expand awareness, preparation, and opportunities for students to participate in certificate and degree programs and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. Oregon Tech will participate by offering STEM degrees through distance education; assist with pre-engineering programs, such as Project Lead the Way, to regional schools; and provide advanced college credit for regional high schools in STEM fields that are not offered by CGCC.
Dr. Toda states: "The signing of this agreement is an important milestone for CGCC but most importantly, a significant opportunity for our students to continue their education at the baccalaureate degree level. As a newly independently accredited community college, CGCC is excited to partner with OIT to meet the needs of our communities and our students -- to provide 21st century training for 21st century jobs. In addition to offering seamless transition into bachelor programs at Oregon Tech, we are excited to be partnering with OIT to develop the Regional Center of Innovation."