Where to Give:
Donations made to this fund are open to use in the area of greatest need for Columbia Gorge Community College and the Foundation.
One project the Foundation approved to fund this year using resources from the Unrestricted Fund included financial support for RET students to attend the annual conference for American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). The AWEA Windpower Conference and Exhibition was in Anaheim, California from May 22 to May 25, 2011. The college students who attended the conference had backgrounds in construction and electrical engineering, and they want to work in the fields of solar and wind power. They are dedicated leaders of the Delta Energy Club (a student club at CGCC). This club has hosted regional events including a Focus the Nation “Clean Energy Forum,” which featured four professional speakers. The club took part in a Presidential Roundtable in spring 2011. Senators from Oregon and Washington were invited to attend this event. Soon – among other pursuits – the students have plans to build a solar cart and host a renewable energy exposition.
These students are motivated and passionate people with real skills to formulate energy solutions for our nation. Their attendance at the AWEA Windpower Conference allowed them to network with individuals to assist them in bringing green energy industries to the Mid-Columbia region. When the students asked for support to help them attend this conference, the Foundation saw the great learning opportunities for the students as well as our communities.
The Foundation granted the students $1,800. This amount was only a portion of the total cost of conference and travel expenses. The students sought small donations from local businesses, totaling $750, to cover the remainder of the total cost. The RET students appreciated the support from the Foundation as well as local business sponsors as they continue to work to provide clean and available energy for our region.
Scholarships are offered every term to new and continuing students of the college. A scholarship is a financial boost that gives support and encouragement to students who need your help. Please check the college website for more information on scholarships.
Donations to this Fund provide scholarships to students who are enrolled in CGCC’s outstanding Nursing Program. Nursing courses, like other rigorous programs of study, are expensive and require many prerequisites, presenting a particular need for scholarships support. Students are grateful for financial support that allows them to focus on learning and achieving their educational and career goals.
Renewable Energy Technology Scholarships
Donations to this Fund provide scholarships to students who are enrolled in CGCC’s Renewable Energy Technology program. RET courses, like nursing and other rigorous programs of study, are expensive and require many prerequisites, presenting a particular need for scholarships support. Students are grateful for financial support that allows them to focus on learning and achieving their educational and career goals.
College Library Development Fund
Gorge Literacy Program Fund
Gifts to the Gorge Literacy Program buy instructional materials that help adults improve reading, writing and communication skills. Donations to this Fund help train new volunteer tutors and defray project costs for Shared Voices, the annual publication of the learners’ writing.
Faculty and Staff Development Fund
This Fund supports awards that recognize excellence in teaching and give CGCC instructors and college staff additional opportunities for professional growth.
Facility Improvements Fund
Gifts to this Fund are used for campus renovations and construction of learning facilities.
The Foundation chose to support student and staff efforts to grow a garden at The Dalles campus. The Learning Garden at Columbia Gorge Community College’s The Dalles campus started as a pilot project to encourage beginning and experienced volunteers working together to grow nutritious produce, enjoy physical activity and increase gardening skills.
CGCC is undertaking an initiative to promote the principles of sustainability and create a campus atmosphere where sustainability becomes a way of doing business for faculty, staff and students, and it motivates individuals to incorporate environment responsibility into their everyday lives. As part of a multi-faceted effort to ‘green’ its operations and become a community role model for sustainability, CGCC desires to expand the Learning Garden to meet the following goals:
- Increase students’ access to fresh, local, sustainable and nutritious fruits and vegetables
- Beautify the campus and create a safe, communal gathering place
- Foster student leadership and organizational skills
- Foster entrepreneurial skills and forge business-community ties by marketing and selling surplus produce
- Provide students who are interested in agricultural or horticultural careers with valuable work experience
- Build strong community ties and increase social interaction and civic participation
- Encourage student self-reliance
- Increase self-esteem, self-confidence and education of students
- Promote healthier communities
- Demonstrate the benefits of organic farming and environmentally sound horticulture practices
- Provide teachers and students a resource for learning about ecological systems, garden care, landscaping principles, watering and plant maintenance
Ultimately, the Learning Garden will compose 1,000-2,000 square feet of gardening space and feature irrigation, more raised planter beds than current, an outdoor classroom, storage shed, a rain collection system and a compost demonstration area.The College’s newly reformed Environmental Club hopes to figure strongly in the coordination of events at the Learning Garden. Partnerships between the Club and Oregon State University Extension Office are being established to engage volunteers in the education, building and planting efforts.
Student Emergency Fund
Contributions to this Fund will provide emergency assistance to students in urgent financial situations. This Fund is administered by the College’s Student Services Department and Business Office.
GED Test Fees Fund
Some students cannot afford test fees. Donations to this Fund help GED students with their GED test fees.