Mt. Hood Community College – Wikipedia

Community college in Oregon

Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) is a public community college in Gresham, Oregon, United States, named after Mount Hood. Opened in 1966, MHCC enrolls around 30,000 students each year and offers classes at the 212-acre (86 ha) main campus in Gresham, as well as the Maywood Park Center in Portland, the Bruning Center for Allied Health Education (also in Gresham), and at area public schools.

The college’s sports teams, the Saints, compete in the Northwest Athletic Conference. The college also owns and oversees KMHD, a non-profit FM broadcast radio station based in Portland.

The main campus occupies 212-acre (86 ha) in Gresham. Other facilities include the Maywood Park campus in Portland, the Bruning Center for Allied Health Education and area public schools.[1] The college is within relatively short distance from the nearby communities Sandy and Clackamas, and is roughly fifteen miles away from downtown Portland.[2]


MHCC enrolls roughly 30,000 students[1][3] each year and is accredited[4] by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The college’s programs include nursing, funeral science, integrated media, automotive technology and transfer opportunities to local universities toward B.A. degrees in humanities and science programs.

The college is financed by local property tax funds, state reimbursement funds and student tuition. Local voters established the college tax base in 1968 and approved tax base increases in 1970 and 1980.

MHCC is home to an Eastern Oregon University 4-year degree program in either Business Administration or Education, both with several concentrations.[5] The classes are held in the same manner as a regular 4-year institution, under the Eastern Oregon University – Mt. Hood Metro Center.

Student life[edit]

The college has historically been known for its jazz performance program,[6] and was the home of jazz radio station KMHD and was the site of the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival each summer from 1982 through 2002 and from 2008-2010. The college has an active student government, almost thirty different student clubs, a student newspaper The Advocate.

The college also annually hosts the Portland Highland Games.[7]


Mt. Hood Community College competes in the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC). The college nickname is the Saints in reference to the St. Bernard mascot. There are four men’s teams including baseball, basketball, track and field, and cross country. There are five women’s teams including volleyball, softball, basketball, track and field, and cross country.

The college features a large aquatics center, which includes an indoor swimming pool.

Notable people[edit]


  • Chris Botti, Grammy Award-winning trumpeter[8]
  • Brian Burres, Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Essiet Essiet, jazz bassist
  • Todd Field, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker[9]
  • Nick Kahl, politician[10]
  • Stafford Mays, NFL player[11]
  • Joel David Moore, actor and director[12]
  • Lillian Pitt, Native American artist[13]
  • Patti Smith, politician[14]
  • Dave Veres, Major League Baseball player (Chicago Cubs)[15]
  • Lindsay Wagner, actress[16]
  • Paul Wenner, creator of the Gardenburger vegetarian patty[17]


  • 1966–1976: Dr. Earl Klapstein
  • 1976–1985: Dr. R. Stephen Nicholson
  • 1985–1996: Dr. Paul E. Kreider
  • 1996–2000: Dr. Joel E. Vela
  • 2001–2007: Dr. Robert Silverman
  • 2008–2011: Dr. John J. “Ski” Sygielski
  • 2011-2013: Dr. Michael Hay
  • 2013-2018: Dr. Debra Derr
  • since 2018: Dr. Lisa Skari

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c “Our History”. Mt. Hood Community College. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  2. ^ “The District”. Mt. Hood Community College. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  3. ^ “Quick Facts” (PDF). Mt. Hood Community College. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 October 2011.
  4. ^ Nichols, James Oliver (1995). Assessment Case Studies: Common Issues in Implementation with Various Campus Approaches to Resolution. Agathon Press. p. 12. ISBN 978-0-875-86112-8.
  5. ^ “Faculty and Staff Directory: Gresham”. Eastern Oregon University. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  6. ^ Dietsche, Robert (2005). Jumptown: The Golden Years of Portland Jazz, 1942-1957. Oregon State University Press. p. 147. ISBN 978-0-870-71114-5.
  7. ^ “Join Us at the Portland Highland Games”. Portland Highland Games. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  8. ^ Sarson, Katrina (7 September 2011). “Trumpeter Chris Botti Talks with Oregon Art Beat”. Oregon Public Broadcasting. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  9. ^ “Todd Field, attended 1980 – 1983”. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  10. ^ “Nick Kahl”. Democratic Party of Oregon. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  11. ^ “Stafford Mays”. Northwest Athletic Conference. NWAC Hall of Fame. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  12. ^ “Joel David Moore, Class of ’99”. Southern Oregon University. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  13. ^ Lassen, Tina (27 December 2016). “Meet Warm Springs Artist Lillian Pitt”. Travel Oregon. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  14. ^ Keizur, Christopher (2 May 2017). “Patti Smith’s life defined by adventure, assisting others”. Portland Tribune. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  15. ^ “Dave Veres, attended 1985–1986”. Mt. Hood Community College. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  16. ^ Williams, Elisa (1 February 2010). “Bionic Woman’ star to speak in Vancouver on domestic violence”. The Columbian. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  17. ^ Battistella, Edwin. “Gardenburger Inc.”. The Oregon Encyclopedia. Retrieved February 12, 2021.

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