Clatsop Community College

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Clatsop Community College
Type Community college
Established 1958
President Chris Breitmeyer[1]
Location Astoria, Oregon, USA
46°11′01″N 123°49′29″W / 46.18369°N 123.8246°W / 46.18369; -123.8246Coordinates: 46°11′01″N 123°49′29″W / 46.18369°N 123.8246°W / 46.18369; -123.8246

Clatsop Community College (CCC) is a comprehensive, 2-year community college with facilities in Astoria and Seaside, Oregon. The College’s service area includes Clatsop County, portions of Columbia and Tillamook counties and Pacific and Wahkiakum counties in Washington state.


Clatsop Community College’s accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) was reaffirmed in 2011. The NWCCU is one of six regional organizations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit postsecondary institutions within the United States. The Commission is incorporated as a legally established, private 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation for the expressed purpose of accrediting higher education institutions in the seven-state Northwest region, which includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.[2]


CCC was established under the direction of the Astoria Board of Education in 1958 and constitutes Oregon’s first community college. The original curriculum included two years of classes that could be transferred and two year sequences in Electronics, Business, Automotive and Building Construction. In 1962, Clatsop County residents voted to form a county-wide education district and separate the College from the school district. Renovation of the former Astoria High School began in June 1962 and this facility became the home of CCC.

In October 2008, the college broke ground on the Jerome Campus Redevelopment project. This project, now complete, resulted in the renovation of Towler Hall (the former Astoria High School), renovation of Patriot Hall and the construction of Columbia Hall. .[3]

Academic Programs[edit]

CCC offers the following:

  • Associate of Arts, Oregon Transfer Degree (AAOT)
  • Associate of Science, Oregon Transfer Degree in Business (AS/OT-Bus)
  • Associate of General Studies Degree (AGS)
  • Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS)
  • Oregon Transfer Module (OTM)

Applied Science Programs include:

  • Apprenticeship, Construction Trades (AAS)
  • Apprenticeship, Electrician (AAS)
  • Apprenticeship, Industrial Mechanics & Maintenance (AAS)
  • Automotive Technician (One-Year Certificate & AAS)
  • Business: Accounting Technician (AAS)
  • Business: Administrative Office Professional (AAS)
  • Business: Business Management (AAS)
  • Business: General Office (One-Year Certificate)
  • Business: Retail Management (Certificates)
  • Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (One-Year Certificate)
  • Criminal Justice (AAS)
  • Early Childhood Education (One-Year Certificate)
  • Fire Science (AAS)
  • Historic Preservation & Restoration (One-Year Certificate & AAS)
  • Maritime Science: Seamanship (Certificates), Vessel Operations (AAS) & Specialized Training[4]
  • Medical Assistant (Certificates)
  • Nursing (AAS)
  • Practical Nursing (4-term Certificate)
  • Sustainable Energy Technician (AAS & Certificates)
  • Truck Driving, Professional (Less-Than-One-Year Certificate)
  • Welding, American Welding Society Entry Level (One-Year Certificate)

In addition, CCC maintains degree partnership programs with Oregon State University and Portland State University that offer students the opportunity to be jointly admitted and eligible to enroll concurrently.[5]

Community Education[edit]

In addition to credit classes, CCC offers a quarterly schedule of workforce training and education for life opportunities. Examples of workforce training include: CPR, flagger training and ham radio operation. Education for Life courses typically include: art, computer skills, fitness, foreign language, music and driver safety.[6]


CCC’s historic main campus in Astoria is located on a hillside overlooking the Columbia River. The main campus recently underwent a major renovation to upgrade classrooms and labs, and enhance accessibility. The campus includes the Art Center Gallery that hosts approximately six exhibits annually. In addition, the college operates a Performing Arts Center and conducts maritime, fire and technical programs at its Marine and Environmental Research and Training Station (MERTS campus) located east of Astoria at Tongue Point on the Columbia River. As part of its maritime science program, CCC maintains and operates the training vessel Forerunner. Small business and economic development services, along with other classes, are conducted at the South County Campus in Seaside.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Elman, Sandra (2011), Letter Affirming Accreditation, Northwest Commission on College and Universities 
  3. ^ a b McConnell, Sharon Matteson; Paino, Kathleen (Kitty) (2008). A College Built with Vision and Creativity: Clatsop Community College at 50 Years. Astoria, Oregon: Clatsop Community College. 
  4. ^ Maritime Training Programs
  5. ^ Clatsop Community College Catalog. Astoria, Oregon: Clatsop Community College. 2011–2012. 
  6. ^ Clatsop Community College Schedule of Workforce Training and Education4Life. Astoria, Oregon: Clatsop Community College. 2011–2012. 

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