Mt. Hood Community College

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Mt. Hood Community College
Established 1966[1]
President Debra Derr
Students 32,433 (2011)[2]
Location Gresham, Oregon, United States
Campus 212 acres (86 ha)

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, the MHCC Maywood Park Center, the Bruning Center for Allied Health Education, and at area public schools.


The college opened in 1966.

Past presidents:

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 D. Hay
2013- Dr. Debra Derr


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

Academic profile[edit]

MHCC enrolls nearly 30,000 students each year and is accredited 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.[3] 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 was known for a strong jazz performance program, 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.


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]

For a more comprehensive list, see Category:Mt. Hood Community College alumni.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About MHCC - Our History". Retrieved 2009-11-27. 
  2. ^ "Quick Facts" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  3. ^ EOU - Mt. Hood Metro Center

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 45°31′N 122°24′W / 45.52°N 122.40°W / 45.52; -122.40