Mt. Hood Community College

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Mt. Hood Community College
Established 1966[1]
President Michael Hay
Students 32,433 (2011)[2]
Location Gresham, 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 nearly 26,000 students each year and offers classes at the 212-acre (86 ha) main campus in Gresham, the MHCC Maywood Park Center, and evening education centers 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 are at the MHCC Maywood Park Center, and evening education centers at area public schools. The college is within relatively short distance from other nearby communities, such as Sandy and Clackamas, and is roughly fifteen miles away from downtown Portland.

Organization and administration[edit]

The college president is Dr. Debra Derr.

Academic profile[edit]

MHCC enrolls nearly 26,000 students each year. 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 again since 2008. As of May 2011, Mt. Hood no longer offers a degree for music majors. All music classes are now strictly electives.


The college athletic teams are nicknamed the Saints.

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