Resources and Special Programs

Academic Advising and Transfer Center

503-491-7315 | Room AC2253 | mhcc.edu/advising | Email: Advising.Questions@mhcc.edu

The academic advisers in the Academic Advising and Transfer Center (AATC) are the advisers for students who have General Studies as their declared major. Academic advisers can also assist with understanding the limited and restricted entry program application process and provide information on course placement, degree options and general college policies and procedures. Students are seen on a first come, first served basis. Appointments are only required for educational planning. Please see above link for hours of operation and advising tips.

Students in declared majors or specific programs are advised by their faculty program advisers each term. Students who are undecided of their majors should seek advising from the Career Planning and Counseling Center (CPCC).

The Academic Advising and Transfer Center provides access to transfer program information. The Transfer Center sponsors an annual Transfer Day event, bringing college and university representatives to campus. Visit the AATC web page for a list of transfer-related events including transfer information sessions.

Accelerated Supported Instruction

503-491-7004 | mhcc.edu/Accelerated-Supported-Instruction

Accelerated supported instruction combines enhanced academic and language support with additional student services, including referral to on and off campus support services, career navigation and job search assistance, and guidance throughout the program. This approach enables students to work on reading, writing, math and/or language skills - or pre-college courses - at the same time they study towards college-level certificates or degrees.

MHCC offers a number of Career Pathways that utilize this accelerated supported instructional approach with either the I-BEST or VESL model. One model uses a team-teaching where students work with two instructors in the classroom. One provides college-level technical skills training and the other teaches basic skills in reading, writing, math, or English language. This model is often referred to as Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training, or I-BEST. Another teaching model helps non-native English speakers, immigrants and refugees learn English language skills that are used in particular vocation. College-level instruction combines language education with instruction in job-specific skills. This model is called Vocational English as a Second Language, or VESL.

Accelerated, supported instruction is intended for students who:

  • Are new to college and GED completers
  • Have tested below college level in reading and/or math
  • Are non-native speakers of English who need language support
  • May need additional academic and support services

Accessible Education Services

503-491-6923 | Room AC2251 & 2252 (Across from Academic Advising) | mhcc.edu/DSO

Accommodations for students with disabilities are to comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) (as amended), and other applicable federal and state regulations that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability.

MHCC Accessible Education Services (formerly Disability Services) coordinates all auxiliary aides, accommodations, and services for students with disabilities. Students seeking services are to contact the Accessible Education Services to discuss accommodations and for guidance in accessing them. Inquiries regarding applicable state and federal laws pertaining to students should also be directed to the Accessible Education Services.

Further, Accessible Education Services provides academic support services to ensure all qualified students have equal access to education. Documentation to verify a disability or need for accommodations is required in order to receive accommodations. Individuals with disabilities may have accommodations related to the classroom, labs, lecture information, textbooks and materials, and extra-curricular events. Services and accommodations include, but are not limited to, interpreters, transcribers, alternative testing accommodations, note-taking assistance, textbooks in alternative formats, modification of classrooms, enlarging and assistive technology equipment. Accommodations are determined on an individual basis. Academic advising and counseling are also provided for students with disabilities.

Training in Assistive Technology is also provided in small group and individual formats. Labs throughout campus have computers and other assistive technology equipment available for use by students with disabilities. Small group and individual instruction is also available for students with learning disabilities and other cognitive disabilities, including brain injuries.

To request services through Accessible Education Services, students with disabilities need to submit documentation to Accessible Education Services for approval. Student will then be contacted by the Accessible Education Services program assistant to schedule an intake appointment with the Accessible Education Services Director. For more specific information on the documentation requirements, please review the criteria for applying for services through the website. It is recommended that students make arrangements for accommodations two weeks prior to the beginning of each term to guarantee the availability of services.

Accessible parking is available on campus and designated on MHCC campus maps. Disabled parking permits are available through the Oregon State Department of Motor Vehicles. You must display a valid state issued disabled parking permit to park in these designated spaces.

Elevators are located in the lobby of the library, the Student Union and the Health Professions wing of the Academic Center. Accessible restrooms are available throughout campus.

MHCC is committed to access and diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of disability in accordance with applicable law. Please contact the Accessible Education Services Director if you have any questions or concerns regarding discrimination or harassment based on disability.

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

503-491-7333 | Room AC2660 | mhcc.edu/aboutABE_GED

The Adult Basic Education program prepares adults age 16 or older for entry to degree or certificate programs, or success in the workplace. Classes are offered in reading, writing and math at various times during the day and evening on both the Gresham and Maywood Park Campuses. Class offerings at the different campuses may vary. Anyone under age 18 must have the proper paperwork from the high school of their legal residence. Students are required to pay a materials fee.

Adult High School Diploma

503-491-7421 | Room AC1162 | mhcc.edu/HSdiploma

The Adult High School Diploma program (AHSD) is a high school completion program for students who are 16 years of age or older and are interested in earning a 24-credit Oregon Diploma. Students under 18 years old must be officially released from compulsory attendance from their previous high school. There is no maximum age limit for the diploma program.  Diploma requirements, including required subject area courses and Essential Skill assessments, are based on the year during which a student first enrolled in 9th grade. AHSD students have the option to take high school level classes or college courses for dual-credit to satisfy their remaining high school requirements. In order to enroll, students must attend an information session, submit their official high school transcript to the High School Services office, and complete orientation paperwork and intake appointment with an AHSD adviser. For additional information email HighSchool.Services@mhcc.edu.

Apprenticeship

503-491-7561 | mhcc.edu/Apprenticeship

MHCC’s Apprenticeship training and education program is recognized by the Apprenticeship and Training Division of the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI). It combines on-the-job training and credit-bearing trade-related courses taken in conjunction with each other. Apprenticeship courses are approved for and dedicated to BOLI-registered apprentices already employed in specific construction trades. The apprenticeship program offers Oregon State-approved Associate of Applied Science degrees and Certificates of Completion for journey-level workers in three areas: Construction Trades, Electrician Technologies, and Industrial Manufacturing. These pathways and awards provide statewide transfer opportunities to other Oregon community colleges and an optional transfer path into either a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Technology and Management or a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Management at the Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT). Electricians require additional state licensure to become journey-level workers. Related training courses meet industry standards and are offered through a partnership among the Oregon State Apprenticeship Training Council, the local Joint Apprenticeship Training Committees and MHCC.​

Aquatic Center

503-491-7243 | Room PE POOL | mhcc.edu/Aquatics

The MHCC Aquatic Center is a four-pool complex open to students, faculty, staff and the public. There are three indoor pools: a six-lane 25-yard pool, a warm water therapy pool (learner pool) and a hot tub (hydrotherapy pool). The world-class 50-meter pool is open year-round and covered by an air dome in the winter. The Aquatic Center offers a variety of academic classes, children’s lessons, adult exercise programs, recreational opportunities, and competitive swimming. Please contact the Aquatic Center for more information.

Athletics

503-491-7452 | Room PE 149 | mhcc.edu/Athletics

MHCC’s intercollegiate athletic programs include volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball and men’s and women’s track and field. The Saints athletic teams compete in the Southern Region of the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC). Please contact the department for more information.

AVID | Learning Success Center

503-491-7331 | mhcc.edu/AVID

AVID | Learning Success Center combines the resources of the college’s AVID for Higher Education Program along with comprehensive subject tutoring. AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) at MHCC is a unique program that helps all new college students get started on the right track, including students who are starting coursework at the developmental education or pre-college level. It offers Learning Communities, a group of students that take linked courses. The courses are scheduled back-to-back so that students with family and work commitments can make the most of their time on campus. It also provides Learning Specialists, who coach students individually on success strategies. The AVID mission is to make college more manageable and increase student learning, persistence, completion and success in and beyond college regardless of past educational experiences, life barriers, and lack of “college knowledge”. Its associated center, The Learning Success Center (AC3300), offers subject tutoring in math, sciences, engineering, accounting, modern languages, and more. An open computer lab includes staff who provide assistance and also training in computer skills. All students are encouraged to visit the AVID Center in AC3315 for questions about college success and referrals to a variety of useful services.

Bookstore

503-491-7188 | Room AC1261 | bookstore.mhcc.edu

The MHCC Bookstore is designed to serve students’ needs in course-related materials, supplies and services. The bookstore has a textbook rental program for about one-third textbook titles in stock. Textbooks and supplies may also be purchased online at and picked up in the customer service area of the store or shipped to the student’s home. In addition, the store carries a wide variety of other items including computer software, reference materials and art supplies. The store also has greeting cards, gifts, clothing, supplies, snacks and beverages. The Bookstore Coffee Bar, located in the store, offers an outstanding array of espresso drinks, Italian sodas and pastries.

Business and Industry Workforce Training

503-491-7235 | Room AC1162 | mhcc.edu/Training

The Business & Industry Workforce Training office partners with regional employers to provide customized training and continuing education to support their workforce needs. Delivered at flexible times, dates and locations by subject matter experts from industry, MHCC can deliver on-site, customized trainings on a variety of topics including project management, leadership, software, safety and more. The office also offers training programs that are open to job seekers and regional employees across industries covering specifically focused topics of instruction, certification and industry recognized credential training for health care, advanced manufacturing, construction and computer information systems.

Career Pathways with Additional Support

503-660-1463 | mhcc.edu/CareerPathwaysSupport

Career Pathways are short-term education and training programs (less than one year) in high-demand occupations that help students advance their education and employment goals. Career Pathways offer multiple entry and exit points that enable students to earn a credential, gain valuable work experience, and then come back to college. Students are able to pursue both education and career advancement over a course of time that meets the needs of their professional and personal lives.

Supported Career Pathways are offered in a cohort model that enables students to work on reading, writing, math and/or language skills at the same time they study towards college-level certificates or degrees. These programs provide accelerated, supported instruction, which combines technical content instruction and skill development, academic and/or language support with additional support services, career navigation, and job search assistance.

Career Pathways are intended for students who:

  • Want short-term education and job training
  • Have tested below college level in reading and/or math
  • Are non-native speakers of English who need language support
  • May need additional academic and support services

Career Planning and Counseling Center

503-491-7432 | Room AC1152 | mhcc.edu/CareerCenter

The Career Planning and Counseling Center (CPCC) is the go-to site for students seeking guidance on choosing a major and/or deciding upon a career path, in addition to providing free, confidential, and professional counseling services, resources, and referrals to support students’ success. The CPCC is staffed by faculty counselors, a Student Career Development Coordinator, and a Student Employment Coordinator to deliver our services, which are appointment-based.

  • Career Exploration: If a student needs help with identifying programs related to a major or career path, reviewing a resume, prepping for an interview, or creating a career development plan, the CPCC provides career counseling, assessments, online resources, and onsite career fairs to assist students in pursuing or progressing with a satisfying career.
  • Student Employment: If a student is interested in finding part-time employment as a student worker on campus or at an approved off-campus location, the CPCC has a dedicated Student Employment Coordinator to help connect students to Federal Work-Study and general student employment opportunities.
  • Personal/Mental Health Counseling: If a student is seeking a safe space to discuss academic or persona concerns (e.g,, depression, anxiety, dealing with a failing grade, stress management, substance abuse, or suicide), the CPCC provides free, confidential, and professional counseling services and referrals.
  • Human Development: The CPCC offers college-credit courses within Human Development that cover college success, career and life planning, scholarship success, and transferring to a four-year college or university.

Child Development and Family Support Programs

10100 N. E. Prescott St., Portland, OR 97220 | 503-491-6111 | mhcc.edu/Family-Resources

Head Start/EarlyHead Start Preschool Programs: Free comprehensive early childhood programs serving low income families with children ages 0 to 5 living Multnomah County east of Portland Public Schools. Services include early childhood education, health, social services and parent engagement opportunities. Priority enrollment goes to families with income below federal poverty guidelines, families experiencing homelessness, and children in foster care. Administrative offices are located at the Maywood Park Campus. Classrooms are located at sites throughout the district.

  • Head Start: Preschool services for children ages 3 to 5. Class times available include 3.5 hours Tuesday through Friday with limited transportation, and 6.5 hours Monday through Friday without transportation.
  • Early Head Start: Home visiting and socialization services for pregnant women and children up to 3 years of age. (Center-based services available to students and working families with subsidy.)
  • Full-Day Program: Head Start/Early Head Start centers for families who work , are receiving child care subsidy and need childcare. Services for children ages 6 months to 5 years. 
  • Student Program: Head Start/Early Head Start childcare for full time MHCC students on the Gresham Campus. Services for children ages 6 months to 5 years. 
  • Child Care Partnerships: Early Head Start center-based and family child care centers for families who work and are receiving child care subsidy, and teenage mothers attending David Douglas, Gresham, and Reynolds High Schools. Services for chidren 6 weeks to 3 years. 

Preschool Promise: A free preschool program for Burmese children, ages 3 to 5, whose families are at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.

Parent Child Development Services: Home visits using Parents as Teachers (PAT) curriculum. Available to any resident of East Multnomah County.

Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) of Multnomah County: Provides training, professional development opportunities, and technical assistance to new and experienced child care professionals across Multnomah County. Provides classes and assistance to obtain a license from the state of Oregon to provide child care in your home. Services provided in English, Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, and Chinese. For more information, call 503-491-6200.

Community Child Care Initiative: Provides financial assistance for working families (at or below 200% Federal Poverty Level) to ensure they pay no more than 10% of their income on child care. Families and child care programs must qualify to participate. For more information call 503-491-6220.

Citizenship

503-491-6100 | Maywood Park campus | mhcc.edu/AboutCitizenship

Citizenship is a free class that prepares students to apply for and pass the United States Citizenship Test.

College Now (Dual Credit)

503-491-6980 | Room AC1162 | mhcc.edu/CollegeNow

College Now is the name of MHCC’s dual credit program.  The college works with local high schools to offer college credit in certain high school classes.  A list of our partner high schools and the courses that are available and step-by-step guides to admission and registration can be found online at College Now.

Dual credit means that students earn high school credit in their courses and have the option of registering for college credit. Students can earn both types of credit at the same time.

The credits earned are real college credits that are listed on a student’s permanent college transcript.  Students should work with their instructors, counselors, and academic advisers to ensure these credits align with their future goals.

Community Education

503-491-7572 | Room AC1162 | mhcc.edu/CE

Community Education offers a variety of non-credit courses that are designed to promote lifelong learning opportunities to the community. Classes are held in facilities throughout the MHCC district and are offered at all times including evenings and weekends. Course topics include; art and crafts, computers and technology, business and financial, health, home and garden, language, music, photography and more. Visit learn.mhcc.edu to see the current schedule and to register online.

Computer Labs

503-491-7208 | AC1451 (main lab) | mhcc.edu/ComputerLabs

Students registered for one or more credit hours at MHCC can access school-related computer and printing support at various campus computer labs:

  • AC1451, main computer lab (503-491-7208), is a large, quiet, ground floor computer lab, open 7 days a week fall/winter/spring terms, with PCs and Macs.
  • AC3333, Computer Skills Lab (503-491-7144), located on the third level of the library, is part of tutoring services and provides knowledgeable assistance and personal support in a modern lab.
  • AC2303, Library Resource Center, is a smaller lab located in the library.
  • AC1064, Student Union (503-491-8175) houses a small lab located on the main floor.
  • Community Skills Center at Maywood (503-491-6122) is a large, open computer lab and testing center located at the Maywood Park center.

Department of Education Program Contacts

Section 504 Coordination

503-491-7650 | Accessible Education Services, Room 2377 | David.Pontious@mhcc.edu

Section 504 is a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education (ED). Section 504 provides: "No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States . . . shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance . . . ."

Title II Coordination

503-491-7313 | Gresham Campus, Room AC2688 | Maywood Park Campus, Room 110  | Kelley.Keith@mhcc.edu

WIOA Title II seeks to ensure that local service providers offer adult education and occupational skills development programs that accelerate achievement of diplomas and credentials among American workers, including immigrants and individuals with limited English language skills.

Title IV Coordination

503-491-7219 | Human Resources, Room 2275 | Travis.Brown@mhcc.edu

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces, among other statutes, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance.

Diversity Resource Center

503-491-7171 | Room AC1051 | mhcc.edu/Diversity

The Diversity Resource Center (DRC) provides a welcoming, safe, culturally respectful, and collaborative learning environment that serves all members of the MHCC community. Located in the Student Union, this student-centered space is dedicated to exploring, celebrating, and learning about the variety of cultures represented at Mt. Hood Community College as well as the larger world our students and employees engage with. The DRC provides resources, events, trainings and workshops, and an intercultural library all designed to support our academic home as well as preparing our students to be most successful in a globalized working world. The Diversity Resource Center offers a wide variety of services to MHCC students and employees including:

Safe Space: The DRC is a designated safe space for dialogues, studying, student organization meetings, workshops and trainings, presentations, support and community building.

Resources: Assistance with campus and community resources.

Intercultural Library: With a wide range of books, DVDs, and materials, the DRC is an important stop when looking for information on heritage, multiculturalism, diversity, regional history and more.

Personal Meditation Space: Designed to accommodate students of all or no faith, this intimate space allows for quiet reflection.

Computers: Stationary laptops are available for student use during hours of operation.

Training: Opportunities for skill development, coaching, mentorship and empowerment that enhance capacity for self-advocacy and greater effectiveness in an increasingly diverse world.

Employee Professional Development: Centered on cultural fluency, intercultural effectiveness, and development of interpersonal communication skills.

Events: Activities regarding cross-cultural themes consistent with and including diversity, inclusion, unity, social justice, and intercultural effectiveness.

Economic and Workforce Development

503-491-7235 | Room AC1162 | mhcc.edu/WorkforceTraining

Economic and Workforce Development (EWD) is comprised of the various departments which help people train, enhance, improve and advance their skills to be successful within the community. EWD offers a comprehensive menu of services including partnerships with industry, training for dislocated workers and assistance to small business owners.

Economic/Workforce Development Contacts Phone Number
Business and Industry Workforce Training 503-491-7235
Community Education 503-491-7572
Small Business Development Center 503-491-7658
WorkSource Portland Metro Gresham 503-660-1440

English as a Second Language (ESL), Non-Credit

503-491-7333 (English) or 503-491-7675 (Spanish) | Room AC2660 | mhcc.edu/AboutESL

Students interested in taking English as a Second Language (ESL) must take the following steps:

  1.  Call and make an appointment to take an assessment test at 503-491-7333.
  2.  Take the assessment test.
  3.  Attend orientation.
  4.  Register for class.

An ESL class will cost $25-60 per term (more than one class can be taken at once). Fee waivers are available for qualifying students. Classes must be paid for before the third week of the term. If a student decides they don’t want to take the class, they must cancel within the refund period or they will be held liable for payment. Classes can be canceled in the Adult Basic Skills office at the Gresham Campus (Room AC2660) or the Business Office at the Maywood Park Campus.

General Educational Development (GED)

503-491-7333 | Room AC2660 | mhcc.edu/JumpStart

The General Educational Development program prepares adults age 16 or older for passing the GED test, entry to degree or certificate programs, or success in the workplace. Classes are offered in reading, writing and math at various times during the day and evening both on the MHCC Gresham and Maywood Park Campuses. Class offerings at the different campuses may vary. GED classes are offered in both English and Spanish. GED testing is available on the Gresham Campus. Call 503-491-7591 for information. There is a fee for GED testing.

Intensive English for College and Careers (IECC), Credit

503-491-7333 | Room AC2660 | mhcc.edu/AboutIECC

Intensive English for College and Career classes are for non-native English speakers at an intermediate level or higher who want to improve their English academic reading, writing, speaking, note-taking and pronunciation skills. Students will be placed into the appropriate levels after taking a free college placement test. IECC is an intensive multi-level program designed to develop students’ competence in English language skills at the college level. These classes are offered at the MHCC Gresham Campus for credit. Students are required to pay tuition and buy books. Financial aid may help with these costs.

Library

MHCC Library and Maywood Park Library
503-491-7161 | Gresham Campus Library | AC2300 |
mhcc.edu/Library
503-491-6122 | Maywood Park Campus Library | mhcc.edu/Maywood

The Library at Mt. Hood Community College is a place where students can go to become more successful learners. The library can be found centrally located on both the Gresham Campus and the Maywood Campus. To borrow library materials, it is necessary to have an MHCC Activity Card. This card can be obtained from the library, is free of charge and can be acquired at any time throughout the term. An MHCC Activity Card is valid as long as the student is enrolled and registered in classes. The MHCC library also provides services to eligible community members and local high school students.

At the Gresham campus, the library has a computer lab,  comfortable seating, and features a Black Rock Coffee bar. Come here to relax and to make use of a variety of helpful resources:

  • Study in the quiet space of the library stacks.
  • Access the library collections, including print, media and online resources.
  • Ask a reference librarian for help on your research paper or project.
  • Get support at the Student Help Desk with printing, copying, scanning, access to MyMHCC and Saints email accounts and library PIN resets. Wi-Fi access is also available.
  • Use our computers or check out a laptop from our course reserve collection.
  • Borrow your textbook or a graphing calculator for a few hours or a few days.

At the Maywood Campus, the library is housed in the Community Skills Center . The Maywood Learning Commons offers quiet study, access to the library collection and computer lab.

Maywood Park Campus

503-491-6100 | 10100 N.E. Prescott | mhcc.edu/Maywood

The MHCC Maywood Park Campus offers a variety of education services for the community, including:

  • Registration services for both campuses
  • GED testing
  • Library services
  • MHCC credit Career Pathway Certificate programs in Accounting and Office Clerk
  • Workforce Education Training programs
  • Adult Basic Education/GED classes (in English and Spanish) and Orientation
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, registration, and orientation
  • Citizenship classes
  • Community Education / personal enrichment classes
  • ESL/IECC and GED advising, education planning and job coaching
  • Bookstore to purchase books and supplies for Maywood Park Campus classes
  • College placement testing services
  • Business Office services
  • Administrative offices for Head Start and CCR&R

MHCC Activity (Student ID) Card

Student Union (Room AC1051) | Library (Room AC2300)

The MHCC Activity (Student ID) Card is used to identify students and must be presented to ensure student access to college services and areas such as the computer labs, Aquatic Center and library. An individual receiving an MHCC Activity Card must currently be registered for classes at MHCC.

Individuals who cannot have pictures taken for religious reasons may receive an MHCC Activity Card with a blank silhouette. These individuals must present two forms of identification when presenting the MHCC Activity Card. Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information on each MHCC Activity Card, its intended use is for college activities only. It is not to be used as a substitute for a state or federally issued photo ID card.

Middle College

503-491-7421 | Room AC1162 | mhcc.edu/MiddleCollege

The Middle College program is an early college opportunity for qualifying high school students enrolled in participating school districts. MHCC partners closely with the district and home high school to ensure high school diploma completion through dual-credit coursework while getting a significant head start on a college certificate or degree. Located on the Gresham Campus, Middle College students take a part or full time (3-12 credits) college course load during fall, winter and spring terms. Throughout this early college experience, students have access to the multitude of resources and opportunities that MHCC offers, yet remain connected to a supportive, cohort-oriented program that ensures continual progress towards the specific high school diploma requirements of their home high school. Middle College students must be referred and approved by their home high school prior to enrollment at the College. For more information, please talk with your high school counselor or call 503-491-7421.

Mt. Hood Regional CTE Consortium

503-491-7682 | Consortium Office - Room AC1162 | mhcc.edu/CTEConsortium

The Mt. Hood Regional CTE Consortium is a collaboration between the College and five metro area school districts within the MHCC service area. The focus of the Consortium is to provide area high schools and MHCC Career Technical Education (CTE) students and instructors with unified information and support to enhance program pathways from high school to MHCC and beyond. The Consortium is supported through the Carl Perkins CTE grant from the Oregon Department of Education. These funds support enhancement, expansion and rigor in all approved CTE programs of study.

Occupational Extension Programs and Courses

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) mhcc.edu/EMT | Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) mhcc.edu/CNA

In addition to the regular career and technical associate degree and certificate programs designed to prepare students for entry into occupational careers, MHCC offers occupational extension programs. The purpose of these programs is to develop the abilities, skills and attitudes needed to achieve employment stability or advancement.

Students enrolled in regular preparatory programs may apply occupational extension courses toward their major upon consent and approval of their program adviser. However, occupational extension programs are not eligible for financial aid. The following occupational extension programs and courses are offered, depending upon the availability of fiscal resources:

Occupational Program Contacts Phone Number
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) 503-491-7235
Nursing Assistant (CNA) 503-491-7235

Oregon Leadership Institute (OLI)

503-491-7447 | Student Union | mhcc.edu/OLI

Developed by the Oregon Council for Hispanic Advancement (OCHA), the Oregon Leadership Institute (OLI) is an exciting leadership development program for Latino students. OLI focuses on leadership and mentoring skills development and pairs Latino college-level students with high school students, primarily of Latino descent. OLI promotes high school and post-secondary completion. OLI participants enroll in a tuition-free series of workshops and training sessions during the fall, winter and spring terms. High school students also attend tuition-free sessions and activities as part of the program.

This partnership with higher education institutions throughout Oregon focuses on cultural pride and continuing education. The Institute enlists college students to serve as mentors for high school students. Over an eight-month period, participants learn skills in leadership, team building, conflict resolution, intercultural communication, public speaking, etc. At the end of the year, students participate in an end of the year activity to celebrate. The year of learning culminates with a graduation ceremony.

These selected Latino/Latina college students thrive in both their academic studies and personal lives as they learn skills necessary to facilitate OLI sessions, communicate with the youth and their families and support the cultural emphasis of the program. Many of the college mentors are OLI graduates, and many are the first in their families to attend college.

Orientation Center

503-491-6927 | Room AC2253 | mhcc.edu/OC | Email: oc@mhcc.edu

New students who have just completed the College Placement Test will be referred to the Orientation Center for first-term course planning and new student orientation.

Transfer students planning to start at MHCC should complete the steps found at mhcc.edu/TransferToMHCC.

Continuing students who need assistance with online registration are invited to visit the Orientation Center for assistance; however, they are asked to meet with their program adviser to make an education plan before registration begins.

The Orientation Center provides drop-in assistance, orienting students with the following online services:

  • Navigating MyMHCC
  • Changing personal contact info and/or passwords
  • Completing required Financial Aid forms
  • Paying your bill online
  • Registering for classes
  • Understanding the course schedule
  • Finding forms and college services online
  • Applying for graduation
  • And more!

Parking

mhcc.edu/ParkingFAQ

Permits are not required to park in general parking at any of the MHCC campuses. The Gresham Campus has 2,800 parking spaces, including a limited number of 30-minute spaces and special parking for patrons of the Cosmetology and Dental Hygiene programs. The Maywood Campus has 74 parking spaces on two lots located at the southwest and southeast corners of NE Prescott and 102nd. The Bruning Center has parking available on the gravel parking lot on the east side of the building and on Civic Drive. There are 75 carpool parking space permits for the Gresham Campus available per term in the Public Safety office (AC2330) on a first come, first served basis. Obtaining a carpool permit does not guarantee that a carpool space will be available. The student association encourages the use of TriMet and carpooling.

Planetarium

503-491-7364 | Room AC1305 | mhcc.edu/Planetarium

Educational programs in the MHCC Planetarium Sky Theater are offered for school and community groups (during daytime hours on Fridays only). Public planetarium shows are presented on the first Tuesday of each month and on special Thursdays at 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Visit Planetarium Sky Theater for details. The Planetarium is located below the library on the Gresham Campus.

Public Safety

503-491-7310 | Room AC2330 | mhcc.edu/PublicSafety

Campus security, or Public Safety, is available to escort students to their car, jump start cars, and provide carpool parking permits. In compliance with federal law, the Public Safety office prepares an annual Clery Report containing crime statistics, policy statements and information on safety programs and services.

Rock Wall

503-491-7201 | Room PE POOL | mhcc.edu/RockWall

The rock wall is located inside of the Aquatic Center and is open to MHCC students, staff and the general public. The indoor wall features 1,800 square feet of climbing area and thousands of handholds. Wall monitors are present to ensure safety so that participants can explore the exciting sport of rock climbing in a safe and controlled environment and enjoy a variety of terrain. Instructional clinics and climbing equipment are available, and the facility is available for private rentals.

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

503-491-7658 | 484 SE 187th Ave., Portland, OR 97233 | mhcc.edu/SBDC

The MHCC SBDC supports entrepreneurs and inventors in creating, growing and running successful businesses through one-to-one business advising and training workshops.

The SBDC is a member of the Oregon Small Business Development Center Network, which consists of 19 centers statewide and oversees four major initiatives: CyberOregon.com is our statewide Cybersecurity program supporting business with Cybersecurity advising, training and resources; FranFit is our national franchise education program offering businesses with information on financing; Innovation SBIR/STTR program provides inventors and innovators with advising related to ideation, prototype, patents, licensing and innovation funds from the government; Project Proto is our youth entrepreneurship business program tailored to high school students.

At the SBDC entrepreneurs can:

  • Develop strategies to improve their business with the help of a business adviser. Business advising is provided at no charge to Oregon small businesses.
  • Increase their business skills and knowledge through one of the SBDC training workshops for small business owners.
  • Receive assistance writing a business plan, obtaining a business loan or improving marketing, accessing potential grants, sales or financials.

Student Email (Saints Email)

mhcc.edu/SaintsEmail

A few days after students first register for classes, they will have an MHCC student email account. All official email from the College and various college departments, including Financial Aid, will go to student Saints Email accounts. It is the responsibility of the student to check their Saints Email on a regular basis.

Student Government, Student Clubs and Co-curricular Activities

503-491-7277 | Room AC1051 | mhcc.edu/ASG

Campus activities provide an exciting and intriguing way for students to enhance themselves socially, culturally and educationally. Among the many groups at MHCC are the Associated Student Government (ASG), Student Senate, and Student Activities Board (SAB). Students elect the ASG president and vice president each spring, who then appoint other students to ASG after an interview process in May. These groups were formed to give students a voice, and to provide a broad range of events on campus that enrich the overall student experience at MHCC. Each year, student government prepares a sizeable budget providing funding for numerous student groups, including The Advocate newspaper, forensics, KMHD2 radio, athletics and special publications like Perceptions and Venture magazines. Activities organized by the Associated Students of MHCC include Welcome Week, club fairs, wellness events, holiday celebrations, community service opportunities and dances. Student clubs and organizations—each with their own focus based on the diverse interests of students—also offer various activities and events.

Students organize to offer a wide range of exciting events and experiences that complement the MHCC classroom experience and contribute to a dynamic, fun and educational college atmosphere. Most student activities are centered in the Student Union, which is also home to some of the best music, arts and cultural events in the area.

The Fireplace Gallery offers monthly exhibits of fine artists from throughout the Pacific Northwest. Cultural events, focusing on both local and international diversity, are commonplace. The Student Union is also where to find information on intramural sports, political clubs, special interest groups and numerous other opportunities to get involved on your campus.

Student Publications

503-491-7260 | AC1051 | mhcc.edu/StudentPublications

The Student Publications program at MHCC provides excellent opportunities for students to express their opinions and gain experience in the development of a campus newspaper (The Advocate), student news magazine (Venture) and a campus literary publication (Perceptions). These three formats provide writers and other artists with a diverse and challenging set of artist platforms. Students develop the material and manage the organizations that produce these publications.

Student Union

503-491-7277 | Room AC1051 | mhcc.edu/StudentUnion

The Student Union serves as a primary location for students, faculty and staff to gather for meetings, special events and informal social interactions. The Fireplace Lounge is often considered the living room of the campus. A variety of services are based in the Student Union, including housing information bulletin boards, an open computer lab, a fax machine, a poster-making machine, copy services, campus lost and found, lockers and access to public telephones and TriMet bus schedules. The Student Union houses the offices of the Associated Student Government, the Student Activities Board, student clubs and other student groups. Friendly staff members answer questions at the campus information desk. The Student Union is the location where many student activities and public forums are organized. Speakers on environmental, political and religious topics are common, along with musical performances and cultural arts programs. Art exhibits are a regular feature of the Student Union.

Study Abroad

503-491-7497 or 503-491-7344 | mhcc.edu/StudyAbroad

The College offers two financial aid-eligible study abroad options: a 15-credit winter term Spanish immersion program in Costa Rica; and a three-week 3-credit early summer Japanese language and culture program in Kyoto.

Testing Services

503-491-7591 | Room AC2335 | mhcc.edu/TestingServices

Testing Services offers a variety of testing and assessment services including:

  • College placement testing
  • Make-up exams
  • Oregon Millwrights exam
  • Pearson Vue Testing
  • IECC (Intensive English for College and Careers) placement testing
  • GED (General Educational Development)
  • CLEP (College Level Examination Program)
  • Distance Education test proctoring (schools and organizations outside MHCC)
  • Proctoring for online courses
  • Oregon Department of Agriculture Exams

Transitions/Transiciones

503-491-7680 or 503-491-6972 | Room AC1002 | mhcc.edu/Transitions

The Transitions Program is a career planning and college preparation program for women who may find it challenging to begin or continue with their college education. The program provides a highly supportive environment that helps students develop career goals, get comfortable with the college and all its resources, make friends within a support network of professionals and peers, and develop life skills like time management and study strategies. Students also learn how to apply for scholarships and to develop life-long career development skills.

The Transiciones Program is a career planning and college preparation for Latinas/native Spanish speakers, particularly first generation students, single mothers, housewives, and students who may have been unable to study due to obstacles. People of diverse ages and backgrounds are welcome. Students receive bilingual life and career development classes, financial assistance for English classes, help transitioning into college programs and individualized advising.

TRIO College First

503-491-7590 | Room AC53 | mhcc.edu/TrioCollegeFirst

TRIO College First is a federally-funded pre-college program designed to assist eligible reentry, middle school and high school students who are from low-income families and will be the first in their family to graduate from a four-year institution. TRIO College First offers participants free services at our partner high school and middle school sites, including academic advising, career counseling, assistance with college admissions applications, financial aid applications and scholarships, cultural enrichment opportunities, field trips to colleges and universities and workshops to promote academic, personal and admissions success.

TRIO Student Support Services

503-491-7688 | Room AC50 | mhcc.edu/TRIO-SSS

TRIO Student Support Services (TRIO-SSS) is a federal program designed to assist eligible MHCC students who are pursuing a certificate or associate degree with the intention to transfer to a university to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Eligible students may be individuals who could benefit from additional support and assistance in their efforts to attain a bachelor’s degree. They may be first-generation college students, may have a documented disability, or meet federal low-income guidelines. Program services are free and include academic, career, personal, transfer and financial advising. Tutoring, cultural enrichment activities, four-year college and university visits and workshops promoting academic, personal and financial success are also provided.

Veteran Services

503-491-7346 | Room AC1152 | mhcc.edu/VeteranServices

The Veteran Services Office, located in room AC1152 on the main mall level of the Gresham Campus, provides a one stop, centrally located office to assist students with veteran related issues. This office handles all Veteran Affairs (VA) educational paperwork and certification for education benefits through the VA. We can also provide you referral to federal, state and local resources and services supporting veterans and their families.

By federal law, this office must audit all transcripts and schedules for students receiving education benefits to ensure course applicability and satisfactory academic progression. Any class or grade that does not apply to the degree/certificate declared on a student’s VA file cannot be certified for veterans educational benefits.

Veterans must notify this office to have their classes certified for benefits every term. Qualified students must inform this office of any and all enrollment changes (drops, adds, etc.) in addition to processing through the Registration Office. Failure to do so may result in either an overpayment or underpayment of benefits. Students receiving VA education benefits must maintain a 2.00 GPA, and are subject to the same standards of academic progress used by the college for all students. Failure to maintain a minimum 2.00 GPA may result in an overpayment and possible student debt.

CH33 Post 9/11 only: Financial Aid funds pay your tuition and fees until the VA pays them. Tuition and fees are not reported to the VA until after the drop/add period to avoid overpayments and underpayments. If you drop a class after the first day of the term, you may be responsible to repay the VA for any overpayments in tuition, fees, book stipend, and BAH associated with each dropped class.

Veterans Deferred Payment Plan: A deferral plan for VA eligible students is available through the Veteran Services Office. This form must be completed every term to receive the deferral.

WorkSource Portland Metro Gresham

503-660-1440 | 19421 S.E. Stark, Portland, OR 97233 | worksourceportlandmetro.org

MHCC at WorkSource Portland Metro Gresham (WSPMG) serves East Multnomah County’s job seekers, including college students.  WSPMG assists individuals in moving toward economic self-sufficiency by providing career coaching, training and job search assistance. Our services focus on guiding job seekers into high-demand industries that lead to family wage career-track jobs. WSPMG also supports area businesses by providing targeted recruitment assistance, on-the-job training, and services that respond to emerging workforce trends.

WSPMG, in partnership with the Oregon Employment Department, is part of a regional workforce development system administered by Worksystems, Inc., funded in part through the U.S. Department of Labor.
Our Vision: Job seekers are highly skilled and empowered to make informed career choices that support their work and life success.