Columbia County

Contact: Janis Nichols

Portland Community College is a committed partner in Columbia County, offering both credit and non-credit classes. Credit classes are offered fall, winter and spring terms in Scappoose and St. Helens. Classes include general education, lower division transfer and career technical (trades) training. In addition, Community Education classes are offered at a variety of locations in the area.

Columbia County residents attending classes at other PCC locations may benefit from the Columbia County Rider Shuttle which goes to and from the Rock Creek Campus and Willow Creek Center. For more information, visit the Columbia County Rider website.

Summer class schedule

See the complete Scappoose class schedule

Kayak: Nocturnal Paddle

Join us as we leave the marina at sunset and paddle through Scappoose Bay, spooking up nocturnal animals. We will finish by paddling back in just after dark. Guide, upgraded kayaks, dry bags, snacks and beverages provided. Class schedule: Nocturnal Paddle

Kayak: Shutterbug Tour

Catered to photographers, we paddle to ideal locations in our bay for unique photo opportunities. We use our most stable kayaks to create ideal shooting conditions with extra room for equipment. Guide, upgraded kayaks, dry bags, snacks and hot beverages provided. Class schedule: Kayak Shutterbug

Wetlands of Scappoose Bay Kayak

This paddle is a great way to discover scenic Scappoose Bay and experience all of its natural charm and wonder. Join us in our calm and easy to paddle wetlands and learn from our knowledgeable guides about the local history and habitats. Class schedule: Wetlands Kayak

Stand Up Paddle Board: Scappoose Bay

Learn balance, paddling techniques on Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP) and tour beautiful Scappoose Bay, enjoying a different perspective of the great blue herons, eagles, osprey and other wildlife while having fun. Class schedule: SUP Scappoose Bay

Woodworking 101 Basics: Level 1

Hands-on class covers tools, safety, materials and tricks of the trade. Projects teach proper use of machinery to help get you started on your own project. Class schedule: Woodworking level 1

Woodworking 101 Basics: Level 2

Using the foundations of Woodworking 101 Basics: Level 1, learn to make samples of common woodworking joints. With this technique you will then work on your own projects. High quality layout tools are required to complete this class. Class schedule: Woodworking level 2

Getting there

The Columbia County Rider runs six times a day, Monday-Friday to Rock Creek and Willow Creek. Student fare from Columbia County is $5. Students traveling between Rock Creek and Willow Creek ride free. Visit NWconnector to find the bus schedule.

Additional programs and services

  • Small business development advising, call for an appointment: 971-722-5080
  • Professional development & training, for more information: 971-722-6686

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