• Program Details


  • Thank you for your interest in the Fisheries Technology program at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC).

    There are many attributes that make this program unique and special. It is the only program of its kind in the state of Oregon and has trained skilled fisheries technicians for over 40 years. A high percentage of graduates of this program are employees of the Oregon and Washington Departments of Fish and Wildlife.

    The Fisheries Technology program provides dynamic hands-on learning experiences. Students will spend their second year of the program raising fish in the campus hatchery. Up to a third of the program curriculum takes students out in the field. Students travel to off-campus sites and work closely with local, state, tribal and federal agencies. In all arenas, students are learning by doing.

    Students will gain first-hand experience using a variety of fisheries techniques including: spawning and rearing of trout and salmon, monitoring and treatment of fish diseases, sampling fish populations with various gears including a variety of nets, electrofishing and conducting various fisheries related research projects. The job-site skills taught at MHCC make graduates valuable for many positions in the fisheries field.

    Working in the fisheries industry is a highly rewarding experience both professionally and personally. If you have a strong love of the outdoors and wish to make a positive contribution in the care and management of fish resources, this program is for you.

    Program Start

    The Fisheries Technology program is six terms in length and begins fall term each year. This is a limited-entry program. Students must apply and be accepted into the program to have their major changed to Fisheries Technology.

    Student Enrollment

    The program accepts 32 new students each year. Once the program is full, an alternate list will be established.

    Fisheries Technology Core Class Schedule

    The class schedule provided is for the Fisheries Technology core classes only and does not include general or related electives required for the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fisheries Technology.

    First Year

    Fall Term: Mondays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.- Noon; no Fisheries classes on Wednesday or Friday

    Winter Term: Mondays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.- Noon; no Fisheries classes on Wednesday or Friday

    Spring Term: Mondays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. - Noon. Most students take a specific PE class from 1:10 p.m.-2:30 p.m. this term. No Fisheries classes are held on Wednesday or Friday.

    Second Year

    Fall Term: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m.-5:20 p.m. (only one of these days would go until 5:20pm; depends on FI241 section); Wednesdays from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; no Fisheries classes on Monday or Friday

    Winter Term: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (only one of these days would go until 5 p.m.; depends on FI221 section); Wednesdays from 8 a.m.-1p.m.; no Fisheries classes on Monday or Friday

    Spring Term: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (only one of these days would go until 5pm; depends on FI222 section); Wednesdays from 8 a..m-1 p.m.; no Fisheries classes on Monday or Friday

    Estimated Program Costs

    These costs are approximations and are subject to change without notice. They are listed only as a guide for your financial planning. Tuition is as of Fall term 2019 and subject to change without notice. To view the current tuition rate, please see the Tuition/Fee Rate Table at www.mhcc.edu/tuition. Students are advised to have a financial plan in place.

    Students are responsible for transportation costs to offsite field work and travel is not included in financial aid reimbursable expenses.

    Tuition and Fees Approximate Costs
    Tuition (based on six terms in the program, 95 credits) $11,791.50
    College Service Fee ($49/term x 6 terms) plus Access Fee ($39/term x 6 terms) $528.00
    Mandatory Equipment
    Equipment purchase(s) should be made after the first class session in order to take advantage of any late changes.
    Rain gear $75.00
    Calculator (TI 83) $100.00
    Wading Staff $30.00
    Chest Waders $100.00
    Polarized Glasses $50.00
    Textbooks per Term $100.00-500.00
    Optional Equipment
    Bibs $40.00
    Rubber Knee Boots $50.00
    GRAND TOTAL: $12,954.50-$13,354.50
    Additional Requirements While In the Program