• Program Details

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

    Many attributes make this program unique. 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 program graduates are employees of the Oregon and Washington Departments of Fish and Wildlife.

    The Fisheries Technology program provides dynamic hands-on learning experiences. Students 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.

    Students 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 field.

    Working in the fisheries industry is highly rewarding both professionally and personally. If you love the outdoors and want 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 (6) terms in length and begins fall term each year.  

    Student Enrollment

    This is an open entry program. There is no application process to register for program classes. Prospective students register on a space available basis after reading, writing, and math placement requirements have been met. Once the program classes are full, students can be added to the waitlist.

    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 8 a.m.- 12 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.- 12 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. - 12 Noon. 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.-3 p.m.; no Fisheries classes on Monday or Friday

    Spring Term: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.-12 Noon; Wednesdays from 8 a..m-1 p.m.; no Fisheries classes on Monday or Friday

    Estimated Program Materials Costs

    These costs are approximations and subject to change without notice. They are listed to give you an idea of costs in addition to tuition so that you can plan for your financial needs. To determine tuition, see the current 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 fieldwork and travel is not included in financial aid reimbursable expenses.

    Mandatory Equipment

    Approximate Costs
    Equipment should be purchased 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

    Additional Requirements While In the Program