• 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 are for the Fisheries Technology core classes only and do 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.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a..m-4:30 p.m. (not straight through but there’s an afternoon Fisheries class from 3:10 p.m.-4:30 p.m. and most students take a specific PE class from 1:10 p.m.-2:30 p.m. this term); no Fisheries classes 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

    Equipment and Estimated Costs

    The costs listed are for your Fisheries Technology core classes and do not include costs (e.g., books, tuitions and fees) for general or related electives required for the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fisheries Technology.

    These costs are estimates and are 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. See the current Tuition/Fee Rate Table.

    It is recommended that purchase of tools and electronic calculators be made after the first class session in order to take advantage of any late changes.

    Mandatory Equipment Approximate Costs
    Rain gear $75
    Calculator (TI 83) $100
    Wading Staff $30
    Chest Waders $100
    Polarized Glasses $50
    Textbooks per Term $100-500
    Total $455-$855
    Optional Equipment Approximate Costs
    Bibs $40
    Rubber Knee Boots $50
    Total $90
    Additional Requirements While In the Program