Discover new adventures this summer at TBCC

Looking to add an element of excitement to your summer this year? Look no further than Tillamook Bay Community College. Registration for summer classes is now open, and TBCC is offering several new community education learning experiences for the whole family to enjoy:


The Wonders of Venice – July 27, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

For centuries the city of Venice has survived on the edge of a fragile balance between rising seas and sinking land, while being a center for artistic innovation and genius. Join artist and TBCC adjunct Christine Harrison for an afternoon as she discusses her experience as Artist in Residence at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica Venezia on the Grand Canal in Venice this spring. Discover the wonders of Venice, the unique challenges of its ecology, and the beauty of its art.


The Amazing Story of Bayocean Park/Peninsula – July 20, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Aug. 24, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Decades after Bayocean Park slowly crumbled into the sea, the peninsula is among Oregon’s more beautiful ghost towns, known for its natural scenery and excellent birdwatching offerings. Join local historian John Sandusky as he recounts the story of Bayocean Park in the early 20th century and how the community came into being. View the pictorial history of the resort and its other amenities, and hear the memories of people who visited. Learn what finally happened to the small community.


Spend an Afternoon in the Field with Photographer Michael Kittell – Aug. 2, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Raised on the Oregon Coast, local photographer Michael Kittel developed a passion of the natural world at a young age while exploring the wild forests, rugged mountains, and rocky deserts of the Pacific Northwest.  He has climbed and photographed all over North America, Latin America, and Asia. Spend an hour in the classroom discussing photography basics, and then head to Cape Kiwanda or Oceanside to put what you’ve learned into practice.  Participants should have a very basic level of physical fitness and their own cameras with some sort of manual function.


Experience the Art of Gyotaku with artist Bruce Koike – July 9, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.; Aug. 13, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The Japanese word Gyotaku translates to “fish rubbing.” At the core of this technique is the use of the actual fish in the process of creating the image. These original prints are made on rice paper with acrylic paint. The paint is placed directly on the fish and the paper is then gently rubbed against the fish transferring the paint onto the paper. Once the paper is removed from the fish and the paint dried, the eyes are painted by the artist. All supplies will be provided including real fish, paint, and brushes. Just come with a spirit of learning and exploration.


No Fear Fly Fishing – Tuesdays, June 21- Aug. 16, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

This is a basic course introducing people of all ages and abilities to the art, craftiness and science of tricking fish into thinking feathers, steel and bits of this-n-that tied to a string are actually food. Students will have the opportunity to construct simple, artificial flies, learn how to use a fly rod to cast a 25-foot fly, hook and land a fish and understand how and why all this happens. There will be classroom instruction, field instruction and hours of actual fly fishing on one of the magnificent Tillamook Rivers. Curiosity about nature and the ability to swim or tread water are the only prerequisites.


Train for a 5K – Mon, Wed, Fri, June 20 – Aug. 12, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.        

For beginners or experienced runners, this course will spend approximately eight weeks getting participants ready to either run their first 5k or improve upon their fitness to lower their 5k time. Training will be geared for all students to run in the local Tillamook Bay Fun Run on Aug. 13. Runs throughout the course will include long distances and speed workouts. General fitness routines will also be integrated into the course including core, running form, and stretching.


All these classes and many more are available this summer at TBCC. For more information and to register, visit or call 503-842-8222 ext. 1100.


TBCC is also offering many credit course offerings to help you stay on track over the summer. There are even options for independent study in the Business Administration program. If you are planning on enrolling as a degree seeking student at TBCC for the first time, you can complete an admissions application online at or at the Student Services office at the main college campus. New students must complete the admissions application, take a college skill level placement test, or provide previous college transcripts, and attend a student orientation session before registering for classes.


To see a complete schedule of classes, visit