GRESHAM, Ore. - By a unanimous vote at their May 13 meeting, the Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) District Board of Education approved a partnership agreement between Mt. Hood Community College and Oregon Public Broadcasting for OPB to operate jazz station KMHD, 89.1-FM.

“This partnership ensures jazz programming will continue to be heard throughout greater Portland for years to come.  We look forward to working with listeners, the jazz community and Mt. Hood Community College to enhance KMHD’s on-air programming and community engagement activities,” said OPB’s President and CEO, Steve Bass.  

“Under the leadership of Mt. Hood Community College President John J. “Ski” Sygielski, MHCC is on its way to becoming the most innovative, most responsive and highest quality College in the region. This new partnership is an exciting and important step by MHCC to distinguish itself as unique, through new opportunities to students and the increased exposure that OPB provides,” expressed Mt. Hood Community College Board Chair Duke Shepard.

“We are excited about this new partnership and the many opportunities it will create for our current and future students through internship opportunities with OPB’s radio and television stations. For KMHD, the City of Gresham, the College and those who have supported it for almost three decades, this agreement ensures a more stable and robust future for all who greatly enjoy the station and its jazz format,” said MHCC President Sygielski.

Under the arrangement, OPB will begin operating KMHD on July 1, and will be responsible for all of the operating costs of the station.  OPB and MHCC will jointly develop internship programs for students in areas including radio and television production, multimedia and journalism.  In addition, OPB will provide Mt. Hood Community College with on-air sponsorship credits designed to heighten awareness of the College and its programs throughout OPB’s extensive coverage area.

About OPB
OPB is the state’s most far-reaching and accessible media resource, providing free access to programming for children and adults.  Our programming is designed to give voice to the community, connect Oregon and its neighbors and illuminate a wider world. Every week, over 1.5 million people tune in to or log on to OPB’s television, radio and Internet services. As the hub of operations for the state’s Emergency Broadcast and Amber Alert services, OPB serves as the backbone for the distribution of critical information to broadcasters and homes throughout Oregon. OPB is one of the largest producers and presenters of national television programming through PBS, and is also a member station of NPR, Public Radio International (PRI), and American Public Media (APM). The OPB Web site is

About MHCC
Serving more than 27,000 students each year, Mt. Hood Community College provides students the education needed for the career of their choice. MHCC offers more than 60 associate and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines as well as bachelor’s degrees through partnerships with area four-year institutions. Classes are offered at several locations – the Gresham Campus, the Maywood Park Campus and the Bruning Center for Allied Health Education in Gresham. MHCC’s Web site is

MHCC is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). You may contact the NWCCU at 8060 165th Ave. N.E., Suite 100, Redmond, Wash. 98052-1981. MHCC does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, political affiliation or disability in its programs or activities.