Clark College is a community college which is located in Vancouver, Washington. The college is the largest single-campus provider of for-credit classes in Washington’s community and technical college system. The main campus of the college is located on 101 acres in Vancouver’s Central Park. The college was established as a private two year junior college in the year 1993. Initially it was given a name as ‘Vancouver Junior College’. The college was situated at old Hidden House at 100 W 13th Street in downtown Vancouver. It received the state support in 1941 which was supervised by the State Board of Education in 1946 along with Vancouver School Board. The Applied Arts Center became the college’s first building in 1951. Initially it was offering evening classes but after the ‘Kaiser Shipyards’ boom of World War II, the college started to grow to meet the educational needs of expanded students in the college. The current active president of the college is ‘Bob Knight’. Bob was a former commander of Vancouver Barracks and graduate of ‘West Point’. He also holds an Executive MBA degree from the Golden Gate University.
The main campus of the college is located in Vancouver’s Central Park which lies in Southwest of Water Works Park and north of Hudson’s Bay High School. The College has added a new building on the western edge of the main campus which incurred a cost of $30 million. It started a satellite campus in east Vancouver in September 2009. The new campus incurred the cost of $29.5 million which is certified gold by the ‘Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)’. Clark College provides various associate degrees, general adult education and also prepares the students for four-year University degrees. In addition to these programs, it has programs in nursing, dental hygiene and industrial arts like welding and auto maintenance. The college welcomed over 16,000 students in the year 2009. After that, the number of students increases rapidly in the subsequent years 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12. In the year 2011, total 1500 students completed graduation from the Clark Colleges with associate degrees of professional certification. The college based at Washington State University Vancouver is home to college’s nursing program and general education classes. Another college based at Columbia Tech Center opened in the fall of 2009. It offers various programs like general education classes, basic skills classes, professional and technical training, workforce development and personal enrichment courses. This college is collaborated with Concordia University, Portland State University, Marylhurst University and Washington State University Vancouver. In addition to this, Eastern Washington University (EWU) offers Bachelor’s degree in technology, dental hygiene and social work at ‘Clark College’. Apart from offering bachelor’s degree, it also offers three year, two night per week master’s degree in social work program.
The students enrolling in this college can also benefited with various athletic programs like men’s and women’s basketball, coed cross country, coed track, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, women’s softball and intercollegiate baseball. This college is a member of Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges. In the starting month of 2012, the college established a Hall of Fame to honor the student’s athletic achievements. The college’s ‘Penguin Athletic Club’ came into existence since 1996. It has supported the college’s various athletic programs and student athletes through scholarship support and special recognition programs. Besides its athletic programs, the students of this college are also benefited with several scholarships which the college offers in each year to the students of the college. The students can apply for the scholarship in late winter or early spring for the following year. The college
Clark College has well-managed library from where the students can get the required material anytime. It provides various services to the students with creating separate study areas and rooms to study. There is facility of borrowing, renewing and returning library cards which has made easy for the students. The students enrolling in this college can enjoy Choral Festival, Jazz Festival and theatrical programs. They can also participate in musical activities. The college also provides career services for making positive career choices. There is counseling service available for the students which help them to choose their proper education and career goals. It also helps them to minimize the obstacles to student success. The students are involved in different activities in the college. They are actively involving in diversity center, fitness center, Peer Mentor Program, Service Learning, Student Clubs & Programs, Student Government and Student Publications.
The college offers various services like Career Services, Child Care, Counseling, Dental Hygiene Clinic, Disability Support, Legal Services, Office of Diversity, Student Employment and Veterans Center. The college provides academic calendar to the students each year. There are various programs like Automotive Technology, Bioengineering & Chemical Pre-Engineering, Biological Sciences, Business Administration Accounting, Business Administration Management, Business Administration-small Business Management, Business Technology-legal office, Business Technology-Medical Information, Computer Graphics Technology, Computer Science, Construction Technology, Math Education, Music, Nursing, Pharmacy Technician, Surveying & Geomatics, Welding Technology, Physics and others. Clark College has produced many renowned personalities in the world. Some of the popular names are Al Bauer, Sam Elliott, Mike Gaechter, Treva Throneberry, Jess Hartley, Denis Hayes, Tim Leavitt, Randy Myers, Bill Swain, Ron Larson. With all its quality features this college has proved to be one of the best colleges for the students. It has not only gained recognition in United States but also all over the world. More information about the college can be gathered from its official websites.