For eight decades, Clark College has provided the residents of Southwest Washington and beyond with affordable, high-quality academic and technical education. It has served as a regional hub for learning and development through our educational programs, cultural events, and community services.
Clark College is the second largest single-campus provider of for-credit classes in
Washington's community and technical college system. Clark welcomes more than 13,000
students of all ages and backgrounds pursuing their educational or career paths each
quarter. Students can earn high school diplomas, GEDs, certificates and degrees in a variety of programs including nursing, dental hygiene, health informatics and mechatronics to name a few. Also, Clark's Running Start program is the largest in the state with more than 1,800 high school students earning
college credit for little or no cost. Additionally, Clark has collaborated on partnerships with many regional colleges,
universities, and technical institutions, allowing students to apply credits earned
at Clark toward their bachelor's degrees.
Clark College's main campus sits on the beautiful 101-acre Vancouver Central Park in the heart of Vancouver, in southwest Washington. The college also offers classes on the campus of Washington State University, Vancouver and at a satellite campus in east Vancouver at the Columbia Tech Center. Economic & Community Development, offering corporate and continuing education classes, is in the heart of downtown Vancouver at the Columbia Bank Building.. Clark College has collaborated on partnerships with many regional colleges, universities, and technical institutions, allowing students to apply credits earned at Clark toward their bachelor's degree.
Athletic programs at Clark College include men's and women's basketball, coed cross country, men's and women's soccer, softball, volleyball and baseball. Clark College is a member of the Northwest Athletic Conference.
History and Traditions
Founded in 1933, Clark College is the oldest institution of higher education in Southwest Washington. Founded as a private, two-year, junior college, Clark College received its first accreditation in 1937 and has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 1948. It was incorporated into the statewide community college system in 1967. Clark has developed a rich history and relationship with both its own community and the community around it. Many of its annual events, like its Jazz Fest and Sakura Festival, are traditions that go back years or even decades.
Those interested in researching the history of Clark College are welcome to contact the college's Office of Communications & Marketing as well as Cannell Library for information about their respective archives of historic materials.
Over its 80-year history, Clark College has produced many notable alumni. A few examples are:
- Former U.S. Rep. Don Bonker, class of '62
- Environmentalist and Earth Day founder Denis Hayes, class of '64
- Mathematician Ron Larson, class of '64
- Open House Ministries co-founder Joanne Kendall, class of '64
- Actor Sam Elliott, class of '65
- Major League Baseball pitcher Randy Myers, class of '83
- Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt, class of '90
Visit the Clark College Foundation's alumni page to learn about more of Clark alumni's contributions to the world.
Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Monday-Thursday: 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.