Employee Recognition

Clark College strives to be a workplace where employees feel valued and recognized for all the hard work they do. That's why the college hosts multiple awards programs that publicly recognize the contributions of our faculty and staff.

Classified Staff Awards include both yearly and quarterly recognitions. The annual Exceptional Classified Staff Awards, which recognize two classified employees for their contributions to Clark College, are traditionally announced on Opening Day before the beginning of fall quarter. Recipients receive a glass plaque and $1,000, funded through an anonymous donor’s contributions to the Clark College Foundation. The quarterly Classified Staff Excellence Award was established in 2005 and recognizes classified staff who have demonstrated exemplary work performance, outstanding customer service, a positive and cooperative spirit, and special achievements or contributions to the college community. Thanks to the support of the Clark College Foundation, each quarter’s recipient receives a $400 cash award.

Exceptional Faculty Awards are presented annually to full-time and part-time faculty members in recognition of exemplary work performance, positive impact on students, professional commitment, and other contributions to the college. Nominations are submitted by Clark College students, faculty, classified employees, administrators, alumni, Board members, and Foundation directors. The awards are made possible through an endowed trust fund established by the Washington State Legislature and the Clark College Exceptional Faculty Endowment Fund, which was established in 1993.

In 2007, Clark College President Bob Knight introduced a new honor at Clark College: the Presidential Coin. The coin is given to faculty and staff members who provide exemplary service to Clark students, the college and the community. The honorees are decided by the president and are kept secret until the names are announced–generally on Opening Day in the fall or during the annual State of the College address.

Employees also receive recognition for their years of service to the college, and we honor our retirees at the Retiree Reception, usually held in December, where we are always happy to see many former employees return to visit the college and see old friends.