Clark College was founded in 1933 as a private, two-year, junior college. It received its first accreditation in 1937 and has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 1948, and was incorporated into the statewide community college system in 1967.
Today, Clark College is the largest single-campus provider of for-credit classes in Washington's community and technical college system. Clark welcomes more than 16,000 students of all ages and backgrounds to take The Next Step on 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. Clark also has more than 1,800 Running Start students, which allows high school student to earn college credit for little or no cost. Clark's Running Start program is the largest in the state.
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. Corporate and Continuing Education classes are offered in the heart of downtown Vancouver at the Columbia Bank Building. The college is currently planning for a new satellite campus in north Clark County and a brand new STEM building at its main campus to serve the increased demand for training in science, technology, engineering and math. 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. Learn more about Clark's College and University Partnerships.
Athletic programs at Clark College include men's and women's basketball, coed cross country, men's and women's soccer, coed track and field, softball, volleyball and baseball. Clark College is a member of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges.
Clark College's mascot is a Galapagon penguin named Oswald. He appears at many college events and is acknowledged through the college's Healthy Penguin Nation and Sustainable Penguin Nation initiatives.
Learn more about Clark College's history.