Section A: Enrollment, Aid and College Life

Archer Gallery


Archer Gallery has been exhibiting fine art in Southwest Washington since 1978, consistently presenting an impressive list of artists and exhibits. Focusing on Northwest and Washington artists, the gallery also exhibits works by national artists. Featuring both established and emerging talents, the cultural, social, and ethnic diversity of the region is expressed in the exhibition schedule.

Archer Gallery is located on the lower level at the south entrance of the Penguin Union Building and features 2,000 square feet of exhibition space. All exhibits are free and open to students and the community. Support for the Archer Gallery is provided by the Associated Students of Clark College (ASCC), the Clark College Foundation, the college and donations from individuals. Archer Gallery is wheelchair accessible.


Clark College Penguins

Clark College is a member of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC), which coordinates and regulates both men’s and women’s athletics in Washington and Oregon. Clark sponsors intercollegiate teams for women in volleyball, cross country, basketball, track and field, softball, and soccer; and for men in soccer, cross country, basketball, baseball, and track and field. Students interested in intercollegiate sports should contact the Athletics Department.

Penguin Athletic Club

Through individual, family, and corporate memberships, the Clark College Penguin Athletic Club (PAC) provides funding for athletic scholarships, special events and recognition for student athletes, coaching enhancements, and general support for all eleven (11) Clark teams competing for the Penguins. Membership in the PAC provides special discounts on both alumni and PAC events, free admission to all home regular season games, and the opportunity to utilize the Clark College Thompson Fitness Center for a nominal fee per quarter or per year. For more information, please contact the PAC office.


360-992-2149  Fax: 360-992-2862 

The Clark College Bookstore, owned and operated by the college, is located in Gaiser Hall and stocks required textbooks and supplies as requested by classroom instructors. The staff vigorously supports student interests by maintaining the lowest possible price for textbooks of any college in this region; by diligently stocking as many used textbooks as possible; and by providing e-book and rental options whenever feasible. The store also sponsors a book buyback each quarter during finals week, allowing students to recover cash for textbooks that they no longer wish to keep.

The Bookstore strives to support the interests of the entire community by selling computer accessories, software (special student pricing on many items), logo items, apparel, gifts, cards, convenience food items, various reading (both for class and for relaxation) and reference materials including many test preparation items, and an extensive health reference and supply section. Reloadable Bookstore gift cards are available for purchase for student shopping convenience. Services provided include personal faxing, personal package shipment, notary public, special orders, sale of Clark College theatre tickets, USPS stamps, C-Tran bus passes, payment for parking and student ID tags, and an e-commerce site which fulfills student orders and holds.

Payment options at the store include Bookstore gift cards, cash, check with appropriate identification, and Visa, MasterCard or Discover charge cards. Refunds are granted with the required documentation and within a specified time frame. Returns require a receipt and the length of time allowed for a return is determined by the type of item being returned (specifics available in the Bookstore).

Bulletin Boards


The majority of college bulletin boards are used for college or departmental information only. All bulletin boards are identified with the assigned posting monitor. The posting monitor is responsible for postings. The complete bulletin board guidelines and a listing of campus bulletin boards and their classification may be obtained from the Facilities Services Office located in the Facilities Services building (FST).

Signs or posters may not be placed on wood, glass, painted, plastered or metal surfaces. Only thumbtacks may be used on bulletin boards. Staples are not permitted. Materials placed improperly will be removed by college personnel.

Child and Family Services


Toddler and preschool childcare services, summer school-age program

The Child and Family Studies program is located at the north end of the Clark College main campus. Child care and early education services with family support options are available to Clark College students, faculty, staff and the local community. Child care services are available for children twelve (12) months and walking through five (5) years of age. During the summer, services are available for children up to ten (10) years of age. Contact the program for more information or to arrange a tour. Services are available from 7:30 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Event Scheduling


The hub of campus life is the Student Center in Gaiser Hall. This facility provides space for dances, concerts, dinner theater, lectures, and other college/community events. College rooms are available for small and large meetings of students, staff, and community groups. A use agreement will be sent to those contracting for college facilities outlining responsibilities and privileges. Space utilization cannot conflict with regularly scheduled classes or activities, and space is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a charge for use of college facilities by off-campus groups. To arrange for the use of any college space, contact the Event Scheduling Office.

Student Life


The Office of Student Life (SL) coordinates programs, support services and activities that enhance the educational experience of a diverse student population and foster the intellectual and personal development of students on campus.

Student Life services and resources include:

For more information on any of these services, contact the Office of Student Life, located in the Penguin Union Building room 160, visit us online at or connect with us on Facebook at Clark College Student Life.

Student Clubs and Programs

Student clubs and programs provide students with an opportunity to combine various aspects of academic, vocational and/or personal learning and allow students to apply the skills and responsibilities of leadership by becoming involved in the campus and community. With more than 50 student clubs and programs to choose from, you are bound to find something to match your interests. Student organizations may have an educational, national, cultural, political, activity and/or religious focus.

For an up-to-date list of involvement opportunities, visit our website at

Student Government – Associated Students of Clark College (ASCC)

Recognized by the Board of Trustees as the representative body of Clark College students, ASCC consists of a seven-member Executive Council that acts as a liaison between students, faculty, staff, administration and the community. They are charged with review and implementation of the ASCC Constitution and Bylaws, committee appointments, club promotion and approval, recruitment for student involvement, keeping students informed about legislative policies that directly affect them and oversight of the Services and Activities (S&A) fees. All enrolled students are members of ASCC and are thus eligible to participate in events and to serve as officers.

Activities Programming Board (APB)

With the group motto, “We run the fun!” this four-member group is charged with the creation of a comprehensive events calendar to include cultural, educational, family and social events for Clark students. Hosting 30+ events each year, including the annual Spring Thing event, it is easy to find an opportunity to relax, learn, and connect at Clark. To find out more about upcoming events visit our online events calendar.

Student Publications

The Independent                                                                 

Working at The Independent offers students hands-on journalism experience. Working with one or more aspects of the newspaper (writing, editing, photography, layout, advertising, and business management) provides an introduction to the journalism profession as well as a means of earning credit. Some staff positions are paid. The Independent serves as a major communication link between students, student government, the faculty, staff and administration.


Phoenix, Clark College’s literary and arts magazine, is funded by ASCC to encourage the creative efforts of Clark College students. All Clark College students registered in the immediate spring, summer, fall or winter quarters prior to publication may submit fiction, poetry, flat artwork and photographs of three-dimensional work. Under the direction of the faculty advisors from English and from Art, staff members practice budgeting, marketing, writing, editing, judging and layout skills. Volunteer student staff members are welcome; some paid student staff positions exist.

Computer Services

Computer Labs

Students enrolled in credit classes may use the open computer lab facilities at Clark College. Students are required to use their college-supplied network account to access computer resources in the labs. Open computer labs are available at the following locations:

  • Anna Pechanec Hall, Rm. 102
  • Bauer Hall, Rm. 101
  • Cannell Library, Rm. 203
  • Scarpelli Hall, Rm. 135 and Rm. 023
  • Clark College at WSUV, Rm. 129
  • Clark College at Columbia Tech Center, Rm. 203 and Rm. 219
  • Pathways Center, TBG, Rm. 226


Wireless Network Access

Students may use personal computers and mobile devices to access the Internet and online services available through the Clark College website using the college wireless network. Wireless access is available in most college facilities. A network account is required to use the wireless network.

Computer Proficiency: A Statement to Students

Students at Clark College, in order to succeed here and in the communities outside the college, need to be familiar with and capable of using computers and computer software. Both upper division college work and the requirements of the workplace demand such skills. Many Clark College faculty will require students to access class materials on the Internet, use a word processor, e-mail and databases as part of regular course activities.

Students need to determine which computer skills are appropriate to their areas of study and take positive steps to acquire and use them early. In order to facilitate appropriate student access to computers and computer software, the college provides classrooms, labs, course work and library access where students can learn about and use these tools.

Students should contact their instructors, the college library, the Office of Student Affairs, the Associated Students of Clark College (ASCC), the Pathways Center, or the Advising and Counseling offices to find out what computer resources are available and when they can be accessed. Advisors, counselors, and faculty can assist students in choosing appropriate courses to help them achieve computer proficiency.

Counseling and Health Center


Located in the Health Sciences Building, the Counseling and Health Center supports student success by providing a range of professional counseling and medical services that are both affordable and conveniently available on campus. Counselors provide free, short-term, goal-focused counseling. They support students in self-development, goal-setting, and problem-solving to enhance student success. Career, academic, and personal counseling is available. Low-cost medical services are available on a limited basis. Services, pricing, and office hours are available on their website listed above. Self-care items (band aids, aspirin, ibuprofen, cough drops, etc.) are available free of charge.

Dental Hygiene Clinic


High-quality dental care is provided at a reduced fee by students under the direct supervision of licensed dental hygienists and dentists. Adults or children, five (5) years of age or older, are selected for care based on the educational needs of the students. Services provided may include exams, x-rays, scaling and polishing, sealants, fillings, tooth whitening, diet analysis, and personalized preventive education. Free screenings are available by appointment.

Disability Support Services 

360-992-2314 - Voice   360-991-0901 - Video Phone

Clark College and Disability Support Services (DSS) staff assist those with disabilities in pursuing their educational goals. DSS staff is committed to ensuring that Clark College, its services, programs, and activities are accessible to individuals with disabilities. The institution takes seriously its responsibility to follow both the spirit and the letter of all pertinent federal and state mandates.

Clark College recognizes that traditional methods, programs, and services may need to be altered to assure full accessibility to qualified persons with disabilities. DSS is the primary focus of efforts by Clark College to assure nondiscrimination on the basis of disability. Through DSS, qualified persons with disabilities can address their concerns regarding attitudinal or procedural barriers encountered, as well as any need for academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids to ensure equal access. DSS will provide information and auxiliary aids or services, as well as serve as a resource to the campus community in striving to make Clark College both an accessible and hospitable place for persons with disabilities to enjoy full and equal participation.

Emergency Procedures

The college’s emergency procedures are posted in posters displayed in all classrooms and offices, as well as on the website.

Depending on the type of incident, mass notification may be delivered via office and classroom phones, active computer screens, active Smart Classroom screens, and in some areas, loudspeakers. Emergency Building Coordinators are posted in every building to assist with emergency protocols.

Exercises (drills) will be conducted several times each year to insure general preparedness. All members of the college community are expected to participate. When possible, advance notification of planned exercises will be circulated.

Fitness Center


The Thompson Fitness Center, located in the O’Connell Sports Complex (OSC), is free to students currently enrolled in an HPE, fitness trainer or PE class. The following individuals are eligible to use the fitness center during open times for a for a quarterly or annual usage fee, which is payable at the Cashier’s Office:

Completion of fitness center basics, circuit fitness and/or weight training class is recommended prior to using the fitness center.

Food Service

The Clark College Culinary Arts-Food Service program is suspending service while the college is renovating facilities and revamping curriculum. However, the Culinary Arts-Baking program continues to operate and offers a variety of bakery items in Gaiser Hall adjacent to the Student Center. All items are prepared by Baking students who are training for jobs in the industry. These services are available during the normal academic quarter, except during final exam week. Additionally, food carts serving various cuisines are located in the center of campus between Foster/Hanna Halls and Cannell Library. Snacks, light meals and beverages are also available from vendors in Bauer Hall, Joan Stout Hall and the Foster/Hanna lobby during the academic year. The Bookstore maintains a wide variety of convenience food and beverage items. Vending machines and microwaves can also be found in many locations.

Health Insurance

A low-cost private health insurance plan is available to all Washington state community college students through Summit America Insurance Company ( Students must be taking at least six (6) credits to qualify and may enroll for injury or injury/sickness coverage. An option to enroll dependents is also available. Brochures are available at the Counseling and Health Center in the Health Sciences building or at the Cashier’s Office in Gaiser Hall.

Health insurance is required for all international students and a separate plan is available. International students are advised to discuss their health insurance options with the Office of International Programs.


Campus housing is not available. While the college does provide a housing referral bulletin board, located in central Gaiser Hall, it does not assume the responsibility for screening rentals.

Note: International Programs does work with international applicants to secure housing for them and to place them in one of the following options:

Please contact International Programs for details.

Legal Consultation


Student Legal Services is a contracted program funded by ASCC that provides free, one-time legal consultation to students. A local, general-practice attorney provides multilingual legal counsel on family, criminal, and contract issues for students, as needed.

Thirty-minute consultation appointments are offered once a week through fall, winter and spring quarters, and can be arranged through the Student Life office, located in PUB 160. Please call 360-992-2404 to schedule an appointment.



Clark College Libraries provide resources to support the educational mission of Clark College. Located on the main campus, Cannell Library provides students, faculty and staff with books, movies and CDs. Cannell Library also has group study rooms and computer labs. Students attending classes at Columbia Tech Center can visit the Information Commons located on the second floor of the building in Room 219. Students are encouraged to ask librarians at either location for assistance using the wide range of in-print and online resources. Library faculty offer a variety of instruction sessions, research assistance and workshops.

Through Summit, a partnership that combines the holdings of academic libraries in Washington, Oregon and Idaho students also have access to books, DVDs, videotapes, government documents and more. Direct online borrowing and an efficient courier service allows students to obtain books quickly and easily.

From the Libraries’ website (, Clark College students, faculty and staff have 24/7 online access to thousands of resources, including electronic books, full-text journals and 64 electronic databases. Consult the library website or call 360-992-2151 for hours of service and other library information.

Office of Diversity and Equity


The Office of Diversity and Equity is a realignment of services at Clark that deal with issues of diversity and equity. The function of the Office of Diversity and Equity is to support the accomplishment of the goals set out in the Diversity Plan adopted by Clark College in 2009. In addition, the Office of Diversity and Equity is equally committed to serving historically disadvantaged communities as they navigate Clark--as well as the entire Clark community as it engages in conversations around power, privilege, inequity, and diversity.

A Diversity Center has been established at Clark College. Its primary function is to be a welcoming and safe place for the entire Clark community—students, faculty, staff, and community members—to learn about and engage with issues of diversity, inclusion, power, privilege, inequity, and social justice. In addition, the Diversity Center serves as a resource on related issues, provides training and educational programs, hosts speakers and performers, and offers opportunities to connect with those who have felt disconnected in the past.

Parking and Traffic Rules


Traffic and parking regulations at the college are authorized by the Board of Trustees and codified under the Washington Administrative Code. The enforcement of parking and traffic regulations is the responsibility of the Security/Safety Department.

Student parking on the Clark College campus is limited to open parking spaces. Open parking spaces are identified as lined spaces without any special labels. No permit is required to park in open parking. Restricted parking areas include faculty/staff (F/S) parking, visitor parking, and disabled person parking. No one may park in these areas without the proper permit or other authorization.

Drivers of vehicles on campus shall obey all regulatory signs, including stop signs and directional arrows, and shall comply with directions of campus security officers in the control of traffic and parking.
Any violations of the parking and traffic rules and regulations of the college may result in issuance of a monetary citation by the Security/Safety Department. Vehicle impounding, immobilization or transcript hold may result if vehicles are parked improperly or if fines are not paid.

The Security/Safety Department works continually toward safe and effective parking lot use. Concerns, suggestions and ideas for meeting the challenges of managing campus parking are always welcome. Students should contact the Security/Safety Department in Gaiser Hall for a complete copy of the Clark College Parking and Traffic Rules and Regulations, or for a copy of the Parking Survival Guide.

Public Transportation

Clark College is served by C-Tran, the Clark County Community Transit System, at the main campus, Clark College at WSU Vancouver, and Clark College at Columbia Tech Center. The Clark College main campus is currently served by three (3) bus lines which link the college to all parts of the city of Vancouver, Clark County, and to Portland, Oregon.

To encourage and enable transit ridership, the college funds and supports the BackPASS program. Through the BackPASS program, all registered Clark College students can purchase a BackPASS endorsement for their student body identification cards. The BackPASS will afford the student unlimited access to C-Tran service in Clark County. Students may receive only one subsidized BackPass per quarter. To facilitate use of the BackPASS, bus schedules, maps and other transit information can be found in several locations. C-Tran regularly participates in student orientations and hosts information booths on the main campus.

Van service is now available at a reduced rate to students with disabilities. Check with C-Tran for more details by calling 360-695-8918 (voice) or 360-695-2760 TTY.

Additional information about the BackPass program can be obtained from the Security/Safety Department in Gaiser Hall.

Security/Safety Department


Clark College Security/Safety works to provide a safe and secure environment in which members of the college community can pursue their educational goals and professional commitments. The department staff protects life and property, provides service and assistance to students, staff, and community members, provides fair and easy access to college facilities and assures compliance with campus regulations. The Security/Safety Department strives to offer proactive protection services to the college community. The department responds to the changing needs of the college by stressing prevention above response, planning above reaction, education above enforcement, and service above all.

The Security/Safety Department staffs a walk-up and phone-in service and information center, open extended hours during quarter sessions and for limited hours during breaks. Any time during open campus hours, security assistance may be contacted by coming to the Security-Information desk in Gaiser Hall, or by pressing the campus security number button.

The Security/Safety Department can provide informational and directional assistance, aid to stranded motorists, including jumpstarts and lockout service, security escorts across campus, crime prevention advice, and other general assistance to students and other members of the college community. The Security-Information Department also issues student body identification cards, and provides all information required by the Clery Act.

The Security/Safety Department works cooperatively with the Vancouver Police Department, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, and the Washington State Patrol in emergency, dangerous, or volatile situations and in criminal investigations.

Student Ambassadors and the Campus Visit Program


Student Ambassadors are current Clark College students who are here to assist you with the admissions and orientation process of starting at Clark. Student Ambassadors are also available to take you on a campus tour so you can begin to become familiar with campus. Taking a campus tour with a current student is a great way to hear the student perspective of being at Clark.

Student Discounts

A list of merchants that offer discounts can be found at the Security/Information Office in Gaiser Hall.

Student ID Cards

A student photo identification card is available to students for a minimal fee. The ID card provides free or discounted admission to events and may offer discounts at local businesses. ID cards may be purchased through the Clark College Bookstore or the Cashier’s Office. Present receipt and valid picture identification to Security/Information Department to obtain ID. A student ID card is required to gain access to the Fitness Center (either when access is for certain classes in which a student is currently enrolled, or when a student has purchased access to the Fitness Center through the Cashier’s Office).

Tutoring Services

Tutoring is designed to provide individualized attention that supports student learning and academic success. Our friendly, supportive, and encouraging tutors assist with most English, math, science, and general education classes offered at Clark College. Tutors will also help students develop skills and confidence to become a stronger, more independent learners. Students who come in for tutoring may also access computers, software, handouts, reference materials, and other resources.

Tutoring services are FREE to all registered Clark College students!

Student Learning Center

The Student Learning Center at TBG 228 supports ABE/GED and ESL students with tutoring and computer-based learning. One-on-one and small-group tutoring are available for adults learning English as a second language, as well as for native English speakers who want to improve basic reading, writing, and math skills. Available only for Transitional Studies students.

Language & Writing Center

Located in Hawkins Hall, room 102. Writing tutors are available to help students with all types of writing—essay assignments, journals, research papers, resumes, scholarship essays, and more. Assistance is available at all stages of the writing process, from generating ideas to reviewing completed drafts. Although tutors do not edit or proofread, they will help students determine what their tendencies are concerning grammar errors, explain general concepts, and offer strategies that can lead to more effective writing.

Language students can meet with a tutor for conversation practice and help with written and oral assignments in English, French, Japanese, Spanish, German, and ASL. All services are available on a drop-in or appointment basis.

STEM Help Center & Women In STEM

Located in Bauer Hall, room 101/102. Tutors provide assistance with most levels of math, chemistry, engineering, physics, biology, and other STEM subjects. Women in STEM is a separate space where women faculty and tutors provide assistance and promote the achievements of women in math and science. Help is available on a drop-in or appointment basis.

Accounting & Business Lab

Located in Applied Arts 4, room 106. Tutoring assistance is available for all levels of accounting and in most business and economics courses. Help is available on a drop-in basis.

Tutoring Commons at Columbia Tech Center

Located on the third floor at Columbia Tech Center in room 336. Tutoring assistance is available in a variety of subjects that varies by quarter. Help is available on a drop-in basis.

Online Tutoring

Online assistance is available for currently enrolled Clark students. Using the Online Writing Lab, students can upload a draft of their paper and receive written feedback, usually within 24-72 hours.

Tutors are also available to assist via e-Chat (synchronous) or e-Questions (asynchronous) in various subjects, including physics, chemistry, biology, math, calculus, statistics, Spanish, accounting, and more.

To access online tutoring, go to the eTutoring website, click on the login icon, select "Western eTutoring Consortium," then "Clark College," and follow the instructions.

Veterans Resource Center


Located in Gaiser Hall room 216, the Veterans Resource Center houses GI Bill School certifying officials and friendly Vet Corps Navigators. It also provides computer stations, as well as advising and community space. Veterans are encouraged to visit the center to receive information and assistance regarding:

Selected programs of study at Clark College are approved by the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board's State Approving Agency (WTECB/SAA) for enrollment of those eligible to receive benefits under Title 38 and Title 10, USC.