Section A: Enrollment, Aid and College Life
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 Conference (NWAC). The NWAC is the parent organization and coordinates and regulates both men’s and women’s athletics for thirty-six (36) community colleges located in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. 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, 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 term 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 provides shipments or reservations from the store website. The store stocks required textbooks and supplies as requested by classroom instructors and vigorously supports students' interest by maintaining the lowest possible price for textbooks of any college in the region. Additionally, the store facilitates numerous solutions to help Clark students stretch their educational budgets including a comparison shopping tool, textbook and calculator rentals, peer-to-peer textbook exchange, and more.
The bookstore supports the interests of the broader community by selling specialty and educational items, logo items, apparel, gifts, cards, food and beverages, various reference and test preparation items, and more. Personal services available in store include faxing, notary public, special orders, Clark College Theatre and event tickets, USPS stamps, C-Tran bus passes, payment for parking and student IDs and more.
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. 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.
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.
Facebook: Clark College Student Life
Instagram & Twitter: clarkstudents
Penguin Union Building 160
The Office of Student Life coordinates programs, support services, and activities
that enhance the educational experience of a diverse student population and fosters
the intellectual and personal development of students on campus.
Student Life services and resources include:
- The Associated Students of Clark College (ASCC)
- The Activities Programming Board (APB)
- 80-plus events and activities each year including Welcome Week, Involvement Fair, and Spring Thing – see our our online events calendar for more information
- Clubs, programs, committees, and other student involvement opportunities
- Free coffee, Monday-Friday mornings
- Quick-stop computer lab
- Student-use kitchen, including refrigerator and microwave
- Relaxing game room where you can enjoy massage chairs, board games, movies, and more
- FREE student planner
- Free one-time legal consultation services
- Discounted C-Tran bus passes
- Discounted fitness center passes
- Student-use lockers
- Filtered water stations
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, or connect with us on social media.
Student Clubs and Programs
Clubs and programs provide students an opportunity to develop leadership skills, responsibility,
and apply academic, vocational and/or personal learning through involvement on campus
and in the community. With more than 50 clubs and programs to choose from, students
are bound to find something to match their interests. Clubs and programs 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 http://www.clark.edu/campus-life/student-life/index.php.
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, oversight of the Services and Activities (S&A) fees, and keeping students informed about legislative policies that directly affect them. All enrolled students are members of ASCC and are thus eligible to participate in events.
Activities Programming Board (APB)
With the motto, “We run the fun!” this five-member group is charged with the creation of a comprehensive events calendar to include awareness, 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.
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, 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 terms 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.
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:
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 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
Students need to determine which computer skills are appropriate to their areas of study and take positive steps to acquire and use them early. 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 help students choose 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. A Nurse Practitioner is also available to provide low-cost health services during limited hours. Services, pricing, and office hours are available on their websites listed above. Self-care items (bandages, 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 help those with disabilities
pursue 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 ensure 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.
The College’s emergency procedures are displayed on posters in all classrooms and
offices, as well as on the clark.edu 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 ensure general preparedness. All members of the college community are expected to participate. When possible, advance notification of planned exercises will be circulated.
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 term or annual usage fee, which is payable at the Cashier’s Office:
- Current full- and part-time Clark students;
- Clark employees, their spouses and children sixteen (16) years old and older;
- Penguin Athletic Club members, sixteen (16) years old and older; and
- Alumni Association members, sixteen (16) years old and older.
Completion of fitness center basics, circuit fitness and/or weight training class is recommended before using the fitness center.
Food carts serving various cuisines are located in the center of campus between Foster/Hanna Hall and Cannell Library. Snacks, light meals and beverages are also available from vendors in Bauer 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.
Information about how to obtain health coverage through the Washington Health Benefits Exchange and the Affordable Care Act can be found at the link above.
Health insurance is required for all international students, who 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:
- An apartment building shared with domestic and international students from the International Air Academy (two- or four-bed apartments);
- An apartment with single or double rooms close to campus; or
- A host family arrangement.
Please contact International Programs for details.
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,
Thirty-minute consultation appointments are offered once a week through fall, winter and spring terms, 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 allow students to obtain books quickly and easily.
From the Libraries’ website (library.clark.edu), 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 college parking and traffic rules and regulations 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.
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
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 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 term. 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.
The Clark College Security/Safety Department 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
The Security/Safety Department staffs a walk-up and phone-in service and information center, open extended hours during term 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 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 assist 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.
A list of merchants that offer discounts can be found at the Security/Information Office in Gaiser Hall.
Student ID Cards
Annual Clark College student photo ID cards can be purchased in the Clark College Bookstore, Gaiser Hall, for a minimal fee. Current registration and valid photo ID are required to obtain a Clark College student ID (being on wait list is not considered registered). ID cards are not required by the College but do provide free or discounted admission to College events and may qualify for student discounts offered by many local businesses.
Student 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 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.
Transitional Studies Tutoring Center
The Transitional Studies Tutoring Center, at TBG 228, supports CAP 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 and world languages offered at Clark. All services are available on a drop-in or appointment basis.
Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math Centers
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 Center
Located in Applied Arts 4, room 106. Tutoring assistance is available for all levels of accounting and for 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 term. Help is available on a drop-in basis.
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 http://www.etutoring.org/index.cfm, click 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 is available to help veterans and their dependents connect with the resources and networks of support available to them at Clark College and in the local community. We provide a welcoming staff, mentoring from student veterans, and tools to succeed academically and personally. The VRC also provides a math tutor, computer stations, printers, TV, and a comfortable environment to relax. Veterans are encouraged to visit the center to receive information and assistance regarding:
- Benefit Applications and Procedures
- GI Bill Certification
- Veterans Advocacy
- Community Support
- Transition Services
- Campus & Community Resources
- Specialized Programs and Workshops
- Veterans Club
Clark College does not and will not provide any commission, bonus, or other incentive payment based directly or indirectly on success in securing enrollment or financial aid to any persons or entities engaged in any student recruiting or admissions activities, or in making decisions regarding the award of student financial assistance.
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.