Section A: Enrollment, Aid and College Life
Special Instructional Programs and Locations
College Academic Preparation (CAP)/Adult Basic Education (ABE)
These classes are available for persons sixteen (16) years or older (16- to 18-year-olds must have a high school release). CAP/ABE offers classes in reading, writing, and math. There is a term tuition charge. Classes are held on campus and at other sites in the community.
English as a Second Language
Classes are for non-native speakers who want to communicate more effectively in English. Classes are held at various times during the day and evening. There is a tuition charge to students each term. Most classes are held on campus, but some are held at community sites.
GED preparation classes help prepare students to take all four (4) GED tests. Classes are available morning, afternoon, and evening. (Evening classes are also available at other community sites.) Instruction includes timed practice testing. There is a term tuition charge.
Student Learning Center
The Student Learning Center provides academic support for ABE/GED and ESL students. Refer to the Tutoring Services section for more information.
The Pathways Center supports Transitional Studies students as they transition to either professional/technical education or gainful employment. The center offers computer skills training; technology workshops; help with career and educational planning; and a staff of coaches for one-on-one support. Computers are also available for educational use to increase basic computer skills, basic academic skills, and to gather career and educational information.
Department of Economic & Community Development
The Department of Economic & Community Development is the region's premier provider of customized training and community education programs, serving both the business community and individual residents of Southwest Washington. This department is dedicated to building community through community education, mature learning, and professional development, as well as participating in regional partnerships in support of economic development.
Customized Learning and Development
Customized Learning and Development delivers high-quality workforce training that positively affects businesses' bottom lines and supports future success. Clark's expert team assesses business needs, analyzes human and technical resources available, and builds an individualized strategic plan to deliver the training and leadership needed to meet organizations' current objectives and future needs. Customized Learning and Development provides manufacturing, healthcare, business, nonprofit, and government organizations with training, leadership development, and technical and business analysis tools, which directly affects the economy, employment opportunities, and workforce development in Southwest Washington.
Professional Development offers workplace and technology classes, workshops, and seminars so individuals can develop and strengthen their career in the current dynamic world of work. A wide range of topics—from accounting to health care, career building to graphic arts, small business to Adobe applications—are available to everyone. One-time learning sessions and certificate programs are also available. These courses, workshops, and certificate programs support early and mid-career employees and provide experiences to increase knowledge, productivity, and job satisfaction.
Community Education offers a wide variety of personal enrichment and lifelong learning opportunities to enhance quality of life and encourage the exploration of new interests. Non-credit courses, taught by talented instructors who are experts in their field, are offered for persons of all ages. New classes are offered each term, including topics such as world language, recreation and wellness, healthy living, and home and gardening. The cooking school in the kitchen classroom at Columbia Tech Center offers demonstration and hands-on courses that educate about nutrition and world culture while building student skills. All Community Education courses reflect a commitment to building community and sustainability.
Mature Learning is an educational and cultural enrichment program for persons fifty-five (55) years of age and older. The program provides an opportunity to learn in a relaxed atmosphere with no tests, grades, or homework. A wide variety of courses is offered including fitness, art, writing, computers, sciences, history, creative writing, health, humanities, and more. Most classes meet two hours a week, either on the main Clark College campus, at Columbia Tech Center, at the Corporate Education location in downtown Vancouver, or at other locations in the community. Mature Learning also provides travel and excursions to places of cultural, scientific, and natural interest.
Workforce Education provides a variety of training and education services that assist individuals pursuing a career pathway starting from Basic Education through certificate and degree completion. Integrated learning for Basic Skills Students (IBEST) is available to help students gain basic skills while also learning the specific skills necessary for a professional career. Customized training opportunities sponsored under WorkFirst programming are available for individuals who are currently receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) from the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. Career and technical education, as well as customized training, is available in several career-focused areas, and new program options, based on strong employability factors, are introduced each year. Partnerships with the public and private sectors such as the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council, WorkSource Center-Vancouver, and advisory committees composed of representatives from local businesses, provide updated information that allow the college to offer training that is in demand and has wage and career growth potential. Apprenticeship programs provide tuition waivers for trainees participating in state-approved apprenticeship agreements.