In more ways than one, the 1990s were years in which Clark College brought more of the world onto campus than ever before. And student opportunities were greatly expanded as a result.
Some of the groundwork had been laid in the previous decade. Telecourses for credit began to be available in 1980-81.
In 1982-83, Clark became the first community college to offer a scientific-technical communications program that combined writing, literature and other humanities classes with math, science and computers.
Jim Cowen, who had been hired as a data processing instructor in 1971, taught a variety of computer science and programming language classes, serving as Computer Science department head.
Cowen was instrumental in getting Clark to become one of the first community colleges in the country to get its own Internet host, or node. His efforts enabled Clark to register the domain name clark.edu.
As forces that would launch the Internet gathered momentum, Clark County was gearing up for economic growth as well. An influx of several major electronics firms helped create more economic opportunities for graduates leaving Clark with Associate in Applied Science degrees.
Enrollments in the 1990s surged to nearly 11,000 students per quarter.