September 14, 2009
For Immediate Release
For additional information:
Barbara Kerr, APR
THE DEDICATION OF CLARK’S NEWEST FACILITY MARKS THE NEXT STEP FOR THE NEXT 75 YEARS
A dedication ceremony for Clark College at Columbia Tech Center
will be held on Monday, Sept. 28 at 11 a.m.
VANCOUVER, Wash. – As it concludes its yearlong 75th anniversary celebration, Clark College will step into the future by dedicating its newest facility -- Clark College at Columbia Tech Center (CTC). The ceremony will take place on Monday, Sept. 28 at 11 a.m.
The community is invited to attend the dedication of the new building, located at 18700 SE Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver.
Interest in Clark College at Columbia Tech Center has been running high, according to college officials. More than 1,100 people attended a community open house on Aug. 29. Enrollment classes for credit at the building, which had been projected for 750 students, is now more than 1,200 students. An additional 500 students have enrolled in continuing education classes.
Clark College President Robert K. Knight said, “We have experienced unprecedented demand for classes this fall. This great new building is helping us meet that demand.” Knight added, “The dedication of Clark College at Columbia Tech Center is a perfect way to conclude our 75th anniversary celebration and take The Next Step into our future.”
Information about Clark College at Columbia Tech Center can be found at www.clark.edu/ctc.
About Clark College at Columbia Tech Center
Clark College at Columbia Tech Center features 18 classrooms, eight science and computer labs, offices for faculty and support staff and parking for 393 vehicles. It includes wireless Internet service throughout and a state-of-the-art security system. All classrooms are equipped with the latest in instructional technology.
Clark College at Columbia Tech Center expands the college’s ability to increase access to education – giving students greater choices in class offerings, degrees and certificates, professional training and personal growth.
CTC will provide following educational opportunities for students:
Earn an associate of arts transfer degree. Students will have the option to take classes on a traditional schedule or just two days per week, providing more flexibility during the rest of the week for family, work or other obligations.
Earn a short certificate or a two-year degree to prepare for employment in business or administrative support professions.
Earn a one-year certificate in power utilities technology.
Take college classes that also fulfill high school graduation requirements for Running Start students.
Clark College at Columbia Tech Center will also feature classes in power utilities, data networking and computer technology as well as general education classes.
Clark College at Columbia Tech Center will house the college’s Corporate Learning Center, operated by the college’s department of Corporate & Continuing Education. Created to meet the needs of non-traditional students, area corporations and community groups, the Corporate Learning Center plans to offer space for business, nonprofit and group events, off-site retreats and meetings, and trade shows.
Clark College at Columbia Tech Center is also home to the college’s new Cooking and Wine School, part of Clark’s continuing education program.
Clark College at Columbia Tech Center was named one of the Top Projects of 2008 by the Vancouver Business Journal. In partnership with LSW Architects, college officials are pursing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification for the energy-efficient building.
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