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Clark College News and Events

August 14, 2009

For Immediate Release

For additional information: 

Barbara Kerr, Executive Director of
Communications and Marketing Telephone:  360-992-2921

E-mail:  bkerr@clark.edu



Clark College at Columbia Tech Center


Clark College at Columbia Tech Center will host a community open house
on Saturday, August 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


VANCOUVER, Wash. – On Saturday, August 29, you can get a first look at The Next Step.  Clark College at Columbia Tech Center (CTC) will open its doors to host a community open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Guests will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful new building, located at 18700 SE Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver.  

Prospective students will be able to learn about power utilities, data networks, computer technology and other programs being offered at CTC.  They will also be able to learn about admissions, advising, financial aid, and career and employment services.  They will even be able to register for fall classes. 

CTC will be the home of the college’s new Cooking and Wine School, part of the Clark’s Continuing Education program.  To mark the occasion, instructor and celebrity chef Rick Browne, host of “Barbeque America” on PBS, will offer cooking demonstrations in a state-of-the-art fully-equipped kitchen classroom.  The food focus will continue with Kurt Mezger of Emmi of Switzerland, and staff from Kitchen Kaboodle, who will feature "Fun with Gadgets."

Guests will meet personalities from Z-100 radio and be welcomed by Clark’s penguin mascot Oswald.  Other featured activities include demonstrations of painting, tai chi, zumba and belly dancing.  A “Table Fair” will highlight program information on the career development and personal enrichment programs – including Plus 50 and mature learning -- which will be available at CTC. 

Information – including maps, directions, an exhibit schedule and the CTC fall class schedule – 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 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. 

Named one of the Top Projects of 2008 by the Vancouver Business Journal, Clark College at Columbia Tech Center has been designed to meet or exceed Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification standards.

Chef Rick Browne
About Rick Browne

Rick Browne has been described as “America's king of outdoor cooking.”  He is the author of Grilling America, coauthor of The Barbecue America Cookbook, and the host of "Barbecue America."

He has traveled around America for the past four years to sample and help create some of the nation's most delicious dishes. He lives with his wife, Kathleen, in Ridgefield, Washington.

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