September 21, 2009
For Immediate Release
For additional information:
Barbara Kerr, APR
CLARK COLLEGE TAKES
THE NEXT STEP
INTO THE NEXT 75 YEARS
Clark College opens its doors for fall quarter 2009
by welcoming record numbers of students and opening its newest facility, Clark College at Columbia Tech Center
VANCOUVER, Wash. – As its yearlong 75th anniversary celebration comes to an end, Clark College is stepping into the future by welcoming record numbers of students and opening a new facility, Clark College at Columbia Tech Center.
As the quarter begins, 15,005 students have enrolled for classes at the college, up from 12,213 students at the beginning of fall quarter 2008. Enrollment increases have been reported at all Clark facilities. Clark College’s main campus is located at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver. Classes are also offered at Clark College at Columbia Tech Center, Clark College at Town Plaza and Clark College at WSU Vancouver.
This year, opening day at the college is also opening day for Clark College at Columbia Tech Center, located at 18700 SE Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver. Enrollment in 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. Interest in Clark College at Columbia Tech Center has been running high for several months, according to college officials. More than 1,100 people attended a community open house on Aug. 29. A dedication ceremony for the facility will be held on Monday, Sept. 28 at 11 a.m.
The 2009-2010 academic year also marks the introduction of Clark’s new Weekend Degree program. Fifteen students are currently taking classes in that program. The program is designed so that participants are able to earn an associate in arts degree in two years or less, meeting one weekend per month with additional instruction online.
Clark also now has the largest Running Start program in the state, with 1,609 students.
Clark College President Robert K. Knight said, “We know that many of our students have lost jobs. They have chosen to come to Clark to learn new skills and make their way back into the workforce. I’m proud of the faculty, staff and administrators at Clark College for stepping up, despite budget cuts, to meet this unprecedented demand for classes and for staying focused on the needs of our students.”
With the opening of Clark College at Columbia Tech Center, the college is now focusing on a new building devoted to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Plans currently call for groundbreaking in 2011 with the building to open in 2013 at the corner of Fort Vancouver Way and Fourth Plain Blvd. Longer term, the college is also exploring options for a new facility in northern Clark County.
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