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Visible by their  “Need help? Ask me” signs, volunteers were posted at critical junctions to help students on opening day.

New and continuing Clark College students returned to classrooms on the main campus, Town Plaza and at WSU Vancouver on Monday, September 24.

As the parking lots filled and textbooks flew off the shelves in the beautiful new college bookstore, college faculty, staff and administrators felt the energy that comes with the return of students.

College employees assist students in locating buildings and classrooms.Highlights for fall 2007 include:

On the first day of classes, 10,282 credit students were registered to be part of the Penguin Nation.

A record number of Running Start students are also enrolled for fall quarter: 1004 students representing 29 local high schools are now students at Clark College. 

Clark College’s eLearning (distance learning) program has seen the largest growth of that program at any community or technical college in the state.  

The college currently ranks second in the state in terms of overall numbers for eLearning. Additionally, the college’s international program is welcoming 72 students for fall, among the highest numbers in that program’s history.

As in years past, college employees volunteered to assist students in locating buildings and classrooms. Visible by their yellow “Need help? Ask me” signs, the volunteers were posted at critical junctions – such as parking lots and sidewalk intersections – to help those who weren’t sure where to find their next class.

Trustee Sherry Parker (right) surprises a Clark College student with some welcome "Random Assistance."
Trustee Sherry Parker (right) surprises a Clark College student with some welcome "Random Assistance."

Making the first day of classes a little sweeter for Clark students, the quarterly random assistance awards were handed out today to unsuspecting patrons in the beautiful new Clark College Bookstore.  The Clark College Alumni Association random assistance award provides gift cards to Clark students as they purchase their textbooks and class supplies at the college bookstore.

Clark College President Bob Knight surprises a student with a gift card to the Clark College Bookstore as part of "Random Assistance."For fall quarter, the random assistance team – including Clark College President Bob Knight (seen in the photo on the left) -- handed out 50 gift cards totaling $1,250 in assistance.  Since the program began in 2003, the alumni association has awarded $9,325 in bookstore gift cards to Clark students. 

Since it was founded in 1933, hundreds of thousands of men and women have attended Clark College, becoming members of the “Penguin Nation.”   To celebrate that spirit, a special video was unveiled as a surprise during the college’s fall orientation for faculty and staff

It has quickly become a college-wide favorite and we are pleased to share it to mark opening day of the college’s 74th year.  The college will mark its 75th anniversary of October 1, 2008.

As Bob Knight has noted, “People respond to the Penguin Nation because it’s fun and joyful.  But the Penguin Nation is also about pride -- a shared experience and heritage that makes us all want to ‘walk like penguins.’”   

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