On a beautiful spring day, with Mount St. Helens glistening in the distance, a formal celebration was held to mark the opening of Clark College at Washington State University Vancouver (WSUV).
The striking new facility, which opened its doors on January 3, represents the next step in the longstanding partnership between Clark College and WSUV. Students can gain admittance to both institutions at the same time and transfer seamlessly from Clark College to WSUV.
|Above left (left to right): Former State Representative Val Ogden, Vancouver City Council member Jeanne Stewart, Clark College Administrative Services Operations Manager Jen Grove, and Clark College Vice President of Administrative Services Bob Knight. Above right (left to right): State Representative Bill Fromhold, Timothy Buckley of LSW Architects, and Clark College Director of Nursing Shelly Quint.|
Educational leaders including Dr. R. Wayne Branch, Clark College President, and Dr. Hal Dengerink, WSUV Chancellor, attended the May 2 event.
Other speakers included Clark College Board of Trustees Vice Chair Rhona Sen Hoss (seen in the photo on the left), State Representative Bill Fromhold, State Senator Craig Pridemore, and Charles N. Earl, Executive Director of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC).
|Guests at the May 2 event also included State Representatives Jim Dunn and Deb Wallace as well as former State Representative Val Ogden, Vancouver City Council member Jeanne Stewart, and Tom Henderson, SBCTC Capital Budget Director.|
|Front (left to right): WSU Chancellor Hal Dengerink, Vancouver School Superintendent John Erickson and State Representive Bill Fromhold. Back: State Senator Craig Pridemore greets Timothy Buckley of LSW Architects.|
In his remarks, Branch underscored Clark College’s longtime partnership with WSUV. Before WSU Vancouver moved to its current site in 1996, it was housed in Bauer Hall on the Clark College campus. Branch said, “We are excited by the possibilities this provides for additional collaboration and for the strengthening of an already strong partnership between Clark College and WSUV.” He added, “I am grateful to our local legislative delegation for their continued commitment to increasing opportunities for access to higher education in Southwest Washington.”
|Above left: Clark College President R. Wayne Branch (left) greets Charles Earl, Executive Director of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC). Above right (left to right): WSU Vancouver Chancellor Hal Dengerink, Clark College President R. Wayne Branch, and SBCTC Capital Budget Director Tom Henderson.|
|Following the cutting of a Penguin blue ribbon to officially open the facility, guests were invited to enjoy tours of the building and refreshments in the community room, where a PowerPoint presentation captured construction highlights.|
The 63,334 square foot, three-story building provides additional classrooms, science laboratories, computer labs, and support space to accommodate growing enrollment and the desire to expand access to lower division courses for Clark County residents.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the environmentally friendly, state-of-the-art facility was held on July 21, 2004.
|The $19.7 project, which was designed by LSW Architects, PC,
of Vancouver, was completed on schedule and under budget.
The lobby mural, “Flight of the Mind, Exploration of the Heart” was created by Johanna Poethig as part of the Washington State Arts Commissioner Art in Public Places Program in partnership with Clark College.