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Employee Development


Human Resources, Employee Development supports the Strategic Vision of Clark College by offering a variety of professional development opportunities for staff and faculty through on campus training and in an online learning environment.

Through the generous support of the Clark College Foundation, Employee Development provides funding for off campus training for administrative, exempt, classified and temporary hourly employees.

Faculty have their own unique set of training needs relative to pedagogy. Visit the Faculty Development page for a list of trainings and resources.

Upcoming Events

Professional Development Funds




Vanessa Neal
Employee Development, Mailstop BRD 133
(360) 992-2317

Employee Development Opportunities

Human Resources, Employee Development supports the following programs and services to support staff professional development:

Washington State Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Clark College offers all staff and benefits eligible faculty access to free, confidential program created to promote the health, safety and well-being of public employees.
All services are  available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Learn how EAP can assist you and your household members.

Employee Recognition

Here at Clark, we want to make sure our employees feel valued and are recognized for their cooperative spirit, achievements, work performance, and professional commitment to the college community.

Please visit the Employee Recognition page to learn more about our Classified Staff Awards, Exceptional Faculty Awards, the Presidential Coin, and how we recognize and honor years of service to the college as well as our retirees.

Employee Resource Groups

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) provide forums for employees to gather and share ideas about matters that affect their professional development and work at Clark College. Employee Resource Groups contribute to the College's commitment to social equity, strengthen cohesiveness, and promote career and professional development. 

As of October 17, 2018, approved Clark College Employee Resources Groups include:

  • Black Employees United (BEU)
  • Clark Foster Adoption Network (FAN)
  • Indigenous Communities
  • LatinX
  • Queer Employee Resource Group (QERG
  • STEM Lean-In Circle

Please visit 650.011 Employee Resource Groups to learn more. Employees interested in forming an Employee Resource Group must complete an Employee Resource Group Application located on Clarknet. The application must then be submitted to the Vice President of Human Resources (mailstop BRD 133).

Get connected with an ERG today! If you have questions about ERGs, contact Human Resources, X2105. 

New Employee Orientation

New employee orientations are offered throughout the year to make our new colleagues feel welcomed, supported, and connected. These sessions are part of a larger onboarding process which helps build engagement, accelerates the time it takes for employees to become productive and contributes to the overall Clark College experience.

For more information contact Vanessa Neal,

Professional Development Dashboard

A new tool as of June 2018! Human Resources and Information Technology Services have launched the Professional Development Dashboard as a way for employees to easily view on-campus training records.

The Professional Development Dashboard provides the following features:

  • Allows employees to view a history of their on-campus training events;
  • Provides a way for employees to plan for future training and development opportunities, based on historical activity; and
  • Provides easily accessed information that supervisors can use to engage more fully with their staff on training needs and opportunities, throughout the year.

A few things to remember as you view your dashboard:

  • Equity in Hiring is due every two (2) years, and before serving on a search committee.
  • Power, Privilege, and Inequity (PPI) training is an annual requirement.
  • Higher Ed Works is an annual requirement.
  • Supervisory training is due every five (5) years.
Visit your Professional Development Dashboard today! If you have questions about the dashboard, or content related to this tool, email

Professional Development Funds

Human Resources, Employee Development offers an opportunity to request employee development funds. Please see the FAQs to read more.

Professional Development Training and Events

Clark College offers many on-campus trainings throughout the year. Topics focus on: Diversity and Equity; Environmental Health and Safety; Employee and Faculty Development; Health and Wellness; Information Technology; Supervisory; and many others. There are also opportunities to take advantage of online learning through For more information contact Vanessa Neal,

Please see the Upcoming Events Calendar for more information regarding on-campus trainings and events.

Clark College Buddy Program

The Clark College Buddy Program is an informal, yet very important part of the college’s new employee orientation program coordinated by the Employee Development Program Specialist and Clark College Human Resources.

This program matches a new employee with an employee who has been with the college for six (6) months or longer and has two main goals:

To welcome our new colleagues and help ease their transition into the college community by providing access to someone who is familiar and experienced in the day-to-day aspects of working at Clark; and

Provide new employees with a friendly point of contact for questions regarding their work experience at Clark, or to lend a listening (and confidential) ear for other questions or concerns.


Interested in more information? Contact Vanessa Neal,