Clark College News and Events

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Clark College News and Events

December 18, 2008
For Immediate Release
For additional information:

Kay Cooke, Clark College Foundation Telephone:  360-992-2705

Barbara Kerr, Executive Director of Communications and Marketing



A matching donation in support of Mature Learning and a commemorative book in support of student scholarships highlight Clark College’s holiday wish list

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- During the holidays, many people think about special gifts for family and friends as well as gifts that support the community.  This year, people wishing to support Clark College students have two special options.

A matching gift for Mature Learning

An anonymous donor has promised to match up to $15,000 in donations to the Clark College Mature Learning program.  The donations must be received by December 31, 2008.

Mature learning is an educational and cultural enrichment program for persons age 55 and older. Nearly 1800 people from throughout the region take part in mature learning classes each year.  Classes in fitness, art, writing, computers, sciences, history, humanities and more provide opportunities for learning, exchanging ideas, and socializing with peers.  There are no tests, grades or homework. 

Because many older adults are on fixed incomes, the college strives to keep class costs affordable.  As a result, tuition does not cover the full cost of mature learning program.   Instead, the program relies on volunteer support and contributions. 

Donations to the Mature Learning program can be made through the Clark College Foundation.   Donations may be securely made online at  People who have questions or would like more information can call (360) 992-2301 or send an e-mail to

A commemorative book in support of student scholarships

Cover of Clark College's commemorative 75th anniversary bookAs part of its 75th anniversary celebration, Clark College unveiled a commemorative book, Voices and Dreams:  Celebrating Clark College’s Diamond Anniversary.  Produced by the college’s department of Communications and Marketing, the book was made possible by a gift from an anonymous donor through the Clark College Foundation.   Proceeds from the book benefit the Clark College Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. 

Taking readers through each decade at Clark College through the voices of alumni, faculty, staff, administrators, and supporters, the book is available in the Clark College Bookstore for $7.50.  Alumni interviewed for the book include former State Senator Al Bauer, Daily Insider editor Tony Bacon, Vancouver City Council member Jeanne Harris and many more.  Faculty, staff and administrators interviewed include past interim president Ellis F. Dunn, Clark sports legend Claude “Skeet” O’Connell and the late Dr. Antonio Scarpelli, faculty emeritus.

The bookstore is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Fridays.  The bookstore will close at 4 p.m. on Dec. 24 and 31.  The bookstore will be closed on Dec. 25 and 26 as well as Jan. 1.  To contact the bookstore, call 360-992-2149 or visit their Web site at



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