Clark College hosts community open houses for North County site
October 6, 2016
For Immediate Release
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Hannah Erickson, Communications & Marketing
VANCOUVER, WA – Clark College announces their Community Open House for a presentation for the early planning work for the new North County location at Boschma Farms.
Founded in 1933, Clark College is a public, open-enrollment community college serving Clark, Skamania, and western Klickitat counties. In 2007, the college’s Facilities Master Plan identified northern Clark County as an area where the college could fulfill its mission of providing access to underserved areas of its service district. This aligns with what the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges prioritized as building projects for the upcoming biennium. Depending on the state funding process, construction of the first building could occur in 2020.
The Ridgefield site is the result of a generous donation from Hank and Bernice Boschma, who for many years owned a dairy farm at that location. Combined with an additional 10-acre parcel purchased by the Clark College Foundation, Clark College at Boschma Farms sits at the east end of the I-5/SR 501 interchange, making it easily accessible to students from throughout the North County region.
Over the last six months the College has been working with the community to develop a vision for Clark College at Boschma Farms. As a result, they are happy to present the draft master plan to the public. This open house is intended to solicit community feedback and input to be considered for the final master plan, which will be revealed in a separate meeting in December.
The College recognizes that an effective participation process is a vital element for success in planning and implementation of the North County location. This workshop will seek feedback from the public regarding the community’s vision for Clark College at Boschma Farms through group discussions, project presentation, and Q&A. The MacKay Sposito consulting team will be on-hand to help facilitate dialogue between the public and the College.
There will be two open houses taking place in October. The first is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25 at 5:00 p.m. at Corwin Beverages (219 S Timm Rd., Ridgefield, WA 98642). The second meeting will be held Thursday, October 27 at 5:00 p.m at the Battle Ground Community Center Lewis River Room (912 E. Main St., Battle Ground, WA 98604). Please feel free to attend the event that is most convenient.
If you are unable to attend the meeting, please submit your feedback via the online survey found on the project webpage. For more information about the project please visit the project website at http://www.clark.edu/cc/boschma.