Thank you to our community and our presenters: Cowlitz Drums Spiritual calling (pictured above); Tanna Engdahl, Cowlitz Elder and spiritual leader; Dr. Karin Edwards, Clark College President; Chairwoman Patty Kinswa-Gaiser, Cowlitz Tribe; Paul Speer, Clark College Board Vice Chair; Lisa Gibert, Clark College Foundation CEO with Bernice Boschma; Jennifer Lindsay, Mayor of Ridgefield; Senator Annette Cleveland, Washington State’s 49th legislative district; Jennifer Lindsay, Mayor of Ridgefield; Carolyn Sizemore and Dan Johnson, Mortenson; Caleb White, Clark College Welding Faculty; and Claudia Carron, ASCC Vice President.
Why Boschma Farms
Hank and Bernice Boschma, originally from Holland, settled in Ridgefield in 1965 where they purchased land to start a dairy farm. While living there, each took a citizenship course at Clark in preparation for the national exam. Later, their daughter Gerry attended Clark. In 2014, seeking to help expand educational opportunities in the region, the Boschma family partnered with the Clark College Foundation to provide 60 acres for the north county location In June 2014, the Clark College Foundation announced a partnership with Ridgefield East 1 Associates, LLC. The 10 acres is adjacent to the Boschma tract and east end of I-5/SR 501 interchange, thereby serving as a gateway to the north Clark County facility.
Mortenson Construction and Henneberry Eddy Architects have been selected for Progressive Design-Build services on the first building at Boschma Farms: the Advanced Manufacturing Center. Construction of the 48,000 square-foot building will begin June 2023 and is projected to be completed by Winter of 2024. Classes are projected to start in Fall 2025.Visit Mortenson Construction's Page Visit Henneberry Eddy Architects' Page
Creating Opportunities for North Clark County
Similar to our Columbia Tech Center location and our building on the campus of Washington State University Vancouver, Clark College at Boschma Farms will include a variety of programs to serve the community and help students complete a program at Clark College. The vision for the location is that it can grow over time and would include satellite instructional facilities containing classrooms, professional labs, offices, study areas, and services and support spaces.
Groundbreaking Ceremony 2022
June 1, 2022 Clark College hosted a groundbreaking for the new college location in Ridgefield, WA at Boschma Farms.