Clark College at Boschma Farms
Clark College at Boschma Farms will provide access and opportunity to students and communities in North Clark County. The college in its 2007 Facilities Master Plan identified North County as an underserved area of the 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 2021.
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, health and science labs, professional labs, faculty and staff offices, digital study areas, and student services and support spaces.
Working to reclaim the natural habitat
Clark College environmental science students are helping restore the ecosystem at Boschma Farms. Students participate in learning labs held in the college’s Natural Plant Propagation Center where they propagate native plants to be planted in the future. Native plants provide a wide range of benefits to the ecosystem in addition to beautifying the land, such as providing food and habitat for wildlife, preventing soil erosion, and decreasing the amount of water needed for landscaping.
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.
We appreciate the community's participation in the Master Planning process so far.
For those individuals who were unable to attend either Open House or would just like
to review the materials we have provided a link to them below.
Master Plan Presentation