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1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA

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About
Clark College, located in Vancouver, Washington, was founded in 1933, during the Great Depression. The school was quickly given accreditation, and expanded its role in the community, offering programs to educate and train individuals. The school saw particular growth after World War II, with the return of soldiers seeking career training and education in order to pursue employment and personal growth. Since that time the school has expanded in scope and size, increasing its enrollment greatly and requiring expansions to the campus in order to meet the needs of the community. The school is dedicated to meeting the needs of the community and individual students, and does so by reviewing programs and services and updating them as necessary to meet current and future student expectations.

Academics
Clark College offers a large variety of programs that allow for career development or academic transfer. Students will choose the program that best assists in the realization of their goals. Career programs provide training and education in a specific field and allow the student to develop the skills and abilities necessary to enter the workforce as a qualified professional. These programs typically mix classroom theory and education with practical education, providing a controlled environment in order for students to utilize and perfect methods and techniques used within their field. Programs take between one and two years to complete and result in a certificate or associate degree which demonstrates competency to employers when seeking entry level employment.

Academic transfer is accomplished by through programs that cover the first two years of a four year education, followed by applying to a college or university to continue the student's education, completing the final two years and earning their bachelor's degree. Students will have an easier time transferring to public schools in Washington through preexisting transfer agreements that ease the process and guarantee admission if certain requirements are met. Students may apply to out of state or private institutions, through admissions will be more stringent and requirements may vary. Students should meet with an academic advisor to discuss transfer requirements and develop a curriculum that best meets the needs of the desired school or schools.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid
As an open enrollment institution, any individual wishing to enroll at Clark College may do so by meeting the minimum admissions requirements and submitting a completed application. Students should also supply transcripts and standardized test scores, which may be used to determine course level for general education in lieu of a placement exam. Students should also participate in new student orientation to familiarize themselves with the campus and meet with a counselor to discuss goals, curriculum and program enrollment.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Aid is awarded based on need and aid program eligibility as determined by information provided through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which must be submitted prior to each academic year and is the primary source of information regarding a student's financial situation. Students may be chosen at random to supply additional information to be compared to their FAFSA in order to verify its accuracy. This is due to new federal regulations governing the disbursement of aid.

Athletics
Clark College is home to a number of clubs and organizations that focus on varying topics and interests. Students are encouraged to participate in one or more of these clubs in order to meet new people, discuss new ideas, participate in campus events, and to grow outside for a classroom setting. A full list of available clubs may be found online or on campus, with posted meeting times and dates.

Clubs and organizations include:

  • Aerospace Club
  • Archaeology and History Club
  • Diesel Dogs Club
  • Engineering Club
  • International Club

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Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $5,800. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $20 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • State Residents: $3,400-$4,100
    • Out-of-State: $8,600-$10,320
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • In-State: $110-$130 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $280-$340 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid68%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships61%$5,313
Receiving Student Loans27%$4,882

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 10%.

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, Clark College may provide services to students including:

  • Online classes
  • Weekend and night classes available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Work study style employment
  • Employment search assistance
  • Day care for children

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Community colleges offer a variety of career and transfer options for students. The following table shows the graduation and transfer-out rates for this school, versus those community colleges in Washington, which can be valuable information for determining which school to attend.

 Clark CollegeClark CountyWashington
Graduation Rate28.4%-29.6%
Transfer-out Rate17.4%-18.0%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Agriculture Operations

  • Landscaping and Groundskeeping (A, C)
  • Plant Nursery Operations and Management (C)
  • Horticulture (A)

Business and Marketing Studies

  • Bookkeeping (A, C)
  • General Office Occupations and Clerical Services (C)
  • Sales (A)
  • Commerce (A)
  • Business Administration (A, C)
  • Human Resources (A, C)
  • Executive Assistant, Executive Secretary (A)
  • Receptionist (C)
  • Data Entry Technology (A, C)
  • Retailing and Retail Operations (A)
  • Customer Service Support (C)
  • Small Business Administration and Management (C)

Communication Technology

  • Prepress , Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design (C)
  • Audiovisual Communications Technologies (A)

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades

  • Electrical and Power Transmission Installation (C)

Education

Engineering

Engineering Technology

  • Telecommunications Technology (A, C)
  • Electrical and Communications Engineering Technology (A, C)
  • Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting cad (C)
  • Construction Engineering Technology (A)
  • Architectural Drafting cad (C)
  • Cad Drafting (C)
  • Surveying Technology (A)

Health and Clinical Professions

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Personal and Culinary Services

Physical Sciences

  • Physical Sciences (A)

Precision Production

  • Welding (A, C)
  • Machine Tool Technology (A, C)

Recreation and Fitness Studies

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