Clark College is Southwest Washington’s largest public institution of higher education. An open-enrollment community college, it welcomes students of all ages and backgrounds pursuing their educational or career paths each quarter. Students can earn high school diplomas, GEDs, certificates, and degrees in a variety of programs including nursing, dental hygiene, and mechatronics, to name a few. Also, Clark’s Running Start program enrolls high school students so they can earn college credit for little or no cost.
Clark College’s main campus sits on the beautiful 101-acre Vancouver Central Park in the heart of Vancouver, Washington. The college also offers classes on the campus of Washington State University Vancouver and at a satellite location in east Vancouver at the Columbia Tech Center. The college’s non-credit Community and Continuing Education program, offers corporate and continuing-education classes. Clark College has collaborated on partnerships with many regional colleges, universities, and technical institutions, allowing students to apply credits earned at Clark toward their bachelor’s degrees.
Clark College inspires learners to excel, transforms lives, and strengthens our increasingly diverse community.
Clark College, in service to the community, guides individuals to achieve their educational and professional goals.
History and Traditions
Founded in 1933, Clark College is the oldest institution of higher education in Southwest Washington. Founded as a private, two-year, junior college, Clark College received its first accreditation in 1937 and has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 1948. It was incorporated into the statewide community college system in 1967. Clark has developed a rich history and relationship with both its own community and the community around it. Many of its annual events, like its Jazz Fest and Sakura Festival, are traditions that go back years or even decades.
Employment at Clark
We are committed to promoting a culture that is open, safe, and respectful for all employees. Clark believes that diversity in experience, background and perspective enriches the work we do in serving the community and guiding individuals to achieve their educational and professional goals.
Clark offers an excellent benefits package and ample opportunities for professional development. Additionally, Clark employees are able to take classes at the college for a nominal cost, as well as enjoy discounted membership to the college’s fitness center and on-site child care. Employees also have access to a multitude of cultural and educational events hosted by the college, including art lectures, musical and theater productions, and lunchtime technology workshops.
Clark College is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strive to employ individuals who possess the skills necessary to effectively educate and serve an increasingly diverse population of learners. Our effort is to create a cultural climate that challenges power, privilege, and inequity. You can learn more about our commitment to Social Equity by reviewing the College’s plan.