Skip to content

Clark College | Field Guide 2021

Clark College logo

Founded in 1933 and marking its 90th year, Clark College provides residents of Southwest Washington a path to prosperity by providing affordable, high-quality academic and technical education. 


Clark College offers more than 100 degree and certificate options in areas including health care, science, advanced manufacturing, business, education, engineering, and computer technology. We offer associate and bachelor’s degrees, professional certificates, high school diplomas, GED® preparation, and non-credit community and continuing education. We serve a wide range of students including high school students, displaced workers, veterans, parents, non-native English speakers, and mature learners. 


As a community college primed to help people of every age and background thrive, we are vital to creating a more robust and inclusive economy. 

Print Clark's Guide

Key Facts

Highest Enrolled Programs

  • Associate in Arts–DTA*
  • Business Administration
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Nursing
  • Accounting

*Direct Transfer Agreement


  • Headcount (all sources): 17,350
  • FTES (all sources): 7,478
  • Headcount (state-funded): 11,941
  • FTES (state-funded): 5,310

Students in Selected Programs

  • Applied bachelor's: 149
  • Apprentices: 135
  • Corrections: 226
  • I-BEST: 83
  • International: 86
  • Running Start: 2,503
  • Worker Retraining: 309

Student Profile

Type of Student

  • Academic/transfer: 51%
  • Basic skills: 10%
  • Other: 4%
  • Workforce education: 36%


  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 3%
  • Asian: 9%
  • Black/African American: 5%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 16%
  • Pacific Islander: 2%
  • White: 79%


  • Full-time: 46%
  • Part-time: 54%

Family and Finances

  • Students receiving need-based financial aid: 37%
  • Students who work: 48%
  • Students with children: 35%


  • Female: 59%
  • Male: 41%

Median age


Points of Interest

Not just a "junior college" anymore

Founded in 1933 as Clark Junior College, today Clark College offers everything from professional certificates to four-year degrees — more than 100 program options in all. The college offers Bachelor of Applied Science degrees in Dental Hygiene, Applied Management, Cybersecurity and Human Services. Each of these programs was created with input from local employers to ensure our students are graduating with the skills needed for today’s job market.

At Clark College, basic needs are basic rights

We understand our students cannot focus on coursework when they are struggling with basic needs. Three years ago, we opened the Penguin Pantry to provide students with free food and hygiene supplies. The college also partnered with the City of Vancouver to provide emergency grants to students at risk of becoming homeless, and the college received a half-million dollar grant to subsidize child care for its student parents. As posters across the campus tell students, “Money shouldn’t stop your education.” During COVID-19, the college has distributed free loaner laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots so students can keep learning during remote operations.

Creating confident graduates

Whether it’s performing tracheotomies in our state-of-the-art nursing “sim” lab or designing websites for real-life clients as part of a digital arts course, our students get hands-on learning in programs that emphasize the value of learning by doing. Our Mechatronics lab includes a robotic assembly line that’s a small-scale version of what graduates will see in their future workplaces. Many of our degree programs require internships and/or externships so that students gain workplace experience and networking connections before graduation. Students in our Dealer Ready Automotive Technology programs start internships at local dealerships as soon as they begin classes. In this way, we make sure our graduates enter the job market with the real-world experience that employers want.

Data is from the 2019-20 academic year. Reflects headcount unless otherwise noted.

*May not add up to 100% because students may be counted in more than one race. Percentages calculated on reported value.


Dr. Karin Edwards


  • Rekah Strong, chair
  • Jeanne Bennett
  • Cristhian Canseco Juarez
  • Jane Jacobsen
  • Paul Speer

Year Founded


Service Area

Clark, Skamania, Klickitat counties

Legislative Districts

14, 17, 18, 20, 49

Page Manager:
Last Modified: 12/8/23, 1:03 PM

starburst graphic