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Clark College | Field Guide 2022

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For over 85 years, Clark College has provided the residents of southwest Washington a path to prosperity by providing affordable, high-quality academic and technical education. We serve as a regional hub for learning and development through educational programs, cultural events and community services. Clark College serves more than 12,000 students each quarter and has one of the largest Running Start programs in the state.

Clark’s graduates power this region’s economy, providing it with highly trained technicians, entrepreneurs, and health care professionals. Many graduates continue their education at four-year universities, where the individual attention and hands-on learning opportunities they received at Clark give them the foundation they need for long-term academic success.

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Key Facts

Highest Enrolled Programs

  • Associate in Arts–DTA*
  • Nursing and Pre-Nursing
  • Business
  • English as a Second Language
  • Biology

*Direct Transfer Agreement


  • Headcount (all sources): 12,159
  • FTES (all sources): 6,242
  • Headcount (state-funded): 9,520
  • FTES (state-funded): 4,340

Students in Selected Programs

  • Applied bachelor's: 234
  • Apprentices: 1
  • Corrections: 144
  • I-BEST: 63
  • International: 63
  • Running Start: 2,310
  • Worker Retraining: 304

Student Profile

Type of Student

  • Academic/transfer: 56%
  • Basic skills: 8%
  • Other: 12%
  • Workforce education: 24%


  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 3%
  • Asian: 10%
  • Black/African American: 5%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 15%
  • Pacific Islander: 2%
  • White: 80%


  • Full-time: 50%
  • Part-time: 50%

Family and Finances

  • Students receiving need-based financial aid: 36%
  • Students with dependents: 33%


  • Female: 61%
  • Male: 39%

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 — and has received approval from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges to pursue a BAS in Teacher Education. Each of these programs was created with input from local employers to ensure our graduates have the skills needed for today’s job market.

At Clark College, everyone belongs

Clark College understands, confronts and challenges the institutional systems of power, privilege and inequity so that all members of the college community can succeed. We are committed to building an anti-racist environment where all students feel welcome, accepted and valued. Our Disability Support Services office advocates on behalf of students with disabilities and provides guidance to the college in making all services fully accessible. The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion provides a safe space for students to find community with others, where they can fully embrace and be proud of their identities.

Building skills for the post-pandemic workplace

Our graduates have real-life experience with adapting to the new, post-pandemic work world. When the college moved to remote operations, our students learned how to navigate online learning environments, gaining valuable skills — both technological and “soft” — along the way. At the same time, the college worked as safely and quickly as possible to bring back labs that couldn’t be made virtual, enabling students in health occupations and professional-technical fields to get the hands-on experience they needed to succeed. The result is a class of graduates who are able to adapt to shifting work environments and who have real-world technical skills — the best of both worlds, and perfect for the new world ahead of us.

Data is from the 2020-21 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, vice chair
  • Denise Gideon
  • Cristhian Canseco Juarez
  • Paul Speer

Year Founded


Service Area

Clark, Skamania, Klickitat counties

Legislative Districts

14, 17, 18, 20, 49

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Last Modified: 12/21/21, 10:14 AM

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