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Clark College | Field Guide 2024

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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. 

Key Facts

Highest Enrolled Programs

  • Associate in Arts-DTA* 
  • Allied Health 
  • Business 
  • Transitional Studies/English as a Second Language 

*Direct Transfer Agreement


  • Headcount (all sources): 12,932
  • FTES (all sources): 5,912
  • Headcount (state-funded): 9,860
  • FTES (state-funded): 4,301

Students in Selected Programs

  • Applied bachelor's: 278
  • Apprentices: 1
  • Corrections: 128
  • International: 82
  • Running Start: 1,905
  • Worker Retraining: 250

Student Profile

Type of Student

  • Academic/transfer: 45%
  • Basic skills: 17%
  • Workforce education: 21%
  • Other: 17%


Students of color: 35%

  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 3%
  • Asian: 11%
  • Black/African American: 6%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 18%
  • Pacific Islander: 2%
  • White: 77%


  • Full-time: 46%
  • Part-time: 54%

Family and Finances

  • Students receiving need-based financial aid: 44%
  • Students with dependents: 14%


  • Female: 61%
  • Male: 39%
  • X: 1%

Median age


Points of Interest

Training our region’s workforce for living-wage jobs 

Clark College is partnering with local employers including nLight, a local semiconductor fiber laser manufacturer, to offer in-demand programs and workforce training focused on preparing a highly skilled workforce. We are working with PeaceHealth and Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals to develop the first Associate of Applied Technology Surgical Technician program to be offered in Southwest Washington. The first cohort will begin fall 2024. 

New bachelor programs for high-demand careers  

We listen to our community to offer new programs that will enable graduates to step into high-demand careers. Our Bachelor of Applied Science in Teacher Education degree program leads to preschool-to-8th grade teacher certification and includes an early childhood endorsement and a bilingual teaching endorsement option. Our Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Cybersecurity trains graduates to step into a living-wage job in a high-demand field. Those who hold an associate degree can complete the program in only 18 months. 

Building for the future 

To meet the needs of a rapidly growing region, the college is expanding northward at our new location, Clark College at Boschma Farms in Ridgefield. The 49,000-square-foot Advanced Manufacturing Center, which will open fall 2025, demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the community and developing a well-trained workforce for the region’s future. The Advanced Manufacturing Center will equip future students with training for careers in the manufacturing trades while expanding existing programs. The vision is for this progressive instructional center to serve our growing region and the critical workforce needs.

Data is from the 2022-23 academic year. Reflects headcount unless otherwise noted.

*Students of color percent based on unduplicated headcount. Students may be counted in more than one race, so race/ethnicity percentages may not total 100%. Percentages calculated on reported value.

Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.


Dr. Karin Edwards


  • Cristhian Canseco Juarez, chair 
  • Denise Gideon, vice chair 
  • Jeanne Bennett 
  • Suzanne Donaldson 
  • Marilee Scarbrough 

Year Founded


Service Area

Clark, Skamania, Klickitat counties

Legislative Districts

14, 17, 18, 20, 49

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Last Modified: 1/31/24, 7:36 AM

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