Support received from the community ensures that the Clark College tradition of excellence continues. Economic well-being, workforce development and high quality of life are benefits found in regions that are home to a strong and progressive community college.


Tod and Maxine McClaskey Culinary Institute at Clark College

The current facility, built in 1980, has had few changes in 35 years. A remodeled Culinary Institute will showcase modern facilities to new and returning students, add a first-ever American Culinary Federation accreditation, provide a seamless transition to a bachelor’s in Applied Management, focus on skills and customer service and extend food service hours for the campus.

  • The cost to remodel this 18,315-square-foot facility is $10.5 million.
  • Reports showed 72,500 jobs in 2014 in the culinary field in Clark, Skamania, Klickitat counties. Job growth during 2014-2020 is expected to be more than 11 percent.
  • Local, sustainable food will attract and retain students and welcome the greater community to gather, eat and experience Clark.

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A campus-led survey showed that 14 percent of students who dropped out in fall 2014 did so because of financial reasons. Likewise, 54 percent of Clark students are low income. A scholarship endowment brings financial stability to students who might otherwise leave or not pursue college. After they graduate, these individuals are more likely to stay in Southwest Washington and become business owners, employees, volunteers and community leaders. In 2013-14, more than $1.8 million was awarded to about 800 students through state, community and Clark College Foundation scholarships. The scholarships benefit six percent of Clark’s full-time and part-time students who are taking for-credit courses.

  • The cost of this endowment is $10 million.
  • Earnings on the endowment provide $300,000 funding for students.
  • The fund helps reduce student debt and increases access to education.



Clark College’s Dealer Ready Automotive Technology programs include the Toyota Technician & Education Network (Toyota T-TEN), the Honda Professional Automotive Career Training (Honda PACT), and the Dick Hannah Initiative for Technician Education at Clark College (HiTECC). Students rotate between class and a paid internship at the dealerships. Moreover, a new Maintenance and Light Repair program allows students to enter the automotive repair industry and earn a certificate or degree without being employed at a dealership.

  • The estimated $3 million cost will expand the current physical footprint, add equipment, faculty and staff.
  • Reports showed nearly 4,000 automotive jobs in 2014, with an estimated 200 annual openings through 2020 in Clark, Skamania, Klickitat counties in Washington State and Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties in Oregon.
  • Benefits include meeting marketplace demands for highly skilled employees trained in contemporary automotive services.

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Applied Fermentation

Due to significant regional growth in the fermentation industry—particularly breweries—Clark is proposing to be a hub of brewing expertise for the Pacific Northwest by offering fermentation science preparation coupled with on-the-job training. The project could range from a preliminary program incubation period to a full program equipped with a new or remodeled 15,000-square-foot fermentation laboratory and distillery. Both will prepare workers to progress from entry-level employment to management.

  • The cost of this project is estimated from $5 million to $16 million.
  • Reports showed an 86 percent job growth in Washington State during 2010-14 and 158 percent in Portland, Ore., metro area. Annual new job openings are in the 600 range.
  • Clark will offer affordable training with direct transferability of skills to jobs in a thriving business niche in Portland Metro and Southwest Washington.


Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced manufacturing is one of the fastest growing industries in Portland Metro and Southwest Washington. Occupational fields within advanced manufacturing are composites, industrial maintenance, machining, mechatronics and welding. Manufacturing businesses say the shortage of skilled workers is hampering their ability to be competitive in the marketplace. That skills gap is expected to widen over the next decade unless bold action is taken to train new and existing employees. All of Clark’s manufacturing programs are at capacity. Clark envisions a 30-square-foot facility—called a maker center – and a mobile lab that goes to rural schools and rural manufacturers to provide training on site.

  • The cost of this project is estimated to be $5 million.
  • Reports showed 110,500 jobs in manufacturing in 2014 with an estimated 17,000 jobs to be added to the Portland-Vancouver metro area by 2024.
  • Benefits include local, accessible, affordable and targeted job training, as well as business incubation and increased product development.



At 70,000 square feet, the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Building is the largest classroom building on Clark’s main campus. It’s has a LEED silver certification, a 44-foot drop tower for lab experiments, a six-table cadaver lab for human anatomy observation and much more. Be a part of the future of science, technology, engineering and mathematics by becoming a partner with us.

  • The $40 million project was funded through state funds and those provided by Clark College Foundation for equipment, the value of the land and other items.
  • Benefits include a rigorous learning environment built upon innovation, collaboration, and creative problem solving.
  • We prepare and inspire learners in developing the quantitative and scientific skills they need to participate in a rapidly changing global society.

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The Clark Fund 

Opening a world of possibilities. The fund augments scholarships, strengthens the college’s ability to attract and retain exceptional faculty and staff, supplies new technology and helps keep Clark programs relevant for today’s workforce.

  • The cost of this project is estimated to be $2 million.
  • A college education will be local, accessible and affordable for more community members, thereby providing the tools for their personal and professional goals so that they can contribute to a thriving regional economy.

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Cannell Library

Modernize Clark’s beacon of learning by upgrading technology to enhance student interaction with emerging technologies. Create a welcoming and naturally lit atmosphere for students to gather, collaborate, learn and conduct research. Increase the footprint to expand Tutoring and Writing Center services and integrate the Teaching and Learning Center into the facility – a faculty and staff resource. Upgrade technology and add a media/print production studio.

  • The cost of the project is estimated to be $5 million.
  • Academic success will prosper when the space is more contemporary and patron services are made more accessible.

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Oliva Family Early Learning Center at Clark College

The two-phased project creates facilities to complement Clark’s signature Early Childhood Education program. Phase I is complete. Phase II includes two classroom pods with a gathering space for families, conference room and offices. A classroom will be augmented with Smart technology, modernizing the visual and audio technology for a variety of teaching strategies. Modern facilities provide children with the tools to enhance cognitive function and establish social and physical foundations, and teachers with the tools to teach.

  • The cost of this project is $10 million.
  • Reports showed 7,800 jobs in the early learning field in 2014. Openings for preschool teachers and childcare workers are estimated at 350 annually through 2020 in Clark, Skamania, Klickitat counties in Washington State and Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties in Oregon.
  • Early learning yields benefits in academic achievement and progression, behavior, socialization and labor market success, giving children a foothold for their future.

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Modern Resources

Clark’s curricula require modern tools and equipment to teach tomorrow’s employees, civic leaders and community members. Equipment and resources include, but are not limited to, mechatronics machinery, health care simulation models, human cadavers for the anatomy lab and 3-D printers. A robust replacement fund makes education accessible and equitable.

  • The cost of this project is estimated to be $12 million.
  • The college will better align with regional workforce needs as students and graduates arrive with job-ready skills.


Program Enhancement & Technology

Endowed Chairs – Donors of endowed chairs provide Clark with support in perpetuity by guaranteeing financial resources for programs or distinguished faculty. Endowed chairs elevate the excellence in higher educational programming in the respective fields of study.

  • The cost of this project is $1 million.
  • Clark will sustain an inclusive and dynamic curricula and an environment that reflects our diverse college community.

Testing Center – Enhancing the current testing center with new equipment, modernizing the space and adding staff will bridge this facility into the digital age. It will integrate active learning strategies within and across courses, disciplines and programs with a global perspective.

  • The cost of this project is $500,000.
  • The outcomes include increasing academic performance, retention and completion.

Financial Literacy – An ongoing project to educate students about financial decisions and options. Students get access to a variety of financial workshops and resources, from balancing a checkbook to repaying student loans. The fund also provides for a federally run online source for financial management and solutions. The need for deliberate financial awareness and solutions is great. In 2014, half of Clark students received some form of financial aid and carried an average student loan debt of $5,143. All told, 3,500 Clark students owed $24 million in 2012-2013 in loans.

  • The cost of this project is estimated to be $150,000.
  • The impact of financial literacy will be to expand access to and information about financial resources, manage costs, clarify career and educational goals and provide pathways to success in college and careers.

Classroom Technology – Keeping pace with technology is challenging. This year’s projectors will be next year’s freestanding monitors. A single Smart classroom costs up to $18,000 to set up and upgrade. Clark proposes to outfit two classrooms with new and emerging technologies each year, review the outcomes and determine what technologies will become our regular Smart classrooms.

  • The cost of this project is $1.4 million.
  • Building more technology-rich learning environments will increase accessibility for all students.

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