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.

Guided Pathways 

An academic and support services overhaul aimed at improving completion rates for students.


A campus-led survey showed that 14 percent of students who dropped out in fall 2014 did so because of financial reasons. Likewise, 41 percent of Clark students in 2017 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 2017-2018, nearly $2 million in scholarships, awards and financial support was awarded to students through Clark College and Clark College Foundation.

  • The goal is $13 million.
  • Earnings on the endowment provide more than $300,000 funding for students.
  • The fund helps reduce student debt and increases access to education.

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. Starting with a 30,000-square-foot facility at Clark College at Boschma Farms in Ridgefield, we will build the most advanced instruction in the region. Also, we envision 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.

Tod and Maxine McClaskey Culinary Institute at Clark College

Until the launch of the new facility in 2017, Clark’s cuisine space hadn’t had a face-lift in nearly 35 years.  The remodeled culinary institute showcases modern facilities for new and returning students, provides a seamless transition to a bachelor’s in Applied Management and focuses on employable skills and excellent customer services. In the future, the McClaskey Culinary Institute will offer the first-ever American Culinary Federation accreditation for the college.

  • 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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Veterans Resource Center

Helping veterans and their family get connected with life-changing resources available at Clark College and in the local community.

  • The cost of this priority is $2 million



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 $2 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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Mature Learning

Whether reigniting creativity, deepen knowledge or simply enjoy in-depth discussions with like-minded adults, Clark’s Mature Learning program for adults aged 55 and older has something for everyone. The educational and cultural enrichment program is an opportunity to continue learning in a relaxed and open atmosphere.

  • The cost of this priority is $1 million.


Craft Beverage Institute

Regional growth in the fermentation industry—particularly breweries—has exploded in recent years. 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 $500,000.
  • 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 skills transferable to jobs in a thriving business niche in Portland Metro and Southwest Washington.


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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