College Life

Archer Gallery


Archer Gallery has been exhibiting fine art in Southwest Washington since 1978, consistently presenting an impressive list of artists and exhibits. Focusing on Northwest and Washington artists, the gallery also exhibits works by national artists. Featuring both established and emerging talents, the cultural, social, and ethnic diversity of the region is expressed in the exhibition schedule.

Archer Gallery is located on the lower level at the south entrance of the Penguin Union Building and features 2,000 square feet of exhibition space. All exhibits are free and open to students and the community. Support for the Archer Gallery is provided by the Associated Students of Clark College (ASCC), the Clark College Foundation, the College, and donations from individuals. Archer Gallery is wheelchair accessible.


Clark College Penguins


Clark College is a member of the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC). The NWAC is the parent organization and coordinates and regulates both men’s and women’s athletics for thirty-six (36) community colleges located in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Clark sponsors intercollegiate teams for women in volleyball, cross country, basketball, track and field, softball, and soccer; and for men in soccer, cross country, basketball, baseball, and track and field. Students interested in intercollegiate sports should contact the Athletics Department.

Penguin Athletic Club


Through individual, family, and corporate memberships, the Clark College Penguin Athletic Club (PAC) provides funding for athletic scholarships, special events, recognition for student athletes, coaching enhancements, and general support for all eleven (11) Clark teams competing for the Penguins. Membership in the PAC provides special discounts on both alumni and PAC events, free admission to all home regular season games, and the opportunity to utilize the Clark College Thompson Fitness Center for a nominal fee per term or per year. For more information, please contact the PAC office.


360-992-2149  Fax: 360-992-2862

The Clark College Bookstore, owned and operated by the College, is located in Gaiser Hall and provides shipments, in store pickup, or reservations from the store website. The store stocks required course materials as requested by classroom instructors and vigorously supports students' interest by maintaining the lowest possible price for required course materials. You can also find Clark logo apparel, gifts and spirit gear, grab & go food and beverages, organizational supplies and much more. Additionally, the store facilitates numerous solutions to help Clark students stretch their educational budgets including a comparison shopping tool, textbook and calculator rentals, peer-to-peer textbook exchange, and more.

The bookstore supports the interests of the broader community by selling specialty and educational items, logo items, apparel, gifts, cards, food and beverages, various reference and test preparation items, and more. Personal services available in store include faxing, notary public, special orders, Clark College Theatre and event tickets, USPS stamps, C-Tran bus passes, payment for parking and student IDs and more.

Information regarding accepted payment methods, returns/exchanges, and more can be obtained by visiting us in store or online at

Bulletin Boards


The majority of campus bulletin boards are used for college or departmental information only. There is one Community board located in Penguin Union Building that is for general information. Student-to-student announcements and other materials must be dated and posted for a period not to exceed two weeks.
Signs or posters may not be placed on glass, painted, or metal surfaces. Materials placed improperly will be removed by college personnel. Complete bulletin board guidelines and a listing of campus boards and their classifications are on file in the college Event Services.

Child and Family Services


Toddler and Preschool Childcare Services, Summer School-Age Program

The Child and Family Studies program is located at the north end of the Clark College main campus. Childcare and early education services with family support options are available to Clark College students, faculty, staff, and the local community. Childcare services are available for children twelve (12) months and walking through five (5) years of age. During the summer, services are available for children up to ten (10) years of age. Contact the program for more information or to arrange a tour. Services are available from 8 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Event Scheduling


The hub of campus life is the Student Center in Gaiser Hall. This facility provides space for dances, concerts, dinner theater, lectures, and other college/community events. College rooms are available for small and large meetings of students, staff, and community groups. A use agreement will be sent to those contracting for college facilities outlining responsibilities and privileges. Space utilization cannot conflict with regularly scheduled classes or activities, and space is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a charge for use of college facilities by off-campus groups. To arrange for the use of any college space, contact the Event Scheduling office.

Student Life


Facebook: Clark College Student Life
Instagram & Twitter: clarkstudents
Penguin Union Building 160

The Office of Student Life coordinates programs, support services, and activities that enhance the educational experience of a diverse student population and fosters the intellectual and personal development of students on campus.

Student Life services and resources include:

  • The Associated Students of Clark College (ASCC) Student Government
  • The Activities Programming Board (APB)
  • 50-plus events and activities each year including Welcome Week, Involvement Fair, and Spring Thing – see our online events calendar for more information
  • Clubs, programs, committees, and other student involvement opportunities
  • Free coffee, Monday-Friday mornings
  • Quick-stop computer lab
  • Student-use kitchen, including refrigerator, microwave, toaster and hot water
  • FREE student planner
  • Free one-time legal consultation services
  • Discounted C-Tran bus passes
  • Discounted Fitness Center passes
  • Student-use lockers

For more information on any of these services, contact the Office of Student Life, located in the Penguin Union Building, room 160, visit us online, or connect with us on social media.

Student Clubs and Programs

Clubs and programs provide students an opportunity to develop leadership skills, responsibility, and apply academic, vocational and/or personal learning through involvement on campus and in the community. With more than 50 clubs and programs to choose from, students are bound to find something to match their interests. Clubs and programs may have an educational, national, cultural, political, activity and/or religious focus.

Student Government – Associated Students of Clark College (ASCC)

Recognized by the Board of Trustees as the representative body of Clark College students, ASCC Student Government consists of seven-members that act as a liaison between students, faculty, staff, administration, and the community. They are charged with review and implementation of the ASCC Constitution and Bylaws, committee appointments, club promotion and approval, recruitment for student involvement, oversight of the Services and Activities (S&A) fees, and keeping students informed about legislative policies that directly affect them. All enrolled students are members of ASCC and are thus eligible to participate in events.

Activities Programming Board (APB)

With the motto, “We run the fun!” this five-member group is charged with the creation of a comprehensive events calendar to include awareness, cultural, educational, family, and social events for Clark students. Hosting 40+ events each year, including the annual Spring Thing event, it is easy to find an opportunity to relax, learn, and connect at Clark. To find out more about upcoming events visit our online events calendar.

Student Publications

The Independent

Working at The Independent offers students hands-on journalism experience. Working with one or more aspects of the newspaper (writing, editing, photography, layout, advertising, and business management) provides an introduction to the journalism profession as well as a means of earning credit. Some staff positions are paid. The Independent serves as a major communication link between students, student government, faculty, staff, and administration.


Phoenix, Clark College’s literary and arts magazine, is funded by ASCC to encourage the creative efforts of Clark College students. All Clark College students registered in the immediate spring, summer, fall, or winter terms prior to publication may submit fiction, poetry, flat artwork and photographs of three-dimensional work. Under the direction of the faculty advisors from English and from Art, staff members practice budgeting, marketing, writing, editing, judging, and layout skills. Volunteer student staff members are welcome; some paid student staff positions exist.

Computer Services

Computer Labs

Students enrolled in credit classes may use the open computer lab facilities at Clark College. Students are required to use their college-supplied network account to access computer resources in the labs. Open computer labs are available at the following locations:

  • Applied Arts AA4, Rm. 116
  • Bauer Hall, Rm. 101 and Rm. 102
  • Cannell Library, Rm. 100, Rm. 102, and Rm. 203
  • Scarpelli Hall, Rm. 135 and Rm. 023
  • Clark College at WSUV, Rm. 129
  • Clark College at Columbia Tech Center, Rm. 212 and Rm. 219
  • Pathways Center, TBG, Rm. 226

Wireless Network Access

Students may use personal computers and mobile devices to access the Internet and online services available through the Clark College website using the college wireless network. Wireless access is available in most college facilities. A network account is required to use the wireless network.

Computer Proficiency: A Statement to Students

Students at Clark College, in order to succeed here and in communities outside the college, need to be familiar with and capable of using computers and computer software. Both upper division college work and the requirements of the workplace demand such skills. Many Clark College faculty will require students to access class materials on the Internet, use a word processor, e-mail, and databases as part of regular course activities.

Students need to determine which computer skills are appropriate to their areas of study and take positive steps to acquire and use them early. To facilitate appropriate student access to computers and computer software, the college provides classrooms, labs, course work, and library access where students can learn about and use these tools.

Students should contact their instructors, the college library, the Office of Student Affairs, the Associated Students of Clark College (ASCC), the Pathways Center, or the Advising and Counseling offices to find out what computer resources are available and when they can be accessed. Advisors, counselors, and faculty can help students choose appropriate courses to help them achieve computer proficiency.

Counseling and Health Center

360-992-2614 (call or text)

Located in the Health Sciences Building, the Counseling and Health Center supports student success by providing a range of professional counseling and medical services that are both affordable and conveniently available on campus. Counselors provide free, short-term, goal-focused counseling. They support students in self-development, goal-setting, and problem-solving to enhance student success. A Nurse Practitioner is also available to provide low-cost health services during limited hours. Services, pricing, and office hours are available at the website listed above. Over the counter medications, menstrual supplies, and safer-sex items are available free of charge.

Dental Hygiene Clinic


High-quality dental care is provided at a reduced fee by students under the direct supervision of licensed dental hygienists and dentists. Adults or children, four (4) years of age or older, are selected for care based on the educational needs of the students. Services provided may include exams, x-rays, scaling and polishing, sealants, fillings, diet analysis, and personalized preventive education. Free screenings are available by appointment.

Disability Support Services (DSS)

360-992-2314 – Voice   360-991-0901 – Video Phone

Clark College and the Disability Support Services (DSS) office assist students with disabilities in pursuing their educational goals. Clark College is committed to assuring that its services, programs, and activities are accessible to individuals with disabilities. DSS can provide classroom accommodations, as well as serve as a resource to the campus community in striving to make Clark College both an accessible and hospitable place for students with disabilities. We strive to create a welcoming environment for diverse students seeks disability accommodations.  We partner with Clark's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) at times for events and initiatives, many of our students value the engagement and resources from ODEI.

Emergency Procedures

The College’s emergency procedures are displayed on posters in all classrooms and offices, as well as on the website.

Depending on the type of incident, mass notification may be delivered via office and classroom phones, active computer screens, active Smart Classroom screens and interior loudspeakers. Additional notifications are also available to students and employees through text messages and email with a free subscription to RAVE. Emergency Building Coordinators are posted in every building to assist with emergency protocols.

Exercises (drills) will be conducted several times each year to ensure general preparedness. All members of the college community are expected to participate. When possible, advance notification of planned exercises will be circulated.

Fitness Center


The Thompson Fitness Center, located in the O’Connell Sports Complex (OSC), is free to students currently enrolled in an HPE, fitness trainer or PE class. The following individuals are eligible to use the fitness center during open times for a term or annual usage fee, which is payable at the Cashier’s Office:

  • Currently enrolled part and full-time Clark College students (not eligible for annual pass) and students returning in fall quarter
  • Clark employees, their spouses and children sixteen (16) years old and older, including emeritus faculty and their spouses
  • Penguin Athletic Club members, sixteen (16) years old and older
  • Alumni Association members, sixteen (16) years old and older

Completion of fitness center basics, circuit fitness and/or weight training class is recommended before using the fitness center.

Food Service 

The McClaskey Culinary Institute in Gaiser Hall (GHL) at Clark College Main Campus offers a variety of dining options:

  • Retail Bakery offering coffee and specialty beverages as well as a large variety of baked goods prepared by students in the Professional Baking and Pastry Arts Program
  • The Restaurant opens for lunch during the term is run by second year students in the Cuisine Program
  • Multiple Kiosks where students in the Cuisine Program produce a variety of lunch options during the term
  • The Grill opens during the term and breaks, serving breakfast, burgers, sandwiches and more
  • Grab & Go Salads, Sandwiches and more available year-round

At the McClaskey Culinary Institute, we strive to provide options for all diets and tastes in a welcoming environment conducive to studying or meeting with friends.

Health Insurance

Information about how to obtain health coverage through the Washington Health Benefits Exchange and the Affordable Care Act can be found at the link above.

Health insurance is required for all international students, who are advised to discuss their health insurance options with the Office of International Programs.


Campus housing is not available. While the college does provide a housing referral bulletin board, located in central Gaiser Hall, it does not assume the responsibility for screening rentals.

Note: International Programs does work with international applicants to secure housing for them and to place them in one of the following options:

  • An apartment building shared with domestic and international students from the International Air Academy (two- or four-bed apartments)
  • An apartment with single or double rooms close to campus or
  • A host family arrangement

Please contact International Programs for details.

Legal Consultation


Student Legal Services is a contracted program funded by the Office of Student Life that provides free, one-time legal consultation to currently registered students. A local general-practice attorney provides multilingual legal counsel on family, criminal, and contract issues for students, as needed.

Thirty-minute consultation appointments are offered once a week through fall, winter and spring terms, and can be arranged through the Student Life office, located in PUB 160. Please call 360-992-2404 to schedule an appointment.



Clark College Libraries provide resources to support the educational mission of Clark College. Located on the main campus, Cannell Library provides students, faculty, and staff with books, movies, and CDs. Cannell Library also has group study rooms and computer labs. Students attending classes at Columbia Tech Center can visit the Information Commons located on the second floor of the building in Room 219. Students are encouraged to ask librarians at either location for assistance using the wide range of in-print and online resources. Library faculty offer a variety of instruction sessions, research assistance, and workshops.

Through Summit, a partnership that combines the holdings of academic libraries in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, students also have access to books, DVDs, videotapes, government documents, and more. Direct online borrowing and an efficient courier service allow students to obtain books quickly and easily.

From the Libraries’ website (, Clark College students, faculty, and staff have 24/7 online access to thousands of resources, including electronic books, full-text journals, and 78 electronic databases. Consult the Library website or call 360-992-2151 for hours of service and other library information.

MESA Program


Mathematics, Engineering, science Achievement (MESA) offers academic and professional support services to qualifying students who intend to transfer to four (4) year universities in pursuit of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors. Our overriding aim is to diversify the STEM workforce by addressing the challenges undeserved students face in their educational and career development. 

Resources available for students include: online orientation, career advising, transfer assistance, professional development & academic excellence workshops, and a study center (SBG 206/208).

You may be eligible for the MESA program if you meet any of the following:

  • Are a historically underrepresented student of color in STEM
  • Are of the first generation in your family to attend college
  • Are eligible for financial aid as determined by the FAFSA or WAFSA, work study, or are at least at or below the federal poverty level

Office of Diversity and Equity


The function of the Office of Diversity and Equity is to support the goals of Clark’s Social Equity Plan. We assist in the accomplishment of these goals through serving as a resource on related issues, providing training and educational programs, inviting speakers and performers, and providing opportunities for individuals to feel connect with those who have felt disconnected in the past and with their community. The Office of Diversity and Equity is committed to serving systemically non-dominant communities as they navigate Clark College. We support Clark College’s goal of recruiting and retaining a diverse student body and workforce.

The Diversity Center is a welcoming and safe place for the entire Clark community (students, faculty, staff, and community members) to learn about and engage in conversations regarding diversity, inclusion, power, privilege, inequity, and social justice.

Parking and Traffic Rules


Traffic and parking regulations at the College are authorized by the Board of Trustees and codified under the Washington Administrative Code (132N-156 WAC). The enforcement of parking and traffic regulations is the responsibility of the Security/Safety Department.

Student parking on the Clark College campus is limited to open parking spaces. Open parking spaces are identified as lined spaces without any special labels. No permit is required to park in open parking. Restricted parking areas include faculty/staff (F/S) parking, visitor or metered parking, and disabled person parking. No one may park in these areas without the proper permit or other authorization.

Drivers of vehicles on campus shall obey all regulatory signs, including stop signs and directional arrows, and shall comply with directions of campus security officers in the control of traffic and parking.

Any violations of college parking and traffic rules and regulations may result in issuance of a monetary citation by the Security/Safety Department. Vehicle impounding, immobilization, or transcript hold may result if vehicles are parked improperly or if fines are not paid.

The Security/Safety Department works continually toward safe and effective parking lot use. Concerns, suggestions, and ideas for meeting the challenges of managing campus parking are always welcome. Students should contact the Security/Safety Department in Gaiser Hall for a complete copy of the Clark College Parking and Traffic Rules and Regulations, or for a copy of the Parking Survival Guide

Public Transportation

Clark College is served by C-Tran, the Clark County Community Transit System, at the main campus, Clark College at WSU Vancouver, and Clark College at Columbia Tech Center. The Clark College main campus is currently served by three (3) bus lines which link the college to all parts of the city of Vancouver, Clark County, and to Portland, Oregon.

To encourage and enable transit ridership, the college funds and supports the BackPASS program. Through the BackPASS program, all registered Clark College students can purchase a BackPASS endorsement for their student identification cards. The BackPASS will afford the student unlimited access to C-Tran service in Clark County. Students may receive only one subsidized BackPASS per term. To facilitate use of the BackPASS, bus schedules, maps, and other transit information can be found in several locations. C-Tran regularly participates in student orientations and hosts information booths on the main campus.

Van service is now available at a reduced rate to students with disabilities. Check with C-Tran for more details by calling 360-695-8918 (voice) or 360-695-2760 (TTY).

Additional information about the BackPASS program can be obtained from the Security/Safety Department in Gaiser Hall.

Security/Safety Department


The Clark College Security/Safety Department works to provide a safe and secure environment in which members of the college community can pursue their educational and professional goals. The Department is comprised of 25 full and part-time non-sworn officers and support staff. An officer can be reached on main campus 24 hours a day/7 days a week/365 days a year. The department is charged with protecting life and property, providing service and assisting students, staff, and community members. The Security/Safety Department strives to offer proactive protection services to the college community by stressing prevention above response, planning above reaction, education above enforcement, and service above all.
The Security/Safety Department can provide informational and directional assistance; aid to stranded motorists including jump starts and lockout service; security escorts across campus; crime prevention advice; and other general assistance to students, staff, faculty and guests of the college. The Security/Safety Department works cooperatively with the emergency response agencies (police, fire & EMS) in emergency, dangerous or volatile situations, and/or in criminal investigations.
The Department provides all information required by the Clery Act, which is published in an annual security report by October 1st of each year. For more information about the Annual Crime and Security Report please visit:

Student Ambassadors and the Campus Visit Program


Student Ambassadors are current Clark College students who assist with the admissions and orientation process of starting at Clark. Student Ambassadors are also available to take you on a campus tour so you can begin to become familiar with campus. Taking a campus tour with a current student is a great way to hear the student perspective of being at Clark.

Student Discounts

A list of merchants that offer discounts can be found at the Security/Information Office in Gaiser Hall.

Student ID Cards

Annual Clark College student photo ID cards can be purchased in the Clark College Bookstore, Gaiser Hall, for a minimal fee. Current registration and valid photo ID are required to obtain a Clark College student ID (being on wait list is not considered registered). ID cards are not required by the College but do provide free or discounted admission to College events and may qualify for student discounts offered by many local businesses.

Tutoring Services 

Tutoring is designed to provide individualized attention that supports student learning and academic success. Our friendly, supportive, and encouraging tutors assist with most English, math, science, and general education classes offered at Clark College. Tutors will also help students develop skills and confidence to become stronger, more independent learners. Students who come in for tutoring may also access computers, software, handouts, reference materials, and other resources.

Tutoring services are FREE to all registered Clark College students.

Transitional Studies Tutoring Center


Located in the T Building, room 228. The Transitional Studies Tutoring Center supports CAP and ESL students with tutoring and computer-based learning. One-on-one and small-group tutoring are available for adults learning English as a second language, as well as for native English speakers who want to improve basic reading, writing, and math skills.

Language & Writing Center


Located in Hawkins Hall, room 102. Writing tutors are available to help students with all types of writing—essay assignments, journals, research papers, resumes, scholarship essays, and more. Assistance is available at all stages of the writing process, from generating ideas to reviewing completed drafts. Although tutors do not edit or proofread, they will help students determine what their tendencies are concerning grammar errors, explain general concepts, and offer strategies that can lead to more effective writing.

Language students can meet with a tutor for conversation practice and help with written and oral assignments in English and world languages offered at Clark. All services are available on a drop-in or appointment basis.

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math Center


Located in Bauer Hall, room 101/102. Tutors provide assistance with most levels of math, chemistry, engineering, physics, biology, and other STEM subjects. Help is available on a drop-in or appointment basis.

Accounting & Business Center


Located in Applied Arts 4 (AA4), room 106. Tutoring assistance is available for all levels of accounting and for most business and economics courses. Help is available on a drop-in basis.

Online Tutoring

Online assistance is available for currently enrolled Clark students. Using the online Writing Lab, students can upload a draft of their paper and receive written feedback, usually within 24-72 hours. Tutors are also available to assist via Live Chat (synchronous) or eQuestions (asynchronous) in various subjects, including physics, chemistry, biology, math, calculus, statistics, Spanish, accounting, and more.

For eTutoring access and login directions, go to the eTutoring webpage. Canvas course shells may also include an eTutoring link in the navigation panel on the left of the screen.

Veterans Center for Excellence


Located in Penguin Union Building, room 015, the Veterans Resource Center is available to help veterans and their dependents connect with the resources and networks of support available to them at Clark College and in the local community. We provide a welcoming staff, mentoring from student veterans, and tools to succeed academically and personally. The VRC also provides a math tutor, computer stations, printers, TV, and a comfortable environment to relax. Veterans are encouraged to visit the center to receive information and assistance regarding:

  • Benefit Applications and Procedures
  • GI Bill® Certification
  • Veterans Advocacy
  • Community Support
  • Transition Services
  • Campus & Community Resources
  • Specialized Programs and Workshops
  • Veterans Club

Clark College does not and will not provide any commission, bonus, or other incentive payment based directly or indirectly on success in securing enrollment or financial aid to any persons or entities engaged in any student recruiting or admissions activities, or in making decisions regarding the award of student financial assistance.

Selected programs of study at Clark College are approved by the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board's State Approving Agency (WTECB/SAA) for enrollment of those eligible to receive benefits under Title 38 and Title 10, USC.