Special Instructional Programs and Locations
Career and Academic Preparation (CAP)
These classes are available for persons sixteen (16) years or older (16- to 18-year-olds must have a high school release). Students can earn credit toward their HS21 diploma, prepare to take the GED test and improve their reading, writing and math skills to transition to college-level coursework. There is a term tuition charge. Classes are held on campus and at other sites in the community.
English as a Second Language
Classes are for non-native speakers who want to communicate more effectively in English. Classes are held at various times during the day and evening. There is a tuition charge to students each term. Most classes are held on campus, but some are held at community sites.
Transitional Studies Tutoring Center
The Transitional Studies Tutoring Center, at TBG 228, 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.
Economic & Community Development
Clark College Economic & Community Development is the region's premier provider of continuing education, offering customized training for local employers and community education programs for individual residents of Southwest Washington. This department is dedicated to building community through education, mature learning, and professional development, as well as forging partnerships in support of regional economic development.
Customized Learning and Development
Customized Learning and Development delivers high-quality workforce training, leadership development, and technical and business analysis tools to manufacturing, healthcare, business, nonprofit, and government organizations. An expert team assesses business needs, analyzes human and technical resources available, and builds a customized plan to deliver the training and leadership needed to meet organizations' current objectives and future needs. Customized Learning and Development provides organizations with highly relevant training that directly affects the economy, employment opportunities, and workforce development in Southwest Washington.
Professional Development offers regularly scheduled classes, workshops, and certification programs for individuals to develop knowledge, skills, and increase their productivity and value to employers. A wide range of topics, such as accounting, health care, programming, web design, graphic arts, Microsoft Office, and small business are available to everyone wanting to take that next step. One-day “fast track” learning sessions and flexible online classes are also available.
Community Education offers a wide variety of personal enrichment and lifelong learning opportunities to enhance quality of life and encourage the exploration of new interests. Non-credit courses, taught by talented instructors who are experts in their field, are offered for persons of all ages. New classes are offered each term, including topics such as world language, recreation and wellness, healthy living, and home and gardening. The cooking school in the kitchen classroom at Columbia Tech Center campus offers demonstration and hands-on courses that educate about nutrition and world culture while building student skills. All Community Education courses reflect a commitment to building community and sustainability.
Mature Learning is an educational and cultural enrichment program for adults. The program provides an opportunity to learn in a relaxed atmosphere with no tests, grades, or homework. A wide variety of courses is offered including fitness, art, writing, computers, science, history, creative writing, health, humanities, and more. Most classes meet two hours a week, either on the main Clark College campus, at Columbia Tech Center, at the Corporate Education location in downtown Vancouver, or at other locations in the community. Mature Learning also provides travel and excursions to places of cultural, scientific, and natural interest.