Running Start provided me the opportunity to gain college credits while attending high school. I started Running Start in the fall quarter of 2018 and graduated highschool in 2020 with almost all my credit towards my Associates Degree, even though I was a part time Running Start student. By doing Running Start, I had the ability to be able to attend Cascadia Technical Academy and build experience through volunteer work. Running Start gave me the ability to be in control of my schedule to allow me to participate in such programs.
I live in a small town and did not have much experience outside of it, Running Start helped expand my views and the world around me. I found a lot of acceptance at Clark College that I was missing in high school and meeting new people expanded my social skills. Most of my high school class are now attending universities, but they did not attend Running Start and it will take longer for them to graduate from college. In addition to this, I would say Running Start also helped prepare me to be an adult and to think for myself. I had to plan out my own transportation, make my class schedule, and keep track of my assignments for class. This benefited me in multiple ways and helped me become more independent.
I have now just finished my last quarter at Clark, and will be graduating with my Associates. It did take me a little bit longer to complete my Associates degree, however I was able to complete my high school credits and go at my own pace to make sure that I did get my degree. It is important to be able to work at a pace that best works for you when attending college, so that you do graduate with your degree. Running Start was one of the best academic choices that I made that benefitted me in multiple areas of my life.
If you are looking into Running Start, the last Running Start info night is coming up with lots of info on Running Start.
Enrolling into a college may seem like a daunting task, Clark College has work to make this process more accessible and comprehensive. If you are looking to enroll into Clark College, you will first have to submit the Application Form. You can find this under the Get Started Tab on the Clark College Homepage. When you hover over the Get Started Tab you will notice that there are four steps listed to the side. The first step is the Application. Once you send in your application, you should get a Welcome email from Enrollment Services. This will have information such as your ctcLink ID and student email. These are both necessary for enrollment.
The second step is “Find Your Path”. This step has you set an appointment with an Enrollment Navigator. The Enrollment Navigator will help you make sure that you have the requirements to enroll and are registered for orientation. Along with this the “Find Your Path” step recommends that you apply for FAFSA to help pay for college with the link to apply for FAFSA.
The third step is “Plan Your First Term”. This step is crucial to enrollment in classes at Clark College. The first part of this step is to determine your placement, this will help you to get into Math, Science, and English classes and can be determined off of placement tests, such as the ALEKS (math) test. Or placement can be determined by GPA, Running Start, etc. Orientation is not optional and is required to enroll into classes at Clark College. Orientation is currently being conducted via Canvas. This will also help you to familiarize with Canvas as it is used by most professors at Clark College and all online classes are conducted via Canvas. The orientation step is only required for new students.
The last step to enrolling is “Registering for Classes”. Registering for classes and paying tuition can all be done through ctcLink. If you do not login into ctcLink with your ctcLink ID, do not have orientation completed, or have the right quarter selected, it will not let you register for classes. Once you have registered for your classes, be sure to check the Financial Account square and it should have the tuition owed on there.
We look forward to you joining us!
Here is a printable Checklist as well. http://www.clark.edu/getstarted/steps-to-enroll.pdf
Are you a new student looking to learn ways to succeed in your education? Are you a current student wanting to know more about scholarships or experiencing test anxiety? What about a graduating student wanting to investigate career development, resumes and professional networking? Look no further your student success workshops are here. Clark has many workshops available for free with absolutely no sign up required. Topics include
- APA Citation, 7th Edition
- Balancing School, Family and Work
- Better Banking
- Conflict Resolution
- Conquer Credit
- Destroy Debt
- Develop Your Career Awareness
- Effective Interviewing
- Financial Preparedness
- Health Insurance 101
- Internships 101
- Job Search Tips
- Know Yourself, Discover Careers
- LinkedIn 101
- Mindfulness for Parenting
- Mindfulness for Stress Management
- Professional Networking
- Resume Building
- Scholarships & Financial Aid
- So, You Want to be a Doctor?
- Stress Management
- Test Anxiety
- Time Management
All workshops are led by Clark College counselors, staff and faculty and are open to everyone. Workshops will be held via Zoom for the spring quarter due to remote learning regulations for COVID-19. February holds many works shops covering Plan for your Transfer Degree, Balancing School, Family, and Work, Your Identity and Your Success, and much more! My personal favorite is the Relax workshop. In this workshop you discuss the what, why, and how of specific practices that calm the nervous system. Who doesn’t need a little help relaxing now and again? The full schedule and description of classes is studentsuccessworkshops.pdf (clark.edu).
If you have questions call 360-992-2902
Zoom is available for Mac, PC and in the app store for most tablets and phones. To learn more about Zoom Visit https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting
Good luck and may your tech be with you!
Hello there! My name is Paige and I am one of the newest Student Ambassadors for the 2020-2021 school year! I am currently studying to get a General Associate of Arts Transfer Degree and continue my education in Human Services at a nearby university. I joined the Student Ambassadors team here at Clark College in hopes to help students just like myself achieve their goals here at Clark!
So who is Paige? Adventurous, charismatic, and caring are three words I believe my friends would use to describe me, but where do those impressions come from? From my upbringing of course. I was born in Chicago, Illinois, but shortly after moved to Sacramento, California where I was raised, eventually moving to Denver, Colorado in high school. All of these different experiences and cultures have given me a wide perspective and understanding of the world around me. Due to this my favorite food is deep dish pizza, I love skateboarding on a sunny day, and I have an unearthly fascination with mountains.
I am also a former teen mother (now that I am currently 22). In 2016 I brought a beautiful light into this world and named her Brooklyn. This is another experience that has broadened my perspective of the world around me. When most of my friends are planning trips, work, and nights out , I am often planning daycare, work, and play dates. If being a young mother in college has taught me anything it would be the importance of balance, personal time, and scheduling (literally write it down, somewhere you will see it).
So who is Paige now? Now I currently live in Vancouver, Washington and attend Clark College. I have an (almost) four year old daughter, and have decided to go into Human Services as an undergraduate degree. I have chosen this because of my upbringing and experiences of life. From my love and understanding of people and culture, to my nurturing spirit acquired from young motherhood it has shown me who I am not only to myself, but in this world I want to use my knowledge to help those around me go through experiences no matter what they may be.
I am delighted to be a part of the Student Ambassador team because I believe that it gives me the perfect opportunity to do just that. Help perspective, new, and current Clark College students reach their full potential, just as I am. Sometimes, that’s all you can really ask for.
My name is Jessenia Ramirez. I am one of the student ambassadors for the 2020-2021 academic year. I am excited to endeavor in this new role to assist in student success.
A little background about myself, I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah but I have lived in Vancouver, Washington for most of my life. I am a first generation college student, so as you can see I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to receive my education. My family consists of my parents and 4 siblings, 3 sisters and 1 brother which whom I adore.
This is my second year as a full-time student at Clark College. I am studying for my AA-General Transfer degree, I plan to transfer to a university where I will continue my education in Social Justice. My dream career is to become an Attorney. I am intimidated by this process, but what is life without risks?
My passion for Social Justice blossomed last year when I was a participant in the Latinx Club at Clark College, which was held in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. I love helping people in any way I can. The smallest gesture can make an everlasting impression. Being able to be an advocate for people who seek resources or guidance is something that keeps me motivated for my future career. This year has taught me a lot about the continued injustices in our broken judicial system. I hope I can make an impact in the future to help change the dynamic. Sometimes it takes just one person to make a change.
Apart from school, I enjoy trying different cuisines, exploring nature, spending time with my loved ones, and traveling. I also love watching movies, specifically anything Disney related. I visited Disneyland for the first time 2 years ago and it was the best experience ever! I’ve even considered moving closer to Disneyland just to visit whenever I can, LOL. During the pandemic I worked a lot but I was able to practice self-care by appreciating nature’s beauty. I visited many flower gardens and hiked 4 trails on the Gorge. There is so much to see out in the world so take advantage of it!
Although being an online student has been quite the adjustment for me, I am looking forward to this school year! I am excited to support you in anyway I can! I hope to be able to work with many of you once the college opens up for us. During these unpredictable times, it is crucial that we take care of each other. Be kind and stay healthy!
Hello! My name is Hailey King and I am one of the new Student Ambassadors for the 2020-2021 school year. I am very excited to take on this role and to be one of the helping hands in assisting students through their educational journey.
This is my second year at Clark and I am working on graduating with an AA transfer degree. I plan on transferring to a university where I will continue my education studying Psychology. I hope to one day be a child psychologist, which means I will eventually need a Master’s degree. With this ambitious goal of mine, my passion for learning keeps me motivated to succeed. Outside of school and work, I enjoy writing, traveling, thrift shopping and most importantly spending time with my family and friends.
A couple of years ago when I was a senior in high school, I volunteered with a local non profit organization called Courts for Kids. Myself and the other volunteers traveled to a rural community in the Dominican Republic. During our time there we built a basketball court alongside the members of the community. Beyond this project, a lot of our time consisted of engaging with the community. I absolutely loved learning about their culture through experiencing their day to day lives and by talking to many of the people who lived there. My experience in the Dominican Republic was really special. It left a great impact on me and influenced my path in life once returning back home to The States. A little over a year later I went to Uganda with a new group of volunteers ready to experience another community and work together on a court, yet again. Aside from playing basketball, these courts ensure a safe place for kids to play other sports and even provide communities with a place to host various gatherings. I am honored to have been a part of these two projects. If it weren’t for the travel restrictions put in place due to the Coronavirus outbreak, I would’ve gone to Zambia this summer for my third trip.
My time volunteering in each of these countries taught me many things about myself, one of which being that I have a passion for kids. By this, I simply mean that I value and view them as the future generations, so I think it’s important to leave a positive impact on their lives. This passion of mine led me to work as an assistant for a childcare company, shortly after I returned from Uganda. I loved that job and I gained a lot of knowledge and experience that solidified my ultimate career goal as being a child psychologist.
As I think about this upcoming school year I am filled with excitement, despite all the changes due to the pandemic. Even though I’m at home on my laptop, I’m still looking forward to getting involved with our school and helping out the best I can as a Student Ambassador. I wish you all good luck on the amazing things you may accomplish this year!
My name is Emma Yochim. I am a new Student Ambassador and former Running Start Student, making this my third year at Clark. I am currently working on my General AA Degree and making sure I am working at my own pace and working at the same time. I started Running Start at 16 and it has been a very incredible experience and helped prepare me to be an adult. I plan on pursuing a career in Criminal Justice as a Homicide Detective and working with Crime Scene Investigations.
Being at Clark has helped me to broaden my view and experiences of the world. I grew up in Battle Ground and did not have much exposure to people who weren’t in Battle Ground. I am so thankful for the opportunity in meeting more people and even giving me the tools and resources to discover myself. I also feel that as someone who wants to go into Criminal Justice that it is important for me to be around diverse groups of people and to be educated in the experience’s minorities have faced.
Some fun facts about me are that I used to do Honeybee 4-H and work at the Clark County Fair for 6 years. Another interesting fact is that I participated in the Western Aerospace Scholar and got to work with a Rocket Scientist and then I realized that I did not want to go into the career field of being an Astrophysicist, but instead a Homicide Detective. Among many of my experiences, I have grown up and lived on a farm my whole life. So, I have had an array of animals, such as cows, chickens, pigs, feral cats, domesticated cats, and plenty of dogs. I also enjoy art and making art in my free time.
Despite this year being mostly online, I hope that many people will be able to find success and make use of the resources Clark College offers!
My name is DJ Scates and I am one of your Clark College Student Ambassadors; this is my second year of my second time attending Clark. I have returned to educate myself during a career change into Health Information Management that will allow me to spend more time with my family. My previous course of study at Clark was in a program that is no longer available. I have a tremendous amount of experience as a Clark student from the time I was 18 years old, suffering with my terminally ill father, riding scholarships, and working nights desperately searching for time I could spend with the woman I would later marry. To now, at 38, changing careers as a single father trying to balance time for my son, who has ASD, while working and attending school. I well understand the challenges of student life.
Fortunately, there are many people here at Clark who are dedicated to your success, and I happen to be one of them. I have set foot almost everywhere on campus; have utilized almost every department and service that Clark does offer; have taken many different classes; and I want to help. Once campus opens, you may see me around, in and out of my uniform, or we may find ourselves in a zoom class together. If you have any questions, ask me! One of the greatest joys in my life is knowing that I have been able to better someone’s day. If I do not know the answer for you, I can find it or get you pointed in the right direction.
My personal interests include all things outdoor but, due to some injuries some of the more extreme activities have been retired. I volunteer in my community in activities like search and rescue; Dept. of Fish and Wildlife; Forest Service; and most recently, with Evergreen Public Schools. I enjoy games of all sorts; boardgames, parlor games, video games and I love tech gadgets of all sorts, particularly wireless tech. I am very into media; I have video, or audio almost always running in the background. We live in the northwest thus I must do some things in door. I also enjoy fitness, yoga, and martial arts. So, if you read between the lines I love; activity, playing outside, games, cartoons, and toys. I basically got bigger and more responsible. I just never really grew up. Kids love me.
I look forward to meeting and helping as many of you as I can. May your classes be swift, and your tech be with you.
My name is Yaneli Jimenez Carmona, this is my second year at Clark College and I’m excited to serve as one of this year’s student ambassadors!
I’ve lived in Vancouver basically all my life, both my parents were born in Mexico but decided to move to the U.S at an early age. I’m getting my general AA transfer degree in hopes of transferring to a 4-year university where I can continue my education. Although I’m still not 100% sure what I want to major in, (I’m stuck between journalism or political science), I do have a general idea of what career path I want to pursue; something related to journalism, media, and law. I have two younger brothers and sisters and am actually the first in my family to go to college. This fact is a big motivator toward me wanting to continue my college education.
Apart from going to college and being a student ambassador, I have another part-time job working in retail and am a proud owner of a hamster 🙂 I never really had pets growing up so I decided that as soon as I had the money to afford one I would. My favorite food has to be pizza though it’s a close tie with a Mexican dish called Arroz Con Leche (rice pudding), it’s a “dessert” made with rice, water, and cinnamon. I also love reading. I don’t really have a favorite book yet, but I do have a favorite author (Ana Castillo). Something that oddly brings me comfort and calmness is watching horror movies. Ever since I was little I remember being infatuated by them, I used to spend hours watching horror movies back to back. Some of my favorites include The Blair Witch Project (the original), The Grudge (2004), and Hereditary, I’ve also been getting into Korean horror movies and they are sooo good. I’m very passionate about social justice issues, particularly issues concerning the undocumented community, and hope to use every bit of my education towards helping them. Lastly, with everything going on in the world I think it’s now more important than ever to take some time and focus on yourself and your self-care.
Over the past year at Clark, I’ve met some amazing people and made some incredible memories, and hope to continue my journey at Clark. Although this school year is definitely very different from how things usually go I’m still excited to be a part of this year’s student ambassador team!
Hi! My name is Kate Glover and I’m one of your new student ambassadors this year! I’m so excited to be able to help you on your journey during this strange, unique, and challenging time. We all need some extra support right now – and I’m here for you!
I started attending Clark this year in January after a 9-year break. I’m working on an Associate in Science transfer degree in Biology and am especially interested in animal behavior, evolutionary biology, and math. Nothing fascinates me more than learning about the strange and wonderful creatures on our planet! Look up “tardigrade” or “immortal jellyfish” and you’ll know what I mean.
I’m originally from New Jersey, where my mom, brother, stepdad & stepbrothers still live. (I miss them all the time, but the only thing I miss about NJ is the Italian food!) I went to some community college after high school, but since I always wanted to travel more than anything, I left and spent most of my 20’s exploring all over the West – even Hawai’i! I feel so lucky and grateful to have seen some of the world before settling back into my studies. It’s never too late to return to school and start a new chapter.
I’m also a songwriter, performer, and producer. I’ve been writing music since I was 15 and am always picking up new instruments! While I was traveling, I met my partner Christophe and we had lots of adventures playing shows and recording albums for our music project The Ancient Wild. Nowadays, I make music under the moniker Kate Wilde, and play the harp, baritone ukulele, piano, guitar, bodhran, and sing. Fun fact: my harp is taller than ME!! Playing it helps me feel connected to my Irish ancestors. It’s so powerful to connect with our ancestry, and something I love about Clark is its commitment to celebrating diversity and inclusion!
These days I live with my partner, two of my best friends, and my cockatiel Jupiter. Parrots can be a handful, but they’re so smart and cool! At my house we love to watch sci-fi movies, play games like Catan and Magic the Gathering, cook together, and work on our garden where we grow herbs and veggies.
I so look forward to meeting you and helping you connect with all the resources you need to succeed this year and next! Truly, you’ll be surprised and excited about the help & the opportunities that are here for you. 2020-2021, we’ve got this!