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A Time for Commencement

Happy Summer Penguins!

We are almost done with the 2016-2017 school year, which means that once again students will be taking the final walk that they have been preparing for. Commencement is a time of reflection and celebration for the graduates of each class and is a great opportunity for you to come and support your friends and family. Getting a degree is a great feeling, and the proof of culminating efforts to gain a higher education in pursuit of a career. Clark College is an incredibly flexible academic environment that has allowed students of all backgrounds and experiences to study under one institution.  Attending Commencement is a great place to witness student success stories about overcoming difficult odds. Having attended last year,

Oswald greets students at the 2014 Clark College Commencement ceremony at the Sleep Country Amphitheater, Thursday, June 19, 2014. (Steven Lane/The Columbian)

and now taking my own walk this year, I can confidently say that it’s an event worth experiencing.

Some of the activities include a photo opportunity with graduates and Oswald, hearing the key-note speaker Ernie Hudson,  musical performances, student speeches, and the walk of the graduates. This is all set in the beautiful Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield, WA.

For more details and directions just visit the Clark College main website.

 If you are graduating this year, congratulations! You’ve made a great accomplishment!




Posted by Ambassador Abigail


Spring Thing!

Hello Penguins,

One more week left, we can do this! I know everyone is going to be busy and stressed about finals, but take a break this Friday 6/16 and come to the annual Spring Thing. The event runs from 10am to 1pm. It is perfect way to have fun and celebrate the end of the year. The best part is everything is going to be free! Our food carts will be giving out free food like rice bowls, hot dogs, nachos, or burritos. And for dessert there will be ice cream from Sweet Tooth. If the free food is not a good enough reason for you to come, there is so much more offered. There will be inflatables from Portland Party Works, so we can feel like kids again and jump around!  Document the day with two photo booths or from a drawing done by a caricature artist. You will also be able to get artwork done from a henna artist. For entertainment we are lucky enough to have Adam the Great Magician!


The event will be held outside in Anderson Plaza by the Chime Tower. If the weather decides not to cooperate the event will be moved into Gaiser Hall in the Student Center. But either way take some time out of the studying and come have some fun, it’ll be worth it!


Good luck on your finals!

On-Campus Money Saver Tips

“College is expensive, there’s no doubting that, but Clark College offers numerous ways to save while on a budget!

Being a student at  Clark College has its perks! ASCC offers free coffee each morning of the week day to students at Student Life (PUB 160). Also join them for hot chocolate and oatmeal during Welcome Week.

Traveling to school every day can be expensive so take the bus instead! Through the BackPASS program any registered Clark College student with a current Clark College Student ID can purchase a quarterly discounted C-Tran Bus Pass. Visit the Clark College Bookstore in Gaiser Hall, each quarter to purchase a BackPASS for only $15.00 (current Clark
College student ID required – $9.00 annually).

Staying active and paying for a gym membership each month can add up in the long run! Registered Clark College students can purchase a discounted Fitness Center Pass at the beginning of each quarter for only $10.00! Visit the Office of Student Life in PUB 160 with your current SID number and proof of identification. Student Life will verify your current student status and provide you with a discount slip to take to the Cashier’s Office. Take the discount slip to the Cashier’s Office and present it to the Cashier to get the $10 Fitness Center Pass price. The Cashier’s Office will collect your discount slip when you pay. Then take your receipt to the fitness center and enjoy a whole quarter of fitness fun!

Ever notice those lockers around campus? Those are free to use! There are a limited number of lockers around campus for student-use. If you would like to reserve a locker FREE of charge in (PUB, HHL, SHL, JSH or APH) please visit the Office of Student Life in the Penguin Union Building 160 starting the first day of each quarter. This is a great way to save space at home and stay organized.

Stuck on a homework problem but can’t meet with your professor? Struggling in a class and rethinking your life choices? Have no fear, Student Tutoring Services is here! Student Tutoring Services is designed to provide individualized attention that facilitates student learning and academic success. Their friendly, supportive, and encouraging tutors assist with transitional studies as well as most business, English, math, science, and general education classes offered at Clark College. Tutors will also help you develop skills and confidence to become a stronger, more independent learner. Students who come in for tutoring may also access computers, software, handouts, reference materials, and other resources. This service is completely FREE!

There is also free counseling available on campus for anyone feeling stressed out or just wanting to talk to someone. Counselors are available to help students make changes that will enable them to achieve success in their personal, academic, and professional lives. The counselors provide free, short-term goal-focused counseling. Counselors support students in self-development, goal setting, and problem solving to enhance student success. Academic, personal, and mental health counseling is available. To make an appointment to see a counselor go to the Counseling and Health Center at the Health Sciences Building (HSC) Room 124 or email
There are so many more free and discounted resources available to Clark College students. If you ever have any questions about these resources stop by the Welcome Center or call us at 360-992-2078.”


Posted by Ambassador Michaela



My Journey to Becoming a Student Ambassador

Hello Penguins,

My first year here I was a running start student,  and I loved it. I had so much freedom, only went to class a couple hours a week and took classes that interested me. However, something was missing. I came to Clark for class then went straight home. I only went to my high school to get my tuition waiver signed and pick up graduation items. I did not really fit into any category. I was not a high school student anymore, but I was not really a college student either. At least that is what it felt like. I decided I wanted to be involved. I wanted to make my time at Clark count, but I really did not know what that meant either. One day while I was on Twitter, Clark retweeted a post and the word ambassador intrigued me. I mean who doesn’t want the title as an ambassador. I found out it was a paid position, had flexible hours, and an ambassador helped students. It was perfect! I decided to apply, and once I found out I got the job, I was overjoyed.

Months after actually being hired is when training started, and I am not going to lie; I was intimated. There was so much information to learn in the week of training! But as soon as we started working at the desk on the first day of fall classes, it came natural. The first day flew by. We helped so many students; I couldn’t believe it. But this one person stood out to me. He accidentally scheduled his classes back to back at the CTC campus and the main campus. I sat with him at the computer, and we went through and changed his whole scheduled. He kept thanking me and said he could not have done it without me. It was my first day, and I had already made a difference.

Since then I have helped countless students. Anything from helping students walk through the application process with a step

Ambassadors Makayla & Michaela

by step guide, giving tours and opening up student’s eyes about the college experience, or helping students who are coming back to school for the first time in twenty years. It is all rewarding. I finally felt like I fit in somewhere. I was excited to go to work; it helped that I loved my hours. After class I’d just  grab some lunch, change my shirt, and just like that I’d be working. Everyone in the Welcome Center are the nicest people you’ll ever meet. They truly inspires me to be the best version of myself.

Being a college student can be extremely challenging. Don’t make it harder on yourself by running back and forth from your job and school, or trying to change your class time to fit your work schedule. I love working at Clark, and I bet you will too. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity! Stop by the information desk or the Welcome Center in Gaiser Hall and grab an application or just ask us more questions on everything we do!

Posted by Ambassador Makayla

Preparing for Graduation

To all of you who are graduating at the end of this quarter, Congratulations!!! That is a huge accomplishment! Whether you are graduating with an Associate’s degree, a high school diploma, or even a Bachelor’s, you should be immensely proud of yourself. It takes perseverance and courage to stick with school all the way through. For some of you, this will be the final leg of your formal education and you are ready to go out into the world and start your chosen career. For others this is but a milestone as you continue your journey towards higher degrees. Either way, this is an occasion we can all take pride in and celebrate.

As we get closer to the big day, do not forget to stay on top of your work this quarter. It’s getting gorgeous outside, and we all want to start summer and not stay inside studying, but doing poorly in a class now can still affect your graduation.

However, in preparation for the big day, remember that cap and gown packets ordered by April 21, 2017 can be picked up June 5 – June 9. If you forgot to order them, see the bookstore or the Clark College website for further instructions. Clark College students who will be graduating this school year are encouraged to try out. Graduates interested in trying out please complete the Commencement Speaker Application Form.  The application form is due to Michelle Golder, in the President’s Office, Baird 103 by Monday, May 1 at 3:00 p.m.

Attending rehearsal is mandatory and will be on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 6 p.m. It is scheduled to be held at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater, 17200 NE Delfel Rd, Ridgefield, WA 98642. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

The Commencement ceremony is Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 7 p. m. scheduled to be held at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater, 17402 NE Delfel Rd, Ridgefield, WA 98642.  Doors will open at 5 p.m



Posted by Ambassador Kristen

April has arrived, so has the Student Ambassador Applications!

Ambassador’s Jose & Kristen

Spring quarter is going by faster than I thought. I can’t believe we are going to the fourth week of classes. That means it is time to recruit the new ambassadors for the next academic year. For those seeking a flexible leadership position while attending Clark College, I highly recommend the Student Ambassador Program. Students have access to the applications online at or at the Information Desk right across the bookstore. The deadline to turn the full application packet in is Friday, May 12th by 4:30 p.m.


The Student Ambassador Program is meant for students who are committed to represent Clark College in various events on and off campus,

Hanging out

as well as to assist prospective students at the information desk regarding enrollment process and others. Speaking from my experiences, the program is crucial to us in terms of developing communication skills, building relationships, and last but not least, becoming a leader. It is just amazing when I look back my first quarter as student ambassador and realize how much learning experiences I have had, and how those experiences have helped me become who I am.

Every single campus tour I have given so far has meant something special to me. I had the chance of sharing my experiences here at Clark while providing the students all information about our community and tips to be successful academically. Aside from the fact that leading those campus tours is part of the duties, this opportunity has given some of the best friends I have ever had. Undoubtedly, being a student ambassador was the best choice I have made during my journey at Clark.

I can’t tell you all how important this position has been to me. When I was feeling hopeless that I wouldn’t come back after finishing the English program at Clark, this opportunity came out. A huge thanks to Julie Frank, who recommended me to the position. One thing is for certain, I am concluding my Associates Degree at Clark College, because I am a Student Ambassador. Well, I may be exaggerating, a little bit, but let me tell why I said that. First, of course, the financial assistance. Second, being an Ambassador opened up many doors for my future. All the resources Clark offers I took advantage of in order to be successful in my academic and professional life, especially scholarships. Third, the main purpose of this job: help! Yes, as guidance, help students to find the right path to the beginning of success. I have no idea what I would do if I couldn’t be involved in something where I can help people, because that is what I like, and that is what we do in this job. Last, the family I have made in the office.

Happy Halloween!

Some of you may be sick and tired of it, but I have to address that I am an international student – Brazil. Now, you all can understand a little bit of my story. Different from many international students, I never lived with host family or some of my relatives. So, the lack of this “family atmosphere/environment” was something that pushed me down. Well, host families may not be the best option for some, but still, they are there for the students’ needs. Everything was getting worse, until the day I became Student Ambassador. So many things I have been through during those almost three years at Clark, but I had those people there to listen and provide me the best advice. I have to thank every single one of the Welcome Center + Kim (Enrollment Services) for being part of my professional, academic, and mainly personal life. But here is a special

Ambassador’s Melia & Jose

“THANK YOU” to Amy Tam, Beth Means, and Vanessa Watkins who have always been with me and believing in my potential. Students selected for the program will have a chance to get them know better one day.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time! Get your application, fill it out, turn it in at the Information Desk and be ready for the interviewers! I wish you the best during the process!

Posted by Ambassador Jose

Career Clothing Closet

The process of getting a job can always be intimidating. Especially if you do not have the right resources. Thankfully, if you are a Clark student there a many free resources available for you. April 19th and 20th Clark is starting off career days by having a Career Clothing Closet. In past years, they have helped over 500 students with a complete professional outfit.  There will be professional clothes for all Clark students to choose from. Each student who attends will get a complete outfit that they can use for interviews or just to wear in the workplace. It is first come, first serve so get there early! They will be open in the Penguin Union Building upstairs in room 258 from 10am – 2pm on both days.

You are also able to donate clothing to the closet.  Bring in your new and gently used workplace clothes for women and men. Make sure they are in good condition and washed before donating. If you do not have clothes to donate, cash donations are accepted in order to buy brand new clothes. In addition, all donations are tax deductible and receipts will be provided for you.

There are more events coming in May so make sure to keep your eyes out. Career Days starts May 1st and goes until May 4th. All events are free for students and to the community and you do not need to register just show up! You can find the full list of events and information about the events at All the events are to help you, so attend and have fun!



Posted by Ambassador Makayla