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3 Days of Aloha!

Hello Penguins!

I hope you all are enjoying your Summer. The Welcome Center sure is. On top of our visits to Camas Days, Vancouver Farmers Market, and the Clark County Fair, you can also find us hanging around Esther Short Park.

There are so many fun activities this Summer to take part in. The next one that the Welcome Center will be visiting is 3 Days of Aloha. This exciting event happens this weekend, (July 27th – July 29th) and it is not an event to be missed.

During this 3 day event, they will have hula dancing, food vendors, and traditional Hawaiian games to name a few. All of this culminates to the grand Ho’lke Hawaiian festival. You are encouraged to bring your family. There will be crafts and stories for the kids. So come on out and soak in the sun and entertainment.

If you are still not convinced, on July 29th there will be a 5k walk/run. Whether you are a serious runner, or just want to take a walk around the beautiful Columbia river, this is for you. At the end of this run, you will get to enjoy shaved ice, live music, and hula dancers. Sounds pretty great, right?

To find out more information about 3 Days of Aloha or to register for the Fun Run, visit:

Join us at Esther Short Park this weekend. It will be an awesome time.



Celebrating Independence Day!

What are your plans for the fourth? For most, it is a time for celebrating with family and friends, fireworks displays, and barbecues, but with all that celebrating, let us not forget why we celebrate. Independence Day is a day for remembering what our Fore Fathers sacrificed to provide us the freedom that we have today. I personally get goosebumps every time I see red, white, and blue fireworks exploding onto the starry backdrop. What a remarkable tribute and a time I happily cherish.

If you love fireworks and food, but don’t enjoy the mess that it will leave at your house, then it may be best to get out and explore the events around your community. We are fortunate that in our area, we have so many places to gather together and watch firework displays. Of all of the shows, one remains the same. They fill up fast so arrive early to reserve your spot.

One of the most common events and a neighbor to Clark College is Independence Day at Fort Vancouver. While the firework display begins at 10:05pm, this event includes activities for the entire family in preparation for the grand spectacle. There will be live music from 6:00pm – 10:05pm. Also beginning at 6:00pm, there will be family games, crafts for kids, and food. For more information, visit:

Portland Fireworks Show @ Waterfront Blues Festival: This event has the largest display in Oregon. This is a five-day event and with 120 acts at only $10/day, the live entertainment is enough to make this event worth every penny. The fireworks are launched from a barge on the Willamette River, which is a must see for everyone. For more information, visit:

Those are just a couple of displays that we have around Vancouver and Portland. For more details on the Independence Day events listed below, visit:

Mindfulness @ Clark

Whether you are new to Clark, or have been here for a few years now, you should be aware of the vast amount of resources that are available to you. The resources that Clark provides are for students to take full advantage of, and most of them are free and available as your time allows. One office available to students as well as the community is the Career Center. Many of you may be aware of the invaluable resources and tools that are available in that office, whether that be reviewing your resume, aptitude tests to discover a career path, assisting in building a cover letter, or holding mock interviews. Those are still only a few of the offerings they provide. Throughout the year, Career Services provides training and workshops for future career growth and academic success. However, they also provide tips and tools for personal growth. These such workshops can be essential for your success at Clark College and beyond.

One upcoming workshop is Mindfulness for Stress Management. In case you are unaware of what the term Mindfulness refers to, it is focusing on the present, and looking at your emotions or feelings from a distance without seeing them as positive or negative. The idea of being able to navigate your emotions in times of great amounts of stress can be critical when attending school. This workshop will be held on Tuesday, June 6th from 11:00a – 11:50a in GHL 213. No registration is required to attend.

For a complete list of workshops, you may find them here.

If you would like to dive deeper into how Mindfulness will help you to be successful, Clark also offers classes through their Economic and Community Development  programs. The classes are for beginners as well as those who would like to deepen their knowledge and practice.

Additionally, Clark is fortunate to have a Mindfulness club. Meeting times may very. For more information, contact:

There is no denying that life gets hectic and stressful, and many times, we forget to take care of ourselves. Hopefully, these opportunities to practice mindfulness will be either a starting point for you or a way to continue the process of self care.

“It’s not the load that breaks you down; it’s the way you carry it.”   – Lou Holtz

Subtext Literary Festival

Are you a fan of all things that are literary arts? Then you cannot miss out on Subtext. This festival is held over 3 days (May 15 – 18) and includes everything from writing workshops to author readings.

This festival is put together by our English faculty and is an exciting way to meet with students who have a passion for writing and reading. The great thing about this festival is that everyone is welcome, so bring your friends and family. All events are free and do not require preregistration.

One event that takes place annually during the festival is the Phoenix Unveiling. The Phoenix is Clark’s art and literary magazine that is student run. Students are encouraged to submit works of art in all different types of mediums. As for the literary side, students are encouraged to submit works of fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry.

In addition to the many of events Subtext has to offer, Clark is fortunate enough to host award-winning author Peter Rock onto our campus. Peter Rock lives in Portland, OR where he writes both short fiction and novels. The Columbia Writer’s Series will be hosting a reading of his works on Thursday, May 18th from 12:00p – 1:00p in PUB 161. After the reading, there will be a Q & A session. It’s a great time to get your questions about the writing process answered.

For information on more events that are happening that week, visit:

Come on out! This is sure to be a great week!

Spring Transfer Fair!

Local college and universities that have advanced degrees are available to students

Interested in transferring to a university once you’ve graduated? Then you need to attend the Spring Transfer fair Tuesday, April 18th! Colleges from all over Washington will be there to answer your questions and talk about programs they offer.

Speaking from experience, nothing is more important than making sure the college that you want to attend has the right program to meet your needs. While some schools are wonderful and have the college environment that you’re excited to join, remember that if they are not offering you the skills you need for your direct field of study, you may want to consider a different university.

This event will start at 10:00am in PUB 161 and give you the power and time to browse the universities that want you to join them. I encourage you to gather all the information you can, find a quiet space, and take your time to read everything from the admission requirements to the resources they offer. (The resources are essential to your success, so make sure they have resources that you will take advantage of).

Additionally, Clark is fortunate to offer Direct Transfer Agreements (DTA) with many of the universities in Washington. That means that students who earn an
Associate in Arts, or a Direct Transfer Agreement degree will typically be able to transfer to a Washington university with junior standing. For more information on the schools that Clark collaborates with and the requirements, head to this link: Direct Transfer Agreement



We look forward to seeing you there!

Culinary Arts Program

Just about everyone is now aware that the Culinary Arts program is on hiatus while Clark revamps and updates the program. Well, if you have been up in Gaiser Hall, you would see that the program is well underway. The old building has been torn down to make room for a state-of-the art culinary facility.

While the building isn’t up yet, we have architectural renderings of the new space, and it looks incredible. There will be both an indoor and outdoor dining area, glass walls to give customers the chance to see the food production, and a multitude of food options. 495531-clark-culinary-upd2

This program will offer both a baking and cuisine focus, which will include how to manage a restaurant, preparing a variety of food options, and teaching valuable customer service techniques for a fast-paced work environment.

This program will be available to students Fall of 2017. If you are interested in being added to the waiting list for enrollment, you may contact Aaron Guerra at: or (360) 992-2304

Additionally, if you are interested in learning all the program offerings that Clark will have, join us for an upcoming 495531-clark-culinary-updatinformation session. All will take place in PUB 161 at 6pm, lasting for about an hour.




Culinary Arts Information Session

January 18th

February 23rd

March 6th

Please feel free to contact the information desk at: (360) 992-2078 if you have questions.

Spring Thing!

Spring Thing 2015 pic 1I don’t know about you, but the quarter seems to have flown by. As another year is coming to a close, it is time to celebrate that we have made it through the stress of classes. And what better way to celebrate our success than by having a carnival?

Spring Thing is Clark’s end of the year event, which provides many fun activities to students, faculty, and staff. This year the ASCC will be hosting it Friday, June 10th from 10 – 2pm, there will be so many fun things to do.

Some of them include meeting the Reptile man. If you’ve never had the chance, I highly recommend it. It is pretty interesting to come face-to-face with all of the little (and large) critters he has. I never had a desire to get too close, but you might!

In addition, get your face elaborately decorated with one of the airbrush artists, or visit the caricature artists! You know that you want to have a caricature self-portrait. How often do you get to do that?

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Make sure to capture the exciting moment with your friends at the photo booth and don’t miss the chance to hear what’s in store for your future with a fortune teller.

These are only a few of the activities that will be there. I probably shouldn’t leave off the fact that there will be an inflatable slide.

One of my favorite parts of Spring Thing is the live music. This year we are excited to have a band from Seattle, Local Strangers, preforming in Anderson Plaza.

So, put away the books and come out for some fun in the sun with your fellow classmates, and you may even get a photo with Oswald!

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We look forward to seeing you there!