Clark College Student Ambassadors

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

Scholarship opportunities just ahead!

Hello penguin nation, I hope you all are doing just great during this quarter. I know, the spring break mood is still on, but let’s try to put this away ASAP and work hard on your classes! “Working hard on my classes?! It’s just the second weekend!” – You must be wondering. That’s right, and I will tell you just one of the benefits for doing so: Scholarships!  

One of the  topics that cause student concern the most when going to college is how to pay for college, but that shouldn’t be an issue. There are many resources for those who need financial assistance. Financial aid, grants, benefits, and of course, scholarships! Scholarships are there for anyone to help us paying tuition, so why not apply? Plus, like grants, this extra money doesn’t not have to be paid back, which means it only depends on your interest to be a scholarship recipient. Just a bit of brief information about them: Funding for scholarships comes from local high schools, employers, local, civic and community organizations, foundations, and private sources.

Lizette from Financial Aid & Ambassador Jose

My journey here at Clark wouldn’t be the same without my scholarships. As an international student, I faced many obstacles that could discourage me to finish my educational goal. When I finished the English program, I was expecting to have to return to Brazil, my home country, for not being able to afford tuition anymore. But guess what I did?! I applied for the Foundation and International Scholarships, and now I can surely afford tuition.

So, let’s get this straight penguins, go ahead and apply now! For those attending Clark during the next academic year, 2017-1018, the Foundation Scholarship deadline is April 19th, Wednesday. All students are eligible to apply for it, so DO NOT hesitate to apply! “What about if I am transferring to a four-year college?” No worries, you might be eligible for the Foundation Transfer Scholarship, which is due on May 1st, Monday.

In order to apply, find out about eligibility, and see other scholarship opportunities, go to: The website also gives information about scholarships provided by outside donors across the country. If you have any further questions, you can visit our Scholarship Office located at Gaiser Hall 128. Lizette Drennan will be more than happy to talk to you about anything when it comes to financial assistance, and of course, scholarships.

By the way, a huge thank you to the Clark College Foundation. The Clark College Foundation is one of the largest community college foundations in the country and offers several scholarships to Clark College students each year

Posted by Ambassador Jose

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!

Student Leadership: The Life of an Ambassador

I did not feel like I had a huge impact or connection with Clark College before becoming a Student Ambassador. My first year at Clark provided a good learning experience, but there were so many moments where I felt overwhelmed, alone, and clueless to where I could go for help. I knew there had to be resources and exciting opportunities that I was missing just because I did not know where to look. Reflecting back on my journey, I realize I needed to be more proactive about getting involved.

I remember the first time I came to campus I spotted a sign inside Gaiser Hall that advertised the Student Ambassador Program. I went into the Welcome Center to ask more questions, and found out that I needed to be a student for one quarter before applying for the position. I was intrigued because I love leadership opportunities and I knew the job would challenge me in ways I needed to be challenged. So, I waited for the first full year and kept this idea in the back of my mind. The following year I saw that they were hiring so I inquired again, and began the application process.

From my beginning experiences alone, I could tell this was a perfect position for me. Before I was even interviewed I had to meet with Career Services and format a professional resume which I did not know how to do. I went through an official interview which I will now draw from for future job opportunities, and attended in depth training that opened my eyes to Clark’s vast community. I could not have imagined how many resources Clark has to offer, but also how much work goes into every department, class, and event.

As the academic year comes to a close I can say that my job as a Student Ambassador has vastly improved my overall college experience. If I compare the two years I’ve been attending Clark, there are major differences in my attitude toward the school, but also a change in the way I approach my academic achievements. I’ve learned that it is imperative to make connections with whatever community you find yourself a part of. I have had the opportunity to meet with the Clark’s President, Washington State Government Members, and equally as important, other students. As exciting as it is to meet people with great influence, I find the most enjoyment in serving our student body and helping others make the connections I wish I had made sooner.

If you want to get involved, I would highly recommend asking yourself “why”? If it’s just to make money or have a convenient job location, then this might not be the best fit for you. You need to be driven to serve others, and willing to step outside of your comfort zone. Being a Student Ambassador means we represent Clark College and are often the first people potential students will see. It is our responsibility to make a great impression, and set the examples of leadership that exceed Clark’s standards.

Posted by Ambassador Abigail

Dive On In

This world amazes me. Like a five-year-old in awe at the vast splendors beyond my grasp, I yearn to expand my playground. To me that’s what the world is, a jungle gym of wonderment, knowledge, and adventure hiding around every corner.

Believe it or not, there is more to the Eden like Vancouver Washington than Penguins and Clark College. When my happy feet are exhausted from waddling up and down the march of the Penguin Pathways, I use my fins and DIVE!!!!!!!

Vancouver Washington has a very strong Scuba community. Yes, its cold and rainy, but despite that, us Divers will indulge ourselves regardless.

My go to dive spot is Puget Sound towards Seattle. There’s a quaint lil abode called Sunrise Diving Resort, they have cheap package deals, a hot tub, bbq, kitchen, coffee shop, and more. The owner is extremely nice, and it has a real cozy, laid back, mom and pop feel. You can literally walk from the hotel into the ocean. There is camping and hiking nearby. I have seen sea lions, sea otters, seals, and tons of amazing life below the surface. Orca’s and the rare six gilled shark are known to frequent this area.

As long as I could recall, I have wanted to Scuba Dive. I now have under my belt my Open Water, Advanced Open Water, and Rescue Diver Certifications. This year I will be entering the Dive Master program through PADI and then the Dive Instructor program. I go through a local shop Seven Seas, which has been phenomenal and are great at working with divers of all skill levels and have all kinds training packages, gear, trips, and community events planned for divers and others as well.

My seafaring adventures include, but are not limited to diving to one hundred feet, a night dive under the radiant gaze of the full moons beams, in which I saw a pacific giant octopus at Octopus Hole in Puget Sound. At night the bioluminescence is gorgeous and looks like green fireflies in the water.

My favorite dive yet was diving to forty feet with a pumpkin and a dive knife, carving the pumpkin at the bottom, while fish swarm around me to feast on the eviscerated remains of the Jack-O-Lantern. I put a dive light inside of it to make it a true sea quest Jack-O-Lantern and guide my way back to shore. I arose from the depths of the sea triumphant. I won the 2017 Seven Seas Scuba Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest, which is put on annually in October by the dive shop.

What does scuba diving have to do with Clark College? Us Penguins work and study hard. We need breaks, an outlet, a reward. I love scuba diving. Under the blanket of the nurturing sea is the only place on the planet I can fully relax, forget my worries and woes, be at peace, and escape the confines of my overactive mind. It truly is magical in the ocean, which is still the last frontier. It’s akin to being an astronaut floating, navigating alien territory, mystified by the magnificent life abundant all around. I feel so alive down there. It’s exciting and I love sharing that bliss with others. I love the Pacific Northwest more than anywhere, and I am well-traveled. I am so lucky to be here and share its splendors. I want everyone to realize how fruitful it is and not take it for granted. Our community has a lot to offer. There is something for everyone. This is our playground. Seek out your passion and have fun. You deserve it. You worked hard and now it’s time to reward yourself. We are the Mighty Penguin Nation and we will take pride in our playground and play hard.

Posted by Ambassador Jonathan

Can you smell our new Culinary Institute coming?

You probably have seen something different where the Bakery used to be located at. Clark College is remodeling its dining and teaching facility. That means our new state-of-the-art The Tod and Maxine McClaskey Culinary Institute is coming really soon. Yes, yes!  There is nothing more exciting when the topic is about food, right?! By the way, a big thank you to the McClaskey family who contributed significantly to the construction of the building with a $4 million gift.

Tod and Maxine McClaskey Culinary Institute

Along with the construction of the new building, Clark has opened applications for two new programs: Professional Baking and Pastry Arts and Cuisine Management. In addition to the fact that the new space will be providing food kiosks and a full-service dining experience, Clark College Baking/Cuisine students will have on-hands training and experiences that will prepare them for future career opportunities. We expect to have the Culinary Institute ready by Fall of this year, and I will definitely check it out. Can’t wait to see it!

So, for those interested in one of those programs, here is some important information about the programs, admissions, and deadlines. In the Professional Baking and Pastry Arts Program, students will learn  the fundamentals of baking with a focus on mastering techniques for making cakes, French pastries, artisan breads and more. While in the Cuisine Management program, our students will explore the theories behind various cooking methods, as well as fundamental skills and techniques. Students should first apply for Clark College admission and will follow that with an application into the program of their choosing. Each application has a fee of $25, which means that to apply you must pay a total of $50 to be considered for the program. Both programs will only be accepting students in Fall quarter.

Heads up folks, priority application deadline is April 14, 2017.


If you are interest in learning about the programs or just the Culinary Institute, I highly encourage you to visit the web site at: As the Information sessions have passed, students can contact the Culinary department at: for more information.

Posted by Ambassador Jose

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