Clark College to host community open house events for new site

This information was provided by Clark College.


VANCOUVER — Clark College recently announced that they will hold two different Community Open House events for a presentation for the early planning work for the new north Clark County location at Boschma Farms in Ridgefield.


Founded in 1933, Clark College is a public, open-enrollment community college serving Clark, Skamania and western Klickitat counties. In 2007, the college’s Facilities Master Plan identified northern Clark County as an area where the college could fulfill its mission of providing access to underserved areas of its service district. This aligns with that the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges prioritized as building projects for the upcoming biennium.


Depending on the state funding process, construction of the first building could occur in 2020.


The Ridgefield site is the result of a donation from Hank and Bernice Boschma, who for many years owned a dairy farm at that location. Combined with an additional 10-acre parcel purchased by the Clark College Foundation, Clark College at Boschma Farms sits at the east end of the Interstate 5/State Route 501 interchange, making it easily accessible to students from throughout the north county region.


Over the last six months the college has been working with the community to develop a vision for Clark College at Boschma Farms. As a result, they will present the draft master plan to the public. These open house events are intended to solicit community feedback and input to be considered for the final master plan, which will be revealed in a separate meeting in December.


The college recognizes that an effective participation process is a vital element for success in planning and implementation of the north county location. These workshops will seek feedback from the public regarding the community’s vision for Clark College at Boschma Farms through group discussions, project presentations and Q&A. The MacKay Sposito consulting team will be on hand to help facilitate dialogue between the public and the college.


There will be two open houses taking place in October. The first is scheduled for Tue., Oct. 25, 5 p.m., at Corwin Beverage, 219 S. Timm Road, in Ridgefield. The second meeting will be held Thu., Oct. 27, 5 p.m., at the Battle Ground Community Center in the Lewis River Room, 912 E. Main St., in Battle Ground. Members of the public are invited to attend the event that is most convenient for them.


If you are unable to attend the meeting, submit your feedback via the online survey found on the project website.


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