Southwest Washington’s community college is seeing unprecedented growth, even compared with fast-growing schools across the river in Oregon.
Portland Community College grew more than 20 percent over the last two years. But Clark College in Vancouver has ballooned by 45 percent in that time.
Vice President of Instruction Rassoul Dastmozd said all manner of career-preparation classes are packed. "I don't see that any of the particular ones are really at the frontrunner of the other ones, everything is full.
Everything is overwhelmed with the number of students we get here," he said. Dastmozd says Clark College has promoted 50 teachers from part- to full-time, and dozens of new faculty have come on board.
Still, teachers are seeing more students, and waiting lists are getting longer. Administrators say the opening of a new technical center has helped relieve space constraints.