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Ask What Your iPhone® or iPad® Can Do For You!

If you just purchased a new iPhone or iPad or have used one for some time,

I’ll bet you don’t know all the features or what they can do!

Both offer a variety of lesser known embellishments.


It’s not whether you need one or don’t need one –

It’s not luxury or necessity -

But, if you have one – use it to its full potential.



*Did you know you could take a photo while recording video with your iPhone?

* You can make your iPhone vibrate however you want it.

* Use your flashlight for alerts.

*Your phone calculator can become a scientific version



*Access your home computer and use it from anywhere I the world

*Use it as a phone

*Split the keyboard in half for more ergonomic typing.

*Use your iPad as a media remote.


You can find information on your iPhone or iPad by searching the Internet, reading the pages and pages of instructions in the box your phone can in, or you can take a short class from an expert user/instructor. Most people find that one-on-one with an instructor to answer works better than trying to figure out a technical manual.


Clark College Continuing Education offers classes throughout the year to help you cross over into the newest ways to stay in touch with technology. Classes are for very beginners or those wanting to learn new applications.  Great for students to boomers-have fun as you learn!


A few of our offerings -

Your iPhone: How Does it Work?

Your iPad: How Does it Work?

How to Improve Your iPhone Photography

How to Improve Your Smart Phone Photography (for Android phones)

Get the Facts on Stock Investing




Investing in stocks is not difficult, but you will need a little guidance if you have not done it before.

Here are a few pointers to remember:

1.       Do nothing until you know the kinds of stocks to buy and under what circumstances to sell.

2.       Don’t get stock prices confused with the value of a company.

3.       Understand more basics about stocks-find out what a company’s future returns are.

4.       Put your finances in order. Pay off as much debt as you can and minimize your loans.

5.       Consider how stocks fit into your overall financial plan.

6.       Do your due diligence – research the company thoroughly before buying stock.


“To make the most of your money and your choices, educate yourself on how to make stock investments confidently and intelligently, familiarize yourself with the Internet resources available to help you evaluate stocks, and find ways to protect the money you earn. Also, be sure to do your homework before you invest in any company's stock.”


Clark College Corporate & Continuing Education offers classes for the beginning investor to give you basic knowledge and keep you investing in areas that are right for you.  Let our licensed instructor with over ten years of classroom teaching in the field answer your questions.


Stocks Part I: Begin with only $2000

With as little at $2000 you can make money in stocks during good and bad markets! Discover the basic

strategies of investing, market cycles, know when to sell, mutual funds and real estate.


Stocks Part II: Beyond the Basics

Take the companion class to our beginning stocks class. Learn advanced technical analysis through

hands-on instruction in our computer lab. Practice using the web as a financial tool.


Stocks Part I & II: Beginnings & Beyond Combo

Keep investing wisely! Take both Beginning and Beyond Stocks classes at a discounted rate. Give yourself a solid foundation to better understand this fascinating adventure.

Sustainable Gardening for You, Your Family and the Earth!

Sustainable Gardening for You, Your Family and the Earth!

What is Sustainable Gardening?  It means making your yard healthy, functional and beautiful by using plants, techniques and products that are good for the environment and the gardener.

Gardening for beauty or food just makes sense in this fragile world of climate change and environmental damage. Actually doing it in your own backyard takes little effort, can save you dollars at the supermarket or nursery, lets you eat healthier and can promote family togetherness.

Imagine the feeling of knowing you are eating from your own garden or admiring the roses or shrubs you cultivated yourself. There’s no doubt that growing plants is a rewarding way to beautify outdoor spaces as well as providing food for the family. Gardening is increasing more in popularity with each year as people want to be involved in the process.

Clark College Corporate & Continuing Education is again producing a “Fall Gardening Series” to help you start a garden from the very beginning of turning over the earth to the final harvesting and putting the garden to “bed” at the end of the season. Classes are taught by Master Gardeners and Landscape Specialists with many years of experience both in the field and in the classroom.

Fall Gardening I: The Art of Pruning – Let’s start with what you already have growing in your yard. Pruning is necessary for shrubs, roses, vines and trees. Discover techniques and the rational for keeping plants healthy.

Fall Gardening II: Preparing for Fall – Roses and Bulbs – Want spring color? Plant now! Roses and bulbs grow their roots during the winter then are healthy and ready to herald in spring. Discover the many organic ways you can help to make your garden “green”.

Fall Gardening III: “Wintering In” - Gardeners always want to know the best way to put their gardens “to bed” for the winter season and get ready for the next growing season. Learn clean-up, how to protect your soil, how to retain nutrients and be ready for spring. Hear discussion on the essentials for improving the soil and protecting your garden.

Fall Gardening Trio: For those who want the whole experience, take the whole series. See what you can accomplish in planting, mulching, fertilizing and composting for a natural garden. Learn techniques to prune mature gardens and protect your garden in the winter months.

The Poet Inside You

"A poem begins with a lump in the throat, a home-sickness or a love-sickness. It is a reaching-out toward expression; an effort to find fulfillment. A complete poem is one where the emotion has found its thought and the thought has found the words."

Robert Frost

Poetry can express emotions of happiness, sadness, anger, love, hate, sex, injustice, humor, life and death.  Often, people turn to writing verse at times of great emotion, insight, or need.

Poetry has been written by famous personalities, everyday people like you and me - even children. Whether your piece takes the world by storm or fulfills the emotion you feel in the silence of your own room – it is a work of art. It represents a part of your soul.

It takes a while to find your voice and to find ways to make your poetry reflect what’s unique about you. For some poets it takes years. But that’s what you should be working on. Get in touch with what it is deep inside of you that needs to be said, and what sounds just right to your ear.

Don’t know how to get started? Consider a Clark College Corporate & Continuing Education poetry workshop where you will read, listen to and write poetry together with others in a safe environment focusing on providing constructive feedback based on the poet’s needs rather than the listener’s personal taste.

Class is facilitated by Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna, a poet, publisher, visual artist, teacher and editor.  A wonderful way for you to hear and see others as you gain confidence to step out and try!

Poets on Poetry

It does not need that a poem should be long. Every word was once a poem. Every new relationship is a new word.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Poetry should be great and unobtrusive, a thing which enters into one's soul, and does not startle it or amaze it with itself, but with its subject.

John Keats

With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion.

Edgar Allan Poe


WANTED: Parent-Child Amateur Astronaut Teams

Written By Dan Cascaddan

Ever wanted to fly in space? Let our instructor Dan Cascaddan help you take flight!
Does your child or grandchild have a similar urge, or perhaps you would like to instill that urge in them? It is time to join the several decades old art and science of model rocketry.

You can learn to build and fly your own model rocket in my adult-child team rocketry class, over summer. It is a great way to do something both incredibly entertaining and intellectually engaging while bonding with the child in your life.

Learn about Spaceflight - Do you remember watching the astronauts launch into orbit, on television, and hearing all the strange and exotic terminology coming out of the Mission Control Center, in Houston, Texas? Learn some of the terminology of spaceflight, and the science behind how it works. Learn about the parts of a rocket, and the parts of the launch.

At the end of this class, you will know how to build a basic rocket, and how to launch it safely, on your own.

A Lifetime Experience (from the words of our instructor, Dan Cascaddan)

I started doing this in summer-school rocketry classes, when I was eight years old. I have done it all of my life. I started a rocketry club at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA. I launch up to mid-power rockets, on a regular basis, and build them all myself.

Space is literally the limit to how far you can take this hobby. One of my oldest and dearest friends recently earned his level one certification, which allows him to buy more powerful rocket motors than the common public, and fire them in rockets of his own design and construction.

He also employs his computer and electronics skills in making his own telemetry packages, which track acceleration, altitude, and other data for his flights, for later analysis.

Some of us have even built models that have carried digital cameras to the edge of space, making video of these incredible flights. Perhaps one day, you and/or your child will, as well.

Inspiration for a possible career path

A great many NASA engineers started out, as children, building and flying these rockets. And they went on to send robots and humans into space. It is a great way to inspire kids to engage with science and mathematics.

While I worked at NASA, Homer Hickam came to visit. He gave us a screening of his (then) new film, Rocket Boys, based on the novel October Sky, that he wrote about his experiences as a boy, building and flying rockets of his own design, without the benefit of organized model rockery to make it safe, as it is now.

Today, private companies are trying to fly in space, and one has succeeded in sending a manned vehicle into space, built completely privately. This is the Scaled Composites Spaceship One. Now with the funding of Richard Branson, they are nearing the time when they will fly Spaceship Two in space. Perhaps by the time this is published, it will already have happened. The purpose of Spaceship Two is tourism! The first ever spacelines, Virgin Galactic, is already selling tickets, for ordinary people to fly in space on Spaceship Two, when it is ready!

For many of us, the desire to go to space has been a defining aspect of our lives, even if we ended up taking other paths. Perhaps it will become such a defining aspect in the life of a child that you love?

Join us on this adventure, and show your child something extraordinary!
For more information on this class, please call Jo Ann/Continuing Education @ 992-2742.

Calling all Amateur and Professional Photographers, Graphic Artists and Desktop Publishers


You have your computer and maybe have taken a few courses, you have your camera and probably have attended some photography classes, you’ve played with some of the Photoshop® features and definitely viewed some tutorials; but - now are you ready to go to the next step?

New technology and advances in software products are changing and upgrading constantly. It is hard to stay on top of what is happening and learn all the new features.  Continuing Education strives to offer a variety of related classes to make things less complicated and more fun!

One example is Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom®

Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® will organize, process and show your work with ease. That’s what we want, right? Lightroom® software is ideal for professional and amateur photographers who want to organize, perfect, and share amazing images.

Perfect your photography from shoot to finish:

The new Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® software helps you create amazing images that inspire, inform, and delight. Bring out the best in every shot with powerfully simple one-click adjustments and a full range of cutting-edge advanced controls. Craft elegant photo books and effortlessly share your best shots on social networks, in web galleries, and more. Perfect your images, organize all your photographs, and share your vision—all in one fast, intuitive application.

Want more? Who doesn’t want to “WOW” their audience?

Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® software provides a comprehensive set of digital photography tools, assisting you with one-click adjustments to show you advanced controls. Create images that inspire, inform, and delight. Lightroom® shows you how to develop many tools including toning, touch-ups and sharpening/noise. These global tools help you achieve the best appearance and appeal.

Clark College Continuing Education offers year round classes covering beginning to advanced classes in photography and compatible and related software.

Check out our wide variety of photo and software classes to help you for both your business and home. New classes added often.

  • How Do I Take Better Digital Photos?
  • Success with Digital Photography
  • Creative Photography
  • Portrait Photography for the Amateur
  • Photo Walking with Your Digital Camera
  • Very Beginners’ Photoshop®, Parts I and II
  • Photoshop for the Photographer, Parts I and II
  • Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom®
  • Adobe InDesign for PC’s
  • Adobe InDesign for MAC’s

We feel we have some of the best professional instructors in the Vancouver/Portland area – check out their websites:

Check out our website or watch for our quarterly published “Explorations” schedule of classes in your mailbox.

Don’t see what you want? Contact Program Manager Jo Ann Ames at 360.992.2742 or,


Is Golf Your Game?

Golf involves all the senses, abilities, moods, physical stamina and a sense of humor. With a little help and practice you can improve your game and keep your sanity no matter what your level competence. Not everyone can be Tiger Woods, but some skill can help you enjoy the game more, lessen your frustration and learn to love the game!

Clark College Corporate & Continuing Education is fortunate to have two of the best golf pros in the area teaching classes for our program:

These instructors offer classes spring through fall quarters. Classes are small and individual attention is given to our students.Registration is open now for Spring Quarter, 2013.

Learn the rules and golf etiquette. Fee includes balls and clubs.

Need some fine tuning to your game?  We have special sessions catered to improving your game.

Registration for Summer Quarter classes opens June 4, 2013.

To register online for any of these classes:
To register by phone call 360.992.2939, Option #1
For questions or comments contact JoAnn Ames@ 360.992.2742

Enjoy and Explore our Beautiful Northwest

Walking in the Northwest and Finding Your Way!

The best part of walking and hiking is that you can go at your own speed. Stop and smell the wildflowers take videos or use your digital camera showing family and friends what they are missing and you are enjoying!

Walking and hiking can be a family affair, travelling with a group of friends, a best buddy or for solitary enjoyment and reflection. Added perks are that walks and hikes can be in the mountains, plains, beaches and even in downtowns and quint cities.
There are no age limits to getting outdoors and breathing in the fresh air; many organized hikes and walks> are accessible to everyone. The most important part of planning your walk or hike is to know how set your way the right way.

Clark College Continuing Education offers classes to help you discover the joys of walking and hiking and how to prepare so you have a safe and enjoyable adventure. Each quarter offers a variety of classes lead by our resident outdoors expert Don Hibbs.

SPRING QUARTER OFFERINGS: Registration going on now!

The Essentials of Hiking Together with Map & Compass Reading

Explore the world of hiking and back country travel covering the concepts of physical preparation, planning, proper clothing and equipment.

Ethno-Botany Guided Forest Walk: The Grocery Store in the Woods

Enjoy an easy walk @ LaCamas Round Lake Park studying the relationship between people and plants.
Learn how each plant was used by the Native peoples and early settlers.

COMING SUMMER QUARTER: Registration starting in June!

Downtown Vancouver Photowalk with Your Digital or Film Camera

Learn the tricks of photographing buildings, signs and distractions in Vancouver. Train your eye to see to see points of interest and show them off in their best possible light.

The Essentials of Hiking Together with Map & Compass Reading

Explore the world of hiking and back country travel covering the concepts of physical preparation, planning, proper clothing and equipment.

Photowalking with your Digital Camera

Just you and your camera! Gain tips and tricks from our photographer, Garry Stasiuk, as you walk to and fro around the Fort and meander around our beautiful Clark Campus enjoying the fabulous landscaping.

Heart of the City Historical Walk: A Look at Old Vancouver

A walking lecture on the cultural history of the City of Vancouver. Enjoy a leisurely walk through the city.
Begin at Fort Vancouver, onto the Village, the new Landbridge and the Old Apple Tree.

If you have questions or comments please contact Jo Ann Ames, Continuing Education Manager at 360.992.2742 or

PowerPoint & You- It's A Great Relationship!


PowerPoint will make your presentations pop!  Don't fumble with note cards or writing on a white board, drawing charts and diagrams.  With PowerPoint you can make a great presentation fast and easily, create a professional look, grab your audience’s attention as well as lend authority to you as a speaker and reinforce your message.

The uses for PowerPoint are endless whether used in the business world, in the classroom or at home for crafts.  Discover endless educational templates, business templates, wedding templates already made. You can add pictures and video clips and do things you aren’t able to do with old-fashioned flip charts, chalk and pens.

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 can give you exciting new audio and visual capabilities that are easy to create and powerful to watch. You can also convert PowerPoint to videos that you can share on YouTube or on mobile devices like an iPads or iPhones.

Start from the beginning and see how far you can go in our Basics to Master I class.  For professional users continue on to the Basics to Master II, or take them both in a combo and get a discount!

For your convenience, Corporate & Continuing Education offers PowerPoint Basics in one-day classes throughout the year. You can view our schedule online for dates and times.



*Curious about where you came from?
*Wondering who’s in your past?
*Want to find a link to the unknown?

Genealogy is your passport helping you connect and discover your roots.

It can be a fascinating and exciting exploration making one discovery after another. You never know where your search will lead you or who it will lead you to –

Genealogy can become a passion for all ages as you learn facts on where your family and relatives came from and what were their stops along the way. Where did those family traditions come from and why?

Don’t think that the process is too complicated or that you don’t have the right tools or computer savvy. You will be surprised at what you can find with just “baby steps”.

Clark College Continuing Education in Vancouver, WA offer classes for both adults and youth and neither require genealogy software or a computer. Start your adventure now!

“How will our children know who they are if they do not know where they came from."

Author unknown

Genealogy-Who's In Your Past?

Genealogy for Youth-Tracking Down the Facts

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