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Clark College will close Bingen campus June 16

Published: March 2, 2016, 5:59pm

Bingen — Clark College announced it will close its Columbia Gorge campus in Bingen on June 16 due to low enrollment. Bingen is about 70 miles east of Vancouver along state Highway 14.

Current students in Bingen will have the opportunity to work with college advisers to develop a plan to complete their programs.

The Bingen campus, which opened fall 2014, was made possible in part by a $315,000 grant from the state to increase enrollment in aerospace education and help two-year and technical colleges prepare future employees in the aerospace field.

At first, the Bingen campus offered classes only on Saturdays. Last fall, it added its first evening class, Computer Assisted Drafting and Design in response to many regional employers who cited CADD skills as being in demand.

“We know the demands of employer and community needs change with changing economic times,” said Clark College President Robert Knight. “We strive to do our best to adjust to those needs.”

Clark College plans to monitor the educational needs of the Gorge communities, especially regarding needs for educational programming to train the workforce.