Clark College approved to offer new Bachelor of Applied Science Degree

by DIwpBacon on July 25, 2016

639241_Clark_College_grad3Clark College received approval last week from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), the college’s regional accrediting body, to offer and begin the Applied Management baccalaureate program in Jan. 2017. The Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Management (BASAM) is a two-year, career-oriented degree combing technical, academic, and professional management courses. Sample courses include Foundations of Management, Social Media in Business, Organizational Communication, and Organizational Behavior.

“This program is ideal for students with an AAS or AAT degree who are looking to move ahead in their careers, take on managerial positions in their organizations, or have the skills to operate their own businesses,” says Patti Serrano, BASAM program director and professor at Clark College. “We have heard the demands from local businesses for this program, as well as from working adults who are seeking a bachelor’s program that fits with their schedules.”

Applications for the first program cohort are being accepted, and are limited to 35 students. For more information or to apply, contact Serrano at 360-992-2178 or Information is also available online at





Vancouver lodging tax grant funding orientation meeting Aug. 10

by DIwpBacon on July 25, 2016


logo2015bFor the first time in seven years, the City of Vancouver will offer lodging tax grants for projects or events that increase overnight and day-visit tourism within the city. The lodging tax grants will be available to non-profit organizations or government agencies with projects, events or activities that will increase visits to the city or help increase tourism-related revenues.

Application materials will be available on the city’s website starting Monday, Aug. 1. An optional grant overview and orientation meeting for those interested in applying will occur at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 415 W Sixth St.

The grants are funded through a four percent lodging tax on hotel, motel, and bed and breakfast stays. This is the first year since the recession of 2008-09 that this grant funding has been available within the city. For more information about the grants, contact City Accounting Manager Christine Smith at 360-487-8441 or



Discover the history of your building, home, or property Aug. 13

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The Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM) is hosting a workshop on how to uncover the history behind your building, home, or property on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the museum, 1511 Main St. in downtown Vancouver.

Curator Brad Richardson will provide resources while leading the workshop. Clark County residents will learn how to trace their history and find information such as who lived in their house or who worked on their property.

Tickets are $15; $10 for CCHM members. Space is limited. Contact CCHM at 360-993-5679 or email email to hold your spot. Tickets may also be purchased online at

The VSO presents Summer Breeze concert at Riverview Six to Sunset July 28

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The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra begins its 2016-2017 season with a family-friendly free outdoor concert in downtown Vancouver’s Esther Short Park band shell on Thursday, July 28, at 6 p.m.

As part of the Riverview Six to Sunset Series, the concert, Summer Breeze, showcasing familiar and lively classical music, will feature a 70+ member orchestra conducted by international rising star Daniel Boico with performances by singers from Opera Quest Northwest. The master of ceremonies will be OPB’s Conrad Wilson.

Returning this year will be Beacock Music’s instrument “Petting Zoo,” where kids can play a wide variety of musical instruments under expert supervision starting at 5 p.m. The community is invited to bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs to enjoy this concert in the park.

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  • Northwest Battle Buddies receives over $15,000

    northwest battle buddies shannon-dogsThe Northwest Battle Buddies recently received a donation of $15,498 from the Clark County Newcomers Club (CCNC). Battle Buddies empowers combat veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to regain their freedom and independence by partnering them with professionally trained and specifically matched service dogs. This donation will cover all costs of a trained dog for one deserving military veteran. The CCNC exists to help people who are new to Clark County get to know the area, its entertainment and recreation possibilities, its resources, and its community needs such as the Northwest Battle Buddies.

  • National Night Out at Kiwanis Park Aug. 2

    nno16On Tuesday, Aug. 2Prevent Together: Battle Ground Prevention Alliance, in partnership with the City of Battle Ground, Battle Ground Police Department and Fire District #3, is again hosting National Night Out. From 6 to 8 p.m. families are invited to Kiwanis Park, 422 SW Second Ave. National Night Out is a community-building event to bring families, neighborhoods and community partners together to make neighborhoods better, safer places to live. This free event is focused on fun learning and prevention activities like CPR training, tobacco prevention, personal preparedness for emergencies and home fires, live music by the NW Rock Academy Youth Band, Zumba classes, fingerprinting kits, face painting, popcorn, and prizes.

  • Murdock Trust names new program director

    MJMCT-Paul Fong Profile Pic 072216The M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust has announced that Pauline Fong will join the staff as program director beginning Sept. 2016. Fong previously served for 23 years on staff with InterVarsity, the last four years as regional director for the Northwestern states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Fong is a graduate of University of Berkeley, California, and holds a Master of Arts from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is a frequent speaker, trainer, and resource person regionally and nationally in equipping young and emerging leaders in being positive change agents, locally and globally.

  • Three Days of Aloha returns to Esther Short Park next weekend

    hawaiianfestival_header_main_2016The Ke Kukui Foundation presents 3 Days of AlohaJuly 28 to 30. Festivities fill all three days and culminate on Saturday, July 30, at Ester Short Park from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Ho`ike and Hawaiian Festival. Events on Thursday, July 28, and Friday, July 29, take place on the campus of Clark College. Highlights include an Aloha 5K Fun Run, a Hapa Haole Hula Competion, keiki (kids) activities, arts and crafts, cultural demonstrations, delicious food, and more. For a full list of activities, go to

  • Warehouse ’23 opens at Port of Vancouver’s Terminal 1

    20130365-mmmainNew waterfront restaurant WareHouse ’23 opened July 19 to an excited crowd ready to celebrate a new community gathering space at the Port of Vancouver USA’s Terminal 1. Owned by Beaches Restaurant & Bar owner Mark Matthias, WareHouse ’23 is bringing new life to a cherished spot on the waterfront. Previously home to The Quay Restaurant, the space was remodeled to reflect its riverside location and create a welcoming atmosphere. Hours of operation are 11:30 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Saturday. More about Warehouse ’23 can be found here.

  • YWCA SafeChoice Domestic Violence Shelter now accepts pets

    ywca_logo_neg_web_lgYWCA Clark County received a $5,600 grant from the RedRover Safe Housing Grant Program to convert the SafeChoice Domestic Violence Shelter to a pet-friendly haven for survivors of domestic violence. YWCA is partnering with the Humane Society for Southwest Washington and the VCA Mill Plain Animal Hospital to provide assistance to shelter resident pets. The Humane Society is also training SafeChoice staff and volunteers to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the pets and all shelter residents. Read more here.

  • Fundraiser for Jim Moeller July 26

    UnknownLocal resident Bill Dickey is hosting a fundraiser for Jim Moeller (D) for Congress, from 6 to 8 p.m., on Tuesday, July 26. Though the event comes halfway through the ballot period, guests are invited to Dickey’s home, 120 W 33rd St., Vancouver, whether they have mailed in their ballots yet or not. Requested donation is $100, with all amounts welcome. RSVPs can be made on Facebook or by contacting Campaign Manager Janet James at or 360-903-5115.

  • Public Health overdose prevention program receives national award

    clarkCountyLogoClark County Public Health is one of 19 local health departments nationwide that received a Model Practice Award from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). Applications for the annual competition were peer-reviewed by public health professionals from other communities in search of exemplary programs to replicate elsewhere. The model practice programs are now part of NACCHO’s online, searchable database of successful practices in areas as varied as immunization, maternal and child health, infectious diseases and emergency preparedness.

  • Humane Society receives $30,000 gift from Banfield Foundation

    181100_10151066432310460_411827083_nAfter receiving a $30,000 gift for radiology equipment from the Banfield Foundation, the Humane Society for Southwest Washington no longer has to transport injured and distressed animals to local veterinary partners for diagnoses that rely on radiology equipment. Also, after a three-month fundraising campaign, 25 “investor donors” contributed an additional $100,000 to the effort. The equipment is now installed, staff trained and x-rays have been taken of more than 30 animals since June 6.

  • Leadership Clark County calls for community project partners

    Leadership Clark Co.Leadership Clark County (LCC) is seeking statements of interest from community agencies and nonprofits who would like to engage with a team from the LCC Class of 2017 to complete a community project. Organizations submitting qualified statements of interest will be invited to a workshop in early September to learn more about the LCC project process and to refine/discuss your project ideas. To submit a statement of interest, send an email to by August 10. To learn more about the submitting process, read the original story.

  • Help make history tonight at a History Town Hall in Ridgefield

    History-Town-Hall_Web-Square_Daily-Insider-and-WebsiteJoin the Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM) and the City of Ridgefield at 6 p.m. tonight Monday, July 25, at A Pickled Heron Gallery and Ballroom for the first in a series of countywide town hall conversations about each community’s history and heritage. Over the next few years, CCHM will install a permanent exhibit telling the overall story of Clark County’s history. These town halls, held in different Clark County communities, will act as an inspiration for each community’s representation. Each evening will be recorded and reviewed by those working on the exhibit. Admission to the history town halls is free. For more information about the Ridgefield town hall, click here.

  • Workforce Southwest Washington announces new board members and officers

    WorkforceSouthwestWashingtonLogoWorkforce Southwest Washington (WSW), formerly the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council, has added two new board members Darcy Altizer, executive director, Southwest Washington Contractors Association; and Paige Lake, executive director, Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce. Both will serve a three-year term. John Vanderkin, president, Employers Overload, will continue as Board Chair; Bill Skidmore, senior account executive, McKinstry, is Vice-Chair and Jim Lucey, controller, Linear Technology, is Treasurer. To learn more, see original story.

  • Deadline to purchase an engraved brick at Propstra Square today

    ESPBricksToday, Monday, July 25, is the final day to purchase your custom engraved brick for Propstra Square in Esther Short Park. The engraved bricks are located around the bell tower in Propstra Square, Esther Short Park, located between Esther and Columbia, and Sixth and Eighth Streets in downtown Vancouver. The bricks provide an excellent opportunity to commemorate a loved one or friend. Each brick costs $100 and holds up to 18 characters including spaces. Funds raised through the sale of memorial bricks pay for the maintenance of the the flowers and plants in the park. Click here to order a brick today. For more information, call 360-487-8370 or email

  • Clark County Fire District 6 holds meetings to share information on EMS levy renewal
    Clark County Fire District 6 is holding a second public meeting to share information about its levy renewal for Emergency Medical Service that is on the August 2 Primary Election ballot. As of the end of June, EMS accounted for almost 79 percent of all emergencies for the fire district. Fire District 6 is asking voters to renew the EMS levy at the same amount of 45 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. That means the average homeowner would continue to pay $9.38 per month ($112.50 per year) for a 24-hour paramedic response. The meetings is at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 30, at Fire District Headquarters, 8800 NE Hazel Dell Ave. For more information, visit
  • Annual dinner and auction for Columbia Springs July 29

    13495596_1154267784615860_3646903706727825492_oColumbia Springs will host its annual dinner and auction fundraiser on Friday, July 29“Hooked on Nature” is from 5:30 to 9 p.m., at Royal Oaks Country Club. Fabulous gift baskets and live auction items such as a guided fishing trip, a scenic plane ride, and coffee from Starbucks for a year are available. All proceeds go to support programs and operations at Columbia Springs. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit


  • SWCA hosts Plans Online training with site developer July 27

    SWCA-LogoThe Southwest Washington Contractors Association (SWCA) will hold its first training session of 2016 for its online construction project bidding portal, Plans Online, on July 27. The training will be held from 8 to 9:30 a.m., at the SWCA office, 7017 NE Hwy. 99 Ste. 214. Attendees are encouraged to bring laptops in order to optimize the learning session. Software creator, Paul Carrig of J2 Blueprint, will conduct the training. The SWCA operates a non-profit plan center on a cooperative basis that regularly hosts hundreds of local commercial and industrial construction projects. The portal also allows for companies to have their own private site for soliciting bids from subcontractors. This training is free and open to all interested attendees. RSVPs are requested to:

  • Northwest packing job fair at Worksource July 27

    PrintNorthwest Packing Company (NWP), a division of Neil Jones Food Company located in Vancouver, is hiring to fill several full-time and seasonal positions. A hiring event is next Wednesday, July 27 from 1 to 4 p.m., at WorkSource, 204 SE Stonemill Dr., Ste. 215. Candidates should bring resumes, dress for an interview, and be prepared to meet with a representative and complete a job application. For additional information, contact John LeMarte at 360-735-5060 or Individuals unable to attend, can view job openings and complete an application online at

  • Satisfy Your Senses fundraiser for FVRL Foundation July 29 – 31

    13734947_1374854075864730_3568916008449895633_oLatte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar will host the fourth annual Satisfy Your Senses art show and sale July 29 through 31. The beneficiary of this year’s event is the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation. Featured artists are Phyllis FluryJeanette FrenchKathleen HovisBonnie Junell, Edi Olson, and Kathii Wiebe. The event opens Friday night with a spotlight reception where attendees can meet the artists and enjoy wine flights for sale from Confluence Vineyard and Winery, appetizers provided by Latte Da, and music by Justin Little. Click here for original story.