Clark College helps open doors to the trades

Pre-apprentice program is a low-cost way to prepare for a new career

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Clark College has developed a new pre-apprentice program that allows interested individuals to explore and prepare for careers in the trades.

The program, which takes 11 weeks to complete and costs $25, prepares adults ages 18 and older to go to work, enter an apprenticeship, or attend Clark College. An additional one-time $25 application fee to Clark College is also required.

Graduates earn certifications in first aid, flagging, and occupational health and safety (OSHA 10) –certificates that would normally cost at least $300 to earn separately.

Clark introduced the program with a small pilot cohort in the 2016 fall quarter. Already, some students from that cohort are successfully transferring to the next phase in their careers. Clark is now looking to broaden the reach of the program to help more individuals in the region. The program was made possible through a grant from Washington State Workforce Training and Education Board.

Anyone interested in the pre-apprentice program can visit, or call Monica Wilson at (360) 992-2780.