Columbia College Hosts Annual Scholarship & Awards Celebration – More than $84,000 Awarded to 72 Students

The Columbia College Foundation will host the annual Columbia College Scholarship and Awards Celebration on Thursday, April 24, beginning at 4:30 p.m. to recognize scholarship recipients and donors. The public is invited to attend the event, which will be held in the Dogwood Forum at Columbia College. This year, 72 students were awarded scholarships to assist with their educational expenses, totaling more than $84,000 in awards.  Many of these scholarships were contributed by community organizations and individuals and a number are offered annually through the Foundation’s endowed funds.  At least 20 scholarships each year are funded through the Foundation’s Osher…

Experts Offer Views of Foothill Water at Columbia College Foundation Lecture

WHO:        Columbia College Foundation WHAT:      “Focus on Foothill Water: Beyond the Drought” A free community event featuring the region’s leading water experts from the Tuolumne-Stanislaus Integrated Regional Watershed Management Group WHERE:     Sonora High School Auditorium WHEN:      Thursday evening March 13. Doors open at 6 pm; program 6:30-8:30 pm A panel of experts on foothill water and a leading authority on California water issues will be the featured speakers at a free community event presented by the Columbia College Foundation Thursday evening, March 13. “Focus on Foothill Water: Beyond the Drought,” a two-hour evening program at the Sonora High School Auditorium,…

38th Annual Columbia Wine Tasting to Benefit Columbia College Culinary Arts Program

The Columbia Wine Tasting, an annual fundraising event sponsored by the Columbia College Foundation, has a history of selling out. It’s not surprising – who wouldn’t want to spend a spring afternoon strolling through Columbia State Historic Park, visiting quaint buildings filled with exquisite food and wine? This year’s wine tasting, the 38th Annual, will be held on Sunday, April 13 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Admittance is just $50 per person for reservations purchased prior to April 7th. Go to to  columbiawinetasting.events.gocolumbia.edu for easy online reservations or call (209) 588-5089.  A limited number of reservations will be offered the…

Choral Festival Featuring Five Community Choruses This Friday

The Third Mother Lode Community Chorus Festival featuring five Choruses representing singers from four counties will be held Friday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m. at Calvary Chapel located at 19889 Soulsbyville Road, Soulsbyville, CA.  Admission is free.  For more information contact John Carter at (209) 588-5214. The Mother Lode Community Chorus Festival is an opportunity for choral singers in the Central Mother Lode to hear and see other singers that participate in group singing.  According to festival organizer and Columbia College Music Professor, John Carter, “chorus members up here in the Mother Lode are fairly isolated from each other.  This…

Columbia College Hosts Occupational Olympics

On Thursday, March 6, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Columbia College, nearly 200 high schools students from Tuolumne and Calaveras Counties will compete in eleven Career Technical Education areas at the annual Occupational Olympics. This is the fourteenth year that the event has been held at Columbia College.  Participating schools include Sonora High School, Summerville High School, Calaveras High School, and Bret Harte High School.  Summerville Union High School District Superintendent, Robert Griffith, Bret Harte Union High School District Superintendent, Michael Chimente, Calaveras Union High School Superintendent, Mark Campbell, Sonora Union High School District Superintendent, Dr. Michael…

Columbia College Free Financial Aid Workshop

The Columbia College Financial Aid Office invites the community to a free financial aid workshop on Saturday, March 1, 2014 between 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Buckeye Building on the Columbia College campus.  No appointment necessary.  Financial Aid professionals will be available to answer questions and provide one-on-one assistance to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application online.  Undocumented students are welcome and will receive assistance completing the Dream Act Application. Both applications have a deadline of March 2, 2014. To complete the application online, current and prospective students will need to bring…

Columbia College Kicks Off Lecture Series with an Overview of Foothill Water

Press Release Contact: (209) 588-5055 Amy Nilson, Columbia College Director of Development Mel Kirk, Columbia College Foundation Board President WHO: Columbia College Foundation WHAT: “Focus on Foothill Water: Beyond the Drought” A free community event featuring the region’s leading water experts from the Tuolumne-Stanislaus Integrated Regional Watershed Management Group WHERE: Sonora High School Auditorium WHEN: Thursday evening March 13. Doors open at 6 p.m.; program 6:30-8:30 The public is invited to learn about the long-term issues involved in Tuolumne and Calaveras County water on Thursday, March 13, when the Columbia College Foundation kicks off a new community lecture series. “Focus…

38th Annual Columbia Wine Tasting to Benefit Columbia College Culinary Arts Program

38th Annual Columbia Wine Tasting to Benefit Columbia College culinary Arts program This spring the Columbia College Foundation will host the 38th Annual Columbia Wine Tasting – a benefit event from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, April 13 to support the Columbia College Culinary Arts Program.   This popular event, one of California’s premier wine tastings, takes place in the historic gold rush town of Columbia. More than 80 wineries and food vendors will set up shop in the State Park’s historic buildings, making it one of the most unique tastings in the West. Delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared by culinary students…

Dr. Angela Fairchilds Selected President for Columbia College

Press Release        No. 13-08 YOSEMITE COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT   Modesto Junior College & Columbia College FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date:  December 11, 2013 Contact: Nick Stavrianoudakis, Director of Public Affairs: (209) 575-6959, stavrianoudakisn@yosemite.edu Dr. Angela Fairchilds Selected President for Columbia College Dr. Angela Fairchilds has accepted an offer by the Yosemite Community College District (YCCD) Board of Trustees to become the new president of Columbia College effective February 1, 2014.   Fairchilds will succeed Interim Columbia College President Dr. Leslie Buckalew.  Newly elected YCCD Board Chair Dr. Lynn Martin formally announced Dr. Fairchilds as Columbia College’s next President at the YCCD Board of…

Martin and Viss Elected Board Chair and Vice Chair at YCCD

Press Release         No. 13-07 YOSEMITE COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT   Modesto Junior College & Columbia College FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date:  December 11, 2013 Contact: Nick Stavrianoudakis, Director of Public Affairs: (209) 575-6959, stavrianoudakisn@yosemite.edu MODESTO, CA – The Yosemite Community College District (YCCD) Board of Trustees elected Trustee Dr. Lynn Martin of Sonora as the new YCCD Board Chair through November 2014 at its annual organizational meeting.  Martin has served on the YCCD Board since 2010, representing YCCD Trustee Area 1, which includes Tuolumne County, eastern Stanislaus County and areas in Calaveras County.  Martin will also remain as the Board’s representative on the…