Free Tuition Increases Interest in Columbia College

Article written by Alex MacLean The Union Democrat Columbia College believes it’s on track to increase full-time enrollment of June high school this fall due to a new program that pays tuition for the first year. About 120 students who graduated from high school this spring in Tuolumne County or Angels Camp have enrolled for the fall semester, according to Amy Nilson, the college’s director of development. Nilson said between 75 and 80 percent will get their first year free thanks to a new fee-waiver from the state, while the rest are expected to qualify for free tuition through the…

Youth Firefighters Complete Columbia College Fire Science Course in Pine Grove

Story by Ike Dodson, PIO Office of Public and Employee Communications Former CAL FIRE Deputy Chief Lee Winton left his expectations at home in his favorite chair when he ditched retirement to teach a semester of Fire Science 1 for Columbia College at Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp in early February. Sixteen weeks and 17 passing grades later, Winton isn’t sure who learned from whom. “I knew going in the door that I had never talked to an audience like this, and that it would be a challenge to work with people who have struggled so much in their lives,”…

Columbia College Spring 2018 President’s List

Columbia College has named 158 students to the spring 2018 semester President’s List. This honor is reserved for students completing twelve or more units of coursework in a single semester at Columbia College and earning a cumulative grade point average between 3.5 and 4.0, with no grade lower than “C.” The spring 2018 President’s List honorees are listed below by hometown. We are pleased to formally recognize their exceptional academic achievement.

Dr. Santanu Bandyopadhyay Selected President for Columbia College

Dr. Santanu Bandyopadhyay has accepted an offer by the Yosemite Community College District (YCCD) to become the new president of Columbia College, effective July 16, 2018. YCCD Board Chair Darin Gharat formally announced Dr. Bandyopadhyay as Columbia College’s next President at the YCCD Board of Trustees’ May 9 meeting. Chair Gharat reported, “The decision was unanimous. The Board looks forward to Dr. Bandyopadhyay’s leadership and is confident in his commitment to serving the students and community within the Columbia College service area.” Bandyopadhyay will succeed Columbia College President Dr. Angela Fairchilds, who is retiring after 38 years in higher education….

COLUMBIA COLLEGE PRESENTS 49TH COMMENCEMENT ON APRIL 27TH

Columbia College will hold its 49th Commencement on Friday, April 27 at 6:00 p.m. in the Oak Pavilion. A brief reception for the graduates and guests will be held immediately after the ceremony in Carkeet Park next to the pavilion. The 297 students in the 2018 graduating class have earned a total of 136 Associate of Arts Degrees and 149 Associate of Science Degrees. Forty students will graduate with Distinction (cumulative grade point averages of 3.75 or better) and 35 with honors (between 3.5 and 3.74 grade point averages). Twenty-five graduates earned more than one Associate degree:   Jamie Akins,…

Columbia College Presidential Finalists Selected

The Columbia College Presidential Search Committee has selected two finalists who will participate in community open forums scheduled for April 18 and 19, 2018 at Columbia College. The finalists (with most recent position held) are listed below with forum times:   Dr. Santanu Bandyopadhyay – (Wednesday, April 18, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Dogwood Forum Building) (Executive Vice President of Educational Programs and Student Services, Cypress College – Cypress CA)   Dr. James Todd – (Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. in the Dogwood Forum Building) (Vice President of Student Services at Modesto Junior…

Columbia College’s Symphony of the Sierra on April 17th

The Symphony of the Sierra 2018 Spring Concert will be held at Columbia College, Dogwood Forum, at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The repertoire provides a wonderful introduction to orchestral music for children, while being complex enough to satisfy the seasoned classical ear. The orchestra is excited to be performing the fourth movement of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, Gershwin’s American in Paris, Gounod’s Judex from Mors et Vita, and Williams’s English Folk Song Suite. The symphony is delighted to introduce the Symphony of the Sierra Beginning Strings (a Community Education course) — performing in their first concert.  This is…

Columbia College Foundation Honors Students

Columbia College Foundation HONORS STUDENTS – More than $120,000 in Scholarships AWARDED The Columbia College Foundation and its community partners will present more than $120,000 in scholarships to qualified and deserving students at the annual Columbia College Scholarship and Awards Celebration on Thursday, April 12.  The event, 4:30-5:30 pm at the Dogwood Forum on campus, features student and community speakers, musical performances and presentation of the Student of the Year awards. Speakers at Thursday’s event include Elsie Bruno, a retired Columbia College counselor who was the college’s first scholarship coordinator, nursing student Melissa Murray who was selected 2018 Student of…

Columbia College Hosts Occupational Olympics

Columbia College will host several hundred high school students for the 18th annual Occupational Olympics to be held on Friday, March 16, 2018. The contests will run from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with the award ceremony immediately following. Students from Tuolumne County will compete in twelve separate events that challenge them to think critically in a contextual environment.  The events include automotive, child development, computer business applications, cosmetology, digital photography, law enforcement, entrepreneurship, hospitality management, health occupations, fire technology, forestry & natural resources, and welding. Dr. Klaus Tenbergen, the Dean of Career Technical Education & Economic Development at Columbia…

President Fairchilds Announces Her Retirement

Dr. Angela Fairchilds 02/08/2018 5:15 pm PST by Tori James, MML News Reporter Columbia, CA — With a series of significant goals met, solid leadership and a strong strategic plan in place, Columbia College’s president says she is ready to pass the torch. Speaking with Clarke Broadcasting about her decision to retire this June, Dr. Angela Fairchilds, whose four-year Mother Lode tenure caps off a 38-year career in higher education, says that her head and heart both finally chimed in to tell her it is time to step back. Chuckling, she confides, “My husband has been retired now for 15 years — he retired when we came…