Finish Line Scholars Program NOW OPEN! Apply by June 1, 2021

COLUMBIA COLLEGE STUDENTS! Are you at least half-way to your degree or certificate at Columbia? Would $5k help you attend FULLTIME and FINISH in the next year? Check out Columbia’s new Finish Line Scholars Program.Learn more and apply by June 1 for a chance at this new opportunity for Fall 2021! Learn more and apply online at  www.gocolumbia.edu/scholarships    Questions? Contact the Columbia College Foundation at CCFoundation@yosemite.edu or call (209) 588-5065 Offered by Columbia College Foundation and California Community  College Finish Line Scholars Program.

Addendum 4/29/21 – Columbia College Hosts Drive-Thru Commencement Ceremony

Columbia College will hold a drive-thru commencement ceremony for its Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 graduates on Friday, April 30, at 4 p.m. The drive-thru experience allows graduates and their families to be on the Columbia College campus while adhering to Tuolumne County’s health and safety protocols and providing each student with recognition. Graduates and their families (one car per graduate) will drive through campus in their car to certain “checkpoints” and arrive at their final destination where graduates will be able to briefly exit their cars and walk across the stage to receive their diploma from Columbia…

Columbia College Fire Academy Graduation

Columbia College’s Fire Academy would like to announce the graduation and Certificates of Completion to the successful students of the Fire Technology Program. Students that completed Firefighter 1 and 2 will be awarded their certificates on Thursday April 29, in Carkeet Park.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony itself will be limited to students and a few dignitaries. The certificates are awarded based on the student’s successful completion of the academic and manipulative training as mandated for a California Firefighter 1 and 2 Certification. The students must still complete six months of full-time or one year of part-time field…

Columbia College Announces Partial Reopening for Summer 2021

Beginning May 3, 2021, Columbia College is planning for a partial campus reopening. As the college continues to monitor the progression of the pandemic, we are also carefully planning a safe return to in-person services. Now that Tuolumne County has moved into the Orange Tier, access to Columbia College is increasing.  At this time, building access is still limited. Only faculty, staff, students, and prospective students should be utilizing services inside the buildings. We appreciate your patience with the restricted access to campus. To continue mitigating the spread of COVID-19, faculty, staff, and students will be required to wear a face…

Commencement Ceremony Participation Deadline – March 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

For the first time in the history of Columbia College, a Drive Thru Commencement Ceremony will combine a vehicle parade loop with a live-streamed online event starting at 4:00pm on April 30, 2021. Commencement Ceremony Participation Deadline – March 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Availability for participation is limited, so sign up today!     For more information visit: https://www.gocolumbia.edu/graduation/

Speakers explore today’s Native American experience

WHERE:     Via Zoom https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/91605881020 WHEN:      Wednesday, January 27, 6pm The Columbia College Foundation will host a discussion of Native life in a special presentation Wednesday evening January 27. A regional panel of spiritual, cultural and literary leaders will offer a range of perspectives on current issues, such as urban versus rural Native life, governance structures and efforts to revitalize language and cultural traditions. Speakers include nationally acclaimed Calaveras County author Tommy Orange (Cheyenne and Arapaho), Carlos Geisdorff (Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk), Cultural Coordinator of the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk, and Mother Lode tribal elder Bill Leonard (Southern Sierra Miwuk). Each…

COLUMBIA COLLEGE GRADUATES FIRE ACADEMY STUDENTS

Columbia College’s Fire Academy would like to announce the graduation and Certificates of Completion to the successful students of the Fire Technology Program.  The certificates are awarded based on the student’s successful completion of the academic and manipulative training as mandated for a California Firefighter 1 Certification. The students must still complete six months of full-time or one year of part-time field experience before applying to the state for Firefighter I Certification. “Some of the graduates will apply or continue with reserve, intern, and volunteer in positions at local fire departments since entering the academy” said Chief Shane Warner, Columbia…

Spring Classes are Open at Columbia College

The COVID-19 global pandemic has created human and economic crisis across the world in a scale not witnessed before. The pandemic has a disproportionately high impact on low-wage, high-contact jobs. Rural communities have been impacted to a greater degree due to the lack of broadband access in remote areas. As we race towards the availability of a vaccine and return to normal, one thing is certain – a well-trained, college educated labor force is more likely to be gainfully employed in the post COVID-19 era. Columbia College has been preparing students from the Mother Lode region for the last fifty…

Columbia College Cancels Claim Jumper Competition Through June 2021

SONORA, Calif. – Growing safety concerns surrounding COVID-19 and Tuolumne County’s inclusion in the recent Regional Stay Home Order have led to the cancellation of Columbia College volleyball and basketball through the spring of 2021. We remain hopeful that the 2021-2022 season will bring Athletics back to the Oak Pavilion and the community will be there to support our dedicated athletes. Columbia College will always place the health and safety of its student-athletes, coaches, staff, and community first. This decision is disappointing, but especially so for our student-athletes, who put in countless hours preparing for a modified spring season. We…

Making Alternative Transformations at Columbia College

Columbia College is committed to its mission of serving all students, irrespective of their background. The resources students need to be successful in college depends upon several factors such as socioeconomic status, ethnicity, access to food, shelter, etc. Columbia College offers several special programs dedicated to and targeted at students with identified needs. These special programs provide resources such as money for books, enhanced counseling, priority registration, and uses several strategies to engage students with the campus and academics. Making Alternative Transformations (MAT) is one such special program. This program is targeted at formerly incarcerated students. Research shows that formerly…