COLUMBIA COLLEGE FREE FINANCIAL AID WORKSHOP

The Columbia College Financial Aid Office invites the community to a free workshop to learn about Financial Aid for college on Saturday, April 8 between 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Starbucks conference room located in the Sonora Junction shopping center at 13761 Mono Way, Sonora.  The workshop is open to all and no appointment is 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) online. Undocumented students will receive assistance completing the Dream Act Application. To complete the applications, current and…

41st Annual Columbia Wine Tasting

41st Annual Columbia Wine Tasting to Benefit Columbia College Hospitality Management Program This spring the Columbia College Foundation will host the 41st Annual Columbia Wine Tasting – a benefit event from 1:00 to 4:00pm SUNDAY, April 9 to support the Columbia College Hospitality Management Program. “The Columbia event provides wine enthusiasts a chance to sample local wineries and foods alongside a number of the state’s favorite producers while visiting unique sites in the State Historic Park,” according to Tom Bender, a wine instructor at Columbia College and longtime organizer of the tasting. “Many are small production wineries pouring new and…

Little Free Library

The Columbia College Foundation partnered with the Child Development Center and Facilities staff to bring a “Little Free Library” to campus.  This new resource is located in front of the Child Development Center and is readily accessible to parents, guardians, children, staff, faculty and the community at large.

Columbia College Awarded $960,000 State Grant for Automotive Technology and Child Development Apprenticeship Initiatives

Columbia College has received formal notification of the intent to award a two-year grant to develop new Apprenticeship programs for Automotive Technology and Child Development training, beginning in January 2017. Columbia College is currently implementing a Hospitality Apprenticeship Initiative with similar grant funding and is excited about expanding opportunities to other industries that are in need of a well trained workforce.  Applications for the Hospitality apprenticeship program are still being accepted. The new award, just announced by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) Workforce and Development Division, is part of the new California Apprenticeship Initiative, aimed at broadening the…

CCCCO Statement of Values and Commitment to Undocumented Students

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office will not cooperate with any federal effort to create a registry of individuals based on any protected characteristics such as religion, national origin, race, or sexual orientation. The Chancellor’s Office will continue to advocate for educational opportunities for all students in the community college system, regardless of immigration status, at the state and federal level. While the Chancellor’s Office acknowledges local authority and control in the administration of our community colleges, we encourage our local community college districts to consider our system’s values when responding to this situation. We find the following strategies to…

COLUMBIA COLLEGE GRADUATES FIRE TECHNOLOGY PARTICIPANTS

Columbia College’s Fire Academy will hold its graduation ceremony and presentation of Certification of Completion to 35 successful students of the Fire Technology Program. The event, which is open to the public, will be held Friday, December 16, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Oak Pavilion at Columbia College. The certificates will be 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…

EXPERTS OFFER VIEWS OF SIERRA NEVADA TREE MORTALITY AT COLUMBIA COLLEGE FOUNDATION LECTURE

WHO:        Columbia College Foundation WHAT:      “A Changing Landscape: Tree Mortality in the Sierra Nevada” A free community event featuring leading experts in forest ecology WHERE:     Sonora High School Auditorium WHEN:      Thursday evening October 6. Doors open at 6:30 pm; program 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. A leading national researcher and local experts on forest transition will be the featured speakers at a free community event presented by the Columbia College Foundation Thursday evening, October 6. “A Changing Landscape: Tree Mortality in the Sierra Nevada,” a two-hour evening program at the Sonora High School Auditorium, will be moderated by Columbia College…

Columbia College Transfer Day and College Night offer all students access to college information

(Sonora, CA) – High school and college students will have a chance to speak in-person to representatives from four-year colleges and universities at Columbia College’s Transfer Day/ College Night events scheduled for Thursday, September 22, 2016. Both events are free and open to all community members, high school students, and their families.  Free parking is offered on campus all day for these events. The Transfer Day portion of the event will be held from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, outside the Tamarack (Library) building on the main Columbia College campus, located at 11600 Columbia College Drive, Sonora. Transfer Day is…

Columbia College awarded $1.18 million federal grant to improve college readiness for adults

 Columbia College has been awarded a five-year federal education grant totaling $1.18 million to launch an Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) for the Mother Lode region. The college will partner with more than a dozen local agencies in the central Mother Lode to encourage and assist adults who are interested in college and career training to improve their economic opportunities. The grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, will support staffing and outreach to connect with and serve an estimated 1,000 individuals per year, providing them with information on educational and career training options, financial literacy, and assistance with college…