Columbia College Spring 2014 President’s List

Columbia College has named 193 students to the spring 2014 semester President’s List. We are pleased to officially recognize their exceptional scholastic achievement. This acknowledgment is reserved for students who complete a minimum of twelve degree applicable units in a semester at Columbia College with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and have received no grade below a “C.” Columbia College spring 2014 President’s List students are listed below by city. Altaville – 4 Andrew Collum Brandon Dillashaw Caitlin Kitchell Brent Warner Angels Camp – 4 Katie Gianelli Jessi Gonzales Nathanial Johnson Sandra Rivera Arnold – 3 Aiko Gonzalez Ronald Hawkins Tina Jones Bakersfield…

Columbia College Presents 45th Commencement on May 2

Columbia College will hold its 45th Commencement on Friday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Oak Pavilion. A reception for the graduates, their families, friends and guests will be held immediately after the ceremony in Carkeet Park next to the pavilion. Among the graduating class, 99 Associate of Arts Degrees will be conferred, 8 Associate of Arts Transfer Degrees+, 93 Associate of Science Degrees, 16 Associate of Science (Occupational Education) Degrees, and 63 Certificates of Achievement.  Twenty-five will graduate with distinction (cumulative grade point averages of 3.75 or better) and 27 with honors (between 3.5 and 3.74 grade point…

Columbia College Fire Technology Students Receive Certificates

The Columbia College Fire Academy will hold its graduation ceremony and presentation of certificates on Wednesday, April 30th, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Oak Pavilion.  The event is open to the public. Certificates will be awarded to 26 students based on their successful completion of the academic and manipulative training as mandated for a California Firefighter Level One. Before applying to the state for Firefighter I Certification, students must still complete six months of full-time or one year of part-time field experience. “Some of the graduates have been hired by the Columbia College Fire Department, local Fire Districts, City…

Columbia College Presents its Symphony of the Sierra Spring Concert on May 3

The Columbia College Symphony of the Sierra will perform its spring 2014 concert on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in the Dogwood Forum Building on the Columbia College campus. Admission is free. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. The orchestra will perform the first movement from Joseph Haydn’s Symphony 101. “The orchestra has grown a good deal this season and we are ready to take on longer works,” says conductor, Mic Harper. “It is a real pleasure to be conducting one of Haydn’s last works with this ensemble. For our many young members, this is their first opportunity to…

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…