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 mask at all times and must complete a campus COVID-19 screening form before entering. All employees and students are expected to follow health guidelines established by the college, state, and county health agencies, including social distancing, hand-washing, and sanitizing surfaces. Columbia College encourages all students and employees to be vaccinated to protect themselves and others.  Vaccination is a critical recovery activity for the college and society in our return to normal operations.

On-campus, in-person services will be provided in the Manzanita building from 10 am to 2 pm Monday through Thursday.  These services include Admissions & Records, Financial Aid, Business Office, and Lakeside Cafe.  A Student Ambassador will be available for assistance with the registration process.  Limited services will also be available in Counseling and Special Programs.

The Library will be open from 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Thursday. The Student Center will be open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 am to 2 pm for Ponderosa Food Pantry pick up, Orientation and Campus Tours.  For more information, please call 209-588-5109.

The college is offering in-person classes on campus and at the High Sierra Institute at Baker Station, including culinary arts, fire technology, emergency medical services, biology, forestry, natural resources, and Tai Chi.  As conditions continue to improve, additional options may arise.

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