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Columbia College’s Foster Youth Program Receives $20,000 Contribution

Columbia College’s Foster Youth Program Receives $20,000 Contribution
Contribution from AT&T supports school’s college success program

On September 20th, Columbia College will announce that AT&T is making a $20,000 contribution to the college’s innovative Foster Youth Success Initiative during a ceremony held at the college at 10 AM in the Manzanita Building (upper level).

The funds will be used to support this Foster Youth college success program which provides transportation assistance, peer group and counseling support along with access to other social services that can assist foster youth persist through college graduation.

The contribution is part of AT&T Aspire, the company’s signature philanthropic initiative and financial commitment of $400 million since 2008 to drive innovation in education and promote student success in school and beyond.

“We are very grateful to AT&T for this significant contribution to our Foster Youth program,” said Angela Fairchilds, President of Columbia College. “AT&T understands the importance of education and support services to help youth stay in school and succeed academically.”

Columbia College recognizes that students who are in the foster care system often face significant challenges. In order to support foster youth to overcome these challenges and reach their educational goals, the College offers a variety of support services for current and former foster youth.

The Foster Youth Success Initiative also partners with a number of local and regional public, private and tribal agencies that serve those who have been in the foster care system.  Through this collaborative network, students are referred to appropriate sources of support to meet their individual needs.

“Foster youth face many unique challenges when trying to obtain a quality education,” said Julie Tone, Director of External Affairs, AT&T California. “AT&T is proud to support this college success program to improve the lives of foster youth in Tuolumne County.”


About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T

AT&T is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. The company’s signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, drives innovation in education to promote student success in school and beyond. With a financial commitment of $400 million since 2008, AT&T is leveraging technology, relationships and social innovation to help all students make their biggest dreams a reality.

About Columbia College 

Centered in the Sierra foothills, Columbia College offers students of diverse backgrounds many opportunities for discovery and success. Through a supportive and engaging learning environment, students master foundational skills, explore their passions, attain degrees and certificates, and pursue career and transfer pathways. We collaborate with surrounding communities to cultivate intellectual, cultural and economic vitality. Columbia College inspires students to become inquisitive, creative, and thoughtful life-long learners.

“Come and eat our homework”

“Come and eat our homework”

Columbia College is excited to announce the re-opening of the Cellar Bistro and the newly renovated hospitality facilities in the lower level of the Manzanita building.

Thanks to the enormous support of local voters passing Measure E in 2004, we were able to remodel and update facilities across campus to promote student safety and success. The hospitality facilities have been renovated with state-of-the-art equipment that will promote learning through hands-on experience in food production and customer service. Each semester, faculty, staff and students as well as the public can enjoy food prepared by students under the direction of faculty in the Cellar Bistro. Front-of-house courses in Dining Room Service Management allow students to serve guests in a realistic setting.

Beginning Wednesday September 13, 2017, the Cellar Bistro will re-open to the public, continuing the past tradition of its Wednesday night dinners to offer themed meals.

The newly renovated culinary space is not only designed to provide a delightful dining experience for its community, but a modern teaching facility for hospitality management students. Students will master best practices in the food production and service industry, allowing them to go into the workforce with high-quality skills and experience.

The public and campus community is invited to the official ribbon cutting ceremony prior to the YCCD Board meeting at Columbia College on October 11, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Klaus Tenbergen
Dean of Career Technical Education & Economic Development
tenbergenk@yosemite.edu
Office: 209.588.5142
Cell: 559.994.6434
http://gocolumbia.edu/career_technical

 

Columbia College Foundation Plans Promise Scholarship Opportunity

Columbia College Foundation plans Promise Scholarship opportunity

The Columbia College Foundation is pleased to announce an exciting new scholarship opportunity for local high school seniors enrolling at Columbia College beginning in fall 2018.  This new program, the Columbia College Promise Scholarship, will make it possible for every qualified local public high school graduate to attend Columbia College fulltime, tuition free, for two consecutive semesters if they enroll immediately after graduation.  The program will be a three year pilot, funded by gifts from individuals and community partners who care deeply about education for our local youth.

The Promise Scholarship program will remove the tuition barrier that often stops promising young high school graduates from pursuing their education while connecting them to support services to help ensure success.  Once implemented, the program will increase the number of local high school graduates who attend Columbia College, thereby boosting the population of workforce-ready young adults who complete a degree, certificate or training program, or successfully transfer to a 4-year college.

Reflecting on the possible impact of this program, Columbia College President Dr. Angela Fairchilds remarked that “when Columbia College opened its doors 50 years ago, our founders had a dream of making education available and accessible to all our local youth.  The Promise Scholarship does just that by welcoming all local high school graduates to continue their education, tuition free, at Columbia College. “

Schools included in the program are:  Sonora Union High School District, Summerville Union High School District (including Connections Academy and Gold Rush Charter School), Big Oak Flat-Groveland Unified School District, Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Alternative Education and Bret Harte High School in Calaveras County.

To qualify for the first year of the Promise Scholarship, a student must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a 2018 graduate from a public Tuolumne County high school or Bret Harte High School in Calaveras County. Graduates in 2019 and 2020 will be eligible in the fall semester immediately after they graduate.
  • Reside within the boundaries of the Yosemite Community College District.
  • Apply for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) prior to completing the Promise Scholarship application.
  • Enroll at Columbia College for Fall 2018 as a full time student carrying at least 12 units.

Additional information will be posted on the Columbia College website and Facebook pages, and will be available to families in fall 2017, through their school counselors.

Contributions for the Promise Scholarship program and other Foundation projects are always welcome.

To join the effort or learn more, contact Amy Nilson, Director of Development at Columbia College at (209) 588-5055 or nilsona@yosemite.edu or visit www.gocolumbia.edu/foundation.

Columbia College Foundation, founded in 1972, is a nonprofit organization that promotes quality higher education that enriches the academic, economic, and cultural life of our community. The mission is to promote student success by providing community resources that support and expand educational opportunities for Columbia College students.

CC Foundation Board Members

Columbia College Foundation Board of Directors (from left) Front row: Rosetta Bannwarth, Margie Bulkin. Middle row: Louise Goicoechea, Colette Such, Lee Ann Fox, Jan Verhage, Judy Myers, Janice Nelson. Back row: Jim Roeber, Bill Dunlavy, Stephanie Suess, Kenan McDonald, John Freer, Jeff Phillips, Charles Segerstrom, Del Hodges.

COLUMBIA COLLEGE SPRING 2017 PRESIDENT’S LIST

Columbia College has named 184 students to the spring 2017 semester President’s List. We are pleased to officially recognize their exceptional scholastic achievement.

This acknowledgment is reserved for students completing twelve or more units of semester coursework at Columbia College and earning a cumulative grade point average between 3.5 and 4.0, with no grade lower than “C.”

Columbia College spring 2017 President’s List students are listed below by city.

Michael Keller Altaville
     
Trenton Bennett Angels Camp
Justin Clemens Angels Camp
Ashlen Mayben Angels Camp
Erica Roberts Angels Camp
Christian Wilson Angels Camp
Jeremiah Wilson Angels Camp
     
Ronald Hawkins Arnold
Kathleen Stone Arnold
     
Gwendolyn Craig Big Bear City
     
Connor Malloy Big Oak Flat
     
Mayada Leonard Buena Park
     
Clifford Armstrong Chinese Camp
     
Kai Bannister Columbia
Ethan Hinman Columbia
Amy McQueary Columbia
Fanjaharilanto Rasoavero Drake Columbia
Michael Storey Columbia
Kyle Wolfe Columbia
     
Justin Barnes Copperopolis
Megan Graham Copperopolis
     
Kimberly Busby Coulterville
     
Scott Burroughs El Dorado Hills
     
Kyle Harp Hughson
     
William Brown Jamestown
Sophia Dragun Jamestown
Kierin Harrison Jamestown
Kristi Insilan Jamestown
Brendon Kamler Jamestown
Donna Miller Jamestown
Mona Mohr Jamestown
Emily Moore Jamestown
Jaymie Roberts Jamestown
Heidi Schuler Jamestown
Rachel Van Winkle Jamestown
Amber Wichman Jamestown
Melvin Wignall Jamestown
     
Michael Pondela Kailua Kona, HI
     
Kennedy Bruce La Grange
Heidi Ekstrum La Grange
Kirstin Leventhal La Grange
     
Kirsten Hall Livermore
     
Kaeah Domenech Lodi
     
Courtney Young Los Angeles
     
Cynthia Harmon Mariposa
Maria Makhina Mariposa
     
Gemamiah Battle Mi Wuk Village
Jordan Henderson Mi Wuk Village
Adam Radzikowski Mi Wuk Village
     
Erik Juncker Modesto
Alex McDonald Modesto
     
Robert Slankard Mokelumne Hill
     
Channing Harris Mountain Ranch
     
Tania Hernandez Murphys
Danea Palmer Murphys
Alexandra Rader Murphys
Bethanni Riedel Murphys
Nathan Steele Murphys
Carley Thomas Murphys
Riana Willis Murphys
     
Daniel Eggert Novato
     
Marina Braaton Oakdale
Wade Branch Oakdale
Bethany Cochran Oakdale
Shannon Courtney Oakdale
Kaylee De Ruyter Oakdale
Dimitri Lolonis Oakdale
Breanna Perez Oakdale
Lena Schulke Oakdale
Christina Scott Oakdale
Tanner Smith Oakdale
Lucas Syljuberget Oakdale
Kevin Tillery Oakdale
Michael Tripp Oakdale
     
Victoria Jordan Ripon
     
Micayla Nelson Riverbank
     
Kevin Carley San Andreas
Alyssa Flaming San Andreas
Carina Swann San Andreas
     
Alexander Adam Sonora
Nolan Adam-Chinn Sonora
Sean Adams Sonora
Autumn Alexander Sonora
Mikaela Amayawood Sonora
Joshua Andal Sonora
Erik Anderson Sonora
Jessica Anselmi Sonora
Emily Beluardo Sonora
Keeley Benton Sonora
Patricia Hazel Bibal Sonora
Moorea Boardman Sonora
Alaina Brosnan Sonora
Matthew Burbey Sonora
Maria Clark Sonora
Derek Colon Sonora
Dustin Costello Sonora
Brendan Danicourt Sonora
Ashley Dearden Sonora
Barbara Farkas Sonora
Kelley Figley Sonora
Selina Flores Sonora
Aren Forster Sonora
Kailie Fredrickson Sonora
Sarah Gaestel Sonora
Christa Gentry Sonora
Christopher Goebel Sonora
Alfonso Gonzalez-Mora Sonora
Ondrea Gundlach Sonora
Lalayna Hablutzel Sonora
Dillon Hadden Sonora
Cory Hall Sonora
Danny Harthun Sonora
Matthew Hedge Sonora
Briauna Hoffman Sonora
Jillian Huntsinger Sonora
Logan Johnson Sonora
Timothy Justice Sonora
James Kress Sonora
Amanda Lancaster Sonora
Hillary Liljedahl Sonora
Nicole Lund Sonora
Nikaya Lundeen Sonora
Teyana Lundeen Sonora
Sydney Lyon Sonora
Theresa Martin Sonora
Aniko Meszaros Sonora
Martin Mills Sonora
Catelin Moody Sonora
Travis Moore Sonora
Leah Muncy Sonora
Melissa Murry Sonora
Sabrina Nash Sonora
Derek Nilsen Sonora
Samuel Page Sonora
Josephine Price Sonora
Peter Ratto Sonora
Samuel Savage Sonora
Jeremy Scheller Sonora
Christopher Shepard Sonora
Breena Smith Sonora
Zachary Sohl Sonora
Maddison Stevens Sonora
Austen Thibault Sonora
Dawn Thompson Sonora
Anthony Trujillo Sonora
Jamie Ulibarri Sonora
Tyler Van Zuiden Sonora
Stephanie Lyka Viceral Sonora
Megan Vistica Sonora
     
Gabrielle Chipponeri Soulsbyville
David Ervin Soulsbyville
Bill Hurst Soulsbyville
Leah Johnson Soulsbyville
Logan Van Bezey Soulsbyville
     
Summer Williams Standard
     
Shalom Fletcher Stockton
Derek Goodrich Stockton
     
Amanda Hummel Sutter Creek
     
Melody Brown Tuolumne
Jeremy Dillon Tuolumne
Ryley Durling Tuolumne
Jonah Funk Tuolumne
Stephanie Hart Tuolumne
Kyland Jardine Tuolumne
Alexander McKeon Tuolumne
Dylan Miguel Tuolumne
Shelby Roberts Tuolumne
     
Jessie Rush Turlock
     
Sheila Blackburn Twain Harte
Clint Heller Twain Harte
Lindsay Macon Twain Harte
Sofia Marcoccia Twain Harte
Brenda Rager Twain Harte
Natasha Smith Twain Harte
Dylan Souza Twain Harte
Nathaniel Ulvevadet Twain Harte
John Yim Twaine Hart
     
Elle Burton Vallecito
Shane Ekstrum Vallecito
     
Karli Gerlinger Valley Springs
Gregory McInturf Valley Springs
Kyra Miles Valley Springs
Ryley Nordahl Valley Springs
Emily Polinsky Valley Springs

Columbia College’s New Mobile Phone Application!

Columbia College is pleased to introduce you to the college’s new mobile phone application! 

This free mobile app provides you with a new way to access connectColumbia, Canvas, request a refund, and find your way around campus with maps.

You will be able to view your schedule or your grades, search for classes, look up information on parking, bus and shuttle transportation, important campus phone numbers and much more.

Supported devices:

  • Apple devices running iOS 9.0 or later
  • Apple watch OS 3 or later
  • Android devices running system version 4.3.0 or later.
  • Kindle Fire devices, except 2011 model.

Steps to follow to use the new mobile app:

  1. On your cell phone go to the app store (Google Play, Apple App Store or Amazon (Kindle Fire) ) and download/launch Ellucian Go.
  2. Search for and select Columbia College from the list of schools. (Once you load Columbia College, it will automatically go there in the future.)
  3. Open the menu in the top left corner to see a list of applications available.

You will notice that several applications (class schedule, grades and restrictions) have a “locked” icon on the right.  Grades prior to 2004 are not available for viewing on the app. Your connectColumbia login and password will unlock these applications.

Under the heading “How to Videos” you will find an Ellucian Mobile Demo that can assist you in navigating the new mobile app.

Information is also available on the CC website at: http://www.gocolumbia.edu/get_started/

Watch for future components of the Columbia College Mobile App including:

  • Registration
  • Student Financial Information
  • Faculty and Staff Directory
  • And more.

We hope you enjoy using the Columbia College Mobile App.

Classes available at Baker Station May – August 2017

Learning Gone Wild

The High Sierra Institute offers over a dozen courses. The High Sierra Institute is a partnership between the Yosemite Community College District and the US Forest Service operated under Special Use Permit on the Stanislaus National Forest.

Baker Station is situated along Highway 108 in the high Sierra at an elevation of 6,200 feet in the Summit Ranger District of the Stanislaus National Forest.

Classes are held with field studies from May – August 2017.

From Sonora:  Take Highway 108 roughly 57 miles east (just under four miles BEYOND the Dardanelle store.). Baker Station sits on the north side of the road, just past a big yellow Caltrans sign. Look for a line of rustic cabins with a dirt parking lot at the end of the row of buildings. There is also a sign that reads, “High Sierra Institute at Baker Station.” If you reach the Kennedy Meadows turnoff on the right, you have gone a quarter mile too far.

High Sierra Institute
40000 Highway 108
Dardanelle, CA 95314

For more information contact: Dr. Tom Hofstra with questions @ hofstrat@yosemite.edu

For registration questions, call Columbia College Admissions & Records @ 209-588-5231

2017 Baker Station Schedule Summary

COLUMBIA COLLEGE FOUNDATION HONORS STUDENTS

Columbia College Foundation Honors Students

More than $100,000 in Scholarships AWARDED

The Columbia College Foundation and its community partners will present more than $100,000 in scholarships to qualified and deserving students at the annual Columbia College Scholarship and Awards Celebration on Thursday, April 13.  The event features student and community speakers, musical performances and presentation of the Student of the Year awards.

In the 2016-2017 academic year, the Foundation and community partners awarded more than 150 scholarships to more 90 students, totaling more $100,000 in support for their educational expenses. Many of these scholarships are contributed by community organizations and individuals, many are offered annually through the Foundation’s endowed funds, and more than 20 each year are funded through the Foundation’s Osher Scholarship Endowment, established in partnership with the Bernard Osher Foundation, the Foundation for California Community Colleges and community donors.

Columbia College students are encouraged to apply for scholarships each fall. Criteria for awards vary depending on donors’ preferences, which include area of study, academic excellence, volunteer involvement or financial need.

“I am very appreciative that so many giving individuals rally to support our students through scholarships” noted Dr. Angela Fairchilds, College President. “For many students, this provides life-changing opportunities.  The personal stories are very compelling”

It is a point of pride for the college to have many campus donors – three student clubs sponsor annual scholarships, as well as employee groups and dozens of individual faculty members and staff.

Colette Such, Columbia College Foundation President added, “Though it’s a great amount of work for all who read scholarship applications and choose scholarship recipients, it is truly a labor of love. Their stories often bring us to tears, their work inspires us, and their futures give us hope”

The Columbia College Foundation is a community nonprofit established in 1972 to promote quality higher education that enriches the academic, economic, and cultural life of our community. The Foundation’s mission is to promote student success by providing community resources that support and expand educational opportunities for Columbia College students. Donations to the Columbia College Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Questions about the Foundation should be directed to Amy Nilson, Director of Development, at (209) 588-5055 or nilsona@yosemite.edu.

41st Annual Wine Tasting

 41st Annual Columbia Wine Tasting BenefitS
Columbia College Hospitality Management program

The Columbia College Foundation will host the 41st Annual Columbia Wine Tasting from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 9, a benefit to support the Columbia College Hospitality Management Program. More than 70 wineries and food vendors will set up shop in the State Park’s historic buildings, making it one of the most unique tastings in the West.

“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 limited release wines.” (See list of this year’s participating wineries below).

Guests will also enjoy a tempting array of hors d’oeuvres prepared by Columbia College Hospitality students. The event also features a silent auction with a selection of collectible wines, gift baskets, getaway packages and more.

Reservations can be purchased online for $55 per person in advance or $60 per person at the event as available. Attendees receive a complimentary souvenir wine glass and samples from participating wineries and food vendors. For more information or to make a reservation, check out www.columbiawinetasting.com or call (209) 588-5089.

PARTICIPATING WINERIES IN 2017

 

Abundance Wines  
Ayrael Vieux Winery  
Black Sheep Winery  
Boeger Winery  
Boyle MacDonald Wines  
Brice Station Winery  
Broll Mountain Wines  
Carmenet Wines  
Carnivor Wines  
Carol Shelton Wines  
Chacewater Winery  
Chatom Wines  
Dark Horse Wines  
Edna Valley Winery  
Four Winds Winery  
Frank Family Winery  
Gianelli Vineyards  
Hahn Winery  
Haraszthy Family Cellars  
Hatcher Winery  
Heritage Oaks Winery  
Hovey Wines  
Husch Winery  
Imagine Wines  
Inner Sanctum Wines  
Ironstone Winery  
J Lohr Winery  
Kendall Jackson Wines  
Klinker Brick Winery  
La Folia Wines  
Locke Vineyards  
Louis Martini Winery  
Lucca Wines  
M2 Wines  
Maddelena Vineyard  
McFadden Winery  
McManis Winery  
Meiomi Wines  
Mettler Family  
Milliaire Winery  
Mineral Wines  
Morgan Winery  
Mt. Veeder Winery  
Muddy Boot Wines  
Newsome Harlow Winery  
Oak Ridge Wines  
Picket Fence Wines  
Prospect 772 Winery  
Quady Winery  
Regio Wines  
Renner Winery  
Ridge Winery  
Robert Hall Winery  
Robert Mondavi Winery  
Rockwall Winery  
Rombauer Winery  
San Simeon Wines  
School Street Wines  
Sera Fina Winery  
Shenandoah Vineyards  
Silkwood Wines  
Silver Oak Winery  
Sobon Estate  
St. Amant Winery  
Stevenot Wines  
Terra d’Oro Winery  
The Prisoner Wine Company  
Tolosa Winery  
Trefthen Winery  
Twisted Oak Winery
Twomey Wines      
Van Rueten Winery      
Vino Nocetto Winery      
William Hill Winery

 

Food Vendors

Cheesy Winer Wine Bar

Columbia College Hospitality Students

Cowboy Toffee Company

Diestel Turkey Ranch

Fiscalini Cheese Company

 

   

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.