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The Library will start loaning textbooks, laptops and hotspots for the fall semester starting the
second week in August. Students can search for and request materials using OneSearch, the
Library’s online catalog. Details, direct links to popular items and brief tutorials are available on
the Library’s website.
Columbia College welcomes students back to campus with extra financial aid, new scholarships, and face-to-face services
Columbia College has ramped up to welcome students for a new semester in August, with all services face-to-face, many classes in person and unprecedented new offers for financial aid, scholarships and extra support.
“We want to welcome students back to campus, and let them know this is a great time to pursue their education here at Columbia,” said Interim President G.H. Javaheripour. “All of our services and many more of our classes will be face-to-face on campus this fall,” Javaheripour said. “That’s a huge step forward as we come through COVID restrictions.”
Students also will have access to more than $1 million in new financial aid through COVID relief over the next year, and more than $200,000 in new scholarship support through the Columbia College Foundation. For most Columbia students, the new financial programs will mean hundreds and even thousands of extra dollars each semester.
“We’ve never had this amount of assistance available before,” said Financial Aid Director Marnie Shively. “These financial aid and scholarship programs will give students a significant jump start, and we want as many students as possible to take advantage of this new support.”
Expanded financial aid will be available to students who fill out a 2021-22 Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act application (for undocumented students) and meet registration requirements for the Fall and Spring Semesters.
Students may be eligible for state and federal emergency grants in addition to standard financial aid. Students can contact the financial aid office for information at (209) 588-5105 or (209) 588-5272.
In addition, the Columbia College Foundation is offering some significant new awards to help students attend fulltime this fall:
- A $300-per-student “welcome bonus” for hundreds of new and returning students covered by its Columbia College Promise Program for local students who completed high school in 2020 or 2021.
- 20 “CCC Finish Line” scholarships, at $2,500 per semester, for continuing students who are at least halfway to graduating and can attend fulltime.
- CCC Finish Line emergency grants available for students who need extra assistance in the coming school year.
“We know it’s been so hard for students during the pandemic,” said Foundation President Jeff Warren. “We are grateful for these extra resources to encourage them to stay on track.
For more information on the Fall Semester, contact the college at (209) 588-5109, or visit the college website at www.gocolumbia.edu
New students also are invited to come to campus and attend a Claim Jumper Day from noon to 3pm on either July 22 or August 11. These days are designed to welcome and orient new students to college life at Columbia College. A campus tour led by student leaders will include active and engaging stops for students to accomplish new student steps including applications and academic advising. Register today at 209.588.5109 or send an email to email@example.com.
For general information or to get college ready, get one-on-one support by contacting Motherlode Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC) at 209-588-5066. MEOC is a federally funded program and can serve any college-bound person.
COLUMBIA COLLEGE STUDENTS! Are you at least half-way to your degree or certificate at Columbia? Would $5k help you attend FULL-TIME 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!
Offered by Columbia College Foundation and California Community College Finish Line Scholars Program.
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 College Interim President, Dr. G.H. Javaheripour and other distinguished guests. Faculty and staff will cheer their graduates on along the path. The commencement ceremony will be live streamed through the YCCD YouTube channel beginning at 3:45 pm. Up to date information on graduation including a link to the live stream event can be found at www.gocolumbia.edu/graduation/ .
Because of the extraordinary circumstances last year due to the COVID 19 pandemic, Columbia College cancelled its 51st Commencement Ceremony. The Class of 2020 have been invited to come back this year and participate in the drive-thru ceremony should they chose to do so.
Among the graduating class of 2021, 101 Associate of Art Degrees will be conferred, 89 Associate of Arts for Transfer Degrees, 169 Associate of Science Degrees, 41 Associate of Science for Transfer Degrees, and 91 Certificates of Achievement. 75 students will graduate with distinction (cumulative grade point averages of 3.75 or better) and 58 with honors (between 3.5 and 3.74 grade point averages).
Those who will receive more than one degree are Joseph Accurso, Brian Applegate, Tatum Avalos, Stacy Avalos, Summer Avery, Tamara Avilla, Jahbar Beard, Tiffany Bowcutt, Samuel Brauer, Trina Cachero, Rhapsody Cattedra, Michael Chapin, Franziska Daumberger, Shelly Davis, Jaret Delap, Kristina Delgadillo, Lottie Emmons, Gabriel Ethier, Levi Flores, Carmen Flores Jimenez, Alexia Franco, Raymond Frank, Westley Gelhaus, Jackson Gordon, Heather Graham, Zachary Heier, Isabel Hernandez, Shane Hopper, Francesca Immediato, Julianna Jackson, Hailey Jayne, Zoe Kelly, Rebecca Kirby, Daniel Kristofic, Zachary Lambert, Thomasine Lane Timmins, Paul Lebourgeois, Hannah Lumbus, Jaden McCaffrey, Liam McKernan, Faith Mealing, Ashley Mikita, Kaitlyn Miller, Brandon Moakler, Alyssa Motter, Virginia Oellrich, Jessica Ornelas, Austin Pruitt, Maggie Sanchez, Ethan Scott, Cody Seldon, Matthew Silva, Shivanjili Singh, Grant Smylie, Kayla Snipes, Janet Solis, Christie Straw, Alexander Temple, Chance Tillery, Sydney Tonetti-Belton, Isabella Vargas Rosales, Cristina Verduzco, Haley Weeks, Renee Woolf.
*Graduate with Honors
**Graduate with Distinction
Mark Antonio Solis
Camp Verde, AZ
Coconut Creek, FL
Thomasine Lane Timmins**
Gulf Breeze, FL
Carmen Flores Jimenez*
Mi Wuk Village
Emily Silva Rodriguez
Yesenia Silva Rodriguez
San Luis Obispo
Israel Avila Guzman
Alvin Rino Calindas**
John Paul Cordes**
Isabella Vargas Rosales*
Steven Von Berckefeldt*
William Johnson Davis
*Graduate with Honors
**Graduate with Distinction
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 experience before applying to the state for Firefighter 1 and 2 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 College Fire Technology Program Coordinator/Instructor. “Some of the students have already applied through a standard application process for seasonal employment with CAL Fire, Forest Service, and local fire agencies” said Instructor Andy Van Hoogmoed.
These students have completed an intense 16 weeks of training. The rigorous training is designed to help serious candidates meet the requirements for demanding careers as professional firefighters, including more than 576 hours of academic and manipulative training, according to Chief Shane Warner.
In addition to the “routine” fire training classes, specialized training was delivered involving Incident Command System, Hazardous Materials Training, Seasonal Wildland Firefighting classes, Confined Space, Basic Power Saw Safety, and live fire suppression training which was conducted at the Twain Harte Fire Department’s Training Center. A special thank you goes out to Columbia College Fire Department, Ebbetts Pass Fire District, Columbia Fire District, Sonora City Fire Department, Twain Harte Fire Department, Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indian Rancheria Fire Department, Tuolumne City Fire Department, Mi Wuk Sugar Pine Fire Department, Tuolumne County Fire Department, CAL Fire TCU, and Sierra Conservation Center.
“Columbia College Fire Science students are always looked at as role models on our campus” said Steve Amador, Dean of Career Technical Education. “These students are hardworking and dedicated to their success. They have completed this intensive 16 week program during the COVID-19 pandemic, and have shown their fellow students, their families, and their community that hard work can overcome the toughest of obstacles. I am proud of each and every one them.”
For further information contact Fire Academy Chief Shane Warner at 588-5308 or Captain Andy Van Hoogmoed at 588-5153.
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.
For a more information, please visit https://www.gocolumbia.edu/
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/