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Dr. Lois Adrian-Hollier named new location director at Columbia College-NS Everett/Marysville

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in Nationwide, NS Everett - Marysville | 0 comments

Dr. Lois Adrian-Hollier named new location director at Columbia College-NS Everett/Marysville

2016-12-05_wa4newdirector2Columbia College Region 4 and Whidbey Island location director MarJean Knokey recently announced the hiring of Dr. Lois Adrian-Hollier as the new location director for Columbia College-NS Everett/Marysville located in Marysville, Washington. As location director, Adrian-Hollier is responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the location, including student and faculty recruitment and class scheduling.

Dr. Adrian-Hollier joins Columbia College after more than a decade in several positions at ITT Technical Institute, including her latest role as Chair of the School of Information Technology. She has also served as the Interim Director, Dean of Academics and as faculty for the Institute. Prior to her time with at ITT, Adrian-Hollier worked as a Quality Assurance Analyst and System Support lead for AMS Services from 2000 to 2006.

“Lois possesses a wealth of experience, both as an administrator at a higher education institution and in the field of technology,” Knokey said. “She brings great energy and leadership to the position and we are fortunate to have her as part of our Columbia College team.”

Dr. Adrian-Hollier, who retired from the Air Force after a 20-year career in communications and computer system operations, earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from City University of Seattle in Computer Systems and System Test Management. In 2015, she earned an Ed. D. in Educational Leadership and Management from Capella University, finishing the program as a Distinguished Graduate.

In 2014, Adrian-Hollier was recognized by Continental Who’s Who among Pinnacle Professionals in the field of education. She was named the National Association of Professional Women “Woman of the Year” in 2012-2013 and is also an honorary faculty member for the Alpha Beta Kappa National Honor Society. Adrian-Hollier is a member of the Disabled American Veterans and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Affiliated Computer Society.

Aaron Williams named new location director at Columbia College-Orlando

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in Nationwide, Orlando | 2 comments

Aaron Williams named new location director at Columbia College-Orlando

orlando_directorColumbia College Region 3 and Hunter Army Airfield location director Dana Davis recently announced the hiring of Aaron Williams as the new location director for Columbia College-Orlando. As location director, Williams is responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the location, including class scheduling and student and faculty recruitment.

“We are very pleased to welcome Aaron and have him oversee our Orlando location,” Davis said. “He brings a wealth of experience in higher education to the position and will be a valuable asset for our team moving forward.”

Williams joins Columbia College after more than 13 years in a variety of different roles at Webster University, including two years as regional campus director in St. Louis, Missouri, overseeing eight campuses and two years as campus director of the university’s Merritt Island and Patrick Air Force Base campuses in Florida. He also served as an adjunct faculty member for Webster for 10 years in the School of Business and Technology and in the Political Science department. Between 1987 and 2010, Williams was an assistant professor for the United States Army, teaching members of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines the science of providing large-scale multifunctional logistics during combat. He retired from the Army after 22 years of service as lieutenant colonel in 2010.

Williams holds bachelor’s degrees from the University of Central Florida in both Public Administration and Liberal Studies. He earned his master’s degree in Business Administration from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 1992 and is a doctoral candidate at the University of Missouri.

Uber and Columbia College team up for discounted tuition program

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in Coast Guard Island, Crystal Lake, Day Campus, Denver, Elgin, Evening Campus, Fort Drum, Fort Leonard Wood, Fort Sill, Fort Stewart, Fort Worth, Freeport, Guantanamo Bay, Hancock Field, Hunter Army Airfield, Instagram, Jacksonville, Jefferson City, Kansas City, Lake County, Lake of the Ozarks, Lemoore, Los Alamitos, Mesquite, Military, Moberly, NAS Jacksonville, Nationwide, NS Everett - Marysville, Online Education, Orlando, Patrick Air Force Base, Redstone Arsenal, Rolla, Salt Lake, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Springfield, St. Louis, Whidbey Island | 0 comments

Uber and Columbia College team up for discounted tuition program

9-28-16_quad_ks_pr_panoramic2Uber and Columbia College of Missouri today announced a unique partnership that will give thousands of Uber driver-partners in Missouri and around the U.S. a 15 percent discount on tuition. The discount will also be available to any current Columbia College of Missouri student who signs up to drive with Uber.

“Uber has a great global brand, and we’re pleased to partner with them,” said Dr. Scott Dalrymple, president of Columbia College of Missouri. “This initiative has the potential to change many lives.”

Tuition costs at Columbia College of Missouri are less than half the national average. The college offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees on its main campus in Columbia, Missouri, through a robust online program, and via a network of 34 additional locations across the country. Eight-week classes begin six times a year.

“Uber is a natural fit for students looking to earn money while pursuing a degree. With no set hours or shifts, students can choose when they want to drive in a way that works around their lives and class schedule, not the other way around,” said Andy Hung, Uber Missouri General Manager. “We are thrilled to team up with Columbia College of Missouri to offer this program to drivers seeking an affordable way to further their education.”

To be eligible for the tuition discount, Uber driver-partners must complete at least one trip per month. For more information about how current students interested in driving with Uber and current driver-partners interested in applying to Columbia College of Missouri can take advantage of this offer, visit uber.ccis.edu.

 

About Uber Missouri

Uber’s mission is to make transportation as reliable as running water – everywhere, for everyone. We started in 2010 to solve a simple problem: how do you get a ride at the touch of a button? Six years and over a billion trips later, we’ve started tackling an even greater challenge: reducing congestion and pollution in our cities by getting more people into fewer cars. Follow us on Twitter @Uber and find us on Facebook: Uber.

Securing financial aid just got a little easier

Posted by on Oct 7, 2016 in Coast Guard Island, Crystal Lake, Day Campus, Denver, Elgin, Evening Campus, Featured Story, Fort Drum, Fort Leonard Wood, Fort Sill, Fort Stewart, Fort Worth, Freeport, Guantanamo Bay, Hancock Field, Hunter Army Airfield, Jacksonville, Jefferson City, Kansas City, Lake County, Lake of the Ozarks, Lemoore, Los Alamitos, Mesquite, Moberly, NAS Jacksonville, Nationwide, NS Everett - Marysville, Online Education, Orlando, Patrick Air Force Base, Redstone Arsenal, Rolla, Salt Lake, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Springfield, St. Louis | 0 comments

Securing financial aid just got a little easier

fafsa_ccisBy Maria Haynie

New changes could make securing financial aid easier for all American college students. Each year, college students nationwide are required to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for federal grants, loans, work-study programs and other financial aid. Although that annual filing is still necessary, the Department of Education has made two big changes that could simplify that process. Here’s what you need to know:

More time

This year, you’ll be able to submit your FAFSA earlier than ever. Now, students are able to file their FAFSA paperwork as early as October 1, 2016 instead of January 1, 2017. This gives students much more time to get the paperwork completed and go through any additional verification processes that may be required.

This also puts students in a great position to submit early. Some awards disperse on a first-come, first-served basis. The final FAFSA deadline is June 30, 2017.

Less guesswork

No matter when you file your FAFSA between October 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017, you’ll be able to use your 2015 tax information. Previously, students filed based on tax information they might not have had in hand yet, causing confusion, guesswork and, for some, tedious readjustment after tax day.

How can I get help filing my FAFSA?

Columbia College is hosting a FAFSA Frenzy, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Education, on October 27 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Atkins-Holman Student Commons. You can also schedule an appointment with the Financial Aid office to get assistance in person, over the phone or via Skype.

Schneider named location director at Columbia College-Denver

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in Denver, Nationwide | 0 comments

Schneider named location director at Columbia College-Denver

Denver,CO_NefeliSchneider_150x225Columbia College Region IV Director MarJean Knokey recently announced the promotion of Dr. Nefeli Schneider to the position of location director at Columbia College-Denver. Schneider is responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the location, including class scheduling and student and faculty recruitment.

“Nefeli has played an integral role at our Denver location for several years both as an adjunct faculty member and administrator,” Knokey said. “She brings great energy and passion to the director position with a true focus on helping our students succeed.”

Schneider has been associated with the college since 1998, serving as an adjunct faculty member the past 18 years. In 2013, Schneider was also named the Denver location’s assistant director and international student advisor.

Prior to joining the Columbia College team full time, Schneider worked as director of program quality, training, planning and special projects at the Developmental Pathways Community Centered Board from 2003-2012, serving people with developmental disabilities in Arapahoe and Douglas counties and the city of Aurora, Colorado.

Schneider holds a doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado-Boulder, master’s degrees in Cultural and Physical Anthropology and Child Psychology from the University of Colorado-Denver and bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of Colorado-Denver as well.

Grosso named location director at Columbia College-Hancock Field

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in Hancock Field, Nationwide | 0 comments

Grosso named location director at Columbia College-Hancock Field

Renee GrossoColumbia College Region 2 Director Debra Hartman recently announced the hiring of Renee Grosso ’04 as location director at Columbia College-Hancock Field. Grosso is responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the location, including class scheduling and student and faculty recruitment.

“We are very pleased to have Renee oversee our Hancock Field location,” Hartman said. “She brings great energy and leadership to the position, and we are fortunate to have her as part of our Columbia College team.”

Grosso has worked as a member of the Columbia College-Hancock Field staff for 24 years, starting as an office manager and Veterans Administration Certifying Official. In 2004 she was promoted to the position of associate director of the campus before recently taking over the director position. Grosso holds a bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Computer Information Systems and a master’s degree in Business Administration, all from Columbia College. In 2015, Grosso was awarded the Columbia College Professional Excellence Award for her outstanding commitment to the college’s mission.

Opdycke named location director at Columbia College-NAS Jacksonville

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 in NAS Jacksonville, Nationwide | 1 comment

Opdycke named location director at Columbia College-NAS Jacksonville

David_Opdycke_2Columbia College Region 3 Director Alan Hilliard recently announced the hiring of David Opdycke as location director at Columbia College-NAS Jacksonville. Opdycke is responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the location, including class scheduling and student and faculty recruitment.

Opdycke has worked as a member of the Columbia College staff since 2011, starting as the campus admissions manager at Columbia College-Jacksonville. He was then promoted to the position of assistant director at the Columbia College-NAS Jacksonville location in 2014. Prior to working at Columbia College, he was associate director of Admissions at Flagler College from 2001-2009. Opdycke served in the U.S. Marine Corps for seven years and holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Jacksonville University and a master’s degree in history from the University of North Florida.

Campbell named location director at Columbia College-Salt Lake

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in Nationwide, Salt Lake | 0 comments

Campbell named location director at Columbia College-Salt Lake

Kai_Campbell_2Columbia College Region 4 Director MarJean Knokey recently announced the hiring of Kai Campbell as location director at Columbia College-Salt Lake. Campbell is responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the location, including class scheduling and student and faculty recruitment. Campbell was previously the director at the college’s Naval Weapons Station Charleston location.

“We are pleased to have Kai oversee our Salt Lake location,” Knokey said. “She brings great energy and leadership to the position and we are fortunate to have her as part of our Columbia College team.”

Campbell’s experience in higher education is extremely diverse, but a main focus has been in student financial aid. She served as the director of student financial services at The Art Institute of Charlotte in North Carolina from 2004 to 2008 and then assumed a similar position at Alabama A&M from 2008 to 2010. Most recently, Campbell was the director of training, compliance and staff development for Strayer University where she was responsible for the professional development of more than 100 staff members. Campbell holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of South Carolina and master’s degrees in human resources development and business from Webster University.

Freeport campus inducts four into Alpha Sigma Lambda honor society

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Freeport, Nationwide | 0 comments

Freeport campus inducts four into Alpha Sigma Lambda honor society
Sarah Goeke (left) and Scott Leiser

Sarah Goeke (left) and Scott Leiser

Four students from Columbia College of Missouri-Freeport were recently inducted into the Alpha Sigma Lambda honor society. The inductees were Angela Glessner (Mount Morris, Illinois), Katherine Kalina (Forreston, Illinois), Scott Leiser (Freeport, Illinois) and Stephanie Bushey (Freeport, Illinois).

The aim of Alpha Sigma Lambda is to recognize the special achievements of adults who accomplish academic excellence while balancing competing interests between work and home.

“These students have made sacrifices and dedicated themselves to higher education,” Sarah Goeke, director of Columbia College-Freeport, said. “We are proud to honor them and recognize their efforts toward academic excellence.”

 

Adult Higher Education graduates take part in Ivy Chain ceremony

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in CCIS Homepage Headlines, Lake County, Nationwide, Orlando | 0 comments

Adult Higher Education graduates take part in Ivy Chain ceremony
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From left, Columbia College Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. David Starrett, Nationwide Campus graduates Albert Romero and Alexander Greenberg, and Columbia College Vice President for the Division of Adult Higher Education Dr. Jeff Musgrove.

Alexander Greenberg and Albert Romero spent their morning draped in ivy. The two recent Columbia College graduates, both Nationwide students, were among the more than 100 students who took part in the Ivy Chain ceremony on Bass Commons on May 7, the morning of the college’s two May 2016 main campus commencement ceremonies.

Greenberg, from Columbia College-Orlando, blew a kiss to his wife as the procession made its way through Rogers Gate and around the commons. Romero, from Columbia College of Missouri-Lake County, was last in line when the ceremony began at Atkins-Holman Student Commons and first when the group recessed at the end.

Both were among the seven chosen — along with main campus students Ashley Brouder, Kaylee Brueggeman, Corri Hamilton, Katie Hodge and David Leon — to serve the integral function of ivy cutter, continuing a Columbia College tradition that dates back to 1900 by reminding all those in attendance that while the students participating may be entering a new phase in their lives, they will always maintain a special bond with the college and their classmates.

“It’s meaningful to me to be part of that history, part of that chain,” Greenberg said. “I saw some paintings here that depict the Ivy Chain ceremony and I said, ‘My goodness: I’m going to be part of that.’ I’m truly very moved by it.”

Greenberg and Romero were chosen from around 20 applicants to be the Adult Higher Education ivy cutter representatives, based on their academic profiles, involvement in their communities and an essay. Greenberg is a Deputy Sheriff for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Orlando, Florida, who has worked 18 years in law enforcement. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration. Romero is an active-duty Marine in his 16th year of service. He graduated with a Bachelor of General Studies and a minor in criminal justice administration.

Both Greenberg and Romero are the first in their families to graduate from college. Romero, his wife and eight children also made the trip down to Columbia when he earned his associate degree in 2014. He wants to set an example.

“I need to be a good role model for them to see that their dad’s finishing college,” Romero said. “I didn’t have the opportunities that they’re going to get, as far as going to college. I had to do it on my own as an adult. I guess just to be able to not give them an excuse, like, ‘Well, you didn’t finish college, Dad.’ Now it’s like, ‘Well, yeah I did.’”

By the time Romero is done with his education, he hopes to have his associate degree, a quartet of bachelor’s degrees and a Master of Social Work. He has long served as a volunteer mentoring disadvantaged adolescents in his community and hopes to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He also hopes to teach at Columbia College someday.

“I just clicked with a lot of the teens. I started remembering my teenage years were kind of rough,” Romero said. “I was just kind of drawn to how effective I was with them, how I was able to control difficult situations by just talking to them. Never lecturing.”

Greenberg also hopes to return to Columbia College as an instructor. He plans on pursuing a master’s degree that will make him a more attractive candidate for promotions as he continues his career at the sheriff’s office.

He said he started at Columbia College because a bunch of his work friends were taking classes there. Soon, he was able to glean his own value from the experience.

“It required a very structured life, where study and reading and testing and paper-writing, everything had to be in a proper timeline or everything just falls apart,” Greenberg said. “It was difficult, but it is all the more sweet now that it’s done and I finished summa cum laude. It’s beyond my wildest imagination that I did this.

“It may sound corny, but college has changed the way that I look at my profession, police work. It has changed the way I look at the world.”

While neither encountered the traditional route through college, both Greenberg and Romero got to celebrate their accomplishments in the manner Columbia College graduates have for more than a century: their own personal strand of ivy.

“You came in search of an education,” Columbia College President Dr. Scott Dalrymple said at the ceremony. “What I hope you found is much more than that.”