Columbia College recently announced a new partnership with The Arc of the Ozarks. This nonprofit organization, with locations in Springfield, Independence, Monett and Joplin, Missouri, focuses on helping individuals with disabilities by providing an array of services designed to integrate them into their communities and to enhance the quality of their lives.

“The team at The Arc of the Ozarks provides an invaluable service to our region, assisting developmentally disabled individuals live their best life through employment, education, recreation and many other services,” said Kathy Gress, director of the Columbia College-Springfield location. “The opportunity to help their employees improve their own lives through higher education is an honor and something we are extremely excited about.”

Through this partnership, Columbia College is able to offer a discounted tuition rate to employees of Arc of the Ozarks for classes taken online or at one of the college’s more than 30 locations nationwide, including nine in the state of Missouri. The employees will also have access to the Truition® program, which offers a transparent look at the cost of college by eliminating all fees and providing books at no additional cost.

“This exciting partnership between The Arc of the Ozarks and Columbia College is one way we can encourage our dedicated staff to transform their talents, strengths and passions into careers, all while receiving a quality education on a degree plan that fits into their life,” said Marah Schreiber, lead recruiter for The Arc of the Ozarks.

Columbia College offers six class sessions lasting eight weeks each and is transfer-friendly, allowing students to complete their degree quickly. For more information on the partnership, please contact Kelsey Anderson, Columbia College’s Healthcare Partnership Manager, at (573) 875-7177 or the college’s Springfield location at (417) 881-4466.