Columbia College and the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce have launched an innovative partnership designed to help the employees at the Chamber’s more than 500-member businesses pursue their educational goals. Employees will receive a discounted tuition for classes taken at the college’s Kansas City location at 4240 Blue Ridge Blvd., Suite #400, or via its Online program.

“Our location has served the Kansas City area for more than 33 years. The opportunity to invest in our community’s workforce is something we are truly passionate about,” says Columbia College-Kansas City Regional Director Cindy Miller. “We are proud to partner with the Blue Springs Chamber and offer quality, affordable educational offerings to its members.”

Columbia College-Kansas City offers six class sessions lasting eight weeks each for students taking classes in person, virtually or online, allowing students to complete their degree quickly. Students can earn an associate degree in 20 months, a bachelor’s degree in 3.5 years, and a master’s degree in just 12 months. The college is very transfer-friendly, which may allow a student to graduate even earlier if they have previously attended an accredited college or university.

The Blue Springs Chamber strives to meet the continuously changing needs of its members and be an effective, influential community partner. As a proactive business organization, it leverages its members’ strengths and diverse resources to ensure that the city remains a dynamic and vital economic center.

“The Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce is excited to partner with Columbia College to offer this additional benefit to our members,” said Lara Vermillion, Chamber President.  “A large percentage of our Chamber members are small businesses, which often are not able to offer educational benefits to their employees. This new program with Columbia College, a discount on tuition, will provide member businesses additional tools they need to best retain existing employees and seek new ones.”

Students who take classes online or at one of the college’s locations nationwide 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 cost.

Questions about the opportunity can be directed to Laura Vermillion, president of the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce at or Cindy Miller with Columbia College at For media inquiries, please contact Sam Fleury at or (573) 268-8612.