Columbia College is a complicated organization, serving the traditional 18-22 year old student and non-traditional civilian and military adult students, in a multitude of modalities. Columbia College has more than 30 locations in 12 states and a location at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. The Main Campus and Evening and Online Programs are in Columbia, Missouri.
How does a diverse and complicated school like Columbia College serve the educational needs of all the students? One answer was to create regions for the unique program coordinators and directors at the locations under the guidance of a regional director.
Military locations are sorted by either military service or proximity. Civilian locations are sorted as stand-alone locations, defined as offices and classrooms in Columbia owned or leased buildings outside of Columbia, Missouri; or two-by-two locations which are Columbia College offices at community colleges.
The locations in Military Region 3 are:
- Redstone Arsenal, Alabama
- Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota
- Honolulu, Hawaii, a unique location that services military installations in Oahu, including Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, Schofield Barracks, Kaneohe, Tripler Army Medical Center, and USCG Base Honolulu
- Whidbey Island, Washington
- NS Everett/Marysville, Washington
The Whidbey Island location is situated on NAS Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor, Washington. Dr. Darin Hand serves as associate director for both the Whidbey Island and NS Everett/Marysville locations and as former Base CMC has an exceptional ability to serve the students of the locations. Sr. Academic Advisor I Michelle McClain has 10 years of superior academic advising skills and a deep knowledge of the VA systems. Ms. Rebecca Gaa has transitioned from her support staff position to Academic Advisor I. Both Michelle and Rebecca as graduates of Columbia College undergraduate programs and have insight from both the administrative and student perspective. An awesome team!
Be sure to read other articles in this newsletter outlining Columbia College’s newest of many initiatives designed to serve our prospective and current students. The college has an exemplary tradition of service and change… see the latest and make an appointment to meet with Darin, Michelle, or Rebecca.
I am proud to serve as the senior regional director of Military Region 3!