Columbia College-Salt Lake and Redstone Arsenal celebrate 35 years

Nationwide campuses in Utah and Alabama have been educating students since 1975.

To celebrate 35 years of educating the community, Columbia College–Redstone Arsenal Director Mary Morgan will provide remarks at a celebration on Tuesday, Oct. 19 from 11 a.m-1 p.m. at Redstone Lanes, 3424 Hercules Road, Redstone Arsenal. Refreshments will be served, and attendees will receive celebratory anniversary giveaways.

Columbia College-Salt Lake will similarly celebrate its anniversary on Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. The campus is located at 5250 South Commerce Drive, Suite 300, in Murray, Utah. Director Jewly Harris will provide remarks.

Serving the community's needs
"The Redstone Arsenal and Salt Lake campuses have been exemplars of delivering the education working adults, military personnel and traditional-age students of their community require," said Dr. Gerald Brouder, Columbia College president. "I am very proud of these campuses' longevity and accomplishments and look forward to another 35 years of educational excellence."

Redstone Arsenal is a U.S. Army post located near Huntsville, Ala., and its primary tenants are currently the United States Army Aviation and Missile Command, United States Army Material Command and NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. Columbia College was invited to teach classes to reservists in a Birmingham, Ala., armory in January of 1975. Later that year, Columbia College moved to Redstone Arsenal. The move began a wonderful union between the military and Columbia College. Columbia College—Redstone Arsenal has graduated more than 600 soldiers, their dependents, and civilians since 2002.

Mary Morgan, campus director, said, “The relationship between the military and the college has been a win-win situation for 35 years. Our focus has always been to offer quality education to working adults, and we are most appreciative to Redstone Arsenal for inviting us to serve the needs of their personnel.”

Established in 1975 at Fort Douglas Army Education Center, Columbia College-Salt Lake originally served the education needs of military personnel at Fort Douglas and Army National Guard units in the area. The campus moved to downtown Salt Lake City in 1989 with the closing of the base, and the campus moved again in 2008 to its present location near Interstate 15 in Murray, Utah.

“This new facility offers more than convenience and a better location", said Jewly Harris, campus director. "We've added some major upgrades, especially in the area of technology. Our computer labs offer state-of-the-art equipment, and the campus is now situated in an aesthetically appealing environment, providing students with surroundings that are conducive to learning."

Both campuses offer associate and bachelor’s degrees in business administration and criminal justice, among many others. Redstone Arsenal offers a Master of Business Administration. The college also offers more than 800 online classes and 20 online degrees, including three master's degrees in business, teaching and criminal justice.

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