BBQ for busy people

Columbia College’s Evening Campus hosts BBQ Friday, July 22, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Come to the Columbia College summer barbecue

How about a free lunch?

How about a free BBQ lunch that could change your life?

The Columbia College Evening Campus will sponsor a summer BBQ on Friday, July 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Dulany Hall.

There is free parking in the Eighth Street lot directly across the street from Dulany Hall. See the campus map.

At the event, you'll get to experience more than Columbia College hospitality, a campus tour and a free gift. You'll have the opportunity to talk to financial aid representatives to see if you qualify for financial aid, look over course offerings and meet faculty. Your employer may even provide tuition reimbursement; talk to your HR department.

RSVP online to let us know you are coming.

The BBQ is for anyone whose college education has been interrupted by life's intense and myriad demands or those who never attended college at all. We know what it’s like to have to quit college because of work or family or usually both.

The Columbia College Evening Campus is geared toward working adults, with classes that start after working hours. Many evening classes are hybrids, meaning you’ll sit in a classroom with other working adults only once a week for a few hours then complete the rest of your coursework online, on your schedule.

The Evening Campus pays off

Scott Wittenborn
Scott Wittenborn is an Evening Campus student enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at Columbia College. A talented athlete who played both soccer and basketball at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) while studying to become a secondary social studies teacher, Wittenborn transferred to the University of Missouri to study history (and play club baseball as an outfielder).

"Upon graduation, I attended law school at Mizzou for one semester before deciding that it was not for me," says Wittenborn. "I began to substitute teach shortly thereafter for the Columbia Public School District." He began subbing full time during the 2008-2009 school year.

In 2009, he enrolled in the master’s of public health program at the University of Missouri-Columbia while continuing to sub, but realized he missed working with students. So in the spring of 2010 he enrolled full time in the MAT program at Columbia College to seek certification in secondary social studies education.

"Thanks to my first two years in UMSL [in education] and taking heavy course loads year-round, I was able to complete the certification program in a year and a half," Wittenborn says.

"One aspect I loved about Columbia College was that they allowed me to take almost entirely graduate level classes as I worked towards certification... This has enabled me to work toward both my certification and master’s simultaneously while working full time at West Junior High School. I currently only require four more courses (two of which I am currently enrolled in) for completion of my master’s."

For Wittenborn, this aggressive work and academic strategy paid off: he’s landed a job teaching social studies at Gentry Middle School, Columbia, Mo.

Wittenborn adds that the financial aid department helped him secure a Pell Grant.

"I might not have known about the Pell Grant without the wonderful service of the financial aid department," he says.

"I have very much enjoyed my time at Columbia College … They are very student-centered, and the small size of the campus allows them to give attention to all of their students."

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