Whidbey Island, Wash., celebrated 10th anniversary August 4

Campus located on Puget Sound has served military and civilian learners since 2001.

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Columbia College–Whidbey Island celebrated its 10th anniversary on Thursday, August 4 from 3 to 5 p.m. The event was held at the Chief Petty Officer’s Club at NAS Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor, Wash. Dr. Gerald Brouder, president of Columbia College, provided remarks starting at 3:15 p.m. Capt. Jay Johnson, the Navy’s executive officer, also provided remarks. Mike Randerson, vice president for Adult Higher Education, was also in attendance.

The campus was originally established on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in 2001. Situated on northern Whidbey Island on the Puget Sound, about two hours from Seattle and one hour from Bellingham, Wash., it is one of two Columbia College campuses in Washington state and one of seven on the West Coast.

In June 2011, Columbia College–Whidbey Island relocated to a new location on NAS Whidbey Island, 1045 Midway St. in Oak Harbor.

MarJean Knokey, campus director

MarJean Knokey is director of the Whidbey Island campus. She says her focus is to help military and civilian students achieve their professional and personal goals.

"My greatest joy as director of the campus is seeing the pride in family members' faces as students march down the aisle at graduation," she says. "The students have accomplished a milestone, and everyone in the room knows it."

Knokey was also instrumental in opening a national testing center at Columbia College–Whidbey Island allowing sailors and Marines to take College Learning Education Program (CLEP) tests online as opposed to paper testing.

Columbia College–Whidbey Island offers three on-campus associate degrees (Associate in Arts, Associate in General Studies and Associate in Science in Business Administration) and four bachelor's degrees (Bachelor of Arts in American Studies, Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Bachelor of General Studies and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration). The college also offers eight online associate degrees, 11 online bachelor's degrees and four online master's degrees in teaching, business administration, military studies and criminal justice.

Go to http://www.ccis.edu/Whidbey for more information.