Columbia College-Fort Drum celebrates fifth anniversary

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Northern New York campus established in 2006.

Columbia College-Fort Drum will celebrate five years of educating military and civilian students in northern New York on Fort Drum and in nearby Watertown, N.Y., on Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 1- 3 p.m. The celebration will take place at the Fort Drum McEwen Education Center, located at 4300 Camp Hale Road, Fort Drum. Speakers will include Wanda Lancaster, director of Columbia College-Fort Drum; Joe Agresti, education services officer for Fort Drum; Tom Cason, retired college administrator who was instrumental in the establishment of the campus; and Ed Burke, adjunct psychology instructor.

“The faculty, staff and advisors of Columbia College-Fort Drum have being doing a great job of delivering the education that Army and civilian students need to advance in rank or in their careers,” said Dr. Gerald Brouder, president. “The partnership between the fort and Columbia College has been a model partnership in many ways, and I look forward to many more years of educational collaboration.”

Here are just two examples:
  • In 2007, Columbia College-Fort Drum began working with the "Wounded Warrior Brigade" to offer classes especially for wounded soldiers.
  • In 2009, Columbia College-Fort Drum held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark its new role as administrator of the College-Level Examination Program, or CLEP, testing and the DANTES Subject Standardized Test, or DSST. Both computer-based tests are free to soldiers who want college credit for passing an exam.

The Columbia College Military Spouse Tuition Grant is also available at the Fort Drum campus and all other in-seat venues.

Wanda Lancaster is currently director of the Fort Drum campus. "When this campus started, there were only a handful of students," said Lancaster. "Being on one of the most deployed military installations in the Army has definitely created some unique challenges, but as word spread about the quality of our programs and the level of service that Columbia College provides, our enrollments steadily increased."

Columbia College-Fort Drum offers the following on-campus bachelor’s degrees: a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration, Bachelor of Arts in History, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of General Studies and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

It also offers 23 associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees and a certificate of Major League Baseball approved officiating through the Online Campus.

Columbia College-Fort Drum has eight-week courses starting in January, March, June, August and October. These courses meet in the evening, daytime and at lunch. Students may also take in-seat and online classes simultaneously. Columbia College only operates on federal properties in New York.

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