Columbia College-Christian County turns 15, reopens in Springfield, Mo.

Springfield Campus

Campus, opened in 1997, relocates to Battlefield Road near U.S. 65 in Springfield.

Columbia College's latest campus will celebrate its 15th anniversary on Tuesday, Jan. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kathy Gress, director, will emcee and Dr. Gerald Brouder, president of Columbia College, also will provide brief remarks. A cake celebration will follow the event.

But this is more than just an anniversary celebration. It’s also a grand opening and ribbon-cutting by the local chamber of commerce.

The campus, founded in 1997 to serve the needs of the greater Springfield area, relocated from Ozark to Springfield, Mo., in December 2011.

The new campus provides convenient access for existing students, a central location with increased visibility to attract new students, a facility large enough for staff offices, three updated classrooms, a state-of-the-art computer lab, student lounge and sufficient parking to accommodate current and future growth needs.

Mike Randerson, vice president for Adult Higher Education, said that research clearly showed the overwhelming majority of the college’s Christian County students live north toward Springfield.

Gress said the campus was originally founded to meet the needs of military students but now serves all students. Gress added that every student is met at the door with understanding: Holly Canady, enrollment assistant, is a Navy veteran.

With a 1-to-14 student-to-teacher ratio, Columbia College-Springfield offers a professional teaching staff of highly sought-after experts that teach the following on-campus associate and bachelor’s degrees:

Associate Degrees
Associate in General Studies
Associate in Science in Business Administration
Associate in Science in Criminal Justice Administration
Associate in Science in Fire Service Administration

Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration
Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of General Studies
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

More than 20 associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees also are available online in many humanities and such stable employment fields as criminal justice, teaching and business administration.

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