Columbia College-Los Alamitos celebrates its crystal anniversary
Since its maiden voyage in 1936, the Queen Mary has seen it all – wars, weddings and everything in between. In 2010, the ship hosted a new event from its post in Long Beach Harbor: commencement for Columbia College-Los Alamitos.
Graduation in the Queen’s Salon, however, is a relatively new tradition for the campus, which was founded in 1997 and celebrates its 15th anniversary this month.
“We are very honored to have Columbia College serving our community for the past 15 years,” says Los Alamitos Mayor Troy Edgar. “Many of our residents, local military, city staff and police officers have attended, or are currently attending, Columbia College.”
Although Edgar did not attend Columbia College-Los Alamitos himself, he is quick to point out the schools’ value in the community. “As a veteran, I strongly believe that Columbia College provides a very important opportunity to our locally assigned military personnel,” he says. “Columbia College provides the type of educational opportunity that allows citizens and military personnel to diligently pursue their education goals and enjoy the professional success that follows.”
The Los Alamitos campus is located on the Joint Forces Training Base, about five miles from the Pacific Ocean on California’s west coast. Classes are small, so instructors get plenty of one-on-one interaction with students, most of whom are service members. “Administrators are in close contact with all students, none of whom fall out of their view,” explains Michael Steinberg, who teaches algebra and statistics. “It happens often that a student goes on deployment and misses classes or tests, but we always find a way to make them up.”