With More Students Taking a Nontraditional Route to Education, Columbia College of Missouri Leads the Way with 40 Years Serving Adults

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Columbia College celebrates the 40th anniversary of its Adult Higher Education program Aug. 29, which coincides with the anniversary of the college’s first Nationwide Campus location, based in St. Louis.

Columbia College serves more than 30,000 students annually, has been recognized as a leader in adult education, and is a large educator of military service members and their families.

Columbia College of Missouri will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its Adult Higher Education program Aug. 29, which coincides with the anniversary of the college’s first Nationwide Campus location, based in St. Louis. Established in 1973, the St. Louis campus is one of 35 Adult Higher Education campuses across the country.

Columbia College’s Adult Higher Education program began as response to requests from Army recruiters in the St. Louis area for flexible education opportunities, and in 1973, the college established the Extended Studies Division. Today, Columbia College serves more than 30,000 students annually, has been recognized as a leader in adult education, and is a large educator of military service members and their families.

Columbia College-St. Louis was established in 1973 and is a prime example of how Columbia College reaches out to the adult learner, making education accessible through evening and online courses at an accelerated pace.

The campus is newly renovated, and is celebrating an open house at its location on Woodson Road.

Founded in 1851 in Columbia, Mo., Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 160 years. As a private, nonprofit, liberal arts and sciences institution, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs. With more than 30 campuses across the country, 18 of which are on military installations, students may enroll in day, evening or online classes. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Columbia College educates more than 31,000 students each year and has more than 74,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ccis.edu.

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