Outstanding academics is a point of pride at Columbia College and a key part of our reputation for educating successful students.  Columbia College offers 2-year Associate’s Degrees and certifications in a variety of the country’s leading industries.  We currently offer the following programs:  Dental Laboratory Technology, Culinary Arts, Cosmetology, and Massage Therapy in both 2 years associate’s degree programs and certificate programs. Certified Nurse Aide, English as a Second Language, and Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages only in certificate programs. Teaching English for Early Childhood, Business Administration and Technical and Business English are only associate degree programs.

Academic Freedom

In order to create an atmosphere most conducive to excellent teaching, Columbia College has adopted the following policy for academic freedom:

Academic freedom encourages the flow of ideas with the recognition that the freedom to teach and the freedom to learn carry both rights and responsibilities within the framework of the law and Columbia College’s curricular objectives.

The instructors, staff, and students of Columbia College shall be free from censorship and interference when speaking or writing. However, the authoritative position of instructors entails particular obligations. Instructors and staff, as representatives of Columbia College, are expected to be accurate, objective, and to exercise appropriate judgment and restraint, to encourage a spirit of respect for the opinion and culture of others, and to ensure the relevancy of subject matter in their respective subjects.

Faculty Responsibility

Columbia College requires faculty participation in curriculum development, academic planning, and the enforcement of academic quality to ensure our high-standards are continuously met. 
The faculty has the responsibility to set, supervise, and enforce standards of academic quality that are necessary for maintaining the integrity of a Columbia College degree or certification. 
The faculty and the administration shall have collective responsibility for academic planning and for carrying out the mission of the institution.

Academic Term and Class Hours

Columbia College operates on a session system. The academic year is divided into five 10-week sessions. Each 10-week session has an A and B schedule. Schedule ‘A’ meets for ten weeks and Schedule ‘B’ meets the last five weeks of the session. Columbia College conducts classes during days, evenings and weekends. Day classes begin at 8:30 or 9:00 am, depending on the program. Evening classes begin at 5:30 or 6:00 pm, depending on the program, and can run until 10 pm or earlier. Columbia College’s certificate programs operate on a clock hour system. Students must complete the full amount of clock hours assigned for each program, and must consult with their professors about their absentee policies, since absentee policies also vary according to program.