Columbia College was established in Manassas, Virginia on October 17, 1999 to meet the region’s need to support the growing industry and business. The College offered certificate programs, certified to operate by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) in Culinary Arts, Dental Laboratory Technology, English as a Second Language (ESL), Massage Therapy, and Nurse Aide.
The College moved to Fairfax, Virginia in 2004 and was certified to operate associate degree programs in Business Administration, Computer Science, Cosmetology, Dental Laboratory Technology, Teaching English for Early Childhood, and Technical and Business English in 2005 by the SCHEV.
Columbia College was nationally accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE) for the certificate programs in February 2007 and the associate degree programs in September 2008, with the addition of Cosmetology and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
Additional campuses were opened, one in Silver Spring, Maryland in February 2006 and the other in Centreville, Virginia April 2008 to accommodate individuals who resided in those areas. ESL and Massage Therapy certificate programs at these campuses were certified to operate by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) and SCHEV, respectively, and later accredited by COE as well.
In May 2009, the College was approved to participate in the Federal Student Financial Aid Programs (Title IV), which aim to help students’ finance their education. In September 2009, Columbia College opened a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test center sponsored by Educational Testing Service (ETS), and in 2010, an information technology specialist test center sponsored by Prometric.
The College was also approved for the training of veterans by State Department of Veterans Affairs in 2010. This provides members who served in our armed forces access to a quality education and resources to assist with their transition into the global marketplace.
In 2010, a J-1 Visa program for visiting international students and scholars was approved by the U.S. Department of State.
Columbia College moved to its current location in Vienna, Virginia in September 2016, near the Spring Hill Metro station. This enhanced accessibility to the main campus and increased convenience for current and prospective students.
Over the years, Columbia College has developed and expanded its program to provide opportunities to a diverse population of students. We have also updated and added facilities, and regularly revise curricula to better serve our students.
Today, Columbia College offers seven Associate degrees, five certificates and ESL courses to students from over 40 countries globally.