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Columbia College employee, Marco Tapia, named Columbia’s volunteer of the month

Columbia College’s Serving the Public Servants Coordinator Marco Tapia has been named the April 2012 Volunteer of the Month by the city of Columbia, Mo.

“I am truly honored to be receiving this recognition,” said Tapia. “I was raised by a mother who instilled a sense of service in me. She taught me the importance of giving.”

Tapia is the host of “Making a Difference” on CAT-TV. The local cable access show is dedicated to highlighting volunteers and volunteer opportunities.

Prior to working for Columbia College, Tapia spent more than 30 years in law enforcement starting as a volunteer police officer with the Columbia Police Reserve Program. He continued his career with stints at the Boone County Sheriff’s Department and the Office of the National Drug Control Policy-High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Program, and he managed the Narcotics Control Programs for the state of Missouri.

Tapia received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from Columbia College, and he is currently working toward his master’s degree in criminal justice. He lives in Columbia, Mo., with his wife, Andrea, and two sons.

Columbia’s Volunteer of the Month program has been recognizing the efforts of some of the many volunteers who improve the city for more than 10 years.

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 30,000 students each year and has more than 70,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit