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Columbia College plays host to community leaders

Columbia College held a community leadership briefing breakfast Wednesday, Nov. 14 in Dulany Hall. Community leaders, including Mayor Bob McDavid and Rep. Chris Kelly, were on hand to learn about the growth and change which has occurred over the past year.

Over breakfast, College leaders shared the positive influence donors have had on Columbia College students. More than 500 local businesses provided financial backing to create the Boone County Endowed Scholarship, which awards $1,000, to entering freshman and evening students who are residents of Boone County.

The briefing also highlighted a major milestone for the College: the creation of the Steve and Barbara Fishman Center for Entrepreneurship. Fishman, chairman, CEO and president of Big Lots, Inc., with the support of the Big Lots Corporation, contributed a half million dollar gift to establish the center that will allow students to create, cultivate and launch their companies during their Columbia College career. The Fishmans hope to make Columbia College a destination for entrepreneurs.

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 Nationwide 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. Columbia College educates more than 30,000 students each year and has more than 74,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit