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Columbia College partners with Coast Guard to serve military learners

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Columbia College is pleased to announce that the college has been selected to participate in the Coast Guard Degree Pathways Program, which is designed to incorporate competency-based learning, such as military training and experience, into accelerated degree programs.

“We are honored to partner with the Coast Guard,” said Mike Lederle, assistant dean for Military and Federal Programs at Columbia College. “As an institution, we pride ourselves on providing a quality education tailored to meet the unique needs of servicemembers and to be in such a select group of institutions nationwide is very gratifying.”

Coast Guard service members in the ratings of operations specialist, storekeeper or yeoman can gain up to 27 hours toward a bachelor’s degree at Columbia College, based on the military credit earned.

More than 25 percent of Columbia College students either are servicemembers, veterans or their dependents. Additional details about the Coast Guard Degree Pathways program, including course equivalencies, can be found here:

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