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Columbia College-Christian County honors those who served

(OZARK, Mo.) -Columbia College-Christian County will salute all service members past and present with a special commemorative "I Served" pin. All college students, alumni, faculty and staff who have served or who currently serve are encouraged to wear the pin the week of Nov. 8-12.

Columbia College -Christian County was founded to serve military students and 16 percent of its current students are military.

"This campus was founded in 1996 to serve the needs of the greater Springfield area," said Kathy Gress, director. "Our military roots run deep. For 14 years Columbia College-Christian County has been working closely with military students to give them the most affordable, convenient college education as well as credit for their military experience." Gress added that military students are met at the door with understanding: Holly Canady, enrollment assistant, is a Navy veteran.

The Columbia College Veterans Services Committee created the "I Served" pin to honor students, alumni, faculty and staff who served in the U.S. military. The pin has been given to more than 1,200 veterans thus far.

The Columbia College Cougars volleyball team will also salute veterans in the Southwell Complex, main campus, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. The Cougars, who clinched the AMC crown, will be wearing camouflage jerseys to honor veterans at each match played during the tournament. Should the Cougars prevail on November 9, they will host the semi-final round match on November 11 at 7 p.m. Veterans will be honored throughout the evening with the presentation of the colors, singing of the national anthem, presentation of the I Served pins and playing of the "Armed Forces Medley." All veterans and military members are encouraged to attend and will be admitted free of charge.

College salutes all veterans with commemorative pin, volleyball game and more.

Approximately 30 percent of Columbia College's students are military active duty, reserve, veterans or dependents, and 18 of the college's campuses are on military bases. Last year, Columbia College enrolled over 1,800 veterans. When added with faculty, staff, students and alumni, the Columbia College community includes over 2,500 veterans who served admirably.

Columbia College-Christian County offers many benefits to military active duty, reserve, veterans and their dependents. The campus has the lowest undergraduate tuition costs in the area, at about $160 per credit hour. Tuition assistance is available to all traditional weekend drilling Army and Air National Guard members, and tuition is provided for 100 percent for soldiers/airmen with 10 years or less of service.

The Army Continuing Education System has also launched a new automated tuition assistance project that allows active-duty soldiers to enroll in courses online. This will speed up enrollment and minimize wait times at Army Education Centers. Active duty soldiers may also request tuition assistance through GoArmyEd.

Columbia College-Christian County offers the following degrees: *Associate in General Studies *Associate in Science in Business Administration *Associate in Science in Criminal Justice Administration *Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration *Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration *Bachelor of General Studies *Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

All classes are held during evening hours Monday through Thursday to fit the schedules of busy service members or working adults. The average class size is 10, so all students are assured of personal attention.

Columbia College, a private, nonprofit institution founded in 1851 in Columbia, Mo., educates more than 29,000 students each year and there are more than 67,000 Columbia College alumni worldwide. For more information, visit www.ccis.edu.