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Columbia College-Redstone Arsenal celebrates 35 years

Columbia College-Redstone Arsenal has been educating students since 1975 and will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a celebration on Tuesday, Oct. 19 from 11 a.m-1 p.m. at Redstone Lanes, 3424 Hercules Road, Redstone Arsenal.

Redstone Arsenal Director Mary Morgan will provide remarks at the celebration. Refreshments will be served, and attendees will receive celebratory anniversary giveaways

"The Redstone Arsenal campus has been an exemplar of delivering the education working adults, military personnel and traditional-age students of their community require," said Dr. Gerald Brouder, Columbia College president. "I am very proud of the campus's longevity and accomplishments and look forward to another 35 years of educational excellence."

Redstone Arsenal is a U.S. Army post located near Huntsville, Ala., and its primary tenants are currently the United States Army Aviation and Missile Command, United States Army Material Command and NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. Columbia College was invited to teach classes to reservists in a Birmingham, Ala., armory in January of 1975. Later that year, Columbia College moved to Redstone Arsenal. The move began a wonderful union between the military and Columbia College. Columbia CollegeóRedstone Arsenal has graduated more than 600 soldiers, their dependents, and civilians since 2002.

"The relationship between the military and the college has been a win-win situation for 35 years. Our focus has always been to offer quality education to working adults, and we are most appreciative to Redstone Arsenal for inviting us to serve the needs of their personnel," Mary Morgan, campus director, said.

The campus offers associate and bachelor's degrees in business administration and criminal justice, among many others. Redstone Arsenal also offers a Master of Business Administration. The college offers more than 800 online classes and 20 online degrees, including three master's degrees in business, teaching and criminal justice.

Columbia College, a private, nonprofit institution founded in 1851 in Columbia, Mo., educates more than 29,000 students each year and has more than 64,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit www.ccis.edu.