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Columbia College opens campus in San Diego
Tuesday, March 03, 2009

(Columbia, MO.) -- Columbia College is pleased to announce the opening of a new campus at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) in San Diego, Calif. On January 16, 2009, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by Brigadier General A. Salinas, commanding general of the U.S. Marine Corps, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, and Dr. Gerald Brouder, president Columbia College. The campus will offer an associate and bachelor’s degree in general studies at the campus. Lunch hour classes for busy Marines, Coast Guard, Sailors and airmen begin March 26.

James Brooks, the depot’s education service officer, and Faye Blas, director of family services, extended the invitation to serve its educational needs to Columbia College.

"The opportunity to direct this campus is a true honor, said Diana Schriefer, director of Columbia College–San Diego. “Mr. Brooks and Ms. Blass have been extremely supportive of Columbia College. I look forward to working with them in assisting military personnel, their families and civilians in achieving their educational goals. Brigadier General Salinas has also been supportive of our program. Thanks to her, the base will offer free childcare (as long as funding is available) for military dependents during class,” she said.

San Diego’s economy has an unusual emphasis on industries requiring higher education including biotechnology and biosciences, computer sciences and defense-related manufacturing.

Find out more about the San Diego campus online.