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Building partnerships to inspire K-12 students 

Not every young student in Columbia believes that college is in their future. Through the Partners in Education program, Columbia College works to inspire every student to see higher education as a place where they can thrive. We collaborate with organizations in public and private settings to increase achievement, enrichment and opportunities to prepare for college for K-12 students. Through these supportive partnerships, we encourage young students to envision themselves as higher education learners and future global leaders.

Here are some ways we support our partners:

  • School supply donations to help equip students and classrooms
  • Sponsorship of academic events, such as a computer science internship for gifted high school students
  • Scholarships for students to attend a STEAM Camp and for teachers to participate in professional development opportunities

Contact us about becoming a partner. 

Donations and sponsorships

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Students at summer camp

BOLD Academy hosted on Columbia College campus

Black and Brown Girl Opportunities for Leadership and Development Academy enriches 22 students

Columbia College took part in BOLD Academy as the premier sponsor and host, in collaboration with CPS and the City of Columbia. Twenty-two girls from grades five through 12 experienced workshops, mentoring, presentations, field trips and more during the 10-day long enrichment program.
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Steam bus

Columbia College donates to CPS’ STEAM bus

Columbia College helps provide makerspace experiences to CPS students through traveling STEAM bus.

Through donations and internships, Columbia College helps the STEAM bus provides a place for learners to explore and create with materials and experts not always available in the classroom setting. The STEAM bus is a full-size school bus fitted with materials for wide-ranging activities, from solar energy science kits to 3D printing.
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Columbia College gives shoes and supplies to students

New shoe vouchers provided to middle school students

Fifty students at Jefferson Middle School received new backpacks from Columbia College to prepare them for the new school year during the fall of 2016. As part of this partnership, more students also received a voucher from CC to purchase new shoes from Payless Shoe Source. CC also provided gift cards for school supply purchases that the school had ...
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Struggling readers receive books from Barnes and Noble

Inspiring students to read with new books

To help meet the needs of struggling readers, Columbia College provided Barnes and Noble books to students at Jefferson Middle School.
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Douglass track team sponsored by CC

Support for events and food drive provided to high school track team

Support from Columbia College for the Douglass track team came in the form of event sponsorship. Columbia College was involved in making the high school track team’s Thanksgiving food drives a success.
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Young students doing labs

CALEB’s Science Club hosted at CC

Three events bring CALEB Science Club members on campus

CALEB’s Science Club partners with parents, schools, churches and institutions like Columbia College to foster academically thriving young leaders in fifth grade and higher. Columbia College is now in it's third year of providing CALEB’s Science Club resources for on-campus events with meals. Dr. Rie Sasaki, assistant professor of biology, is the faculty sponsor.
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CC supports "Are you smarter than a fifth grader?"

CC sponsors participants in game-show style fundraiser

Junior Achievement, an organization dedicated to teaching young students about business, economics and free enterprise, hosts a fundraiser using fifth grade curriculum to test the knowledge of local business leaders. Columbia College sponsored two participants in 2016’s fundraiser.
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Students with awards

Students honored with awards for academic success

Students receive recognition plaques at end-of-year ceremony

Columbia College donated funds for recognition plaques earned by students at Jefferson Middle School and Ridgeway Elementary School. Students who showed exceptional academic excellence over the course of the school year were honored with these awards at the end of the 2016-17 school year.
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Scholarships for summer adventures

Grand Teton trip and STEAM Camp scholarships granted

CPS offers middle school students a Grand Teton/Yellowstone Science adventure over the summer. In 2016, Columbia College offered a scholarship to help one Jefferson Middle School student participate in the trip. Columbia College also provided a scholarship to cover one Ridgeway Elementary School student’s fees for the STEAM camp held at Columbia College’s campus.
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Events

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Events for humanities explorations

Cyclone Humanities, an afterschool exploration, hosted at CC

Jefferson Middle School students come to CC campus to learn from humanities professors. Students recently learned the basics of musical notation with Nollie Moore, music professor, and techniques for abstract arts art faculty Danielle Langdon and Bo Bedilion, in the third annual event.
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CC students and middle school students tending cougarden

Cougarden offers outdoor learning and service

Growing food and conversational skills between students in the garden

English Language Learner (ELL) students from Jefferson Middle School participated in gardening experiences with Columbia College students in the Cougarden. The Cougarden, an outdoor vegetable and flower garden, provides a place for young students to learn about gardening, get to know new friends and practice conversing in English with students from Columbia College.
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Students programming

Computer science professor mentors through activities

CPS students, from elementary to high school, learn programming skills

Dr. Liow, associate professor of computer science, is a teacher of computer science to students both in and out of his Columbia College classrooms. By hosting events on campus, developing a partnership with EEE, sponsoring a high school programming contest, hosting weekend seminars on AI and gaming and more, Columbia College and Dr. Liow support computer science learning.
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Elementary students visiting campus

AVID students invited to explore campus

College-readiness program supported by Columbia College events

Students in grades 7-12 who are part of AVID, a CPS program designed to foster academic excellence and preparation for a four-year college degree, are invited to Columbia College to familiarize themselves with the college experience.
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Teachers honored during Partners in Education week

Columbia College hosts teachers, provides breakfast for teacher appreciation event

As a community member of CPS’ Partners in Education (PIE) program, Columbia College shares resources and support CPS initiatives. During PIE week, Columbia College sponsors a table at the breakfast for participants.
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Students at Pi day event

Columbia College puts on a Pi Night

300 pies to celebrate March 14

Columbia College helps Jefferson Middle School students and their families celebrate Pi Day on March 14. The event featured educational math activities for families to do together while enjoying 300 pies. Dr. Ann Schlemper, professor of mathematics, is the faculty sponsor.
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Elementary students play ping pong on campus

Ping Pong Academy offered for young students

Ongoing events for youth’s table tennis club

Hosted by Dr. Liow and Columbia College, young students are invited to Columbia College to participate in table tennis lessons and tournaments.
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Professional development and service

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CC student with middle school students

Professional development serves teachers and students

Public school teachers sponsored by Columbia College

Dr. Sandy Hamar, associate professor of education at Columbia College, teaches education college students in classrooms at Ridgeway Elementary school. The embedded instruction at this Professional Development school benefits both practicing teachers and the students.
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Computer Science professor students visit local classes

Dr. Liow and computer science students meet with other learners

Students at Columbia College Career Center, Battle High School and Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary receive visits from computer science professor, Dr. Liow and his students. They introduce young students to programming concepts.
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Interventions for high risk students

Dr. Willis and her students offer critical resources

Students at Jefferson Middle School who are high risk for academic failure receive interventions by Dr. Willis, associate professor of Human Services, and her students. This is a collaboration with Anna Osborn, a Heinemann Fellow, reading teacher and CC's 2016 alumna of the year.
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Student on steam bus

Membership to NSPRA

Dr. Teresa VanDover attends conference, furthering partnerships

Dr. VanDover, professor of education, maintains membership in the National School Public Relations Association. This training and resource helps Columbia College have stronger partners in education and across communities.
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Faculty attend AVID Conference

Dr. VanDover attended the 2016 conference to improve partnerships

The 2016 AVID Conference discussed the latest innovations and lessons learned from nationwide experts on educational opportunity gaps, increasing influence, promoting college readiness and preparing students for success through AVID systems. Columbia College’s Dr. VanDover, professor of education, attended.
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Partner schools

  • Jefferson Middle School
  • Douglass High School
  • Ridgeway Elementary School

Partner organizations

  • Columbia Public School District
  • State Ethics Bowl
  • Columbia Area Career Center

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