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  • Students find quality higher education close to home

  • Following high school graduation, many young people gear up to head off to a university, community college or trade school in the fall. For some though, staying closer to home is the better option. In the lake area, students have the opportunity to receive a quality education right here at home.
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      State Fair Community College
      573-348-0888
      www.sfccmo.edu/lake

      Associate degrees in more than 25 academic options for transfer...

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      State Fair Community College

      573-348-0888

      www.sfccmo.edu/lake

      Associate degrees in more than 25 academic options for transfer or an Associate of Arts in Teaching degree.

      Central Methodist University

      573-348-0888

      www.centralmethodist.edu

      Four-year degrees through its partnership with State Fair Community

      College at the Osage Beach campus. Degrees offered: Accounting,

      Business, Child Development, Early Childhood, Education, Elementary

      Education, Criminal Justice, Nursing (RN to BSN), Psychology and more.



      Columbia College Lake of the Ozarks

      573-348-6463

      www.ccis.edu

      Associates, bachelors and masters degrees. There are five, eight-week

      sessions held a year.

  • Following high school graduation, many young people gear up to head off to a university, community college or trade school in the fall. For some though, staying closer to home is the better option. In the lake area, students have the opportunity to receive a quality education right here at home.
    With colleges such as State Fair Community College and Columbia College Lake of the Ozarks Campus, students can either begin a degree and transfer or start and finish a four-year degree without the extra cost and stress associated with going away to college.
    Gravois Mills resident Amber Sims graduated from Camdenton High School in May 2013. While still in high school she was able to take college courses at State Fair and graduated with some college hours already finished. In the fall of 2013, she enrolled in classes at Columbia College's Lake campus. Even though her original plan was to go to Missouri State University or Drury in Springfield, she decided to stay close to home and save money.
    "I did not want to get into debt," Sims said. "I have had an awesome experience here."
    For Sims, staying home was the best option. She said she never really thought of Columbia College as an option but is happy with her choice.
    "Everyone is very friendly here. Things aren't complicated," Sims added.
    Due to already having some college hours complete when she finished her senior year of high school, Sims became a college sophomore in December. She plans to major in business and possibly transfer to the Columbia campus in the future. Her hope is to attend law school after graduation.
    The Wheatland School District will have a new teacher in the fall.
    Teanna Bryan recently graduated from the Columbia College Lake campus and will begin her teaching career at Wheatland.
    After Bryan graduated from high school in 2010, she knew she did not want to be far from home for college. The lake was 45 miles from her home and she decided to commute. Bryan started out at State Fair before transferring to Columbia College in 2012. She got married in 2011 and had her daughter in 2012, yet still had her eye on graduating from college.
    For Bryan, walking into the Columbia College Lake campus just felt right.
    "I felt at home," she said. "You are not a number here."
    She was able to take evening and online courses so she could keep her priorities straight. She was a wife and mom by day and student at night. For her, it was the tuition rates and home-like setting that makes Columbia College the perfect fit.
    On May 18, 2014 Bryan graduated with a 4.0 with her bachelor's degree in general studies with a teaching certificate. Becoming a teacher has been a dream of hers since she was in kindergarten. Due to hard work and the help from Columbia College, her dream will soon be a reality.
    Page 2 of 2 - About Columbia College
    The Lake campus was opened in 1990. Faculty and staff moved into the current building in 2005. Currently, 62 percent of enrolled students are female with 38 percent being male. Of those students, 65 percent are considered traditional (ages 18 to 25) while 35 percent are non-traditional.
    Students can receive an associates, bachelors or masters degree from the campus. The top five degree programs that are offered include nursing, business administration, bachelor in general studies, teacher certification and psychology.
    Since Columbia College offers five, eight-week sessions, students can attend classes practically year around and finish quickly.
    "We are a local option that can expedite a four year degree," Sam Fleury Columbia College's Senior Community and Alumni Relations Coordinator said. Most credits transfer easily at Columbia College.
    They are a private, not for profit college so they cannot accept A+ funding.
    According to Fleury, Columbia College Lake Campus is a great choice because it is convenient and a good introduction to college life. Due to the diverse group of students, one can easily obtain a wide range of perspectives.
    The top five hometowns of the current enrolled students include Camdenton, Eldon, Lake Ozark, Osage Beach and Iberia.

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