Student Resources regarding COVID Campus Closure:

 For Student FAQ's please click HERE

Quick Contact Points for Student Services:

AAC (Academic Achievement Center);  209-588-5088

The Academic Achievement Center has transitioned to fully online tutoring.  

  • Many tutors are embedded in online courses.  Embedded tutors have set up weekly online sessions using Zoom.  Students can contact those tutors in Canvas to set up additional one-on-one online tutoring sessions: Current Embedded Tutor Schedule 
  • AAC Online Tutoring is also available by appointment.  Students can email with the subject, day, and time requested for the appointment.  The sessions will be conducted in Zoom unless another platform is requested. We will do our best to meet the needs of students.  Current Online Tutoring Schedule by Subject
  • Online Tutoring is available in Canvas through NetTutor, an online tutoring company based out of Florida.  They offer free online tutoring in most subjects 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Look for "Online Tutoring" on the left navigation bar in Canvas.

Admissions and Records

Email is preferred  (209) 588-5231 

We have a brand new team ready to help you!  Please know that we have fillable PDF forms to help you with your remote student needs on our A&R web page Online Forms for Students.  You must send any forms to us from your Columbia student email account for processing.

Bookstore  (209) 588-5126

The Manzanita Bookstore is not open to the public at this time.  All books can be ordered online, and will be mailed to your address within 1-3 days. Call/email the bookstore for questions or to place orders.

Business Office

For questions about fees due, making payments, etc., please call  (209) 588-5114 for assistance. If no response in a timely manner, please call (209) 588-5113.

Career & Job Placement Services

Mary Watts: Program Technician (209) 588-5273

Career center meetings will still take place over phone or video. Here is a link to the career & job placement website which includes fall virtual events:  

How to schedule a career center meeting: 

  • Students can go into their starfish, select career services, and sign up for a time that works best for them.
  • Students can email .
  • Students can click on this link , which will take them directly to book a career center meeting in starfish. 

Here is a video about online career service access and how to book a meeting

CalWorks & GED Certification

Jill Olson: Coordinator/ Counselor (209) 588-5148

CARE (Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education)

Tracey Hickey: Program Specialist (209) 588-5057

Lisa Reza: Program Assistant (209) 588-5130

The CARE program promotes students' success by offering specialized services to full-time students who are single parents receiving public assistance (CalWORKs/TANF).

Child Care Center and Family Services

The Child Care Center is currently closed. Please call Kelly Thomas, Child Care Center Manager, for more information 209.588.5278 or .

Counseling Services

Call (209) 588-5109 or email

 How to access a Counselor:

How to access a Student Ambassador:

  • As Student Ambassadors and student leaders ,  Ambassadors are trained to assist new and continuing students: Application processes, connecting to Columbia’s different virtual platforms and connecting students with Columbia's personalized services from Counseling to Financial Aid.
  • Let’s Connect! Schedule an appointment by calling 209.588.5109.

Dean of Student Services Office

Kyla Hatler: Senior Admin. Secretary (209) 588-5144

DSPS (Disabled Student Programs & Services)

Tracey Hickey: Program Specialist (209) 588-5057

Lisa Reza: Program Assistant   (209) 588-5130

DSPS provides accommodations to help students with verified disabilities meet the academic requirements of courses to ensure the students can compete academically on an equal basis with their non-disabled peers.

EOPS (Extended Opportunity Programs and Services)

Tracey Hickey: Program Specialist (209) 588-5057

Lisa Reza: Program Assistant (209) 588-5130

EOPS is a state-funded program that serves educationally and financially disadvantaged students.  The primary services include assistance in the following areas:  priority enrollment, counseling/advisement, and preparation for transition to four-year colleges and universities.

Financial Aid

  • Email (all emails must be sent from your student email account)
  • Leave a phone message for your Financial Aid Technician
    • Last Names A-L  (209) 588-5105
    • Last Names M-Z (209) 588-5272
  • Your email and phone calls will be returned within 24 to 48 business hours

Foster Youth/Phoenix Scholars

Lisa Reza: Program Assistant   (209) 588-5130

If you were in foster care, one of your first stops at Columbia College should be the Foster Youth Liaison Office where the Foster Youth Success Initiative (FYSI) Liaison can help make your transition to college easier.

GED Testing

GED testing, on campus, has been put on hold for the fall semester and continuation of viability of testing is being evaluated.  At this time there are two options:

  • Students enrolled in the GED Prep course (SKLDV 700) through Columbia College will continue to be supported with GED Ready and GED Official test vouchers.
  • GED staff is looking into resources for individuals who do not have appropriate computer/equipment/internet.
  • Tuolumne County Office of Education offers testing on an appointment only basis; one tester at a time.
  • Pearson Vue offers an Online Proctored GED Test must fulfill the below requirements:
    • Must score “green” (likely to pass) on a GED Ready exam within 60 days
    • Need a computer, webcam and reliable internet — no tablets or phones.Need to take your test in a private room with a closed door.
    • Before scheduling and paying for the test, it’s important to  run a system check  to be sure that your computer meets the requirements.
    • Must meet all GED testing requirements, as always (ex: 18 years of age, etc.)

Health and Mental Health Services

Health and Mental Health Services will be offered remotely via a telehealth model.  Please see each department website for how to connect with an appointment or a phone call.  209-588-5204 Health Services / 209-588-5346 Mental Health.  


Adventist Health Advice Nurse, Call Center for COVID-19: (844) 542-8840 Monday - Friday 7am-7pm 

Tuolumne County Public Health COVID-19, Call Center for community concerns: (209) 533-7440 Monday - Friday 9am-6pm

Library Services

(209) 588-5119

  • Library reopens as a computer lab starting August 24.
  • Limited library services will be available during designated periods. See the library’s  COVID-19 page  for details and information about requesting materials and technology.

          Library Research Help

Student Center

  • Receive Your New Student ID or 2020-21 Sticker for Student IDs:  Email request from Student Email account only ( to Subject should state either “New ID” or “New Sticker Only.” Attach or include a face/head photo similar to CA Driver’s License ID photo or ‘selfie’ (size or type of photo file does not matter). Please include current mailing address, if different than when you enrolled. No photo required for previously-issued ID holder requesting sticker only.
  • Food Pantry open on Thursdays starting August 27th by appointment only: Email request from Student Email account only ( to or call (209) 588-5111

Student Life

Student government, clubs, athletics, social media, and campus involvement, please visit the Student Life webpage for updates.

Student Open Forum Recordings

June 24, Forum Recording:
July 8, Forum Recording:
July 15, Forum Recording:
July 22, Forum Recording:

Student Weekly Updates

An email is sent to students each week with updates about access to resources, virtual events, and more.

Transit Services

Tuolumne CountyTransit:   209-532-0404

This will hopefully eliminate any issues with arrival and departure times, because students can share in advance when they need to come and go.

  • The final item of note for students, is that they can  pre-reserve  their trip, so if they know they want to be on site on Monday’s and Wednesday’s each week, Tuolumne Transit (TT) can plan these trips in advance.
  • TT is  working with their design maestro on a flyer which will highlight these aspects of the Dial-a-Ride service. I am supposed to get a copy, once I do, I will share it with you.

Calaveras Connect:   209-754-4450

  • Requests for rides to Columbia need to be made  no later than 4pm on the previous business day  to the day you wish to ride.  Seating is limited so please reserve your space.  Masks are required to Board and Ride all buses.

TRiO Federally Funded Programs:

TRiO Student Support Services (SSS)

(Transfer assistance program)

TRiO SSS Office Contact Information, 209-588-5066 or Abby Sunday- Program Assistant, 209-588-5064 or Anneka Rogers Whitmer- Program Director, 209-588-5145 or

TRIO SSS will help you transfer to the university of your choice with step-by-step guidance.   Learn more about our comprehensive services here…

To fill out an online application for TRiO SSS click on this link:
Once your application is completed your next step will be to:

Sign-up for Intake Interview with the Project Director; call 209-588-5066, email, or schedule directly through Starfish.

Motherlode Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC)

Learn more about our federally-funded community-wide services across five local counties here…

MEOC Staff can provide assistance with: 

  1. Information regarding the benefits of, and options for, participating in postsecondary education (colleges, universities, trade schools, etc.)
  2. Applying for any college
  3. Applying for financial aid at your chosen college
  4. Referral to alternative and adult education programs including GED and ESL programs if needed
  5. Workshops on College Readiness, Financial Aid, goal setting, major and career selection, and much more!
  6. Connections to services including test prep, tutoring, counseling (academic and personal), disability services, and all other agencies to help with your success as a new student.

To fill out an online application for MEOC, click on this link:

Once your application is complete, a  Transition-to-College Specialist  will be in touch with you through your email and phone number provided.  Please contact them at the following numbers below if you have questions right away—

For Calaveras/ Amador counties and the city of Modesto contact  Tira Lawhorn: 209-588-5077 or                For Tuolumne/ Mariposa Counties and the city of Oakdale contact  Tiffeny Flies: 209-588-5044 or

Veterans Resources

Please visit the Veterans Benefits web page for steps to use your veterans education benefits (GI Bill®).  For questions regarding payment from the VA please call the VA directly 1-800-827-1000.

Lesley Michtavy, Registrar and VA Certifying Official.  Email is preferred (209) 588-5232.

Vice President of Student Services Office

Colleen Henry, Executive Secretary (209) 588-5132

For any additional questions regarding student services  and programs that cannot be answered by the Dean of Student Services, please contact this office.

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