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Columbia College of Missouri - Crystal Lake Campus Celebrates 25th Anniversary April 22

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill., April 9 - Columbia College of Missouri-Crystal Lake campus is celebrating its 25th anniversary and will host an event to be held at its campus on April 22 at 4 p.m. Debra Hartman, campus director, and John Altman, lead faculty member for the Crystal Lake and Elgin campuses, will provide remarks with a reception following.

"We are thrilled to celebrate this significant milestone," said Hartman. "The college has enjoyed a fantastic partnership with McHenry County College. Over the past quarter century, Columbia College-Crystal Lake has awarded nearly 1,300 degrees, and we look forward to helping more students achieve their educational goals."

Columbia College of Missouri features four campuses in the state of Illinois, located in Lake County (Gurnee), Crystal Lake, Elgin and Freeport, and offers a variety of in-seat and online degrees. In 1974, the college entered into an agreement to provide post-secondary education opportunities for sailors at Naval Station Great Lakes. Today, more than 38 years later, the Columbia College of Missouri campuses in Illinois serve more than 2,250 students annually. There are more than 4,700 Columbia College alumni in the state of Illinois, the third largest college alumni population in the nation.

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Founded in 1851 in Columbia, Mo., Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 160 years. As a private, nonprofit, liberal arts and sciences institution, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs. With more than 30 campuses across the country, 18 of which are on military installations, students may enroll in day, evening or online classes. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Columbia College educates more than 31,000 students each year and has more than 80,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit

Sam Fleury
Senior Community and Alumni Relations Coordinator
(573) 348-4293
Cell - (573) 268-8612




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