Columbia College (California)
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Columbia College is a community college located in the Yosemite Community College District in Sonora, California along with Modesto Junior College. Established in September 1968 as Columbia Junior College, the college dropped "Junior" in 1978. The architectural style of the college is that of California during the Gold Rush era. The college also has a fire department on campus that is staffed by an on duty crew of at least two personnel daily.
In 1954, the former Modesto Junior College District was expanded into a larger area stretching out to the Yosemite Community College District because it was decided so by the district electorate. The Yosemite Community College District is one of the largest districts in the state, geographically. It covers more that 100 miles of the San Joaquin Valley from the west to the Sierra Nevada on the east. The boundaries include almost 4,000 square miles which include: Tuolumne, Stanislaus County, and areas from San Joaquin, Merced, Calaveras, and Santa Clara County. Student enrollment was increasing and the need for more schools in these mountainous areas increased. The long distance travel required for students to attend Modesto Junior College was very difficult. The high demand caused the Community College District Board of Trustees to authorize the formation of Columbia Junior College and its opening in 1968. In 1978, the school decided to get rid of the word 'Junior' from the name of the college. a
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