Columbia College–Coast Guard Island celebrates 35 years of educating the bay area

Columbia College–Coast Guard Island celebrated 35 years of educational excellence on March 9. The celebration took place at Coast Guard Island, Building 3 in Alameda, Calif. 

Tom Meehan, director of Columbia College – Coast Guard Island, and CDR Rob Smith, U.S. Coast Guard, personnel services and support unit commanding officer, spoke at the event in recognition of the educational impact Columbia College has made on the bay area.   

"It is our honor to serve the brave men and women of the Coast Guard who protect our nation's shores,” said Meehan. “This celebration is just a small token of our appreciation for what they do every day."

Columbia College–Coast Guard Island was established on Treasure Island Naval Station in San Francisco Bay in 1976 to provide educational opportunities to Navy, Marine Corps and Army personnel stationed at the bay area’s many military bases. On Aug. 9, 1996, the campus moved across the bay to Coast Guard Island and continues to serve military personnel, their dependents, public service students from the Oakland Police Department, Alameda County Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol and civilians.

Columbia College–Coast Guard Island offers three associate and four bachelor’s degree programs in-seat as well as 21 associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees online.