Columbia College Office of Professional Studies
Columbia College Office of Professional Studies recently joined the Greater Lexington Chamber and celebrated its membership with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
“We believe in the power of knowledge through higher education,” said Diana Peaks, Director of the Office of Professional Studies (OPS), which employs 12 people.
Columbia College was established in 1854 as a women’s college. Today, traditional day students are women, while all of the OPS programs are adult coed programs.
The college offers associate’s to bachelor’s programs in conjunction with technical colleges throughout the state of South Carolina, along with transfer evening programs and graduate programs.
A couple of Columbia College’s great features include small class sizes and one-to-one connection with professors. With the A2B programs, the college also provides the bachelor’s courses on the technical college sites.
“As such, the transition from AA to BA degree is seamless for the students,” Peaks said. “They do not have to drive to Columbia to take their classes.”
Programs are geared toward full-time, working, busy adults who can only attend classes in the evenings or on weekends. Graduate programs are offered in a weekend, hybrid format, which includes several weekends per semester at the college with the remainder of them online.
“It is extremely rewarding to work with adult students who want to complete an undergraduate and/or graduate degree. In most cases, they have many years of work experience and as we know, ‘life happens,’ and they weren’t able to finish the degree,” Peaks said. “However, we know from first-hand experience, it is never too late!! The degree will serve to enhance and validate the student’s work experience as well as lend credibility to their resume. Not to mention, the value of marketability - we are providing our adult students with intellectual capital to move them forward in their careers, transition to new careers, or even start a business!”
The goal is “to become the provider of choice for adult education in the Midlands.”