In This Issue
Division Message
Lt. Gov Visits
Extreme Tour
Catering in D.C.
Name Change
CTE House Calls
Quick Links
Upcoming Events
Multimedia Program Advisory Meeting
Dec 9, 2011

Fire Academy Graduation
Dec 12, 2011

EMS Program Advisory Meeting
Dec 22, 2011

Fire Academy Community Advisory
Jan 19, 2012
 Occupational Olympics
March 1, 2012

Business Summit
May 1, 2012 

Holiday Break
Dec 23 - Jan 2 


Spring Instruction Begins
January 9. 2012

April 27, 2012

Columbia College
CTE Programs

Automotive Technology

Business Administration

Child Development

Computer Science

Emergency Medical Services


Fire Technology


Geographic Information Systems


Hospitality Management


Office Technology


Water Resources

Welding Technology

Other Programs


High Sierra Institute


Program Highlight Videos
A Message from the Division 

Welcome to our first ever CTE Connects--the Columbia College Career Technical Education quarterly newsletter. Our hope is to educate, inform, and connect you with all of our wonderful CTE programs. We'll send the newsletter quarterly with a variety of success stories, program development information, and exciting news about our programs.


We also hope to make this newsletter inclusive--relevant to faculty, staff, students, administrators, and community members. Feel free to suggest stories, inquire about a program, volunteer to serve on a program advisory, etc.--the better job we do connecting with you, the stronger our programs are for our students.


Since joining the Columbia College CTE Division back in June, I have quickly learned how committed we are to student learning and I hope this newsletter helps communicate this incredible commitment to others. Enjoy!





Chris Vitelli
Dean of Career Technical Education
and Economic Development

Lt. Governor Visits with CTE 

Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom visited Columbia College on Wednesday, October 12th. As a part of this unique opportunity for our students, the Lt. Governor also toured the campus and met with the faculty and students in our Child Development Program.While visiting the Child Development Center, Mr. Newsom was appreciative of the program's emphasis on green technology since he has been an advocate for sustainable practices.  He was given a brief overview of the Child Development Instructional Program and its close relationship with the Child Development Center. Mr. Newsom took the time to visit with the preschool classroom at the center and talked with the children. After his visit a four-year-old boy announced that he wanted to be like Gavin Newsom and wear a suit when he grows up. Needless to say, it was a wonderful experience for our students and we were thrilled to introduce the Lt. Governor to our outstanding Child Development Program at Columbia College.

Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour 

Columbia College is proud to have served as a host for the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour on Monday, September 26th. With more than 150 college and high school students and community members in attendance, the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour was designed to help students and community members take the next step to start a business by offering inspiration and practical advice.


The Tour, sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's "Campaign for Free Enterprise," is part of a multiyear campaign to support free enterprise and entrepreneurship through national advertising; grassroots advocacy; citizen, community, and youth engagement; and, research and ideas leadership. Lead funding was provided by the Business & Entrepreneurship Center (BEC) Program, which is part of the California Community Colleges Economic Workforce Development (CCCEWD) Program.


The tour's positive effects don't stop when the tour leaves campus. Students and community members have classroom access to the Virtual Speaker Series, a series of interactive virtual presentations from the country's top young entrepreneurs, and a mentorship system to achieve their business goals.


For more information about the Entrepreneurship Program contact Ida Ponder or click here.

Students Cater U.S. Capitol Event

The Columbia College Hospitality Management Program will prepare an assortment of culinary and pastry delights for the U.S. Forest Service Chief's reception in Washington D.C. as part of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree lighting festivities. Columbia College faculty, Mr. Gene Womble will travel December 4-7, 2011 with two students, Jake Westurlund and Rose Anne Wells, to Washington D.C. While there, they will assist with the catering for the Forest Service Chief's Reception at the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Ceremony. Since 1970, it has become an honor for one of the National Forests to be asked to provide the Capital Tree.This year, the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree was harvested from the Stanislaus National Forest located in the Central Sierra Nevada.  Former Culinary Arts student and retired Forest Service employee, Stephanie Bailey, presented this unique opportunity to the Columbia College Hospitality Management Program who was selected for this honor. This experience will provide a hands-on opportunity for the students to cater a high profile event. 

Coming Soon... A Name Change

Announcing the Division's new name: Career Technical Education (CTE)! The Columbia College instructional division known as Vocational Education has held the same title for a number of years. At the time of its inception, the title was appropriate and relevant and was aligned with the title of the parallel unit at the Chancellor's Office. Since the reauthorization of the 2006 Carl D. Perkins Act, the Chancellor's Office has changed the title of its unit to Career Technical Education.


Career Technical Education is more aligned with other community colleges throughout the state, the California Community College Chancellor's Office, high school vocational programs, and the Perkins IV-C federal funding. While the official name change will take effect in January 2012, we have chosen to announce the name change in the inaugural newsletter for our division to reduce confusion for future newsletters.

House Calls Anyone? 

Academic Wellness Educators (AWE) provides "House Calls" for Career Technical Education courses throughout the semester. House Calls are customized and contextualized lessons provided by faculty in math, English, and/or computers.  


The "just in time" support for English, math, and computers can be tailored to meet the needs of most units of study or projects within your particular course. For more information, click here and learn more about this exciting initiative.

Mission Statement
Columbia College is a dynamic institution of learners and creative thinkers dedicated to high standards of student success. We prepare students to be fully engaged in an evolving world by offering comprehensive and high quality programs and services. Columbia College is committed to a culture of improvement through measuring student learning across the institution. We strive for excellence, foster a spirit of professionalism and celebrate diversity.