About Columbia

For more than 30 years, our students have thrived in a stimulating, student-centred environment that’s focused on their outcomes and their futures. Founded in 1986, we’ve supported over 40,000 adult learners in achieving their career goals and shaping their best future.

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Established in Calgary in 1986


Non-profit institution

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200+ full-time and part-time faculty and staff

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Serving over 4,000 adult learners per year

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Serving a mature, multicultural student population

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May provide up to the first two years of university

Featured Programs & Courses

Columbia College offers hands-on learning, small classroom sizes and engaging coursework that will help you achieve your career goals. Our wide array of programs and courses are focused on the success of our students, and are tailored to ensure that our students receive the highest quality of education. Are you ready to develop your skills and build your best future? Explore our programs today.

How we're different

At Columbia, you’ll learn new skills in an institution unlike any other. After all, it’s our differences that make us stronger.

  •   Complete your program sooner
  •   Small class sizes
  •   More support from faculty
  •   Better quality of education
  •   Better chance of graduating
  •   More active and collaborative classroom experience
  •   Greater understanding of what future employers expect
  •   More cooperative education and work experience in industry
  •   Higher national exam result
  •   More support in finding employment
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Over 90% of our professional program employers state that they are satisfied to extremely satisfied with our students.
According to the Annual Report from Alberta Advanced Education, Columbia College students achieved an overall job placement rate of 86% .

Achieve success with Columbia

We have one of the highest satisfaction rates and we have made it our mission to provide an environment of success for all of our students.

Are you Career Training Ready? Find out!

Take the Columbia College "Career Training Readiness Quiz”

The fun, online quiz takes 3 minutes to complete and you’ll get a personalized report. Identify your strengths and social style plus the training and positions you’re best suited for. Get Your Career Training Readiness score now »

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News + Resources

Take charge of your future today. Explore our blog for industry insights, skill development tips and more.

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With our accelerated approach, our students save on their education in a big way.
Talk to an advisor today and achieve your goals sooner!