Update – August 26, 2020

For the safety of our campus community, at Columbia College all students, faculty, staff, as well as visitors to campus, will be required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces beginning Aug. 17th 2020. This decision was made to align with the City of Calgary COVID-19 Face Coverings Bylaw.

Update – June 9, 2020

Columbia College takes the safety of our staff and students seriously and will follow the direction from the Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services during this unprecedented time. Currently, classes at Columbia College are running via virtual classroom where students may engage in a combination of communication tools such as chats, video conferences, teleconferences, and other online tools from the comfort and safety of their own home. Students follow a daily schedule and move through their coursework with their facilitator and their classmates. We will continue to follow this method of course delivery until the government and the college deems it safe for students to return to the campus.

This process of returning to face-to-face classes will be completed in steps where currently the college is doing all classes virtually and will move towards a combination of onsite and virtual classes all the way up until we can move completely back to all classes being done at the college. In the meantime, students are being provided with support to begin or continue their individual educational journey. Our President, Program Chairs, Managers, faculty, advisors, and all staff are here to help and support you.

Update – March 20, 2020

Office Hours are being changed to 8:30 am – 4:30 pm effective today, March 20, 2020. The front door will be locked during office hours. The office will not accept any cash payments, all payments must be done online or call the main office and we can accept payment over the phone. The Office number is 403-235-9300 ext 0.

Update – March 18, 2020

Each program is beginning to post their plans online. Please watch your program page for details. Department should be in contact with all students by the end of the week. Please call us if you have additional questions. The office number is 403-235-9300.

Update – March 15, 2020 – Onsite Classes Cancelled

As per the government’s directive, all classes held onsite at Columbia College​ have been cancelled for Monday, March 16th, 2020.

Please Note: every department at the College is working on a plan on different ways to deliver each program (such as at a distance) so that students may complete their education. Students will be contacted by their departments by the end of the day on Monday, March 16th, 2020 with the plan for their program.

Status in Alberta

For up-to-date information on the situation within Alberta, please visit the Government of Alberta’s website for COVID-19 coronavirus info.

Overview of COVID-19

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause respiratory illness in people, ranging from mild common colds to severe illnesses. Novel coronaviruses are new strains of the virus that have not been previously identified in humans.

At this time, many patients who have contracted COVID-19 have reported only mild symptoms. COVID-19 is believed to be spread mainly through coughing, sneezing, or direct contact with someone who is sick with COVID-19 or with surfaces they have recently touched.

For more information about COVID-19, please consult the following websites:

Prevention

To minimize the spread of any respiratory virus (including things like the flu/influenza and COVID-19), Alberta Health Services recommends the following:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use alcohol-based hand sanitizer, if hands are not visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Use a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw it in a garbage bin lined with a plastic bag.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve.
  • Wash your hands immediately after coughing and/or sneezing.
  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are shared and used often.