About The Columbia Learning Society



To help individuals, Columbia College established an independent and separate non-profit society called The Columbia Learning Society. The Society’s principal aim is to provide bursaries to children and adults who wish to attend workshops, seminars, courses, or programs at Columbia College.

The Columbia Learning Society is an independent non-profit organization that was established by Columbia College with the primary goal of supporting individuals in their pursuit of education. Since its inception in September 2002, the society has been dedicated to providing financial assistance in the form of bursaries to both children and adults who wish to participate in various educational activities offered by Columbia College.

The society’s main focus is to enable individuals to attend workshops, seminars, courses, and programs conducted by Columbia College. By offering bursaries, the Columbia Learning Society ensures that financial constraints do not hinder the educational opportunities available to deserving individuals within the community.

Over the years, the Columbia Learning Society has made a significant impact, with more than 4500 adults and children benefiting from the bursaries provided. These bursaries have allowed individuals from diverse backgrounds to access and engage in a wide range of classes, workshops, and tutoring sessions offered by Columbia College.

Through the efforts of the Columbia Learning Society, countless individuals have been empowered to expand their knowledge, enhance their skills, and pursue their educational goals. The society’s commitment to providing educational opportunities has played a vital role in fostering personal growth, professional development, and lifelong learning within the community.

The Columbia Learning Society’s continued dedication to its mission has not only positively influenced the lives of the individuals it supports but has also contributed to the overall educational landscape of the region. By making education more accessible and inclusive, the society has fostered a culture of learning and personal advancement that benefits both the recipients of the bursaries and the broader community as a whole.


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Scholarships and Bursaries

We’re committed to providing our students with a world-class education that is accessible to all. To help achieve this goal, we offer a range of scholarships to help support our student’s academic endeavors. Our scholarships and bursaries are designed to recognize academic need, resiliency, and community involvement. Whether you are a prospective or a current student, we encourage you to explore the various scholarship opportunities available to you. Investing in your education is one of the most important investments you can make, and we are here to support you every step of the way. 

Free Learning & Workshops

Free Saturday Workshops:

  • Each Saturday (excluding holiday weekends) from October through March, The Columbia Learning Society offers free workshops from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. These workshops cover a variety of topics such as computer applications training, communication skills, study skills, and other topics.
  • Upcoming Workshops:
    • Workshops are currently suspended. We apologize for the inconvenience. 
    • If you would like to be included on our mailing list and be notified when the new workshops are being offered, please email laurie.opitz@columbia.ca with the subject “CLS mailing list”. You will then receive an email when the workshops resume.

Get Involved with us!

The Columbia Learning Society is always looking for new members to join our society. Our members can contribute to society by participating in a number of great volunteer opportunities to help the Society grow and continue to support learners. Please note that there are no ‘membership fees’ to join the Society. Just your enthusiasm, interest, and whatever volunteer support you can provide.

The Society has been providing bursaries since 2002. To date, the Society has provided bursaries valued at over $2,900,000.