The Columbia West College Story!


Hello and welcome to Columbia West College!

Right now, we know you have a lot of questions about choosing the right language school – and rightfully so. You obviously want a school that combines quality programs and instruction, helpful student services and expert faculty with a warm and engaging environment. But most importantly, you want a school that takes the time to understand you and will help you to master the English language so that you can achieve your goals. Other language schools may make similar promises.

So what makes Columbia West College different from all the rest?

First and foremost, I understand the hardships that you’re facing as an English language student, because I went through them myself when I came to the United States over three decades ago. I’m very familiar with the panicky feeling you get when an American says something to you in English that you don’t understand. I know exactly how frustrating it can be when you can’t express yourself clearly in English. And I understand your hesitation to speak English freely for fear that you might say something wrong and embarrass yourself. So, I started this school specifically to help students just like you. And because I’ve overcome these obstacles and helped so many students to do the same, we at Columbia West College understand the challenges you’re facing and know that you can achieve success.

Not only that, we realize you have very personal and unique reasons for wanting to learn English. Your needs, goals and desires are different from everyone else’s, and we want to put you on an educational path that fits what you want to accomplish. Columbia West College is here to help you reach your goals by providing you with a rigorous curriculum, experienced teachers and a “students come first” environment to support
you on your journey.

So whatever your goals – to further your education, to make yourself more marketable to employers or simply to feel comfortable and confident speaking to an American, an education at Columbia West College can serve as the key to unlocking your dreams. Most importantly, we’re excited to get to know you. So go ahead and dream big. Let us help you make your dreams a reality. We can’t wait to help you write your success story.

Warmest regards,
Dr. Samuel N. Lee
President, Columbia West College

Mission & Core Values


Columbia West College (CWC) is committed to providing outstanding English as a Second Language and test preparation instruction that equips students with the English language and test-taking skills necessary to achieve their academic, professional/vocational or personal goals.

Core Values

CWC will:

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Provide rigorous, outcome-based, context-specific instruction that exceeds students’ expectations and is relevant and applicable to their goals

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Enhance students’ self-esteem in their practice of English language skills to allow the confident application of their newly-acquired skills in varied settings

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Create a supportive, positive environment that enables students to acquire English language skills in an efficient and timely manner

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Promote excellence in teaching by hiring duly qualified instructors and providing faculty with opportunities for continued professional development

Institutional Goals


Sufficient financial resources to accomplish mission and Core Values

Human Resource Management

Attracting, training and retaining qualified employees who are committed to accomplishment of mission and Core Values


Measured growth that does not outpace our ability to provide quality English as a Second Language instruction and training and student services


Ongoing fine-tuning of our programs, curriculum and instructor, management team and staff training through input of all stakeholders (internal and external). Intelligent incorporation of technology for instruction and education

Student Services

Ongoing review and improvement of student services, with particular emphasis placed on determination of need to add new student services

Student Outcomes

Ongoing review of student academic outcomes to determine areas of improvement


Instructional facility is safe, accessible, sanitary and comfortable and meets all applicable local, state and federal requirements