Community College Partnership Expands
A Bible education can benefit everyone, but we recognize that not all students who attend Central want to go into full-time ministry. For many years, Central has had an agreement with Moberly Area Community College, which serves a 19 county area in Northeast Missouri. Recently, our agreement was expanded to give our students access to all of MACC’s career programs.
Our partnership allows students to pursue opportunities to serve the Lord in the marketplace outside of ministry. A career certificate or degree can be included in the student’s program of study at Central. Students are able to use transfer credits from a community college or university to complete a Bachelor of Religious Studies degree in as few as two years.
Nathaniel Carson graduated in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Religious Studies Degree in Missional Occupations. He also earned a degree in Mechatronics from MACC. When asked how he benefitted from the partnership program between CCCB and MACC, Nathaniel commented, “I got hired in an industry position before I even graduated. And because of that position I was able to pay off all of my student loans in the six months after graduation. It also afforded me the opportunity to spend more time with unbelievers at MACC and share my faith.” Nathaniel and his wife, Meagan (Bertolotti), live in Moberly with their son Phinehas.
Valerie Bishop came to Central from Illinois to study the Bible while also learning to be a nurse. She has been able to take classes at Central and MACC during her first three years. Val said, “Central was the most affordable option, and offered the most convenience to me to do all of my studies in the same town. I looked at other college programs, and Central was the best fit for me.”
Students like Nathaniel and Valerie pay their fees at Central and the college applies a Dual Enrollment Grant to cover the cost of their tuition at MACC. The college is charged in-district rates, making this program more affordable for many students than even studying at their home community college. At the same time, the students enjoy living in our Christian community.
Students can also live at Central and take classes while completing an Associate of Arts degree at MACC. After five semesters, it is easy to either transfer to a state university or stay at Central and pursue a bachelor’s degree.
With a variety of career and ministry opportunities, our expanded partnership with MACC helps Central students become servant-leaders for the church.
To learn more about our partnership with MACC, visit CCCB.edu/partnerships.