Prayers and support for UCC

Support of Umpqua Community CollegeOne week ago, we were all shocked and saddened as the tragic events unfolded on the Umpqua Community College campus.

Solemn thoughts and prayers were offered today during a time of silence at Chapel as our community remembered those lost and injured in last week’s shooting.

Students and staff showed solidarity with those impacted through the simple act of taking and posting photos on social media with a #IamUCC sign. Photos of support can be viewed on the ASWPC Facebook page.



Calling & Community: a Choral Music Summit & Community Concert (October 9-10)

2015-Choral-Summit-Poster-octIt is the love of what many harmonic voices can do for the soul that inspired the Department of Music at Warner Pacific to bring to campus this fall two very notable choral directors from the internationally recognized St. Olaf Choir, Dr. Anton Armstrong and Mark Stover.

The two-day  “Calling & Community: A Choral Summit” brings 12 local high school choirs to Warner Pacific for a one-day clinic (either October 9 or 10) culminating each day in a celebration concert featuring that day’s choirs, an Honor Choir of accomplished high school voices, and Warner Pacific’s choral ensembles. This concert is open to the public ($10 in advance or $15 at the door).

High school vocalists participating in the Choral Summit will gain valuable lessons in maximizing their voices, improving note reading, overcoming performance anxiety, teamwork, and learning to lead through excellent conducting.

This Choral Summit is a wonderful occasion for high school students to experience the challenge of an excellent college environment.

“Students will see that we have a focused intensity with a touch of whimsy; are formal but not stuffy; fun but not immature; and serious about the craft while not arrogant,” remarks Celebration concert ticket order buttonDr. Kelly Ballard, WPC’s Associate Professor of Music and Choral Summit organizer.

The Warner Pacific Department of Music hopes these choir students will be able to easily visualize themselves in a college choir, perhaps Choral Summit observer pass buttoneven considering Warner Pacific as a place to pursue future study.

About Calling & Community: a Choral Music Festival

The Department of Music presents professional daily clinics and community performances celebrating local high school choral programs on Friday, October 9, and Saturday, October 10.

Students from 12 high school choirs will receive guidance and direction in vocal production and presentation with special guests Dr. Anton Armstrong, St. Olaf College’s Tosdal Professor of Music, and Mark Strover, Artistic Director of Magnum Chorum chamber choir based in the Twin Cities of Minnesota.

Choir students will also attend breakout sessions with Warner Pacific professors and students.

An 80-voice honor choir will be created from accomplished singers (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) from local high schools, as nominated by their choir directors. This group will rehearse together during the day under the direction of Dr. Armstrong and Mr. Stover.

The day will culminate in a Celebration Concert, open to the public, with performances by the Honor Choir, each high school choir, as well as the Warner Pacific choral ensembles.

About the Guest Conductors

Dr. Anton Armstrong is the Tosdal Professor of Music at St. Olaf College, a private liberal arts college in Minnesota. With roots as a founding conductor for the Oregon Bach Festival’s Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy, a unique summer choral program for high school vocalists, Dr. Armstrong is the conductor of the internationally acclaimed St. Olaf Choir.

Mark Stover is the Artistic Director of Magnum Chorum, a 50 voice chamber choir based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. He is also the Minister of Worship, Music, and Arts at Colonial Church in Minneapolis. Professor Stover will conduct the St. Olaf Chapel Choir and Viking Singers during the 2015-16 academic year.

WPC is one of the Best Online Colleges in Oregon

Warner Pacific: Best in Oregon Online College progrm 2016Warner Pacific’s online program is touted as one of the best offered in Oregon.

Affordable Colleges Online (AC Online) released its 2015-16 ranking of all colleges and universities in the state that offered online programs.  Warner Pacific’s program topped the list as 4th in the state above Oregon State University and Linfield College.

Convenience and flexibility of an online degree program fits well with the College’s Adult Degree Program, which already offers quality academic programs to fit today’s busy lifestyle.

AC Online ranked colleges’ online programs for: maintaining quality and affordability and the number of online programs offered. The excellence of Warner Pacific’s online program distinguished it as one of the best in Oregon.

Just 18 months ago, the Adult Degree Program launched its online program. Since then the College was recognized by Christian Universities Online as a top Christian college offering affordable online degrees. In fact, Warner Pacific ranked 25th out of 100 colleges and universities. No other Pacific Northwest Christian college ranked higher than Warner Pacific.

Students cut classes to volunteer in the community: Common Day of Service

Warner Pacific CDS invasive species clean upThursday, September 17, was the 11th annual Common Day of Service at Warner Pacific when day classes are cancelled as the College focuses on serving our community.

The on-again off-again rain didn’t dampen spirits as everyone lived into the College’s motto: “Where faith and scholarship lead to service.” Over 400 students, staff, and faculty members stepped out of the classroom to serve the Portland community as part of the College’s 11th Annual Common Day of Service.

The work completed today (almost 2,000 combined hours of volunteerism) served more than 1,500 people, 20 local organizations from NE Portland to Oregon City to Tualatin, and provided an estimated economic impact of nearly $46,150. Warner Pacific CDS garbage pick up

Common Day of Service at Warner Pacific began 11 years ago, when a student asked local elementary schools and organizations how Warner Pacific students could help support their efforts in the community. Since then, the event has been embraced by the entire College and is a welcome way to kick-off each new school year. This year, projects included:

    • Working with Habitat for Humanity and the Cully Neighborhood to transform an abandoned strip club into a community resource center by removing graffiti and garbage.
    • Learning about nonnative and invasive species and then helping the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge remove cockaburrs, which can take over a natural area, making it difficult for the desired flora to propagate. Over 90 pounds removed!
    • Sorting donated clothing and harvesting vegetables in a community garden at NAYA PDX (Native American Youth and Family Center).
    • Setting up for a fundraising gala to support the Children’s Center in Oregon City. The Center provides a safe place and support for abused children.

Warner Pacific CDS book clean up

  • Assembling science learning kits for school children served through the AKA Science program at Impact NW.
  • Taking apart donated old or broken down bicycles to salvage usable parts and metal for recycling at Rosewood bikes.
  • Working through SOLV to pick up garbage that accumulated alongside the I-205 walking/bike path making it cleaner and safer.
  • Sorting and cleaning donated books for the Book Bank. Volunteers even crafted handmade bookmarks with inspirational quotes for the young readers – 173 books were donated to the Children’s Book Bank.


“Common Day of Service is an important day in the life our institution as we live into our motto. Today, students were out in the city serving our community,” explains Dr. Andrea Cook, President of Warner Pacific College. “For us, service learning means volunteering off the campus and assisting in the community in places of poverty, places of oppression, and places where there is great need.”

Warner Pacific Common Day of Service
Warner Pacific students are asked to complete a minimum of 10 hours of service each semester. Over 34.1% of Oregonians volunteer annually, ranking the state’s volunteerism 10th in the U.S. Education, religious, and social service organizations receive the most volunteer hours in Portland. View more photos on the College’s Instagram feed (@wpcollege) and Facebook page.

Recognized for Ethnic Diversity on Campus

Students at Warner Pacific.As an urban college designed to serve students from diverse backgrounds, Warner Pacific is being recognized for its ethnic diversity on campus by U.S. News & World Report Best College Guide 2016.

Dr. Daymond Glenn, Vice President for Community Life and Chief Diversity Officer at the College, explains why he was drawn to the diverse mission of Warner Pacific, “I was drawn to the spirit undergirding the mission of the College, not just in terms of its written form, but the divine charge of the College to live up to the reality it espouses. As a Christ-centered institution, planted in an urban environment, with an interdisciplinary response to understanding and solving issues, seeing equity for historical marginalized populations is at the core of who we are and what we are about.”

Warner Pacific is the only college or university in the Northwest (in any category) to be recognized as a place “most likely to encounter undergraduates from a different ethnic group.”


Named a “Best College for Veterans”

Warner Pacific vets from 1940sWarner Pacific is proud to be continue to be commended as a Best College for Veterans – West (ranked 7th) due to the ease of programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility, and other services offered to those who served.

In fact, Warner Pacific has been committed to helping veterans receive a quality education since World War II.

The College’s mix of traditional degree offerings and Adult Degree Programs allows Warner Pacific to embrace military students and ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.

For over 25 years, Warner Pacific’s Adult Degree Program has offered flexibility for adult and working students. Meeting just one evening a week and providing a high quality education in a cohort setting, adult learners flourish with one of Warner Pacific’s five undergraduate and four graduate level programs through the ADP.

In addition to internships, service opportunities, and study abroad programs, Warner Pacific College also offers a wide variety of clubs, organizations, artistic groups, leadership opportunities, and 13 intercollegiate competitive sports.

Named a “Best Value School” for 2016

For another year, Warner Pacific is ranked in the Top 10 Regional Colleges in the West (ranked 10th) and named as a “Best Value School” (ranked 10th) and a “Best College for Veterans” (ranked 7th) by the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2016 edition.

Warner Pacific was recognized as one of the Top 10 Best Values in Regional Colleges – West (ranked 10th). The College strives to make private, Christian higher education accessible to as many qualified students, and their families, as possible.

In 2008, Warner Pacific reduced tuition significantly and continues to keep it an affordable level, with tuition and fees averaging just $21,460 a year, more than 40% less than the average private college in Oregon and Washington.

Warner Pacific also launched “Freedom to Flourish” in 2014. This is Portland’s first loan repayment assistance program for undergraduate students that promises incoming freshmen that the College will provide assistance to repay student loans after graduation to those who need it.

“We’re very aware of the financial strain facing many families,” said Dale Seipp, Jr., Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing. “That is why we are committed to keeping increases in tuition, fees, and housing to a minimum, providing affordable, Christ-centered, private liberal arts education that serves students and families for whom college has traditionally been out of reach.”

Other resources offered to students include scholarships, work-study positions, financial literacy coaching, and a free membership into $ALT.

Master’s Degree in Human Services now offered at Warner Pacific College

Cohorts now forming across Portland

Warner Pacific offers a masters of arts in human sciences degree.Warner Pacific College introduces a new Masters of Arts in Human Services degree through the Adult Degree Program.

This program is designed for experienced professionals who are passionate about their communities and wish to make a positive impact. If you are already working in diverse settings such as group homes, corrections, mental health centers, children services, aging services, case work, advocacy, counselors, or other profession that assists individuals and communities to function effectively, this master’s program is for you.

The Masters of Arts in Human Services will be taught in a cohort format meeting one night a week for six weeks. The full program consists of 13 courses (total of 39 semester credits).

Advance in what you do best, caring for people, when you study and earn your graduate degree in Human Services. Make a greater impact with the skills you will need to be an effective leader in fostering change for your clients.

If you already have your bachelor’s degree and would like to pursue this master’s degree, visit for details about the courses, requirements, and application information.

For over 25 years, the Adult Degree Program at Warner Pacific College has provided busy adults the opportunity to pursue a college degree at an associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s level. Warner Pacific has six campuses in the Portland metropolitan area, including Vancouver and Longview, and offers many degrees online.

College Application Fee Waived Through December 1

See yourself here.

Warner Pacific students sharing a laugh together on the steps of A.F. Gray.When you apply to attend Warner Pacific College, we’ll waive your application fee.

Hurry. While the benefits of a quality, Christ-centered education through Warner Pacific will last a lifetime, the application fee waiver period ends December 1.

This waiver applies to applications from incoming freshmen, transfer students, and international students for the traditional undergraduate program only.

School districts are hiring more teachers

There is a shortage of certified teachers nationwide!

Math TeacherAfter years of cutbacks, there is hiring rebound in school districts across the country. Nationally, 200,000 teachers will be needed, and it is estimated that in Oregon almost 16,500 NEW teachers will be hired by 2020. Right now, however, districts are struggling to meet these high hiring demands, especially for teachers of special education, advanced math, bilingual education, and even language arts.

Now is a great time to pursue your passion and become a teacher.

Warner Pacific offers education degrees in early childhood education through high school level instruction.

Through our unique 4.5 MAT, you can specialize in a subject that interests you such as science, business, English, or music; then towards the end of your bachelor’s program, add education courses so you finish with a bachelor’s and your Master of Arts in Teaching. (Read more about our 4.5 MAT program.)

Dr. Robert Nava, Chair of the Warner Pacific Department of Education, is routinely contacted by local school districts and private schools throughout spring semester and during summer break looking for candidates for the coming school year. These districts are even coming directly to our campus to recruit prior to graduation. Students do need to complete their teaching certification prior to stepping into the classroom.

“All of our 2015 education graduates are working,” report Dr. Nava.

Instill the love of learning in others.

You won’t need to go far to find the perfect classroom for you. If you relish the challenge of rural teaching, Alaska has been plagued with teacher shortages for years. Sunny California leads the nation in its need for teachers. Staying in the Pacific Northwest is a viable option as well since both Oregon and Washington are in desperate need of qualified teachers at all levels. Schools right around the Warner Pacific Mt. Tabor campus have openings!

Substitute teachers are also in high demand. If you’d like to have the flexibility that comes with being a substitute, especially for elementary education, districts across eastern Oregon are looking for a qualified teacher like you.

Join us in empowering youth with knowledge that can transforms lives. Learn more about the Warner Pacific education program today.