A Top 10 Regional College!

Warner Pacific Wrestler Jawayne.Warner Pacific College continues to be ranked in the Top 10 Regional Colleges (West) by the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2016 edition.

The ranking allows prospective students and their families compare the relative quality of colleges based on widely accepted indicators of excellence such as as first-year student retention, graduation rates,and strength of the faculty.

Warner Pacific College is one of the Top 10 Regional Colleges – West, an area that includes institutions from 14 states. Warner Pacific is one of only three Oregon colleges to be in the top 10.  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.

“As a small college, we are honored to be nationally recognized for the quality of our educational environment,” said Dr. Andrea P. Cook, President of Warner Pacific College. “Warner Pacific students experience a unique blend of rigorous study and authentic relationships that provide them with the confidence they need to seek a career that is both professionally rewarding and personally fulfilling.”

In addition to internships, service opportunities, and study abroad programs, Warner Pacific College also offers a wide variety of clubs, organizations, artistic groups, and leadership opportunities. Using the city as their classroom, students develop the skills necessary to become life-long learners who are prepared to face a rapidly changing world.

Other recognition from U.S. News

The College is also ranked 10th as a “Best Value College – West” and ranked 7th as a “Best College for Veterans – West.”

As an urban college designed to serve students from diverse backgrounds, Warner Pacific is also being recognized for its ethnic diversity on campus.

See all of Warner Pacific’s national rankings


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A “Best Bang for the Buck” College

The Other College Guide provides “honest and practical information” students need to help in the college selection process. Unlike other guides, this one is based on the best available data on what really matters to you: which schools will charge you a fair price and not bury you in debt? Which help students graduate? Which provide degrees that allow you to earn a decent income?

The 2015 “Best Bang for the Buck” list shows which schools in the West are the best value for your money based on “net” (not sticker) price, how well they do graduating the students they admit, and whether those students go on to earn at least enough to pay off their loans.

Out of the 233 colleges included in this list for 2015, Warner Pacific is ranked at 70th nationwide and 5th for Oregon (out of the 20 schools from Oregon included).

Warner Pacific offers many scholarships, a tuition that is lower than most private colleges, and a loan repayment assistance program for incoming freshmen.

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Ranked 37th in nation by Washington Monthly’s College Guide

College guideWashington Monthly’s annual college guide gives prospective students a unique view when it comes to college rankings. They look at what colleges are actually doing for the country – how they are working to make communities better.

We are thrilled that Warner Pacific ranked 37th in the nation on the 2015 Baccalaureate Colleges list, moving up the list 11 slots from last year!

Warner Pacific is the ONLY college in Oregon to be included in the top 100 and is the highest ranking Oregon college included in the complete list. The College out shone larger schools, nationwide, in community service participation of our students and cumulative hours served (ranking 16th).

“Higher education, after all, doesn’t just affect students. We all benefit when colleges produce groundbreaking research that drives economic growth, when they put students from lower-income families on the path to a better life, and when they shape the character of future leaders. And we all pay for it, through hundreds of billions of dollars in government-financed financial aid, tax breaks, and other spending,” explain the editors of Washington Monthly.

In order to identify the most “public-minded institutions,” Washington Monthly ranks  “every four-year college and university in America based on three criteria: social mobility, research, and public service.” By giving equal weight to public service, this ranking identifies colleges, such as Warner Pacific, that embrace an ethos of service to their communities. They also recognize schools that do the best job of enrolling and graduating low-income students.

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Alum named acting director of Oregon’s Department of Human Services by Governor

Warner Pacific Alum Jerry WaybrantWarner Pacific congratulates alumni Jerry Waybrant ‘80 on his recent appointment to head Oregon’s Department of Human Services. On Wednesday, September 2, Governor Kate Brown named Waybrant the Acting Director as the longtime director, Erinn Kelley-Siel, steps down on Friday, September 4.

“Jerry Waybrant has spent his career serving some of the Northwest’s most vulnerable citizens,” said Dr. Andrea Cook, Warner Pacific College President. “As an institution, we are honored to have been part of his story and we are grateful that the state of Oregon will benefit from his strong leadership, knowledgeable insight, and deep compassion.”

Prior to this appointment, Waybrant was the Chief Operating Officer for Child Welfare and Self Sufficiency, overseeing the care for thousands of foster children annually as well as cash assistance for needy families and SNAP (the food stamp program). Since 1985, he has been a caseworker, a supervisor, an acting program manager (in Lakeview and Douglas counties), and a district manager. Prior to working in Oregon, Waybrant was a Mental Health Therapist and caseworker in Washington.

Waybrant graduated from Warner Pacific in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Recently he has been providing valuable insight to the College about curriculum pertaining to human services.

Actively seeking to provide internships for Warner Pacific students, Waybrant says, “I am interested in partnering with local colleges around the issue of preparing students for careers at DHS. The jobs we offer can be life changing for the employee and the clients they serve while the employee earns a living wage with great benefits.”

Waybrant shares that his “passions include his family, cutting firewood, and playing handball. Interestingly enough, that is a game where you run around in a small room chasing a hard, little ball that hurts your hands every time you hit it or, get hit by it.” He does admit it is not a metaphor for work.

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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 www.warnerpacific.edu/human-services 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.

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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.

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The Start of the 79th Academic Year

After a summer of dry, hot, not-a-raindrop-in-sight weather, Warner Pacific’s new and returning students were greeted with the wettest and windiest weekend of the season when they returned to campus (August 29, 2015).

That did not dampen the excitement or fun of the new school year, which included a photo booth with crazy props; enthusiastic staff waiting to help each and every new Knight; games in the gym; time to meet new friends; movie screening of Jurassic World; giant slip-n-slid, volleyball, and touch football; food, food, and more food; Knighting of the new students; exploring Portland’s iconic landmarks; worship and prayer; and salsa dance lessons.

Dr. Cook opened the 79th Academic Year at Convocation on Tuesday, September 1. (Watch the Convocation video.)

With a message paralleling the story of Humpty Dumpty with the lives of those in attendance in a unique and creative way, Dr. Reginald Nichols, the College’s new Vice President for Academic Affairs, asked us to commit to being our very best through observation, exploration, and expansion and not sit on a wall doing nothing.

“He is the God of boundless resources. The only limit is in us. Our asking, our thinking, our praying are too small; our expectations are too limited,” reminded      Dr. Nichols during his Convocation address.

“A powerful educational environment calls us to stretch – to move beyond our zones of comfort and enter new spaces of grace within ourselves. Christopher Columbus is quoted as saying, ‘You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.’ A powerful educational environment is hard work that causes us to lose sight of the shore and step into a different type of living – one that understands fully that you walk by faith and not by sight.”

Dr. Nichol’s final words to the student body and others in the audience was a quote from a sermon by Dr. Martian Luther King that ended with “Be the best at whatever you are.”

After a weekend of fun, time to get to know fellow students, and the pomp and ceremony Convocation, students settled into their class routine of the fall semester.

We welcomed 200 new students to the Mt. Tabor campus, including 122 first year students; the second largest incoming freshmen class in the College’s history.

These new Knights hail from 17 states and 3 foreign countries (most are from Oregon). They are predominantly multi-cultural with non-Caucasian backgrounds. And range in age from 17 to 71!

View photos from Welcome Weekend and Convocation on Warner Pacific’s Facebook page or Instagram.

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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.




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Coach Frank Johnson named as Knights’ Interim Athletic Director

Frank Johnson Warner Pacific Wrestling Coach

Coach Frank Johnson

In late July, Jamie Joss, former Athletics Director, left Warner Pacific to assume the role of Athletics Director at Davis & Elkins College in West Virginia.

Wrestling Head Coach Frank Johnson has stepped in to head the College’s Knights Athletics Department on an interim basis. Johnson will be joined by Matt Gregg (Head Women’s Basketball Coach and Assistant Athletics Director) and Cody Harrod (Sports Information Director) who will each assume additional interim duties in providing leadership and administrative support for the athletics programs at Warner Pacific.

Coach Johnson joined the College in January 2014 to lead the new wrestling program, now entering its second year. He is committed to not only living out the College’s Christ-centered mission, but providing opportunities for our student-athletes to learn and grow with graduation as the ultimate goal.

Warner Pacific has 13 intercollegiate teams. Coach Johnson will continue in his duties as head wrestling coach while he provides administrative support and oversight for the other sports teams.

Knights Soccer and Volleyball teams began their seasons on August 21.

Stay up to date on the Knights’ athletic calendar or watch live stream and podcasts of matches (when available) through the Warner Pacific free phone app available on Android and IPhone.

Learn more about the teams and other Knights news at wpcknights.com.

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Welcome Weekend for New Students: August 29-31

Exciting activities and time-honored traditions, enjoyed with a community of diverse, smart, interesting people who will make you glad you chose to become a Knight.

Welcome to Warner Pacific

Warner Pacific Welcome WeekendWhether you’re new or returning to campus, these events—which begin the Saturday, August 29—will help you prepare for a successful year and experience what it means to be a Warner Pacific student.

Welcome Weekend includes the New Student Knighting Ceremony on Saturday after the Aloha Dinner. The weekend is packed full of informative and fun events including time exploring Portland, a movie on the lawn, trying out Salsa Dancing, and ending with the College Convocation and the start of classes. (All Welcome Weekend activities are required for new students – freshmen or transfer.)

Welcome Weekend Schedule

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