ADP Celebrates 25 Years

ADP-anniv-image-logoWarner Pacific is thrilled to celebrate over 25 years of serving adult learners in the Portland metro area. Through the evening format of the Adult Degree Program (ADP), thousands of adults in our region have been able to land the job they desire, receive the promotion they deserve, and set a positive example for their friends and families because of the college degree that they earned through ADP.

Over the course of two and half decades, the Warner Pacific Adult Degree Program has become the place where Portlanders looking for a second chance or career advancement go to complete a college degree at night, after work, or after the kids have been picked up from school and dinner has been served.

Degree Completion Program Launched

ADP-classroom-1The Adult Degree Program was first imagined by the College in 1988, when then president, Marshall Christensen purchased a business curriculum based on an accelerated course schedule and adult learning theory. At this time, ADP was known as DCP or the Degree Completion Program because it worked specifically with students who had already earned some college credit. By January of 1989, two cohorts were established and the program was underway.

As interest in adult education grew stronger, DCP answered by increasing course offerings to include degrees in human development. In 2000, the College began a comprehensive review of DCP to identify the current needs of the market and explore new opportunities for program growth, which resulted in the creation of an associate’s degree program as well as new business partnerships.

Expanded to the Adult Degree Program

ADP-classroom-learningIn 2004, with 191 students enrolled, DCP was officially launched as the Adult Degree Program with expanded degree offerings that included options for all adult learners, regardless of past college experience. Just three short years later, ADP was serving 568 students, and those numbers would continue to rise dramatically.

Today, ADP boasts an enrollment of over 900 students and has continued to mature with the addition of master’s level degree options. One reason the program remains vital after 25 years is due to the curriculum design that staff and faculty use to meet the unique needs of adult learners.

  • ADP-cohortAccelerated course progressions: ADP students take courses one at a time so they can focus on topics individually and build sequential knowledge.
  • Weekly class meetings: Students attend class one night a week, at the same time and place.
  • Cohort-based learning: Support is built through a small group of students who accompany one another through their degree journey, taking part in cooperative learning experiences that reflect the working environment.
  • Multiple start times: New cohorts form every month in ADP degree programs, so students don’t have to wait until the end of a semester to take the next step on their career path.
  • Multiple campus locations: With learning centers throughout the Portland/Vancouver area, as well as online, Warner Pacific ADP students can study close to home.

Online Learning

ADP-onlineIn 2014, as part of ADP’s effort to serve the needs of adult students, the College introduced some of its most popular degree programs in a fully-online format. Students can now earn a professionally-focused, Christ-centered degree with Warner Pacific from wherever they can connect to the Internet.

The main benefit of online education for working adults is convenience. Students have the ability to schedule their study time around family and work responsibilities. This flexibility is especially useful for workers who have changing shifts, or who are raising children.

What’s more, research by the U.S. Department of Education has shown that, for college students, online study is just as effective as traditional classroom education. Warner Pacific ADP students who pursue their degrees online cover the same content as students in traditional classroom cohorts.

Partnerships with Community Colleges

ADP-Centre-205-staff-2014-JWAs Warner Pacific looks to the future, there is excitement at the opportunities that lie ahead. When listening carefully to the White House and to leaders in the Oregon Legislature, it is clear; with concerns over the cost of higher education, community college success is going to be critical in educating America’s cities.

At Warner Pacific, we are proud of our partnership with Portland Community College, and we look forward to building deeper relationships with Mt. Hood Community College, Clackamas Community College, Lower Columbia Community College, and Clark College as we seek to grow. In fact, since 2003, 93% of Portland Community College students who transfer to the Warner Pacific Adult Degree Program have graduated with a bachelor’s degree. We know that transfer students flourish at Warner Pacific, so we are eager to find new ways to support this growing demographic in our community.

Celebrating More than 25 Years

Warner Pacific College offers students enrolled in Adult Degree Programs the flexibility they need to balance work, family, and continuing education. We invite you to celebrate this 25th anniversary milestone with us as we share ADP alumni stories, historical timelines, and special events honoring the transformational leadership that ADP graduates are providing to our community.

Stay connected to everything that’s happening during this anniversary celebration on the Warner Pacific website, WP Mobile app, and Facebook.


Flourish at ADP Stories

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Commended as a Best College for Veterans

Once again, Warner Pacific is ranked in the Top 10 Regional Colleges in the West (ranked 8th) and named as a “Great School at a Great Price” (ranked 9th) and a “Best College for Veterans” (ranked 4th) by the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2015 edition.

We are proud to be commended as a Best College for Veterans – West (ranked 4th) 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.

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 three 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.

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Science Cafe: marine-derived renewable energy (9/26)

John MillerJoin us for Science Café: science and policy of marine-derived renewable energy

When: Friday, September 26, from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Where: Warner Pacific College, Egtvedt Room 203

Special Guest: John Miller, Executive Director of Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative of New England

Mr. Miller will lead us in a conversation that spans science, public policy, and a story of what it’s like to pursue a STEM career.

Coffee and light refreshment provided.

(MRECo is a non profit company that advances Marine Renewable Energy (wave, tide, and offshore wind) in New England through stakeholder education, demonstrations, and technology commercialization. MRECo works with universities through its Academic Institution Collaborative and industry with it Industry Member Group.)

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Great School, Great Value: Warner Pacific College

Once again, Warner Pacific is ranked in the Top 10 Regional Colleges in the West (ranked 8th) and named as a “Great School at a Great Price” (ranked 9th) and a “Best College for Veterans” (ranked 4th) by the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2015 edition.

Warner Pacific was recognized as one of the Top 10 Best Values in Regional Colleges – West (ranked 9th), a distinction that is at the very core of the College’s mission to make 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 $20,300 a year, 33% less than the average private college in Oregon and Washington.

Warner Pacific also launched “Freedom to Flourish,” Portland’s first loan repayment assistance program for undergraduate students that promises the 2014 incoming freshmen class (and those to come) 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.”

 

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Warner Pacific President Andrea Cook Joins the ORCC Board

Dr., Andrea CookWarner Pacific is proud to announce that Dr. Andrea Cook, President, joined the board of the Oregon Campus Compact in August 2014 and was welcomed by the ORCC at their first meeting this week.

The Oregon Campus Compact (ORCC) welcomed Dr. Andrea Cook to the Board of Directors with these kind words: “She has been President of Warner Pacific College for five years and instrumental in integrating service-learning into each student’s experience. Under her impressive leadership, Warner Pacific has significantly improved its capacity to serve first generation students, students of color, and economically disadvantaged students.”

The ORCC is the only state-wide organization working with higher education institutions across the state including public, private, two-year, and four-year, to engage and increase student participation in service and leadership.

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Warner Pacific ranked in the top 10 best regional colleges in the west

Once again, Warner Pacific is ranked in the Top 10 Regional Colleges in the West (ranked 8th) and named as a “Great School at a Great Price” (ranked 9th) and a “Best College for Veterans” (ranked 4th) by the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2015 edition.

Ranked 8th, Warner Pacific College is one of the Top 10 Regional Colleges – West, an area comprising institutions from 14 states. Colleges were ranked on widely accepted indicators such as graduation and retention rates, assessment by peers, faculty resources, financial resources, and overall graduation rate performance.

With an incoming class in which 55% of the students are from multicultural backgrounds, diversity within the campus community is one of the factors that sets Warner Pacific apart from its peers in the Northwest.

“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. “Through engaging programs like our First-Year Learning Communities and innovative majors like our accelerated Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Teaching program, Warner Pacific students experience a unique blend of rigorous study and authentic relationship that gives them the confidence they need to seek a career that is both professionally rewarding and personally fulfilling.”

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Warner Pacific Once Again Recognized for Quality and Value by U.S. News & World Report

Warner Pacific is honored to receive accolades for the quality education offered to students, for being a value leader in higher education, and providing ease of access to education to those who served in this country’s armed forces.

Once again, Warner Pacific is ranked in the Top 10 Regional Colleges in the West (ranked 8th) and named as a “Great School at a Great Price” (ranked 9th) and a “Best College for Veterans” (ranked 4th) by the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2015 edition.

Ranked 8th, Warner Pacific College is one of the Top 10 Regional Colleges – West, an area comprising institutions from 14 states. Colleges were ranked on widely accepted indicators such as graduation and retention rates, assessment by peers, faculty resources, financial resources, and overall graduation rate performance.

With an incoming class in which 55% of the students are from multicultural backgrounds, diversity within the campus community is one of the factors that sets Warner Pacific apart from its peers in the Northwest.

“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. “Through engaging programs like our First-Year Learning Communities and innovative majors like our accelerated Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Teaching program, Warner Pacific students experience a unique blend of rigorous study and authentic relationship that gives them the confidence they need to seek a career that is both professionally rewarding and personally fulfilling.”

Additionally, Warner Pacific was recognized as one of the Top 10 Best Values in Regional Colleges – West (ranked 9th), a distinction that is at the very core of the College’s mission to make 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 $20,300 a year, 33% less than the average private college in Oregon and Washington.

Warner Pacific also launched “Freedom to Flourish,” Portland’s first loan repayment assistance program for undergraduate students that promises the 2014 incoming freshmen class (and those to come) 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.”

Warner Pacific is proud to be commended as a Best College for Veterans – West (ranked 4th) 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.

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 three 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.

Visit U.S. News & Word Report to view the rankings.

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Knights Soccer to have new home field at Portland Adventist Academy

In partnership with Portland Adventist Academy (PAA), the Knights’ soccer teams will soon have a new home pitch (aka field).

This field is constructed by FieldTurf, which utilizes the latest technology in artificial playing surfaces.  FieldTurf, a worldwide leader in innovative flooring and sports surface solutions, has provided playing surfaces across the United States including the Portland Timbers Providence Park, CenturyLink Field in Seattle, and Gillette Stadium in New England.

Portland Adventist is building this new synthetic turf field on their campus at 99th and Market Street in east Portland and it will serve as a home facility for both PAA and both WPC soccer teams.

Over the summer, Warner Pacific Athletic Director Jamie Joss documented the progress of the field’s construction. Completion is anticipated in early October 2014.

Read more and view more photos here.

Knight Soccer field at PAA light poles July 15 2014

Light poles being installed (July 15, 2014).

Soccer field at PAA Aug 5 2014 dirt

The soccer field is taking shape (August 5, 2014).

Knights soccer field at PAA drainage and sub layers Aug 15 2014

Drainage and sub layers to support the turf (August 15, 2014).

Knights soccer field at PAA prep for turf Sept 9 2014

Field is prepped for the turf (September 9, 2014)

Knights Soccer Field at PAA Sept 17 2014

Turf being installed (September 17, 2014).

 

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Accelerated BA/MAT Program Now Offered

Obtain your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in teaching in less than 5 years with our accelerated Master of Arts in Teaching program.

Warner Pacific BA/MAT programNew and transfer students starting at Warner Pacific in Fall 2014 now have the opportunity to gain both their bachelor’s degree and their master’s degree in less than 5 years saving an average of $34,000 in tuition expenses.

Our graduates can begin teaching in middle or high school with their Oregon and/or Washington teaching licenses in less time and potentially earn more money than fellow first-year teachers who have yet to finish a master’s program.

The typical undergraduate secondary licensure program at other colleges can take 5 or 6 years to complete. Students following that track would still need to earn a master’s degree within 10 years after graduating with their bachelor’s degree.

Our program is unique. With a tuition that is 25% lower than other comparative programs, students will save an average of $34,000 and earning both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in less time. This is the Warner Pacific way.

  • Year 1 and 2:
  • Engage in core classes and explore content areas
  • Choose your approved content area for study
  • Year 3 and 4:
  • Begin application and testing process
  • Finish content area course requirements
  • Graduate in May with your bachelor’s degree
  • Year 4.5 (May to December):
  • Begin MAT program immediately
  • Student teach in your content area from August to December
  • Graduate in December with your MAT

To learn more about how you can earn your bachelor’s degree and Master of Arts in Teaching in this one-of-a-kind program at Warner Pacific, please visit warnerpacific.edu/academics/teach.

If you already have your bachelor’s degree and would like to pursue your MAT through Warner Pacific College please visit warnerpacific.edu/ adult-degree-program.

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Otto F. Linn: Scholarship in Service to the Church – a lecture by Dr. Merle Strege (Sept. 18)

Read Dr. Strege’s lecture notes…

Otto F Linn For more than twenty years Dr. Otto F. Linn served Warner Pacific College as professor and academic dean. His path-breaking career spanned the Great Depression and the Space Age.

He introduced his church to the academic study of the Bible, inviting criticism from powerful traditionalists. But Linn was convinced that the church’s ministers should not let others do their thinking for them. His personal faith merged scholarship with warm-hearted piety, providing for his students and church ministers alike, a splendid example of the blend of academy and church.

Learn more about this monumental figure in the Church of God and Warner Pacific College at a free evening lecture with Dr. Merle Strege, president of the Church of God Historical Society.

The lecture will take place at the west end of the Reading Room in Otto F. Linn Library. This will be an excellent opportunity for alumni, faculty, staff, and students to learn more about the history of our College.

 

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